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Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)

Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)

ELEANOR WEST WAS FOND of saying—inasmuch as she was fond of saying anything predictable, sensible, or more than once—that her school had no graduates, only students who found somewhere else to do their learning for a time. Once a wayward child, always a wayward child. The school’s doors would always be open; the lost and Read more

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The Night Fire (Renée Ballard, #3)

Bosch arrived late and had to park on a cemetery lane far from the grave site. Careful not to step on anybody’s grave, he limped through two memorial sections, his cane sinking into the soft ground, until he saw the gathering for John Jack Thompson. It was standing room only around the old detective’s grave Read more

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Marianne answers the door when Connell rings the bell. She’s still wearing her school uniform, but she’s taken off the sweater, so it’s just the blouse and skirt, and she has no shoes on, only tights. Oh, hey, he says. Come on in. She turns and walks down the hall. He follows her, closing the Read more

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Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Toby Fleishman awoke one morning inside the city he’d lived in all his adult life and which was suddenly somehow now crawling with women who wanted him. Not just any women, but women who were self-actualized and independent and knew what they wanted. Women who weren’t needy or insecure or self-doubting, like the long-ago prospects Read more

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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Anathema Device—her mother, who was not a great student of religious matters, happened to read the word one day and thought it was a lovely name for a girl—was eight and a half years old, and she was reading The Book, under the bedclothes, with a torch.             Other children learned to read on basic Read more

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The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

he sat at her desk. It was a fine afternoon, but the cold sunshine beyond her office window oppressed her. In younger days, she might have ventured out, hoping against reason for warmth. Hope against reason: an opiate she’d long abandoned. Slowly she sifted the volumes on her desk. A dusty bilingual edition of Usque’s Read more

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World Without End by Ken Follett

World Without End by Ken Follett

GWENDA WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD, but she was not afraid of the dark. When she opened her eyes she could see nothing, but that was not what scared her. She knew where she was. She was at Kingsbridge Priory, in the long stone building they called the hospital, lying on the floor in a bed Read more

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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

A Game of Thrones

It has been a while between books, I know. So a reminder may be in order. The book you hold in your hands is the fifth volume of A Song of Ice and Fire. The fourth volume was A Feast for Crows. However, this volume does not follow that one in the traditional sense, so Read more

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The Quantum Magician by Derek Kunsken

The Quantum Magician by Derek Kunsken

BELISARIUS ARJONA WAS perhaps the only con man who drew parallels between his confidence schemes and the quantum world. Ask a question about frequency, and the electron appeared to be a wave. Ask a question about momentum, and the electron appeared to be a particle. A gangster looking to muscle in on a real estate Read more

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The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

I take it as a given that no one really likes to see me in my official capacity. But Dr. Chao seemed more annoyed than most when I showed up for the open heart surgery she was performing. “Tell me that’s not the person I think it is,” Chao said, to Sheila Reeves. Reeves, a Read more

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