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Horrorstor: A Novel by Grady Hendrix - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594745263
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Published: Quirk Books - September 23rd, 2014

Take everything that people say about IKEA - stores you can get lost in, hard-to-assemble cheap furniture, making fun of the weird names - and make a full length horror novel from it. Might seem like it's a bit far to stretch the joke but Hendrix is up to the challenge with Horrorstör. While the characters and plot are good (not great), the trappings really make the experience of reading the book. Formatted to look like an IKEA catalog - to the point where a passerby legitimately thought I was reading one - each chapter is preceded by a spot-on product illustration of something in that chapter. It starts innocently enough with Liripip wardrobes and Brooka sofas, but as the story turns these give way to things like the more sinister Jodlöpp "helmet" and Bodavest office chair... complete with full-body restraint system. (It also apes IKEA's hallmark use of the Futura typeface, my personal favorite, because I am the type to have a personal favorite typeface.)

Combine these immersive elements with a story and cast of characters with just enough to say on the nature of soul-crushing retail jobs, and you've got enough for an enjoyable read with just a bit of hesitation left over to maybe put off your next IKEA trip. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) by Tamsyn Muir - Book Review

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250313225
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Published: Tor.com - June 2nd, 2020

Look, JUST because it's the sequel to my favorite book of 2019... and JUST because it's from the point of view of the character I cosplayed from the first book... and JUST because it beautifully uses second-person narration to disorient the reader... does NOT mean that I'm playing favorites when I say that this is probably going to be my favorite book of 2020! Like the first book, it's a mystery, but the NATURE of that mystery is so complex and metatextual that it requires having read the first book to even know that something is wrong, let alone starting to figure out what's going on. The first four acts slowly line up question after question after question, then when Act 5 hits it is the most SATISFYING thing! ART. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) by Tamsyn Muir - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250313225
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Published: Tor.com - June 2nd, 2020

I can't tell you what makes this book so awesome without major spoilers, so just take a trust fall into this ball pit of a book (wait, are those balls made of bones? Are there monsters, dad jokes, and awful epic poetry hiding underneath? Is there enough sass? Who else is in this ball pit? JUST JUMP OR I'LL PUSH YOU). ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

Bill Bryson has done it again! With his trademark charm and stylistic wit, Bryson offers a unique system-by-system tour of your own body. While his previous foray into science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, offered an expansive look outward, here he focuses inward. With frequent detours highlighting fascinating medical innovations and oddities along the way, he’s able to capture the fullness of the bodily experience in ways both incisive and entertaining. A perfect gift for the curious. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Good Husbandry: A Memoir by Kristin Kimball - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501111532
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Published: Scribner - October 15th, 2019

It has been ten years since her first book The Dirty Life was published. In her second long awaited book, the author writes about the daily challenges she and her husband face living and working on their farm in northern New York. This is an honest account of farm life; raising two little girls while working long hours, managing a diverse group of help, and money-always money. Full of grit and humor, this book is well worth the wait! ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice


Bomber's Moon: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Series #30) by Archer Mayor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250113306
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 24th, 2019

Archer Mayor's 30th Joe Gunther mystery surprises the reader by introducing a reporter for the local newspaper and a private detective. Both are spunky women who aid the investigation. Not being police, the two can investigate in ways police can't. How do the murders of a small time drug dealer and a thief fit in with mysterious goings on at a prep school? The interactions between the women investigators and police in solving the crimes make for an enjoyable read. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Knight


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