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Queens' Play: Book Two in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780679777441
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Published: Vintage - April 29th, 1997

Dunnett’s historical Lymond series is set amid the diplomatic intrigues of 16th-century Europe and the Levant. This second volume finds Lymond called to France and into the service of the young Mary, Queen of Scots to protect her and to hopefully ensure her succession to the throne of Scotland. You will find this a dazzling and complicated volume, showing our romantic hero at his best. The NY Times Book Review once said “[Her] hero is as polished and perceptive as Lord Peter Wimsey and as resourceful as James Bond.” Nothing is more fun than a 16th century James Bond! FABULOUS!


Niccolo Rising: Book One of the House of Niccolo by Dorothy Dunnett - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375704772
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Published: Vintage - March 30th, 1999

This is the first volume in Dunnett’s second series, The House of Niccolo, which is an 8-volume sweeping historical series following the life of Nicolas van der Poele, a 15th century Flemish merchant and banker. This series deftly and complexly evinces the excitement and romance of the emerging merchant class and takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of incredible schemes to achieve wealth and power, from Flanders to Cyprus, to the Tyrol, Iceland, Italy and even to the gold trade in Africa. Dunnett bestows her remarkable powers of description and meticulous attention to detail to this series, giving us the 15th-century Mediterranean in all its glorious splendor. For lovers of Dumas and Renault. Superb. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594633942
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015

A truly epic novel. I could not put it down. Here is a violent, sweeping work of historical fiction complete with memorable characters and an incendiary plot that never lets up. Cold War politics serve to disrupt a newly independent Jamaica. Even a concert set to be performed by Bob Marley causes much consternation among the CIA. If for no other reason, read this book for Josey Wales, a Jamaican gang leader who is one of my favorite villains from any book. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


Severance by Ling Ma - Book Review

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By Ling Ma
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ISBN: 9780374261597
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - August 14th, 2018

Ma writes the apocalypse cooler, sharper, and fresher than anyone else I've read. As a mysterious fever consumes the world and New York City collapses around her, a young woman, held together by her daily habits, continues clocking in at her dull office job. About customs, corporations, immigration, consumerism, love, memory, and the end of the world, this story mesmerizes. It filled me with a spinning sort of recognition, the kind you get from recurrent jolts of déjà vu. Repetition, it turns out, is hard to break, even after death. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781608196265
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 24th, 2012

Mississippi has a long tradition of churning out incredibly gifted writers. Jesmyn Ward cemented her place within that tradition upon the release of her second and most devastating novel, Salvage the Bones. Ward writes with Richard Wright's ferocity while delivering a vivid portrait of Mississippi life on par with Faulkner. Like me, I expect you will fall in love with Ward after reading this book. But, when reading, watch out, because a hurricane is fast approaching. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


Underworld by Don Delillo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780684848150
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 9th, 1998

With Underworld, Don DeLillo proves himself to be a master of the long novel. Perfectly capturing the atmosphere of Cold War America, DeLillo's writing often made me feel as if I were living inside the story, breathing the same volatile air as its protagonist, Nick Shay. For an 827 page book, there were a couple parts I found tedious. However, I can stand behind Underworld with my all, for it is a hauntingly stark evocation of a half-century of American life. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


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