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The Symmetry of Stars by Alex Myers - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780008352738
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Published: Voyager - February 22nd, 2022

In a contest between immortals, two gods select a pair of twins and set them on a collision course. One of the gods stands for nature, the other nurture. However, as the twins grow and hurtle towards their fate, the gods can't help but get a little attached. Heartwarming, captivating and witty, this is an entertaining yarn that expertly walks the line between funny and ridiculous. Unique and wonderful. ~ Reviewed by James Case


Gunnar's Daughter by Sigrid Undset - Book Review

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By Sigrid Undset, Arthur G. Chater (Translated by), Sherrill Harbison (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780141180205
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 1st, 1998

Undset's famous for her sprawling saga, Kristen Lavransdatter, but I find this short little novel to be the better of the two. Mimicking the prose of the Icelandic sagas, this tale follows the tragic relationship of Vigdis and Ljot. Their original infatuation descends into a bitter enmity, one that pervades every aspect of their lives. Even when it seems they've succeeded in finding separate happy lives, the past contrives to ruin any joy. One of my favorite historical novels, period. In fact, the prose is so convincing I thought Undset wrote it 800 years ago rather than 100. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by James Case


In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316515801
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 8th, 2019

This is a strange, mesmerizing and often frightening little novel about Witches in Colonial America. Laird's prose is dreamlike and disturbing, and helps drive the story of a young woman lost in the woods. Whether she intended to lose herself, and how much she misses her former life, remains very much up for debate. Excellent characters, extremely well written, this is a perfect book to read before any moonlit walk... ~ Reviewed by James Case


The Translator's Bride by João Reis - Book Review

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By João Reis, Sónia Oliveira (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781940953953
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Published: Open Letter - August 20th, 2019

In this tumbling vitriol-driven novella, a jilted narrator searches for a way to win his bride back. Perhaps a new house or a successful book will do the trick (or so he imagines). This book was translated from the Portuguese by the author and the result is obsessive, acidic, and darkly funny. Completely odd, bizarrely enjoyable - I loved it to death. ~ Reviewed by James Case


The Blade Itself (The First Law Trilogy #1) by Joe Abercrombie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316387316
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Published: Orbit - September 8th, 2015

Want some lovable characters? Some pure, righteous heroes? Look elsewhere! But if you're interested in some complicated, scarred, murderous jerks you've come to the right place. The various protagonists are so well constructed they're impossible NOT to root for, even if they're sometimes difficult to like. Abercrombie does an excellent job of shrouding the big picture story, but the protagonists really drive the story (often in very violent fashion). A great series for any fantasy lover, with a grim core but enough dark humor to keep the story humming. I loved every minute of it. ~ Reviewed by James Case


Max Attacks by Kathi Appelt - Book Review

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By Kathi Appelt, Penelope Dullaghan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481451468
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - June 11th, 2019

How much trouble can one cat get up to in a single day? Alot, in Max's case! His obsession with a bowl of fishies is perpetually interrupted by one distraction or another. But he always returns, and the fishies are always waiting... Appelt's got a knack for goofy rhymes and Dullaghan captures Max in all his charming terror. I enjoyed every moment of Max's exploits and expect you will too. And if you like cats, all the better! ~ Reviewed by James Case


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