Category Archives: Adult & General Fiction

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan; Just My Type, by Simon Garfield

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A fiction adventure that will make you want to learn about typography, and a non-fiction book to teach you about it.

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The Round House, by Louise Erdrich; The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers

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Two memoir-style works of fiction about coming of age, surviving trauma, and criminal investigation.

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The Casual Vacancy, by JK Rowling; NW, by Zadie Smith

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The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling’s first book not set in the wizarding world, has gotten review ratings all over the …

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette; by Maria Semple: 4/5

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Bee’s mother isn’t like the other mothers at her Seattle private school. Bernadette is stylish, sharp, impulsive, uninterested in PTA meetings, and Bee’s best friend. Bernadette is a constant …

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The Devil in Silver, by Victor Lavalle: 3.5/5

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Pepper gets in a fight with a couple of cops, and finds himself suddenly committed to a mental institution. The fact the he is not mentally ill doesn’t seem to matter, and he begins doubting his own …

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The Fifty Year Sword, by Mark Z. Danielewski: 4/5

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Narrators tell the story of Chintana, an East Texas seamstress who went to a party against her own inclination, and there in the company of five children, with the woman who …

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The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley: 5/5

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In the rain, surrounded by unconscious attackers, she opens the envelope in her pocket. It says her name is Myfanwy Thomas. It says, ‘The body you are wearing …

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Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman: 4.5/5

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Though humans and dragons have lived peacefully for 40 years, old tensions run high. Dragons take human form and act as ambassadors, and as lightning rods for anti-dragon sentiment …

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The Twelve, by Justin Cronin: 3.5/5

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In this sequel to The Passage, more stories of the apocalypse and its victims are told. And 100 years in the future, the story of the last human stand against the Virals, and Amy …

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The Passage, by Justin Cronin: 4/5

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A government experiment to prolong human life goes horribly wrong, releasing 12 Virals—mutated, super-strong, undying creatures with an insatiable hunger and a desire to spread—upon …

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