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The Readers’ Room by Antoine Laurain

The Readers' Room is what American publishers call the slush pile, but at this publishing house there is an intent to read the manuscripts that is not evident in American publishing, so it is staffed with permanent readers looking for... Continue Reading →

A Hundred Million Years and a Day by Jean-Baptiste Andrea

A Hundred Million Years and a Day is everything I like in a novel. Spare prose about people testing themselves against the extremes of nature. Stan is a paleontologist who is seeking the skeleton of a brontosaurus hidden in an... Continue Reading →

A Long Way Off by Pascal Garnier

A Long Way Off is a short noir picaresque of sorts from French writer Pascal Garnier. It tells the story of Marc who is married happily enough to Chloe, his second wife. He's feeling a bit out of sorts with... Continue Reading →

The Angels Die by Yasmina Khadra

The Angels Die opens with Turambo, the narrator and hero of our story, preparing for his execution by guillotine. It is written by Yasmina Khadra, who has written more than twenty novels. This is the story of Turambo's rise and fall, from... Continue Reading →

The Sun King Conspiracy by Yves Jégo and Denis Lépée

The Sun King Conspiracy by Yves Jégo and Denis Lépée is a complex historical novel with a myriad of intrigue and conspiracy swirling around Louis XIV, the famed Sun King. It's a novel full of the movers and shakers of the 17th... Continue Reading →

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