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The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi

The Eighth Detective is a clever book, both an anthology of short mysteries and a novel at the same time. The conceit is that long ago, mathematics professor Grant McAllister developed a set of mathematical rules for murder mysteries, writing... Continue Reading →

Hunter’s Moon by Phil Caputo

Hunter's Moon is a collection of short stories centered on an Upper Peninsula community that is oriented toward hunting and fishing tourism. Characters from one story show up in another, tying them together in a a novelistic anthology. The first... Continue Reading →

Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor

Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone is one of those books you might want to get in its physical form so you can shove it full of bookmarks, highlight sentences, write notes, stick little sticky... Continue Reading →

Thin Blue Lie by Matt Stroud

In 1967, the Johnson Administration's Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice released a report called The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society. It represented an extensive investigation into best practices and nationwide input and ideas. There were more than... Continue Reading →

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

My favorite science fiction is the kind that starts with trends that are happening now and then stretches them into the future in ways that are both plausible and ridiculous. Suicide Club is exactly that. It takes place in New York... Continue Reading →

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

Haven't most of us been to that Chinese restaurant that is a bit rundown, over-decorated with lots of red and gold, over-decorated, over-crowded, with too many food choices, and too many tables? It's always busy because the food is plentiful,... Continue Reading →

Dawn of the New Everything by Jaron Lanier

To many people, Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality. He coined the term in its contemporary usage though points to an older, literary use. Lanier is a credit-sharer, not a credit-grabber, so this memoir of his childhood, early... Continue Reading →

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Reading Julie Buntin's Marlena right after Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit by Jessica Raya, it struck me that there are really a lot of books about brilliant friends. By that I mean, the deeply intense and formative friendships between young girls... Continue Reading →

The North Water by Ian McGuire

"Behold the man."  I knew I was in for a bold story when I read the opening sentence of Ian McGuire's The North Water. I did not expect anything less from a novel about nineteenth century whalers from the Shetland Islands, what... Continue Reading →

The Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka

  The Flicker Men is science-fiction, hard science-fiction. It is rooted in the real world science of Feynman's double slit experiments that proved the duality of light, that light is both wave and particle. Coincidentally, just one year ago, the very first... Continue Reading →

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