Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


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The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

The Vanished Birds is a beautifully written story of post-Earth humanity. A young man on a resource planet is infatuated with the captain of a ship that comes every fifteen years to collect the planets main export, though thanks to... Continue Reading →

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer is Ta-Nehisi Coates first novel and utilizes his deep research into slavery that was such a powerful part of his writing for "The Atlantic." It is the story of Hiram Walker, a slave who grows up as... Continue Reading →

Ice Cold Heart by P. J. Tracy

Ice Cold Heart is the tenth book in the Monkeewrench series, named after the collective of hackers and computer whizzes and some Minnesota cops. It takes part during a cold snap in the Twin Cities and cold is an important... Continue Reading →

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Anti-Racist rethinks some of the orthodoxies of dismantling racism. It follows Kendi's personal journey from the "respectability politics" of assimilation to the anti-racist understanding that there is nothing wrong with Black culture and the old respectability... Continue Reading →

The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

The Nobody People imagines a world where our comic books have come to life. People are suddenly developing innate powers, all sorts of powers, as varied as the author's wide-ranging imagination can make them. A journalist becomes aware of them... Continue Reading →

The Passengers by John Marrs

The Passengers is a fast-paced suspense novel that takes place in the very near future that is just a tiny bit different from today. The difference? The self-driving cars are no longer a novelty, they are ubiquitous and mandatory. The... Continue Reading →

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is the story of the times we live in–a time when upheaval around the world is driving people from their homes in search of safety elsewhere, usually in neighboring countries. Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, and Ethiopia... Continue Reading →

First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers

First Cosmic Velocity is a bizarre and wonderful book that tells us the story of the Russian cosmonauts, but not really. Imagine that the scientists could not quite get that reentry thing to work. Knowing what happens to people who... Continue Reading →

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz

The Swallows takes place at Stonebridge Academy, a New England prep school where students and faculty live on a beautiful bucolic campus at the edge of a small town. Alex Witt, a bit of an iconoclast, takes a job teaching... Continue Reading →

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney

The Perfect Wife opens with a scene so familiar to contemporary women's fiction. A woman wakes up after some traumatic, terrible event where she lost her child, her husband, or her memory. Except, her child is alive, her husband is... Continue Reading →

After the End by Clare Mackintosh

After the End is one of those books you cannot read on the bus or on your lunch break. It must be read in privacy where you are free to cry your heart out. It is the story of Pip... Continue Reading →

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman Is in Trouble is a funny, acerbic book about midlife crises and how people struggle through them. It is all about marriage and how they break and how they stick. Marriage is on the minds of the main characters.... Continue Reading →

The Ice at the End of the World by Jon Gertner

The Ice at the End of the World is a history of the exploration of Greenland's massive ice sheet and the scientific research conducted there. There are many articles and books about climate change and rising sea levels linked to... Continue Reading →

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls by Julie Kibler

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls combines a contemporary story with an historical narrative. Cate Sutton takes a new job at a university library managing the collections. She befriends a student who, like her, has become obsessed with the records from... Continue Reading →

The Rumor by Lesley Kara

The Rumor takes place in a sleepy seaside town outside New York. Jo is a single mom whose son Alfie has been bullied in the past . She hopes by going home, not only will she be close to her... Continue Reading →

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