Originally posted 2016-10-18 17:00:02. It’s no secret that I love Stephen King, and I will support him in all of his endeavors. That being said, I was not particularly enthused when I read the synopsis of Mr. Mercedes. King’s detective novels can go either way: I hated The Colorado Kid, but I couldn’t put Joyland down. Mr. Mercedes isn’t…

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Originally posted 2016-10-15 12:00:14. Miles Adler-Hart decides to spy on his parents, and he finds out more than he bargained for. By the end of Casebook‘s 336 pages, that’s still about all I got out of it. Mona Simpson dances around concepts such as the dissolution of marriage, privacy, and growing up, and yet she says…

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Originally posted 2016-10-11 17:00:52. I really like Adam Carolla, and I have enjoyed all of his novels. Enjoyable as they may be, however, they perhaps aren’t best consumed back to back to  back.Not Taco Bell Material recounts various drunken incidents from Carolla’s personal life. Although I found this thoroughly entertaining in President Me and In Fifty Years…

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Originally posted 2016-10-08 12:00:24. People seem to love or hate Jonathan Tropper; there really is no in between. I belong in the former category. The guy knows what works for him as a writer and he sticks with it. Sometimes things feel just a bit formulaic, but he’s good at what he does and thus…

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Originally posted 2016-10-04 17:00:09. Liane Moriarty has made a name for herself through novels that primarily dwell on drama amongst suburban moms. In her latest effort, Big Little Lies, Moriarty amps up the discord by throwing domestic violence and murder into the mix. Kindergarten mothers can be a volatile bunch, and one that is particularly difficult for…

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Originally posted 2016-10-04 12:00:41. Title: Starship Troopers Author: Robert Heinlein Published: 1959 Pages: 263 Genre: Science Fiction Kid Friendly Rating: 13+ The inner workings of outer space warfare might be a little advanced for younger readers, but Heinlein goes easy on the gory details. Click here for the Common Sense Media Guide! Synopsis: In a flimsily-justified effort to “be his own…

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Originally posted 2016-10-01 12:00:51. Teenager Max Parkman has Autism and he’s suspected of murder. Saving Max is only the latest incarnation of the Autistic/Asperger’s title-character trend, and it is likely the least realistic of them all. Max’s behaviors are inconsistent and really don’t seem too characteristic of Asperger’s or Autism. Moreover, Max’s mother, Danielle, is…

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Originally posted 2016-09-24 12:00:12. This book took me forever and a half to read. I don’t know why I had such a hard time connecting with the characters. Maybe a large part of my problem was that the primary antagonists of the novel were a supernatural-ish race of characters called the Kushtaka. They are otter…

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Originally posted 2016-09-20 17:00:53. I read Herman Koch’s The Dinner a few years back when everyone was talking about it. I hated it. So, for some reason, I decided to read his new book, Summer House with Swimming Pool. I did not hate it, but I did not particularly like it either. Like The Dinner, Summer House‘s general tone…

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Originally posted 2016-09-17 12:00:05. It seems that as a woman, I am obligated to hate this book. Female Goodreads reviewers consistently label the collection as full of “gender stereotyping” and “easily accessible sexism.” I admit that my sense of humor can lean towards the low-brow. I also know that I tend to love things that…

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Originally posted 2016-09-13 17:00:55. My reasons for selecting a particular novel aren’t always the most noble or inspired. I chose The Slap because I saw a commercial for the TV show version and Zachary Quinto is in it. I love Zachary Quinto, the series is based on a book, and boom: I must read it. The Slap, in…

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Originally posted 2016-09-10 12:00:39. I don’t know if this book is in Oprah’s rebooted reboot of her book club, but Helen Oyeyemi is clearly aspiring towards a coveted position there. From the dumb-but-attempting-to-be-deep title to the overabundance of complex human issues, Boy, Snow, Bird essentially makes a parody of itself from trying too hard. Spoilers ahead,…

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Originally posted 2016-09-06 17:00:53. My opinion of My Sunshine Away may be skewed by the fact that I listened to the audio version, and the narrator had the voice of a serial killer. This contributed to my misgivings about the protagonist, although this guy is creepy enough in his own right. The plot of this novel…

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Originally posted 2016-09-03 12:00:14. I hesitated to watch Girls for a long, long time, primarily due to an innate distrust towards Lena Dunham. As soon as I saw that she was billed as the writer, creator, director, producer, star, key grip, caterer, and every other credit-worthy action known to man, I just didn’t like her. I…

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