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Entries from Apr 2010

Catherine Jinks: Evil Genius

23 Apr 2010 · No Comments

About a quarter of the way through Evil Genius I was pretty sure I had it sussed: a dark parody of the Harry Potter series. By then titular genius Cadel Piggott, who by early adolescence is well down the path leading to an eventual Antisocial Personality Disorder diagnosis, has been packed off to the Axis [...]

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Tags: e-title · j-author · suspense · young adult

Carrie Ryan: The Dead-Tossed Waves

11 Apr 2010 · No Comments

The Dead-Tossed Waves shares some characters and a post-zombie-apocalypse setting with The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but it’s set a generation later.
Ryan’s zombies — which come in both the old-school slow shambling and the newer fast-moving varieties — are certainly horrific, but Ryan treats them almost as an elemental force. The antagonists in the [...]

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Tags: d-title · horror · r-author · young adult

Julie Klausner: I Don’t Care About Your Band

10 Apr 2010 · 1 Comment

I had to read this book because of Klausner’s back-cover crack about “guys in their thirties who’ve never been married, ride their bikes to work, and really like Death Cab for Cutie,”* since that acurately described me when my fiancée and I started dating. (I’ve since given up on my thirties and on DCfC (I [...]

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Tags: autobiography · i-title · k-author

Dexter Palmer: The Dream of Perpetual Motion

04 Apr 2010 · No Comments

Dexter Palmer’s The Dream of Perpetual Motion initially sounds like a steam-punk science fiction novel: it’s set in an alternate twentieth century peopled with clockwork men and flying cars, brooded over by a vast obsidian tower, a sinister airship, and the master of both, the undeniably brilliant and almost certainly mad scientist-cum-magician, Prospero Taligent.
But despite [...]

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Tags: d-title · fiction · p-author