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Jennifer Weiner: The Guy Not Taken

11 Jan 2016 · No Comments

I liked this short story collection much better than “Good in Bed.”

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Tags: g-title · short stories · w-author

The Girl Who Would Be King

16 Mar 2014 · No Comments

The Girl Who Would be King uses alternating first-person narration to tell the stories of two young women who discover that they have unusual abilities, their struggles to understand and adapt to them, and the conflict those struggles eventually draw them into. Along the way Bonnie and Lola become, more or less, a superhero and [...]

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Tags: fantasy · g-title · t-author · young adult

Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl

10 Nov 2013 · No Comments

I had a very mixed response to Gone Girl, and a decidedly see-saw reading experience. It features two strong and very distinct authorial voices, both rendered with considerable verve, and these initially drew me in. But I quickly grew impatient with long lags between broad hints (not nearly subtle enough to be called foreshadows) and [...]

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Tags: f-author · g-title · mystery · suspense

Catherynne Valente: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

03 Nov 2012 · No Comments

I loved this book so much that weeks later I’m still struggling to express my reactions coherently. Valente explicitly draws on the works of Barrie, Baum, Carroll, Lewis, and the folk tale tradition as represented by the Grimms and Andrew Lang’s compendia. It has a dash of post-modern self-referential awareness of its own narrative (but [...]

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Tags: fantasy · g-title · v-author

Victor Gischler: Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse

12 Aug 2012 · No Comments

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse may have been partly the victim of excessive expectations from me: I love the title, and it had extravagant blurbs from authors I admire. But it left me cold. Aside from the conceit hinted at in the title — that a strip-club franchise could become the nucleus of a new [...]

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Tags: g-author · g-title · science fiction

Heather Donahue: Growgirl

28 Jul 2012 · No Comments

When I heard of this book, it sounded like the real-life counterpart of Weeds: Donahue, an actress in career free-fall after a successful movie failed to result in a viable career, decides that raising pot sounds like a viable make-ends-meet option, and makes other highly questionable choices; some whacky and some racy stuff ensues.
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Tags: autobiography · d-author · g-title

Lizabeth Zindel: A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills

18 Apr 2012 · No Comments

Holly has problems. Her mom died, and her dad has taken up with her mom’s sister, Claudia, which is pretty oogy. Something that may or may not be her mom’s ghost is crying out for vengeance, and Holly doesn’t know whether to trust it or not. Everyone in Holly’s life has names that start with [...]

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Tags: g-title · young adult · z-author

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Mars Trilogy

01 Apr 2012 · 1 Comment

I saw the John Carter movie (1/3 awesome, 2/3 slow,sappy,dumb/hard-to-follow) and wanted to revisit the original novel, mostly to see if there was quite as much time spent on the Earth backstory (answer: not by a long shot). But after reading A Princess of Mars I realized the John Carter film incorporated several major plot [...]

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Tags: b-author · fantasy · g-title · p-title · science fiction · w-title

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Girl from Farris’s

31 Oct 2011 · No Comments

I don’t usually write about short fiction, but Burrough’s The Girl from Farris’s is almost novel-length, and it packs in at least a novel’s worth of plot, with intrigues, betrayals, and skullduggery to spare. I read gobs of Burroughs in my adolescence — John Carter of Mars, Carson of Venus, et al — but this [...]

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Libba Bray : Going Bovine

24 Sep 2011 · 1 Comment

At the outset of Going Bovine, Cameron Smith, a quintessential teenage underachiever, finds out he’s under an unusual death sentence: he’s contracted Mad Cow disease. With some supernatural aid, he breaks himself out of the hospital and goes on a whacky road-trip to save both himself and the universe — or then again, maybe he [...]

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Tags: b-author · fantasy · g-title · satire · young adult