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May. 18th, 2015

Nein. A ManifestoNein. A Manifesto by Eric Jarosinski

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Nein Quarterly is a Twitter account (@NeinQuarterly) that spoofs philosophy and higher education. In the words of its creator, Nein Quarterly is "a 'Compendium of Utopian Negation' that uses the aphoristic potential of Twitter to plumb the existential abyss of modern life—and finds it bottomless." It is often very funny with its take on philosophy and nihilism. This book is a quick reading entertaining extension of the Twitter account. It is very much in the vein of the Twitter feed; fans will enjoy it though it does not really break any new ground.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book through Netgalley. It is due to be published September 8, 2015.]



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Apr. 25th, 2015

How a Gunman Says Goodbye (Glasgow Underworld Trilogy, #2)How a Gunman Says Goodbye by Malcolm Mackay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Frank MacLeod was one of the best gunmen in the business, but now he's older and his first job after hip surgery goes very wrong. The second book of the Glasgow Underworld Trilogy is even more poignant and compelling than the first as the characters grow and wrestle with the hard choices they make.

[I received an advanced e-galley through Netgalley. The complete trilogy was released on April 21, 2015.]



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Apr. 7th, 2015

Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War ITerrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War I by Henrik Rehr

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A graphic "novel" that tells the story of Gavrilo Princip, whose assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria would lead to World War I. The story is told in beautiful stark black and white drawings that capture the state of Princip's young, zealous mind and eagerness for Yugoslav nationalism. The book, through Princip, wonders whether the aftermath was inevitable and if indeed one man did make a difference. An important historical story well-told.

[I received an e-galley of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.]



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Apr. 6th, 2015

The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (Glasgow Underworld Trilogy, #1)The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The first book of a trilogy set in the Glasgow underworld of organized crime. Lewis Winter is a small-time drug dealer whose ambition and need to please his girlfriend are making him step on toes of some very powerful people. A hit is ordered on Winter and the book follows the setup and aftermath of the job spending a lot of time in the heads of those involved - the hired gun, the witnesses, the detective assigned to the case. An absorbing and gritty crime novel.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this novel through Netgalley. The entire trilogy will be released April 21, 2015.]



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Apr. 1st, 2015

Salad AnniversarySalad Anniversary by Machi Tawara

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A strong collection of love poems that combines the classical tanka form with the theme of contemporary romance. The poems focus on remembrances and young love filled with images that remain in the reader's mind long after reading. A lovely collection.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book through Netgalley. The book is due to be published June 9, 2015.]



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Apr. 1st, 2015

A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter FictionA Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This collection gathers Terry Pratchett's shorter fiction, both from and outside the Discworld, into one book. Obviously the Discworld stuff will draw fans (the Granny Weatherwax story is a standout), but the book also includes the first story he published at age 13, a later story that would evolve into his novel The Long World (co-written with Stephen Baxter), and some shorter pieces and squibs written for various events and publications. Essential reading for Pratchett fans.



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Mar. 27th, 2015

Against the CountryAgainst the Country by Ben Metcalf

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


An interesting, if overwritten, novel about a man's remembrances of his terrible young adulthood and contentious relationship with his father and others in Goochland, Virginia. It's a long rant with some funny anecdotes and thematically dismisses the notion of country life somehow being more ideal or virtuous than town or city life. As someone who grew up in a rural area and moved on, I found a lot to relate to and some of it hilarious, even if the book's style is sometimes off-putting and tries to hard for sophistication and perhaps even Faulknerian pretense.



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Mar. 23rd, 2015

Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected PoemsDuppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems by Kwame Dawes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


An amazing collection that follows the evolution of a great contemporary poet. Gathering poems from his many earlier books as well as including a book-length collection of new poems, the collection wisely uses chronology to show Dawes's growth as a poet, even as many of his themes - music, particularly reggae and the blues, race, sex, relationships, the struggle to survive in a harsh world. The title of the book comes from a Bob Marley song; a duppy in Jamaican culture is a malevolent spirit working toward a harmful outcome. While the poems here highlight the struggle, they never give in to hopelessness. A powerful collection; highly recommended.



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Mar. 18th, 2015

The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


When Myfanwy Thomas wakes up surrounded by corpses and with her memory erased, she soon learns she is part of the Checquy, a British secret service agency that deals with the supernatural. A mix of spy thriller and supernatural adventure with a bit of mystery, the novel is full of great, often creepy villains and a lot of fun moments.



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