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BookSmith · 1d ago

Finch, Charles. A Beautiful Blue Death.

NY: St. Martin, 2007. Mystery novels in a historical setting are very problematic, I’ve found, but my wife recommended this new series so I gave it a try. And it’s not bad. It does have prob...
BookSmith · 4d ago

Rankin, Ian. Rather Be the Devil.

NY: Little, Brown, 2016. John Rebus, master homicide investigator of the Lothian and Borders police, has been semi-retired for awhile now, but he just can’t let go. Being a detective is not ...
BookSmith · 6d ago

Dessen, Sarah. Just Listen.

NY: Viking, 2006. I’ve become hooked recently on Dessen’s highly literate YA novels, and this one is one of her best so far. Even though I’m a grandparent, I’m also a lifelong librarian and ...
BookSmith · 1W ago

Card, Orson Scott (ed.). Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century.

NY: Ace Books, 2001. “Best of” anthologies by multiple authors are a good way to catch up on above-average stories you might have missed the first time around, or to revisit those you haven’...
BookSmith · 1W ago

Swierczynski, Duane. Fun and Games.

NY: Mulholland Books, 2011. This is the first volume in the author’s rather off-the-wall “Charlie Hardie” trilogy, and it’s a doozy. Charlie, now around forty, was never actually a cop but h...
BookSmith · 1W ago

Dessen, Sarah. Along for the Ride.

NY: Viking, 2009. I only recently discovered this author, whose books are marketed as Young Adult, but I’m very impressed with her work, period. She considers themes and issues of interest t...
BookSmith · 2W ago

Beard, Mary. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome.

NY: Liveright, 2015. Until recently, Beard wasn’t that well-known outside the world of academic classicists, her occasional appearances on BBC notwithstanding. Then this engaging and engross...
BookSmith · 2W ago

Dessen, Sarah. The Moon and More.

NY: Viking, 2013. Dessen has won a number of awards for her novels and frequently appears on “Best of the Year” lists — but always as a “Young Adult” author. That’s a form of ghettoization I...
BookSmith · 3W ago

Feintuch, David. Challenger’s Hope.

NY: Warner Aspect, 1995. This is the second volume of the “Seafort Saga,” featuring young Commander Nick Seafort of the UN Naval Service in the late 22nd century, and it’s natural to compare...
BookSmith · 3W ago

Kearsley, Susanna. The Shadowy Horses.

NY: Bantam, 1997. I read a great deal, in nearly every genre and flavor of fiction, and I strongly disagree with the elitists who insist that certain entire categories of books simply aren’t...