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Recent Reads 4.0

Jack Baker "Beauty Will Save the World"
The list author says: "More recent reads. I had intended to read some more classic lit, but was derailed by some excellent popular and science fiction, as well as some biographical reading."
Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, Book 1)
Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, Book 1)
"Strong scifi/fantasy debut from Alan Campbell.  Angels, assassins, and a city suspended by chains over an abyss.  Truly original."
Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, Book 2)
Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, Book 2)
"The second book of the Deepgate Codex.  The best of the three part series, the book follows the continuing exploits of the angel Dill and his Spine assassin companion Rachel Hael."
God of Clocks (Deepgate Codex )
God of Clocks (Deepgate Codex )
"The third and final book in the Deepgate Codex.  Strong beginning, but fades near the end with a somewhat disappointing conclusion.  Despite some flaws,still an excellent scifi fantasy novel and must read if you've read the first two books in the series."
The Night Country: A Novel
The Night Country: A Novel
"Mild horror tale from writer Stewart O'Nan.  The story is told from the viewpoint of four ghosts, spirits of teenagers killed on Halloween in a car crash.  The events of the story take place a year later as the ghosts observe the lives of their friends, family, and the policeman who pursued them on the night they died."
Last Night at the Lobster
Last Night at the Lobster
"Compelling tale of the final night of a Red Lobster restaurant being shut down for economic reasons.  The story is told from the viewpoint of Manny, the manager.  His girlfriend is expecting, but also on his mind is the waitress he had an affair with.  Simply great storytelling."
Brimstone
Brimstone
"The 3rd entry in Parker's Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch series, this book finds Cole and Hitch acting as deputies in the town of Brimstone.  Back on the scene is Cole's would be lover, Allie, who continues to complicate the two gunfighters' lives.  Add in an outlaw turned saloon owner, an Indian with a grudge, and a preacher with questionable morals/sanity and you have the recipe for trouble."
The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel
The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel
"Another entry in Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series, Rhyme and his partner Amelia Sachs investigate a criminal who not only commits crimes, but uses identity theft to set innocent people to take the fall.  Another complex thriller from Deaver with his trademark twists and turns."
The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Trilogy, Book 1)
The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Trilogy, Book 1)
"In this dark fantasy novel, wizards use magic to conceal a young girl destined to be queen by transforming her into a boy.  She grows up as a boy, not knowing her true identity and haunted by the malevolent spirit of her dead twin brother who died in order to make the magic possible.  Full of magic, madness, and swordplay, this was a great read."
Hidden Warrior (Tamir Trilogy, Book 2)
Hidden Warrior (Tamir Trilogy, Book 2)
"Sequel to The Bone Doll's Twin, this novel follows Prince Tobin (who is really a girl) as he struggles to become a warrior like his father while trying to hide his true identity as the girl destined to be queen.  Compelling characters and a unique story make this worth a look."
The Oracle's Queen (Tamir Trilogy, Book 3)
The Oracle's Queen (Tamir Trilogy, Book 3)
"Strong conclusion of The Tamir Trilogy.  Tobin's true nature is revealed when he breaks the enchantment concealing his true gender.  He becomes Tamir and must fight to claim the throne of Skala as destiny has foretold.  To do so, she must defeat her cousin, who has his own claim to the throne."
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle
"The basis for the animated movie.  Jones's novel is somewhat different than the movie, but equally as compelling.  Written for young adults, it's a breezy read, but a lot of fun."
Castle in the Air
Castle in the Air
"Follows the adventures of a young carpet merchant named Abdullah who acquires a magic carpet and falls in love with a princess.  Problems start when the girl is abducted by a djinn who has a thing for collecting princesses.  With help from some of the characters from Howl's Moving Castle, Abdullah must find a way to rescue her."
Renegade: The Making of a President
Renegade: The Making of a President
"Richard Wolffe's inside look at Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.  Goes behind the scenes to examine strategy, both successful as well as some of the mistakes the campaign made.  Wolffe isn't afraid to let some of Obama's rough edges show, painting a more human view of the candidate and his reasons for running."
True Compass: A Memoir
True Compass: A Memoir
"Ted Kennedy's autobiography.  Kennedy writes in a conversational style, and succeeds in bringing the reader inside the Kennedy family.  His awe and love for his older brothers really comes through, as does his desire to serve the American people, especially those less fortunate than himself.  His historical memories may be biased, but this is a great read regardless."
Star Trek Enterprise: The First Adventure
Star Trek Enterprise: The First Adventure
"After watching the new Star Trek movie, I felt like revisiting this novel, which also tells the tale of Captain Kirk's first mission as captain of the Enterprise.  McIntyre has created a wonderful story and her side characters are as interesting as the characters from the television show."
Legacies: A Repairman Jack Novel
Legacies: A Repairman Jack Novel
"The second Repairman Jack novel.  Jack helps a woman having trouble with mysterious people interested in a house that she inherited.  Not as good as The Tomb, but still a fun read."
Dracula (Penguin Classics)
Dracula (Penguin Classics)
"I reread this for the third time the other day and ordered this version of the gothic classic from Amazon, as my old copy has some faded print."
The Monk (Penguin Classics)
The Monk (Penguin Classics)
"I've been reading some gothic fiction, mainly Bram Stoker over the past few weeks."
Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales (Penguin Classics)
Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales (Penguin Classics)
"Chilling short fiction from the author of Dracula.  Includes the novella, The Lair of the White Worm.  The Novella is kind of weak, but the short stories are excellent."
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