The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

I have always been in awe of J. K. Rowling, both for her amazing financial success and for her positive effect in attracting millions of children to take up reading. However, I’m not alone in wondering whether she is the one-trick-pony with the most astounding trick that ever hit the publishing world. Unfortunately, “The Casual Vacancy,”  her […]

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There Comes a Prophet By David Litwack

There Comes a Prophet is the story of Nathaniel, “good at everything but destined to fall short of greatness” and Orah, childhood friends in a post-apocalypse religious dictatorship, who approach their coming adulthood with a combination of rebellion and despair. They know something is wrong with their society, but ask themselves that age-old question, “What […]

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Gabriel’s Redemption by Steve Umstead

This is a basic hard Sci-Fi shoot-em-up, with plenty of hi-tech weaponry and high-rolling manpower (and womanpower) to wield it.    The setting is the near future, when an asteroid strike has realigned the world’s power blocs. Umstead gives us just enough “historical” detail to make a satisfying background, without boring us with unnecessary detail. […]

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