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Station Eleven: A novel
Emily St. John Mandel
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Added: 10/1/2014

Landline
Rainbow Rowell
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Added: 8/1/2014

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel
Gabrielle Zevin
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Added: 5/22/2014

And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini
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Added: 3/7/2014

Annihilation: A Novel (Southern Reach Trilogy)
Jeff VanderMeer
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Added: 3/7/2014

The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
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Added: 3/7/2014

The Circle
Dave Eggers
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Added: 11/1/2013

The Maid's Version: A Novel
Daniel Woodrell
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Added: 11/1/2013

Lexicon
Max Barry
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Added: 11/1/2013

Cryptic Spaces: Book One: Foresight
Deen Ferrell
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Added: 9/30/2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
Neil Gaiman
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Added: 8/1/2013

The Humanity Project
Jean Thompson
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Added: 6/3/2013

Life After Life: A Novel
Kate Atkinson
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Added: 4/5/2013

Three Graves Full
Jamie Mason
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Added: 3/28/2013

The Good House: A Novel
Ann Leary
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Added: 1/31/2013

The Dinner
Herman Koch
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Added: 1/31/2013

This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Diaz
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Added: 1/3/2013

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel
Robin Sloan
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Added: 11/4/2012

The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling
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Added: 10/24/2012

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ray Bradbury
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Added: 9/10/2012

The Paris Wife: A Novel
Paula McLain
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Added: 7/21/2012

The Time Traveler's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger
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Added: 7/21/2012

The Year of the Flood: A Novel
Margaret Atwood
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Added: 7/18/2012

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot
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Added: 7/18/2012

My Memories of a Future Life
Roz Morris
DEFINITELY Unleash it
Added: 7/13/2012

Vaporetto 13
Robert Girardi
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Added: 7/13/2012

KING SOLOMON'S CARPET.
Ruth. (Writing as Barbara Vine) Rendell
Very Unleashable
Added: 7/9/2012

by Ann Patchett (Author)Bel Canto (Paperback)
Ann Patchett (Author)
DEFINITELY Unleash it
Added: 7/9/2012
 
 
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by Ann Patchett (Author)Bel Canto (Paperback)
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 | Go To Book Page

Loved this. It went through a flabby stage in the middle, but by the end I was in total admiration for the concept. Briefly, the action centres on an ambassador's house where terrorists take a bunch of visitors hostage. They stay there for months, evolving into a society of their own. What a fabulous way to explore ideas of paradise, with a background of sublime music as well. I finished it nine months ago and can't stop thinking about it.
DEFINITELY Unleash it

KING SOLOMON'S CARPET.
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 | Go To Book Page

Shame on me, but I've never read either Ruth or her alter ego Barbara. Crime fiction, RR's usual genre, doesn't get me excited at all. But a friend recommended this... and I'm so glad she did.
First of all, it's steeped in the mysteries of the Underground - I'm a real London Tube freak. Second, the lady has earned her golden daggers and whatnot. Interesting, conflicted characters who get their hooks into you and you want to get back to. Terrific descriptive passages - either of the minutae of a personally significant but seemingly trivial act, or heart-stopping action sequences. And nothing is as it seems - in a very good way.
Strangely, it doesn't start too well. There's a lot of time spent on a character who isn't relevant, even in hindsight and allowing that the author might be aiming for thematic resonance. Then there's an enormous back-story dump I'm not convinced we need either. But persevere, for once the story gets going, it's terrific.
Bravo, BarbaraRuth, this book's a keeper.
Very Unleashable

My Memories of a Future Life
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 | Go To Book Page

Disclosure, because I'm new here! This is my own book and I'm not sure what to do about rating it. Obviously I can't say I haven't read it, and quite naturally I would wish it to be unleashed! Also I'd add that several reviewers elsewhere in the webosphere have assured me it's a club-type book to its last full stop.... anyway if I've transgressed some rules of the game, do let me know what I should do instead!
DEFINITELY Unleash it

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Date Posted: 7/21/2012 | Go To Book Page

I work on a medical journal and many years ago I heard about the HeLa cells. I always suspected there was an extraordinary story in there somewhere - I'm only sorry Rebecca Skloot has beaten me to writing it.
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The Paris Wife: A Novel
Date Posted: 7/21/2012 | Go To Book Page

Definitely on my TBR pile. Who wouldn't want to read about Hemingway's wife? 
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The Time Traveler's Wife
Date Posted: 7/21/2012 | Go To Book Page

Too long in places, but very daring with the story. A clever, original read
Very Unleashable

Vaporetto 13
Date Posted: 7/13/2012 | Go To Book Page

Disappointing. The protagonist is drawn to a mysterious woman he meets feeding stray cats in Venice at night and spends much of the novel wondering about her. But to us she seems a cardboard cut-out - not mysterious but deliberately vague. There are some lovely visual descriptions and it's full of Venice atmosphere, but I couldn't feel any fascination for the woman - and also I didn't particularly engage with the deeper issue the main character was grappling with. However, there was a nice scene near the end where it all came into focus - although I still can't see why the Venice stuff was necessary.
Mildly Unleashable
 
 

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