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Snow Crash. Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash Stephenson challenges Gibson for cyberpunk crown

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When you've been given the name Hiro Protagonist, you're typecast from the day your birth certificate was filed. Luckily for our hero Hiro, he meets the challenge quite nicely: he's both a world-class swordsman, when wielding the katana his father left him, and a world-class hacker.Read more

No Time For Goodbye. Linwood Barclay

No Time for Goodbye - Nothing special here

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Twenty-five years ago, 14-year-old Cynthia Bigge awoke to a vacant house: Mom missing; Dad gone; brother disappeared no notes, no blood, no nothing: no sign whatsoever of her missing family members.Read more

Animal Dreams. Barbara Kingsolver

Kingsolver Defines Grace in Animal Dreams

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Although the copper mine that had given the little town of Grace, Arizona, its main reason for existing petered out years ago, the little town soldiers on.Read more

Spider Woman's Daughter. Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman resurrects her father Tony's Leaphorn-Chee series

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When Tony Hillerman died in 2008, fans of his mystery series about two Navajo tribal policemen were crushed. The eighteen books of the Leaphorn-Chee series millions of copies in more than three decades before Hillerman passed from pulmonary disease two years after his last novel.Read more

The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Mitch Albom

Touchy and feely, but ultimately blah

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What's the deal with books these days? Just take a look: the ones written for kids get longer and longer (and more expensive), while the ones written for adults get shorter (and more expensive). Don't believe me?Read more

Pirate Latitudes. Michael Crichton

Even dead, Crichton writes lousy fiction

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The blurb on the inside back cover claims that Michael Crichton's posthumously-published Pirate Latitudes was "discovered as a complete manuscript in his files after his death in 2008." Given that Crichton had been catapulted to the status of "sure thing" with the success of 1990's Jurassic Park ,…Read more

Warp. Lev Grossman

If I had read Warp first, I probably wouldn't have read The Magicians

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You say you loved Lev Grossmans Magicians trilogy? You want to read everything the guys ever written? Sorry: thats probably not a good idea: youd have to read Warp . Its just another novel about aimless slackers , like dozens of other novels written in the 90s.Read more

Tidy Cats 24/7 Performance Clumping Cat Litter

I'm going back to Scoop Away!

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I normally use Scoop Away litter because I can get it cheap at Costco. The last time I bought litter, though, I got some Tidy Cats 247 Performance Clumping instead. The difference surprised me.Read more

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Try Buffalo Trace Bourbon: you might be surprised

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My liquor cabinet probably suggests that I enjoy a wee dram o single malt of an evening, but I remain an equal-opportunity sipper: whisky or whiskey, depending on my mood.Read more

Nothing Short of Dying. Erik Storey

Bloody Debut Novel Full of Clichés

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Like darned near every other antihero, Clyde Barr is a stone killer whos spent a few years as a mercenary. Clydes difference is that he always fought for the little guy or at least for what he thought might be the right side.Read more