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Weekly Reviews: Crime

portlandtown

In this week’s reviews, we delve into three takes on the everlasting American obsession with crime and criminals.  We start with Rob Deborde’s Portlandtown, which injects its paranormal underpinnings (and just “what is it with all this paranormal activity occurring in the Pacific Northwest?” asks reviewer Carla Riemer) with classic tropes from Western and Crime fiction [...]

The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It

The Forever Fix

Ricki Lewis, a geneticist and journalist, offers an absorbing narrative of the history of and recent advances in gene therapy. She’s written textbooks on the topic, as well as hundreds of articles, and is a guest blogger for Scientific American. The combination of science clearly presented and the personal stories that humanize this cutting edge topic promise [...]

Joe Golem and the Drowning City: An Illustrated Novel

Joe Golem and the Drowning City

Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola first collaborated several years ago on Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire (Spectra, 2007). Now they are back with a second novel collaboration, one that looks likely to become a series. There is a terrific interview between Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box, Horns) and the two authors on [...]

The Starboard Sea

The Starboard Sea

I have to admit that I spent much of the first half of Amber Dermont’s debut novel wondering if I was really going to review it for this blog. Was it wishful thinking? Did I just WANT it to have teen appeal? I knew it appealed to me right away. At first, that was because [...]

The Sisters

The Sisters

The Sisters falls securely in the category of women’s fiction. When I first saw the cover and read the description, I doubted that it would have teen appeal. Still, it was vacation, I had time, I gave it a try. The Sisters begins with a bang. It grabs the reader from the first chapter. And [...]

Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family’s Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom

Across Many Mountains

Yangzom Brauen tells the story of three generations of women in her family, beginning with her grandmother’s young adulthood spent as a Buddhist nun in Tibet. The family fled Tibet in 1960 to escape the Chinese, ending up in India, then Switzerland and, eventually, the United States. Yangzom’s mother, Sonam Dolma Brauen, is now an [...]

Dead of Night

Dead of Night

Jonathan Maberry, author of popular YA novels Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay (both Simon & Schuster, 2010 & 2011 respectively), is out with a new adult zombie novel this week. Maberry debuted Dead of Night as a special guest at ZomBcom 2011 this weekend. You may also know Maberry for his Joe Ledger novels, [...]

Buried Secrets

Buried Secrets

Are you claustrophobic?  If so, you might think twice about reading the latest from Joseph Finder — or maybe it will thrill you all the more. Buried Secrets is the second Nick Heller novel, after Vanished (St. Martin’s, 2009). This is Finder’s first attempt at a series, something he avoided for a long time. For [...]

Night Road

Night Road

According to Kristin Hannah, Night Road was inspired by her son’s senior year of high school (see her blog for more in her own words). If so, that must have been a year rife with anxiety! The reader is privy to two primary perspectives, one adult, one teen, leading up to and recovering from a tragic [...]

Shakespeare Undead

Shakespeare Undead

It is 1592, and zombies have overtaken London. Who better to stop the undead than Shakespeare? And oh yes, Shakespeare is himself a vampire because, really, how could anyone write so many great works in one lifetime? HANDELAND, Lori. Shakespeare Undead. 320p. St. Martin’s/Griffin. 2010. Tr $13.99. ISBN 978-0-312-64152-8. LC 2010014437. Adult/High School–Sure, this is [...]