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Hieroglyph: Stories and Blueprints for a Better Future
Neal Stephenson
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Natylie Baldwin, Kermit D. Larson
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
Paula Hawkins
Our Souls at Night: A novel
Kent Haruf
Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
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Cathy Whitlock
The Homicide Report: Understanding Murder in America
Jill Leovy
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The Gods of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison In an alternate near past, humans have been much reduced as a result of unanticipated problems with bioengineered tomatoes. One result is that non-humans, immune to the created virus, have become the dominant culture, witches, werewolves, vampires, the usual gang of idiots. The main character here is Rachel, a witch who is contracted with the security organization responsible for policing the magical population. Her assignments are called “runs.” In such “runs” she goes after folks who are breaking laws, whether of the murder or traffic ticket variety. Of late, more the latter. Her true desire is to take down the big crime boss in town. Stymied in her job by hostile and incompetent bosses, she seeks to start out on her own. With a vampire friend, they begin, renting out an underutilized church for their base. Rachel is assisted by Jenks, a four-inch pixie. It is an entertaining tale, with interesting characters, whose motivations and true purposes are often unclear. The book aspires to create an entire reality, and does as good a job as one might expect. There is enough suspense to sustain interest and enough charm and warmth to allow one to feel for Rachel and some others. I would not place this in the same level as the Harry Potter books. It just feels less substantive. But it was a fun ride, and as such worthy of recommendation. I would, and will, read the next in the series.