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The Dollhouse Murders

The Dollhouse Murders, by Thomas P. Mauriello. Subtitle: A Forensic Expert Investigates 6 Little Crimes. Thomas Mauriello is an expert crime scene investigator and also teaches the subject. In 1992, he saw the “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” dioramas, a series of 18 dollhouse miniatures of crime scenes. They were created in the 1940′s by … Continue reading »

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The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress, by David Walliams. Dennis is a 12-year-old boy whose life has been very boring and lonely since his mother left a couple of years ago. He is bullied by his brother and his father has a “no hugging” rule in the house. The two bright spots in Dennis’ life are … Continue reading »

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Marcelino Pan Y Vino

Marcelino Pan y Vino, by Jose Maria Sanchez-Silva. Marcelino is an orphan who was abandoned as a baby at the doorstep of a small Franciscan monastery. He grows up to be a mischievious little boy who has the run of the monastery. He only place he’s not allowed to visit is the attic. Of course, … Continue reading »

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Dante’s Equation

Dante’s Equation, by Jane Jensen. [Short note this time as I try to catch up on the book write-ups.] This book combines Torah code, cutting-edge physics, Auschwitz, alternate universes, and good and evil to make a neat, far-raging, and exciting adventure. You wouldn’t think such a mix would work so well, but it does. WorldCat … Continue reading »

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Y de repente un angel

Y de repente un ángel, by Jaime Bayly. These are two stories, intertwined. One is about the protagonist, a young writer who keeps a messy house in Lima, Peru; the other, about the old cleaning woman he hires to keep his house in a state acceptable to his girlfriend. Mercedes, the cleaning woman, is matter … Continue reading »

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Cloud Roads

Cloud Roads, by Martha Wells. Continuing my quest for good non-Tolkien, non-Celtic fantasy… I don’t remember why I picked up this book — I think I just looked up “2011 Fantasy” in the library catalog — but I’m glad I did. Moon isn’t sure what he is. There are many kinds of peoples in the … Continue reading »

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Vuelta Atras

Vuelta Atrás, by Robert J. Sawyer. Translated into Spanish by Rafael Marin Trechera. Original title: Rollback. In 2010, Dr. Sarah Halifax had been the first to decipher the alien signal from Sigma Draconis. Thanks to her work, a reply was sent by Earth but, because of the great distance involved, a second signal wasn’t expected … Continue reading »

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Reading list: How to start reading science fiction

Back in April and May, Kirkus’ science fiction and fantasy blog posted a six-part series called, How to Start Reading Science Fiction. Like it says on the tin, it’s a series of recommendations for beginning SF readers. What you need to know 10 accessible science fiction books Award winners Short stories A sampling of genres … Continue reading »

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Wasp

Wasp, by Eric Frank Russell. You know how distracting it can be when a wasp flies into a car that’s speeding down the highway? One little wasp could cause a deadly car crash and, best of all (for the wasp), it doesn’t even have to sting the driver. All it has to do is… distract. … Continue reading »

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin. Yeine’s mother was the king’s daughter who had been exiled when she married a barbarian and gave up her birthright. Yeine has been raised to be a warrior of her father’s barbarian tribe. Now nineteen years old, she’s been summoned by the king, her grandfather, to the city … Continue reading »

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