's CBR7 Review No:3

Coming to America

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang (Buy on amazon.com)

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“Yo, there’s this new comedian Eddie. My parents don’t like him because he swears a lot. But you should hear the shit he says! Racism, janky food, fucking white people, he takes ‘em on. He keeps it mad real. He’s funny as shit ’cause he’s been through some shit! And he’s about to BLOW. UP. He does […]

's CBR7 Review No:14

It fills my heart up and gets louder

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Buy on amazon.com)

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Drums of Autumn had the feeling of getting back on its feet after the last two books in the series. Not that Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager weren’t enjoyable — quite the contrary — but this book finally has Claire and Jamie back together throughout the entire duration, free from any timey-wimey separations. It’s not free of the sort of laughably […]

's CBR7 Review No:7

One of Those Things That I Only Read Because I Had To

Case Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy by Gerald Corey (Buy on amazon.com)

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This is a misleading little textbook in terms of how long it actually takes to get through it. I thought, “oh it’s so small compared to my other books, this will be easy!” But no. The writing is compact and while there is a lot of dialogue in the presented case studies to make things […]

's CBR7 Review No:17

Zen master from the Pyrenees?

the chalk circle man by Fred Vargas (Buy on amazon.com)

Fred Vargas is a pseudonym for French historian, archaeologist and writer Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau. Her erudite and varied background really informs this well written and elegantly paced book. Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is new to the 5th arrondissement in Paris. Newly promoted from his home post in the Pyrenees, he walks the streets, taking in this city of stone. From […]

's CBR7 Review No:16

French twist

Murder in the Marais by Cara Black (Buy on amazon.com)

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This first book in Cara Black’s Aimee Leduc Detective series was a lovely surprise. Along with her partner Rene, she runs a detective agency that specializes in computer forensics and security. However, they owe thousands in back taxes, not to mention being behind in other accounts. When a mysterious older gentleman insists she take his case […]

's CBR7 Review No:8

Pusheen is my spirit animal.

I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton (Buy on amazon.com)

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If you’ve been on the internet at all, you’ve probably seen Pusheen in one form or another. She has a blog, a set of Facebook stickers, and a bunch of merch at online indie shops. If you’re already a fan, you will get most of your favorite comics in one book. And if you’re a newbie, hopefully you will be inspired to check out […]

's CBR7 Review No:4

Lula Landry and the Deathly Hallows

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (Buy on amazon.com)

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Lula Landry’s plunge from her posh London balcony is initially declared a suicide, though her supermodel status feeds a media uproar for several weeks. Her smack-addled rock star boyfriend, the notoriously deviant Italian director who lives downstairs, the newly arrived American rapper who obsessively includes her in all his lyrics…all seem suspect to Landry’s family, and […]

's CBR7 Review No:15

Norwegian expats in Bangkok

Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo (Buy on amazon.com)

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A year after Olso police detective Harry Hole solved a sensational case in Sydney, Australia (detailed in The Bat) he is foundering. Drinking continuously and just barely getting by at work, he is still consumed by the horrors he encountered and obsessed with finding the man who brutally raped his sister. Then two colleagues are sent […]

's CBR7 Review No:7

Kvothe Grows Up in Kingkiller Chronicles, Volume 2

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (Buy on amazon.com)

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As compelling as his debut novel in the “Kingkiller Chronicles” trilogy, Rothfuss’s second tome nonetheless has a very different feel to it, almost like three distinct novels. It also has some weaknesses that were not evident in his first novel, but for all that, it is an engrossing read. This is the second day of […]

's CBR7 Review No:12

But…but…where’s the rest of it??

Love All by Callie Wright (Buy on amazon.com)

I’m going to echo Caitlin_D’s sentiments regarding Love All: it could have been 5 stars if Callie Wright had finished the damn thing. Instead, it drops off suddenly with nothing really resolved. This caused me to spend the last 50 pages going, “How is she going to wrap everything up in time?”, then thinking, “Oh, I […]

's CBR7 Review No:11

Not your typical comedienne memoir

Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle by Rachel Dratch (Buy on amazon.com)

Rachel Dratch’s memoir, Girl Walks into a Bar . . ., follows its subtitle exactly: she splits her book into the three sections of Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle. Comedy Calamities: most of us probably know Dratch from Saturday Night Live, and the occasional “ugly girl” role in a movie. She starts with a hyperbolized call […]

's CBR7 Review No:3

Words, words, but they hold the horror of the world

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (Buy on amazon.com)

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“This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the […]