's CBR7 Review No:28

Mindbending

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (Buy on amazon.com)

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So I finally read Alif the Unseen. Wow — what a genre-bender. So many questions about belief, ideology, loyalty, technology, humanity, and identity are explored across multiple metaphysical planes and in achingly familiar real-world contexts. To back up to a plot summary, which I’ll ape from Goodreads: “In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young […]

's CBR7 Review No:27

Say yes to lady brewmasters

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare (Buy on amazon.com)

Say Yes to the Marquess

I’ll read essentially any historical romance recommended by Mrs. Julien or Malin, and particularly one whose review earns a comment from beloved author Courtney Milan. So that’s how my attention was drawn to Say Yes to the Marquess, which is now my favorite historical I’ve read since The Suffragette Scandal. Catnip alert: Beer. I am way, way, embarrassingly […]

's CBR7 Review No:36

Princesses and Basque terrorists and murder, oh my

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

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Number eleven. A little emphasis on “numb”. In this installment, Aimee is doing a favor for her godfather, Morbier. He has been called away to Lyon and can’t get ahold of his girlfriend, the beautiful and mysterious Xavierre. He entreats her to go to her home where s he is hosting a wedding rehearsal party for […]

's CBR7 Review No:2

Meh

Tarkin: Star Wars by James Luceno (Buy on amazon.com)

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With Disney’s purchase of LucasFilm and its subsequent re-categorization of its canon I thought now would be as good a time as any to read my first Star Wars novel. I started with the first book of the new canon (the rest of the Expanded Universe now relegated to Legends status), A New Dawn released last […]

's CBR7 Review No:4

There’s a New Web-Slinging Hero in Town

Silk #1 by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee (Buy on amazon.com)

Silk #1 by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee (Marvel 2015)

Silk is one of the highly-anticipated (by me, anyways) new titles to come out of the Spider-Verse event. Penned by Supernatural writer Robbie Thompson and drawn by Stacey Lee, this comic introduces Cindy Moon as the new web-slinging superhero of New York. But don’t worry Parker fans, Peter is still around, and occasionally fights crime […]

's CBR7 Review No:26

The Shakespeare Code

Interred with Their Bones (Kate Stanley #1) by Jennifer Lee Carrell (Buy on amazon.com)

Interred with Their Bones will be one of those books that I enjoyed immensely while reading it, but won’t seek out the sequel or probably remember much of it in six months. Still, it was a fun read while it lasted! “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their […]

's CBR7 Review No:25

Cormoran Strikes Again!

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) (Buy on amazon.com)

The Silkworm wasn’t quite as stellar as The Cuckoo’s Calling, but still an interesting and well-written detective story. I wasn’t quite as wrapped up in this case as I was in Lula Landry’s (probably because the victim wasn’t so likable), and I thought the ending was a bit outrageous, but the Robin & Strike relationship progressed wonderfully […]

's CBR7 Review No:7

Ten Minutes Only is Required

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall (Buy on amazon.com)

Vish Puri is India’s Most Private Investigator. He handles cases as simple as cheating spouses and background checks on potential husbands to murder, kidnapping, and the abduction of a famous moustache. Yes, really. One of Puri’s clients in this book is the man with the longest moustache. Someone breaks into his house and shaves off […]

's CBR7 Review No:24

Disappointing in so many ways

Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Buy on amazon.com)

I really thought I would like Little Bee – it had fantastic reviews, the cover/summary looked really interesting and for god’s sake, Pamie Ribon recommended it. But I really just didn’t, and the more I read, the more frustrated I became. It could have been such an incredible story, but it fell completely flat. Little Bee is […]

's CBR7 Review No:27

An Abundance of Moping

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Buy on amazon.com)

An Abundance of Katherines

Colin Singleton is a child prodigy, convinced that as he ages, he becomes less remarkable with each passing day. While able to converse in eleven different languages and capable of memorising the majority of everything he reads (for hours every day), he’s not really able to adapt the reading into anything new – like a […]

's CBR7 Review No:35

Hauntingly lyrical account of madness

He Wanted the Moon- The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him by Mimi Baird with Eve Claxton (Buy on amazon.com)

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I don’t even know how to begin to write about this book and I’m still having trouble shaking this story from my mind. Dr. Perry Baird was by all accounts a brilliant doctor and was doing some ground breaking experiments trying to discover a biochemical root in manic depression. He had a thriving practice as a […]

's CBR7 Review No:16

An appeal to Americans to shake off the chains of economic injustice and complacency

Workin' on a Chain Gang by Walter Mosley (Buy on amazon.com)

Chain Gang

This non-fiction contribution by the highly-respected African-American author addressing some of the many problems afflicting the United States today is a must-read. Written in 2000 in a presidential election year (but today more timely than ever), the socially-conscious Mosely intended his book-length essay to awaken the majority of Americans—black and white—who go through life too […]