The World According to Tao (and Wesley Chu)

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    In traditional Chinese philosophy, the Tao is the intuitive knowing of “life” that cannot be grasped full-heartedly as just a concept but is known nonetheless through actual living experience of one’s everyday being.* That’s not the Tao I’m talking about.  Not really. The Tao I’m referring to is an alien being, part of [….]

Review and Giveaway: The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

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In celebration of the paperback release of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, Viking Penguin is giving away one copy of the title to US residents. Please comment below for your chance to win and enjoy this repost of Sharon’s review.   The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards Kristopher Jansma Viking Penguin First Edition: March 21, 2013 [….]

LitStack Review: ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’ by Mohsin Hamid

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Mohsin Hamid Riverhead Books First Edition:  March 5, 2013 ISBN 978-1594487293 —♦— Mohsin Hamid, bestselling author of Moth Smoke and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, has recently released a marvelous third novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Using a clever technique to express the narrator’s voice, [….]

Lake Country by Sean Doolittle

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Lake Country Sean Doolittle Initial Release: July 31, 2012 Bantam Books ISBN 978-0-345-53392-0 Crime and/or suspense novels aren’t really my thing.  Not because they aren’t potentially great reads, but I tend to like my literature at least one step removed from reality – sometimes the setting and situations in these works hit too close to [….]

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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Cloud Atlas David Mitchell Random House, 2004 ISBN 0-375-50725-6 I’m not one to damn a film because it came from a great book, or to exult a book because it spawned a major motion picture, but I will admit that I rushed to read David Mitchell’s novel, Cloud Atlas, after having seen trailers for the [….]

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter HarperCollins Publishers First Edition – June 12, 2012 ISBN 978-0-06-192812-3 — ♦ — Towards the end of Jess Walter’s lovely new novel, Beautiful Ruins, one of the characters muses as the world is unraveling around him that life, despite all its shortcomings, is a “glorious catastrophe”.  It is this ability to recognize beauty [….]

The Fifth Device by Gunther Boccius

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The Fifth Device Gunther Boccius Bryce Cullen Publishing ISBN-10: 1935752243  — ♦ —  Clarity, a quaint, close-knit town, has one major problem – they’re suffering financially. So when Fluid Products comes into their town and promises them fat paychecks and local jobs in spite of the down economy, many citizens are eager to jump right into the deal. [….]

Bond Girl

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Bond Girl Erin Duffy Harper Collins January 24, 2012 ISBN # 978-0-06-206589-6  ▬ᴥ▬ Erin Duffy’s debut novel Bond Girl is a combination of Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Preppy Handbook and The Devil Wears Prada.  While the book might technically be categorized as Chick Lit, there’s enough testosterone in it to satisfy anyone who‘s grown up [….]