LitStack ‘In Case You Missed It’ Review: The City & the City by China Miéville

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The City & the City China Miéville Del Rey Release Date:  May 26, 2009 ISBN 978-0-345-49751-2 I enjoy exploring literary works whose titles have been short-listed for awards in my preferred genre; the Hugos and the Nebulas, the World Fantasy Awards.  Doing so has led me to many talented authors and dozens of entertaining novels [….]

LitStack Review: Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger

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Manitou Canyon William Kent Krueger Atria Books Release Date:  September 6, 2016 ISBN 978-1-4767-4926-6 Cork O’Connor, former sheriff and now private investigator in the North Woods of Minnesota sure has longevity; well, for a literary character. Manitou Canyon is the 15th book in the Cork O’Connor series by William Kent Krueger, and if it’s any [….]

LitStack Review: After Atlas by Emma Newman

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After Atlas Emma Newman Roc Release Date:  November 8, 2016 ISBN 978-0-425282-40-3 Last year, Emma Newman’s novel, Planetfall, chronicled the aftermath of an interstellar expedition whose participants thought they had found the resting place of God. Led by the unshakable faith of the genius scientist known as the Pathfinder, a thousand people left behind their [….]

LitStack Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Dark Matter Blake Crouch Publisher:  Crown Release Date:  July 26, 2016 ISBN 978-1-101-90422-0 When you read in an author’s Acknowledgements page, and he thanks his film and TV manager, and his entertainment attorney, and then you read the line, “I couldn’t ask for a stronger group trying to make XXXXX, the movie, a reality,” you [….]

LitStack Review: Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell

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Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? Paul Cornell Pan Books Release Date:  May 19, 2016 ISBN 978-1-4472-7326-4 London detectives James Quill, Tony Costain and Kevin Sefton, and analyst Lisa Ross form a unique team; they have been “gifted” with the Sight – the ability to see the hidden, supernatural side of London.  Its often not a pretty [….]

LitStack Review: The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R. S. Belcher

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The Brotherhood of the Wheel R. S. Belcher Tor Books Release Date:  March 1, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-8028-9 I grew up in the 1970s, mostly in small towns in the Midwest.  The truckers that would go rumbling down the highways that invariably transected our tiny burgs were legendary in their mystique.  As kids, my sisters and [….]

LitStack Review: Fellside by M. R. Carey

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Fellside M. R. Carey Orbit Release Date:  April 5, 2016 ISBN 978-0-316-30028-5 Just what is Fellside, the newest novel from The Girl With All the Gifts author M. R. Carey?  Is it a horror story set inside a women’s penitentiary?  A ghost story of elusive redemption?  A legal thriller where one young lawyer’s dogged determination [….]

LitStack Review: Arcadia by Iain Pears

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Arcadia Iain Pears Alfred A. Knopf Release Date:  February 9, 2016 ISBN 978-1-101-94682-4 Recently, I attempted to explain the plot of Iain Pears’ novel, Arcadia, to a friend who is both an author and a literary scholar, well versed in folk stories and fairy tales.  I told him that it had time travel, kind of, [….]

LitStack Review: Ithaca Falls by Steve Thayer

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Ithaca Falls Steve Thayer Conquill Press Release Date:  April 15, 2015 ISBN 978-0-9908461-1-6 I have a couple of confessions to make.  I picked up Steve Thayer’s new novel, Ithaca Falls, for two non-literary reasons.  The first is that the author lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, just over the river from me.  The second is that [….]

LitStack Review: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

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Career of Evil Robert Galbraith Mulholland Books Release Date:  October 20, 2015 ISBN 978-0-316-34993-2 Career of Evil, the third book in the crime thriller series starring private detective Cormoran Strike, is the grittiest one yet.  It’s no wonder that author J.K. Rowling stuck to her non de plume of Robert Galbraith long after news of [….]