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August 26, 2006

Hello, MostlyFiction.com readers!

27 new reviews were recently posted to MostlyFiction.com. Click on the book cover to read the review; click on reviewer's name to learn more about the reviewer.

Jump down to the end for a few words from the editor.

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THEFT: A LOVE STORY
by Peter Carey
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey writes a dazzling send-up of the art world.

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SHORT HISTORY OF TRACTORS IN UKRANIAN
by Marinia Lewycka
Reviewed by Guy Savage

Explores the disastrous consequences that occur when an elderly widower living in the suburbs of Britain marries an exploitive Ukrainian woman.

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CITY OF TINY LIGHTS
by Patrick Neate
Reviewed by Tony Ross

A comic mystery that introduces an intriguing hero, Tommy Akhtar, a Ugandan-Indian London PI, whose résumé includes a stint with the mujahideen in Afghanistan. When a hooker hires Akhtar to find a missing friend and colleague, he gets caught up in a larger drama involving a murdered MP and the murky doings of terrorists and various intelligence agencies...

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AUTHOR, AUTHOR
by David Lodge
Reviewed by Guy Savage

An imagined reconstruction of the life of Henry James and why he aspired to be a playwright.

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TENDERWIRE
by Claire Kilroy
Reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann

Narrator Eva Tyne becomes obsessed with a rare violin of dubious provenance in this psychological suspense who-dunnit.

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THE STOLEN CHILD
by Keith Donohue
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

Seven year-old Henry Day runs away from home one sunny summer afternoon and into the nearby woods, falls asleep and wakes to the changeling world of European folklore.

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BOOT TRACKS
by Matthew F. Jones
Reviewed by Guy Savage

A gritty noir about an ex-con just out of prison with one last job, that is bound to go wrong.

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RAYMOND + HANNAH: A LOVE STORY
by Stephen Marche
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

A one-night stands turns into a long-distance relationship in this unnusual debut, which PW calls "a rare hybrid: the page-turner prose poem."

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A BIT ON THE SIDE
by William Trevor
Reviewed by Guy Savage

Short story collection that covers a range of themes that focus on relationships and include aspects of loss, grief, and disappointing love affairs.

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THE SHOE TESTER OF FRANKFORT
by William Genanzino
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

The unnamed speaker has been working for seven years as a "shoe tester," a man who walks around Frankfort testing shoes, which gives him ample opportunity to muse about his life.

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IT'S GETTING LATER ALL THE TIME
by Antonio Tabucchi
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Letters from seventeen different men to the women who have dominated their lives. As each man reminisces about his life and relationship with this lover, he reveals the circumstances of the inevitable breakup and how the broken relationship has haunted him for years ever after. 

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MOONLIGHT HOTEL
by Scott Anderson
Reviewed by Tony Ross

Veteran war correspondent Anderson sets his second novel amidst the U.S. diplomatic community in a small fictional quasi-Arab backwater, circa 1983.

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WOLVES OF MEMORY
by Bill James
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

This long running British series features an unnusual cop duo -- Iles, a borderline psychotic Assistant Chief Constable and the sardonic Detective Chief Superintendent Harpur, who must control Iles and keep crime in check.

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VANISHING POINT
by Marcia Muller
Reviewed by Chuck Barksdale

Sharon McCone takes on a cold case for a friend whose mother suddenly disappeared 22 years earlier and her body was never found.

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BRETHREN
by Robyn Young
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

First in a triology about the epic adventures of the Knights Templar; historical fiction about knighthood, royalty and Christianity in the years before the Last Crusade.

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PROOF POSITIVE
by Phillip Margolin
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

Amanda Jaffe, Oregon defense attorney, is defending a homeless man accused of murder, while her father, Frank, is representing a mobster on a similar charge. Although both men profess their innocence, the forensic evidence says otherwise. When Amanda starts examining the evidence in these two unconnected cases, she finds a frightening common denominator.

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THE ART OF DETECTION
by Laurie R. King
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

San Francisco cop Kate Martinelli investigates the death of a well expert on Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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THE BETRAYED
by David Hosp
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

Set in Washington, D.C. area, partners Detective Sergeant Darius Train and his partner Jack Cassian investigate the torture/murder of a 36-year old Washington Post reporter Elizabeth Creay.

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A YELLOW RAFT IN BLUE WATER
by Michael Dorris
Reviewed by Pat Neuman

Cross-generational story OF three Native American women in Montana who must come to grips with the past. This was the author's first novel.

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CLOUD CHAMBER
by Michael Dorris
Reviewed by Pat Neuman

Written ten years after A YELLOW RAFT IN BLUE WATER it covers the covers the five generation beginnig with Rose Mannion, an immigrant from Ireland, and ending with Rayona Taylor of the first. 

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THE SKIRT MAN
by Shelly Reuben
Reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmanne

In the small town of Killdeer, New York, a local hermit named Skirt Man is found burned to death in his living room. Some think it was spontaneous combustion, but the state trooper regards it as homocide. Author Shelly Reuben brings her experience as a professional fire investigator to the plot.

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THE GOD PARTICLE
by Richard Cox
Reviewed by Pat Neuman

A fast-paced plot that provides fascinating and easily understood explanations of the awesome questions being asked in physics. 

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LITTLE BLUE WHALES
by Kenneth R. Lewis
Reviewed by Chuck Barksdale

Debut novel to feature Chief of Police Kevin Kearnes set on the Oregon coast. The author is writing from personal experience -- he is also the Chief of Police in Oregon.

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BROKEN TRAIL
by Alan Geoffrian
Reviewed by Tony Ross

During the late 1800s two unique events were taking place in the American West. The British were deep in the throes of the Boer War and were coming to the U.S. to purchase horses for their military campaigns. And, Chinese women were being kidnapped from the West Coast and brought to the interior west to serve as prostitutes. This is story of both of these historical facts.

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PEDRO PARAMO
by Juan Rulfo
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

Originally published in 1955, this masterpiece vividly portrays rural Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century. It is this novel that inspired Gabriel Garcia Marquez's use of magial realism in ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE.

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LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann

Speaking of GGM; this novel is about love in difficult times, through social change and political change, through betrayal and bold declarations. It is witty and hilarious.

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THE BROTHERS K
by David James Duncan
Reviewed by Pat Neuman

This is an epic story (a seemingly formidable but ultimately very satisfying 645 pages) told largely by the youngest son, Kincade, about a strange and exuberant household with two gods: fundamentalist Christianity and baseball.

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I think this is a great update -- lots of humor in many of the books, some experimental fiction as well as some traditional style mysteries / thrillers. We have reviewed new books, new authors and some not so recently released books that are just too good to not recommend. Unless you are looking for non-fiction, I think there is a book in this update with your name on it.

I apologize that MostlyFiction.com has gone so long without an update. I knew it was going to be a tough summer keeping up with the site because of my job and the fact that it's harder to sit at the computer when the weather is nice. But I wasn't prepared for some of the very sad unplanned distractions that occured in my personal life. Well summer is about over and now I'm ready to settle back in to concentrating on this site. Well, that is, until the next distraction...

Please note the new look of our home page -- makes this page redundant, though I will maintain it so that I have a record of the update!

Another change to the site, is that all links to Amazon.com should open faster since I decided to link to an abbreviated page. Once you have landed on this page, you can click for the READ MORE button to get to the detail page, if you want more reviews.

Next step is to update the paperback section... Stay tuned.

Judi Clark
MostlyFiction.com

 

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