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Hello, MostlyFiction.com readers!

26 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.

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MATCHES
by Alan Kaufman
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

An evenhanded story of an Israeli soldier's life at the front and the enormous human toll the seemingly never-ending Palestinian-Israeli conflict takes on everyone it touches. A war story like you've never read before.

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WORK OF WOLVES
by Kent Meyers
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

An unforgettable story of horses, love, and life and about the strong bonds that connect people to each other and to the land on which they live.

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THE LINCOLN LAWYER
by Michael Connelly
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Probably the best mystery of 2005 -- 82 people have given this book an average of five out of five stars at Amazon.com.

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BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES
by Diana Gabaldon
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

Jana is pleased to inform that her favorite series in all fiction is still is just as good as it was now six novels later.

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ORDINARY HEROES
by Scott Turow
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

Scott Turow, who normally writes compelling courtroom dramas, turns to World War II to tell the sotry of a son gaining a better understanding of his father.

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THE MYSTERIOUS SECRET OF THE VALUABLE TREASURE
by Jack Pendarvis
Reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann

"Jack Pendarvis has the kind of wit that ambushes you - and then bludgeons you until you can no longer suppress the laughter."

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THE STRANGER HOUSE
by Reginald Hill
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

"This is a historical mystery, a novel of amateur detection, a ghost story and gothic romance with bits of Norse mythology and religion thrown in for good measure, along with some superb character studies and fine commentaries of village life in England's Lake District."

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ASH AND BONE
by John Harvey
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

A gritty police procedural featuring Detective Inspector Frank Elder, retired from the Nottinghamshire force and now living the life of a semi-recluse in Cornish.

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LORD BYRON'S NOVEL: THE EVENING LAND
by John Crowley
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

"Absolutely delightful to read—a terrific escape into romanticism, possibly the most classically romantic novel in recent years."

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THE HIGHEST TIDE
by Jim Lynch
Reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann

Set in the Puget Sound and narrated by a speed-reading Rachel Carson fan, "This tender, lyrical story about an inquisitive insomniac never fails to charm."

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OUT
by Natsuo Kirino
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

"Out is so much more than a psychological thriller or a formulaic crime novel. This is fiction that surpasses genre."

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VANISH
by Tess Gerritsen
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli, who is 9 months pregnant and medical examiner, Dr. Maura Isles deal withthe loathsome practice of importing vulnerable young girls into the United States from countries such as Mexico and the former Soviet Union.

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JUNGLE LAW
by Victoria Vinton
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

A fictionalized historical account of the period, in the late 19th century, when author Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie, came to live in Vermont.

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FLORIDA
by Christine Schutt
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Set in the Midwest, where Florida represents a faraway paradise, this novel tells the story of Alice Fivey. Fatherless since she was seven, Alice is left in the care of her relatives at the age of ten, when her mother is institutionalized.

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RED LEAVES
by Thomas H. Cook
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

Eight-year-old girl is missing. The police quickly zero in on her baby-sitter, Keith Moore. Keith's parents proclaim his innocence, but his father, Eric, has his own secret doubts. The way the author tells the story, it really doesn't matter whether Keith is guilty or not; what matters is the way the Moore family slowly disintegrates.

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THE OXFORD MURDERS
by Guillermo Martinez
Reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann

An elegant, fashionable, award-winning novel that mixes murder with modern mathematical theory.

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THE INNER CIRCLE
by T.C. Boyle
Reviewed by Judi Clark

An irresistible tale about the interaction between our human and animal natures based on Alfred Kinsey’s controversial studies on human sexuality—and the fascinating details of his life and those of the men who worked for him.

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A WEDDING IN DECEMBER
by Anita Shreve
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky
and Jana L. Perskie

Seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding in western Massachusetts. Bridget, the mother of a 15-year-old boy, has agreed to marry Bill, an old high school lover whom she has recently re-met, despite uncertainties about her health and future. Because the opinions of the book vary so widely, I decided to include two different reviews of the book. I suspect for any Anita Shreve fan it will be a matter of deciding to read in hard cover or to wait for the paperback!

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LUX
by Maria Flook
Reviewed by Judi Clark

A novel set on the remote eastern end of Cape Cod Massachusetts that is as unique as its locals.

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BEING MRS. ALCOTT
by Nancy Geary
Reviewed by Carisa J. Richner

Another Cape Cod story, but this one is takes us behind the scenes of the upper classes.

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THE ORDER OF THE POISON OAK
by Brent Hartinger
Reviewed by Josh Aterovis

Sixteen-year-old Russel Middlebrook hopes to escape his identity as the token gay guy at school by spending the summer as a counselor in a camp for burn victims with his two best friends.

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A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA
by Ursula Le Guin
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

The first of a trilogy set in the World of Earthsea long ago, during a time when dragons, wizards and magic were not uncommon, nor yet extinct. Actually Jana recommends the full trilogy but here's the review of the first book.

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PERDIDO STREET STATION
by China Mieville
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

Scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin and his lover, an insect-like creature named Lin, discover the risks of meddling in the affairs of mobsters, renegades, and revolutionaries when they fall afoul of the powers that rule the sprawling city of New Crobuzon. A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters,

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BLUE BELLE
by Andrew Vachss
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

Jana has been reading this series in order and is to the third Burke novel in the series. A fantastic but gritty novel.

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THE PHOENIX
by Ruth Sims
Reviewed by Josh Aterovis

Set in Victorian England and America about two men and the obstacles that prevent them from finding happiness together.

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A ZOO IN MY LUGGAGE
by Gerald Durrell
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Naturalist/writer Gerald Durrell, with a writer's eye for the odd detail, a great sense of humor and absurdity, and an unquenchable enthusiasm for finding unusual animals and telling stories about them, recounts his third animal-collecting trip to the Cameroons in this 1960 memoir recently republished.

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Be sure to check out our 2005 top picks list.

Happy holidays, happy new year and happy reading!

Judi Clark
MostlyFiction.com

 

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