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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Award winners / First Novels / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author / Science Fiction

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

The Sparrow is a highly acclaimed science fiction novel by Mary Doria Russell, her first novel. Written in 1996, it won numerous awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The book begins in the year 2060. It describes a mission of Jesuit Priests that were sent out to make contact with aliens on another planet. … Continue reading

Snow White Red-Handed by Maia Chance
ARCs and Galleys / Historical Mystery / New to Me Author / Part of a Series / Review Requests

Snow White Red-Handed by Maia Chance

This was a fun book that combines a 19th century mystery with fairy tale folklore and a good dose of modern-day snark. Ophelia and Prudence are friends traveling to Europe for an acting job. Along the way, they lose their jobs and lie their way into maid positions with Mrs. Coop, who has a castle … Continue reading

Joyland by Stephen King
Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Highly Recommended / Paranormal

Joyland by Stephen King

This is my last review for Halloween and the R.I.P. IX Challenge. Happy Halloween! Joyland is part murder mystery, part ghost story, part coming of age novel. There’s nothing ground-breaking about Joyland, but it’s the kind of novel that shows King at his best. He’s writing about real people experiencing real-life drama, it’s just in … Continue reading