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MAMA'S LAST HUG (HARDCOVER) by Frans de Waal

June 13, 2019

THE MARVEL OF PRIMATE EMOTIONS, as shown in observation and behavioral experiments, recounted by distinguished scientist and master storyteller Frans de Waal. Fascinating! A MINUS

MAMA'S LAST HUG (HARDCOVER)
W. W. Norton & Company
2019

Grade: A MINUS

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DUCKETT & DYER by G.M. Nair

June 10, 2019

HAPLESS INTERDIMENSIONAL DETECTIVES try to solve mysteries and mend rifts between multiverses without losing their sanity or friendship. Fun comic SF! B PLUS

DUCKETT & DYER: DICKS FOR HIRE
dSdF
2019

Grade: B PLUS

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CONSPIRACIES OF CONSPIRACIES (HARDCOVER) by Thomas Milan Konda

June 8, 2019

A HISTORY OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES combines scholarly depth and breadth with an engaging, readable style, and points out some unsettling trends. B PLUS

CONSPIRACIES OF CONSPIRACIES (HARDCOVER)
University of Chicago Press
2019

Grade: B PLUS

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ALL THE GOOD THINGS (PAPERBACK) by Clare Fisher

June 6, 2019

AN INCARCERATED WOMAN’S STRUGGLES, both unique and sadly familiar, are at the center of this delicate, heartbreaking English novel. B PLUS

ALL THE GOOD THINGS (PAPERBACK)
Europa Editions
2019

Grade: B PLUS

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JACK JETSTARK’S INTERGALACTIC FREAKSHOW by Jennifer Lee Rossman

June 3, 2019

A SPACE CARNIVAL’S “FREAKS” go to battle in rebellion against an intergalactic megacorporation. Imaginative, thought-provoking, epic. B PLUS

JACK JETSTARK’S INTERGALACTIC FREAKSHOW
World Weaver Press
2018

Grade: B PLUS

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RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN (HARDCOVER) by Ryan Chapman

June 1, 2019

HALLUCINATORY JOYRIDE THROUGH PRISON life, literary fads, Internet culture, Sri Lankan politics, and above all the magic of words. Wild, eloquent novel. B PLUS

RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN (HARDCOVER)
Simon & Schuster
2019

Grade: B PLUS

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THE BURGLAR (HARDCOVER) by Thomas Perry

May 30, 2019

A BURGLAR FINDS HERSELF in more trouble than she bargained for when she stumbles across a murder scene. Tense thriller with great L.A. flavor! B PLUS

THE BURGLAR (HARDCOVER)
Mysterious Press
2019

Grade: B PLUS

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SYCORAX by H. W. Taylor

May 27, 2019

CRYOGENIC INDENTURED SERVANTS on a desolate, rocky moon find different ways of coping with loneliness, near-immortality. Smart, thoughtful, exciting! B PLUS

SYCORAX: BOOK 1: THE UNIQUE MIRANDA TRILOGY
Akolutos Press
2019

Grade: B PLUS

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THE PLOTTERS (HARDCOVER) by Un-su Kim

May 26, 2019

A DISILLUSIONED SEOUL ASSASSIN tries to change his luck as the world he knows falls apart. Stunningly beautiful prose, and an equally fine thriller. A MINUS

THE PLOTTERS (HARDCOVER)
Doubleday
2019

Grade: A MINUS

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BAD TO THE CRONE by Amanda M. Lee

May 20, 2019

A WITCHES’ BIKER GANG fights threats both human and paranormal. Sassy mystery with some well-played romantic tension! B PLUS

BAD TO THE CRONE
WinchesterShaw Publications
2019

Grade: B PLUS

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