Category Archives: 2012

The Garden of the Evening Mists

The Garden of the Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia) 2012/ 332 pages Rating: 9 / historical fiction I started reading this for the Booker Prize group or I might not have picked it up and that would have been so … Continue reading

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Touch and Go

Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner 2013/400 pages read by Elizabeth Rogers 14h 29m rating:  B Libby Denbe has the life of dreams,  a rich husband who owns a large construction company, a beautiful teenage daughter, a home in the … Continue reading

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Trust Your Eyes

Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay 2012 / 512 pages read by Ken Marks, Rich Holmes 14h 2m rating:  A- Thomas Kilbride is what you might call an “odd duck” but he’s a bit more than that – he’s schizophrenic, … Continue reading

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All That Is

All That Is by James Salter 2013 / 304 pages rating:   6 Boring.   One Amazon reader said “Salter is often mentioned in the breath just after American masters like Philip Roth, John Updike, and Norman Mailer.”   Well … Continue reading

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The Thief

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura 2012 / 211 pages read by Charlie Thurston –  4h 1m Nakamura’s first novel to be translated into English is a very dark tale, gritty and graphic, about a pick-pocket in Tokyo.  The first person narrator (unnamed … Continue reading

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Canada

Canada by Richard Ford 2012 / 432 pages rating: 8 “FIRST, I’LL TELL ABOUT THE ROBBERY OUR PARENTS committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.”    (Kindle Locations 122-124) Now if that’s not enough to hook a reader of fiction … Continue reading

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Suspect

Suspect by Robert Crais 2012 / 320 pages read by MacLeod Andrews 8h 30m rating: C- I think Crais wrote this one as an honorarium to the Canine units and their dogs – just the way it feels at about … Continue reading

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Narcopolis

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil 2012 / 288 pgs ( Kindle) rating:  8.5 This book started out so lovely,  so real, so refreshing.  I’d say the first half was like that. Then,  probably like the addicts themselves,  it just went downhill … Continue reading

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The Stonecutter

The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg 2005 (US 2013 / 528 pgs read by David Thorn 16h 58m Scandi-crime Rating:  A- A Fjällbacka lobster fisherman has hauled in a rather different catch – a small girl child – dead.  He notifies the … Continue reading

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The Chemistry of Tears

The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey 2012/ 229 pages general fiction rating: 8.5 Carey seems to have done what he’s done several times before –  he’s constructed a book from two main plot threads.  One is “his” thread, one … Continue reading

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The Fallen Angel

The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva 2012 / 432 pages read by George Guidall 10h 25m rating:  D Why did I read this?  Because it was on sale and on the surface it looked good.  Later  I found out it … Continue reading

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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow non-fiction 2012 / 288 pages Read by Maddow / 7h 31m Rating:  8.5 My sister recommended this – I found it on Audible and promptly got it. I have no … Continue reading

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