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Lock In – John Scalzi

In less than 350 pages, Scalzi creates a complete, detailed world with interesting characters and an engrossing murder mystery while also raising important questions about the rights of disabled persons.

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The Dinner – Herman Koch

I’ve had The Dinner on my Amazon wishlist for a while, but I don’t actually remember why. I remember reading some list a long time ago of book recommendations; it might have been on Slate.com. I put a bunch on my wishlist and promptly forgot about them. Every once in a while I would go…

Desert Valley

The Passage – Justin Cronin

A twist on both the vampire and zombie fads, The Passage is a story of human genius quickly gone awry; of a manufactured virus that does not kill those it infects, but rather transforms them into something inhumanly powerful, incredibly bloodthirsty—and immortal. It only took one night for the world to change forever, and now…

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling

Okay, here’s my real review of The Casual Vacancy, based loosely off the initial thoughts I posted last week! Also, there are marked spoilers in this, so if you haven’t read it yet but want to, stop reading when it says “spoiler time”!! For those of you who have been living under a rock for…

The Dead Zone

The Dead Zone – Stephen King

The Dead Zone is another one of Stephen King’s better-known novels—at least to me—probably because I remember hearing a lot about the TV series when I was younger. (It was actually more successful than I thought, running from 2002-2007! There was apparently a movie, too, with Christopher Walken.) It’s one of his older books, published…

The Mist

The Mist – Stephen King

The Mist originally appeared as a novella in the 1985 collection Skeleton Crew. They made it into a movie a few years ago when I was in college (I think it flopped) and published the novella as a separate paperback. I’ve read it two or three times and I think I finished it in a…