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Comic Book Review – Transformers: Lost Light #21
Ricky Church reviews Transformers: Lost Light #21… As the final arc of Transformers: Lost Light begins, James Roberts is beginning to tie up even more loose ends and close out his grand Transformers epic. He sets the stage for a nice finale in this ...

Review: Kim Bartmann's Book Club banks on hyper-local community in a fast-casual world
You suggest Book Club. Your friend balks. Did she misunderstand the evening's plans? Not that she hadn't read the book, because she definitely had... but what was the title again? “It's the new Kim Bartmann restaurant,” you say, and the name rolls off ...

The perfect novel for our age of lost honor: 'The Four Feathers'
Do we care about honor these days? In the current world political climate, all that seems to matter is winning, whatever that means. Once upon a time, though, honor — being faithful to ideals of proper conduct, regardless of personal cost — deeply ...

Book Review: Dragon Teeth
(Michael Chrichton, Harper/Collins, 2017). By BERNICE KARNOP. The year 1876 was notable for several events, including the celebration of the 100th birthday of the United States at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, and for the defeat of General ...

Book Review: 'The Underneath' by Melanie Finn
The opening scene of The Underneath, by Northeast King-dom writer Melanie Finn, establishes the sense of menace that tinges this whole unputdownable novel. A journalist named Kay, who narrates this flashback, and a photographer drive into Ugandan ...

The Open Revolution, book review: Ownership in the digital age
This book is fun to dip into for an unexpected insight or a bit of historical development. Everyone will know at least a few of the connections explored here, but few will know all of them. Platform Strategy, book review: Business models for connected ...

Comic Book Reviews for This Week: 8/1/2018
Welcome to this week in comic book reviews! The staff have come together to read and review nearly everything that released today. It isn't totally comprehensive, but it includes just about everything from DC and Marvel with the important books from ...

“Ticker” by Mimi Swartz: A Medgadget Book Review and Interview with the Author
Mimi Swartz, a reporter at Texas Monthly, has chronicled the long (and still ongoing) history of the artificial heart in her upcoming book, Ticker. It's a fascinating account that Swartz has skillfully written in an engaging style that keeps readers ...

Book Review: Murder gets complicated in Ace Atkins' new whodunit
The appointment is on the books. It was made a long time ago, and you couldn't get out of it if you wanted to. Cancellation is impossible, rescheduling is not an option. One way or the other, you're booked and you will be there — even if, as in the ...

Book review | 'Ruff Justice' is an easy mystery read
No international spy stuff, no violence and only a small handful of the most minor of swear words. Yes, author Laurien Berenson packs a lot of characters into her story but overall, this is an easy book that doesn't take a thousand watts of brain-power ...

Book review: 'Beauty in the Broken Places' reminds us to cherish each day
She also interweaves letters she wrote to her husband each day during his recovery, and these are some of the best parts of the book. She is at her most erudite and raw here, writing to someone she loved deeply, not knowing whether he would ever really ...

Book review: Vignettes, novel merge in ingenious fashion in ambitious 'There There'
A CLEVER CRITIC suggests that a lyric poem is a one-night stand, a short story is an affair, and a novel is a long-term commitment. Not that every marriage is another “War and Peace.” This book offers an unusual combo of both story and novel. Its title ...

Book review: The business of shipping - ninth edition
Many things have changed since 1973, when the 1st edition of “The Business of Shipping” was published by the Cornell Maritime Press (now part of Schiffer Publishing). The 9th edition of this commercial classic was launched in July 2018,10 years after ...

Book Review: 'Fascism, A Warning' by Madeleine Albright
I first met Madame Secretary Madeleine Albright at Explore Booksellers just before Christmas in the winter of 2000-2001, shortly after I started working there. Though diminutive in stature she exuded a larger-than-life presence, a bearing which, though ...

Book Review: 'Building Your Enduring Fitness' by Lisa Teresi Harris
In Building Your Enduring Fitness, Lisa Teresi Harris has written the book Baby Boomers and everyone from middle-age to centenarians have been waiting for. We all know exercise and nutrition are important, but all the health and fitness books and ...

Book Review: A Novel That's a Lot Like Life — Jumbled and Challenging and Wonderfully Real
As titles go, “Conscience” is a burdensome one. It sounds blandly moralistic, but Alice Mattison's new novel wrestles with the irreducibly complex demands of having a conscience in an age of political depravity. Given the moral idiocy that's infected ...

11 New Books We Recommend This Week
“It's like one of those restaurant dishes that take a vegetable and do it in multiple preparations on the same plate — 'beets, three ways' — in an effort to surround and capture that vegetable's essence,” Molly Young writes in her review. “'Early ...

Book Review: Author Lisa Scottoline's new release 'Feared' is a page turner
From pre-school through high school and even into college one might run into a test that says, “Which of these things does not belong?” The subject matter can refer to different fruits, shapes, simple numbers, geometry, calculus, etc. So, here is one ...

Book review: 'Time Tracers: The Stolen Summers,' has alien bugs and an out-of-this-world bus
Do you love mysteries and adventure? Then you will love the book “Time Tracers: The Stolen Summers,” by Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White (Harper). You will meet the main character, named Taj. He's the class clown and finds his way to get out of ...

Book review: 'Fruit of the Drunken Tree' puts human face on Colombia's drug crisis in heart-breaking examination of ...
Book review: 'Fruit of the Drunken Tree' puts human face on Colombia's drug crisis in heart-breaking examination of ...

The Darkest Minds Feels Like It's Missing More Than a Few Pages
If you sat down to watch The Darkest Minds without knowing it was based on a book, that information would become abundantly clear about 10 minutes into the film. Almost every scene, especially early on, feels slightly detached from the last, as if some ...

Comic Book Review: Leviathan #1
I'll be the first to admit if pressed, I am a John Layman fan. From the second I picked up Chew #1 I knew that this guy had my kind of humor running through his veins and I'd be buying his work whenever the chance presented itself, and when Leviathan ...

When an unreliable husband sells the house
ANALYSIS/OPINION: OUR HOUSE. By Louise Candlish. Berkley, $26, 416 pages. Apart from not being able to pay the mortgage, a homeowner's worst nightmare has to be to come home and find someone else is moving into the house. Your furniture has ...

Book review: Laughter and tears as flying ace picks up the post-war pieces
But you don't need to have read the first book to enjoy the second. The earlier novel opened during the golden days of Edwardian England and carried us through the tragedy of the First World War. This sequel explores how the characters cope in their ...

Book review: Are You Smarter Than a Chimpanzee?
Ben Ambridge's book offers a high-speed romp through remarkably diverse findings that go beyond mere intelligence to explore strange discoveries about animal personality, sexuality, compulsiveness and other aspects of behaviour including the “Monty ...

A book about impeachment that Donald Trump likes so much, he tweeted about it
In the past year, three books have made the case that President Trump has committed offenses so dire that he might constitutionally be impeached and removed from office. The authors differ in how they approach the question: Allan J. Lichtman (“The Case ...

Book Review: Sean Avery's Trials and Triumphs Throughout the Hockey World and Beyond
His four point night against the Dallas Stars after getting run out of town (which surprisingly isn't so much as mentioned within the book) by them serves as one of those moments, as was his rivalry with St. Louis Blues assistant GM Martin Brodeur ...

BOOK REVIEW
There is a little something for everyone in Steve's new book. Fans of Western history will like his rhyming accounts of historical events in poems like “The Battle of Glorieta Pass” and “The Turn of a Card.” Horse fanciers will appreciate “Black Kettle ...

Book Review: Rebel Bulldog
Rebel Bulldog, aptly subtitled The Story of One Family, Two States and the Civil War, is exactly that. It's the story of Preston Davidson and his family during the Civil War. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review ...

Book Review: Let Us Build Us a City
I'm Connie Bennett with a book review of “Let Us Build Us a City” by Tracy Daugherty. There are two schools of thought about summer reading. One, which I remember fondly from carefree deckchairs of the past, consists of the bigger, lighter, sprawling ...

Fish Stripes Book Review: Armand Rosamilia takes you inside the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
Published this past April, “A View From My Seat: My Baseball Season With The Jumbo Shrimp” was written by Armand Rosamilia based on his experiences as a 2017 season ticket holder for the Marlins Double-A affiliate. In addition to recapping the action ...

How to Listen to the Book Review Podcast
Each week on The New York Times Book Review's podcast, the Book Review's editor, Pamela Paul, speaks with authors, critics and Times reporters about the latest releases and news in the literary world. Here's how to listen: From a desktop or laptop, you ...

Notes From the Book Review Archives
One of the persistent concerns of this work is the ambiguity of family happiness and unhappiness. In “The Accidental Tourist” these themes cohere with high definition in the muted personality of Macon Leary, a Baltimore man in his early 40's who writes ...

Beth Macy Talks About 'Dopesick'
While reporting for her new book, “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America,” Beth Macy saw the dramatic toll of the opioid crisis up close and personal. “You had farmers, coal miners, 75-year-old grandfathers selling ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Tin Man: A Novel'
Or, as in the new book Tin Man by Sarah Winman, it may represent the worst of times. Ellis Judd rarely thought of reading anymore, though there were books piled around his apartment. They were Annie's, so he ignored them. And he mostly ignored that ...

Book review: It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal
What's really going on with Bonnie? Will Leo forgive Nora for staying silent about Seb?), It All Falls Down proves to be, yet again, an entertaining book that keeps a reader interested from start to finish. It's a book that will likely have fans of ...

Book review: Could co-operation be the best model for the new economy?
If there is a common theme to discussions of the economy – from local to global level – it is that we are undergoing a period of huge change. This has prompted the co-operative movement to argue that new business models, based on collaboration rather ...

Book review: Desperate bank robber kidnaps a woman in 'Six Days to Live'
"SIX DAYS TO LIVE," by Kenneth M. Page, Covenant Communications, $16.99, 223 pages (f). "Six Days to Live," author Kenneth M. Page's first work of fiction, begins with a bank robbery and the subsequent kidnapping of a woman who happens to be in the ...

Books: Theodore Sturgeon's overlooked centenary plus reviews and book news
Nathan Deuel has our review. A forthcoming book about the Ferrari will set you back $30,000 (you don't want to be caught cheaping out with the $6,000 edition, do you?) In case you missed it, last week Melissa Chadburn and I told the story of Anna March ...

BOOK REVIEW: Rightful Heritage by Douglas Brinkley
But FDR claiming his “Rightful Heritage” seems a bit of a stretch until one opens this book. FDR grew up in gentleman country. He loved sailing and fishing. He incorporated the architecture of his homes into the landscape, such as his Little White ...

Book review: 'The Trigger'
“The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter” by Daniel J. Patinkin. Arcade. 304 pp. $24.99. Review provided by The Washington Post. “In America, we shoot each other.” Thus ends “The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter” by author and ...

Book review: 'Rethinking School'
She is the best-selling author of the “Story of the Mind” as well as the “History of the World” series; her previous books include “The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory,” “The Art of the Public Grovel ...

'The Sinners' book review
The Colson books are set in a fictional Mississippi county, around the town of Jericho. Born and raised there, Quinn became a U.S. Army Ranger, returning home after multiple tours of Iraq and Afghanistan to step into the boots of his late uncle, Hamp ...

Book review: Relationships are tested in 'How to Love a Jamaican'
“How to Love a Jamaican” by Alexia Arthurs (Ballantine Books). Alexia Arthurs' short-story collection “How to Love a Jamaican” is a timely exploration of multigenerational waves of immigration, the impact separating families has on children and the ...

Book review:
“Conscience” by Alice Mattison; Pegasus (368 pp., $25.95). As titles go, “Conscience” is a burdensome one. It sounds blandly moralistic, but Alice Mattison's new novel wrestles with the irreducibly complex demands of having a conscience in an age of ...

Book review: Life with father goes under the microscope in 'Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect's Daughter'
Woodie Garber was the kind of parent who would tell his enraptured child to close her eyes, and then place a stone in her hand and ask her to guess its color. He was also the kind of parent who got depressed and stayed in bed for weeks. He was ...

Book Review: 'The Dying of the Light' akin to soap opera
Poor Diana Cooke. Born and bred to her purpose as surely as her majestic black steed Phaeton, she is barely out of Miss Porter's when called back to her family estate, Saratoga, on Virginia's Rappahannock River. Her father lost a leg in the Great War ...

Book Review: 'City of Devils' explores underworld of 1930s Shanghai
In the 1930s, Shanghai was an outpost of wealth, culture and vice in a country riven by civil war. Within the port city's borders was a smaller island, the International Settlement, created by Britain in the 19th century as a beachhead for the opium ...

Oklahoman book review: 'The Ultimate Book of Sharks' by Brian Skerry
“The Ultimate Book of Sharks” by Brian Skerry with Elizabeth Carney and Sarah Wassner Flynn (National Geographic Kids, 192 pages, in stores). Smile nicely for the camera. That's something you've been doing practically all summer. Smiling at family ...

Book review: 'A Familiar Fear' weaves danger and romance
In "A Familiar Fear" by Utah author Kathi Oram Peterson, action and suspense combine with light romance to tell a captivating story. Riley Scott is working to rebuild her life with her 14-year-old son, Jeremiah, after the murder of her husband and her ...


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