Friday, July 31, 2015

New bestsellers have hit the shelves.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

“Dark, twisty . . . razor-sharp writing . . . propulsive prose . . . [The] reveal is a real doozy—a legitimately shocking, completely unputdownable sequence that unfolds like a slow-motion horror film. It instantly elevates Luckiest Girl . . . and that momentum keeps going until its final pages.”

Piranha (Oregon Files Series #10) by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison

Cussler and Morrison open The Oregon Files and relate another action-adventure featuring Juan Cabrillo and his merry men. Oregon looks like tramp steamer, but the rust disguises a sophisticated terrorist-fighting ship. … One-dimensional characters but standard Cussler and Co. multidimensional action.

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker

…a kind of blasphemous version of Paradise Lost, otherworldly history repeating itself as gory farce…Barker fills this large canvas with an impressive amount of action and infernal spectacle, and recaptures…some of the rollicking, berserk quality that made his early stories so distinctive.

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Structure, and its way of coalescing from the seemingly casual into the deliberate, has been a main attraction in other Atkinson books. In this one, the main attraction is Teddy, and the way his glorious, hard-won decency withstands so many tests of time. Everything about his boyhood innocence is reshaped by his wartime ordeals, which are rendered with terrifying authenticity thanks to the author's research into real bombers' recollections…Ms. Atkinson has one huge trick up her sleeve, but she saves it for the book's final moments to make it that much more devastating. She gets you to that final moment on faith and through writerly seduction. Just know that every salient detail in A God in Ruins, from the silver hare adorning Teddy's pram to the queen's Diamond Jubilee, is here for a fateful reason.

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

"The frightening details of how the world might suffer from catastrophic drought are vividly imagined. The way the novel's environmental nightmare affects society, as individuals and larger entities—both official and criminal—vie for a limited and essential resource, feels solid, plausible, and disturbingly believable. The dust storms, Texan refugees, skyrocketing murder rate, and momentary hysteria of a public ravenous for quick hits of sensational news seem like logical extensions of our current reality. An absorbing . . . thriller full of violent action."

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