Saturday, November 22, 2014

Five top cop books

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Ellen Wehle tagged five cop books that hit the target, including:
Lush Life, by Richard Price

Speaking of The Wire, did you know Richard Price was one of the screenwriters? Known for his sharp, jazzy dialogue and “street cred,” in Lush Life he brings a whole neighborhood to life: the deli owners, deliverymen, and hip young art students who live shoulder to shoulder with the hustlers and gangbangers of New York’s Lower East Side. It’s a volatile mix. When artist Ike Marcus gets stopped on the street one night, he’s too high on life to care. “Not tonight, my man,” he calmly tells his mugger, and a single, fatal bullet is fired. Add a cop with a score to settle and a witness who lies about calling 911, and you’ve got an unforgettable police procedural.
Read about the other books on the list.

Lush Life is one of Gavin Knight's five top books on gang crime.

--Marshal Zeringue

Friday, November 21, 2014

Five books that changed Kimberley Freeman

Kimberley Freeman was born in London and grew up in Brisbane, Australia. Her books include Ember Island, Wildflower Hill, and Lighthouse Bay.

One of five books that changed her, as shared at the Sydney Morning Herald:
Margaret Mitchell

The spirit of Scarlet O'Hara is very strong. It's a richly detailed portrait of a troubling time in 19th-century history, and it puts a woman's experience at the heart of something that was seen largely to be men's business, that is war and politics. It doesn't hurt that the frocks were also awesome.
Read about the other books on the list.

Gone With the Wind is among Becky Ferreira's seven best comeuppances in literature, Emily Temple's ten greatest kisses in literature and Suzi Quatro's six best books, and was a book that made a difference to Pat Conroy. It is on the Christian Science Monitor's list of the ten best novels of the U.S. Civil War.

--Marshal Zeringue

Six of the best YA antiheroes

One title on Dahlia Adler's list of six top Young Adult antiheroes, as shared on The Barnes & Noble Book Blog:
Astrid Krieger (Firecracker, by David Iserson)

Astrid has money—a lot of it—so she’s never really had trouble getting exactly what she wants. Until someone squeals on her at her fancy boarding school, and she’s forced to attend public school. Suddenly, there are a lot more things Astrid wants, like getting back into her old school, discovering who ratted her out, and getting revenge. To achieve her new goals, Astrid will have to push herself to do some good deeds for the first time in her life. Her methods aren’t exactly orthodox, and her definition of “good” may not match everyone else’s, and I wouldn’t say she evolves into a sweetheart…what was I saying again? Oh, yeah, Astrid’s hilarious.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Top seven books on feeding the world

One title from the Guardian's list of the top seven books on feeding the world:
Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in a World of Plenty by Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman

Recommended by our readers, this investigative book highlights – in the words of the authors – exactly how “American, British, and European policies have conspired to keep Africa hungry and unable to feed itself”. Written by two former American journalists, this read is essential for food activists looking to get clued up on this topical humanitarian issue.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Enough is among Lucas Wittmann's 5 books that can save the world.

--Marshal Zeringue

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nine books for fans of Kate Atkinson’s "Life After Life"

At Bustle Kate Erbland tagged nine books for fans of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, including:
If you need to spend more time with women who unexpectedly participate in war, get Laird Hunt’s Neverhome

If you’ve already read [Diane Ackerman's] The Zookeeper’s Wife (or you’re like me and want to read even more war-set historical fiction), grab Hunt’s new novel Neverhome. Set during the American Civil War, the novel follows Ash Thompson, a seemingly average farmer’s wife who leaves her home (and her husband) to disguise herself as a man and fight in the war for the Union. Why does she do it? You have to read the book!
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Neverhome.

My Book, The Movie: Neverhome.

Writers Read: Laird Hunt.

--Marshal Zeringue

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Five sci-fi novels that explore gender in unexpected and challenging ways

Jeff Somers is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books, Chum from Tyrus Books, and We Are Not Good People from Pocket/Gallery. He has published over thirty short stories as well.

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Somers tagged five sci-fi novels that explore gender in unexpected and challenging ways, including:
The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin

Any discussion of gender in sci-fi generally starts with this classic 1968 novel. First-time readers in the modern day might not see the big deal, but 46 years ago LeGuin’s concept of a race of people who spend the majority of their time as sexless “potentials” and only take on sexual characteristics (either male or female) once a month for breeding purposes—and who are all referred to as “he” regardless of their nature—was kind of mind-blowing. LeGuin has stated that the book began as a thought experiment about what a society would be without gender, and it sometimes has the stiff feel of experiment. To the modern reader the book can seem much less daring—the POV character is a heterosexual male, and while he forms a deep emotional bond with one of the planet’s inhabitants, sexuality is not explored directly in the book—and LeGuin herself later expressed regret that she defaulted to the pronoun “he” instead of “she,” or some other alternative (such as Spivak pronouns).
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Left Hand of Darkness is among Joel Cunningham's top twelve books with the most irresistible titles, Damien Walter's top five science fiction novels for people who hate sci-fi and Ian Marchant's top 10 books of the night. Charlie Jane Anders included it on her list of ten science fiction novels that will never be movies.

--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, November 17, 2014

William Gibson's six favorite books

William Gibson's novels include Neuromancer, Pattern Recognition, and The Peripheral.

One of his six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

Huge, weird, disorienting, and great fun if you don't mind not knowing exactly what's going on, Dhalgren is the closest thing science fiction has produced to a genuinely experimental novel. All the action is set in and around a Midwestern city that's vanished into a weird, lawless catastrophe that functions as a sort of black hole. Not for everyone, but if you like it, you never forget it. Dhalgren reads like the Sixties felt.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Dhalgren is a book Junot Díaz always returns to.

--Marshal Zeringue

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Liane Moriarty's three favorite books of 2014

At Omnivoracious Liane Moriarty tagged three favorite books she read this year, including:
Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers

This is an amazing story about a Boston family and the damaging effects of verbal abuse. Every character is beautifully rendered and the author’s meticulous research (I can’t tell you the subject without spoiling the story) gives it such compelling authenticity. It’s one of the most memorable stories about a marriage I’ve ever read.
Read about the other picks on Moriarty's list.

Visit Liane Moriarty's website. Her latest novel is Big Little Lies.

--Marshal Zeringue

Four reading recommendations for the reluctant paranormal YA reader

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog, Jenny Kawecki tagged reading recommendations for the reluctant paranormal YA reader, including:
The Grisha Trilogy, by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (book #1 in the Grisha series) falls between paranormal and fantasy on the map. In it, we meet Alina, a powerless orphan in a world whose war against darkness relies on the magical elite. But when Alina reveals an ability even she didn’t know she had, she just might be the only person capable of saving her nation.

Why you should read it: We never get tired of an orphan-turned-powerful-magician plot (Harry Potter, anyone?), and Bardugo’s writing is full of beautifully detailed descriptions and the perfect mix of action and romance.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Laura Lippman's four favorite reads of 2014

At Omnivoracious Laura Lippman tagged four favorite books she read this year, including:
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

...I'm not the biggest Salinger fan (I love maybe five of the Nine Stories, find A Catcher in the Rye painfully over-rated) but Rakoff's memoir of her time as an assistant at a literary agency is really about that particular post-college time when one is counting pennies and wondering if life has truly started yet.
Read about the other books on the list.

Also see Laura Lippman's top ten list of books about missing persons.

--Marshal Zeringue

Four books that changed Libby Gleeson

Libby Gleeson is the Australian author of many books for children and teenagers.

One of four books that changed her, as shared at the Sydney Morning Herald:
Alice Munro

I was living in London trying to reinvent myself as a writer when someone in a feminist group I was in handed me this. I was blown away. Del Jordan is growing up in Jubilee, a small town in rural Ontario. She feels different from other townspeople but sees her future as becoming like them. The moment she chooses to leave, to make another life away from the town and the boyfriend, is revelatory. I empathised fully as a country girl in western NSW who had chosen to leave for university and travel.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Friday, November 14, 2014

Seven awesomely scary novels

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog, Shaun Byron Fitzpatrick tagged seven awesomely scary novels, including:
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

Coraline might be a book for kids, but I still have nightmares about the Other Mother and her button eyes. I used to check under my bed and behind my dresser to make sure her hand wasn’t creeping around. And by “used to” I mean “still pretty often, even though I’m almost 24 and an adult.” Gaiman creates a world that’s creepy and twisted and so horrifying it’s almost beautiful, with the mission of scaring the pants off of his readers. Mission accomplished, Neil.
Read about the other books on the list.

Coraline appears on Sam Leith's top ten list of alternative realities.

--Marshal Zeringue