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Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins

After the events of Catching Fire, our 17-year-old heroine Katniss finds herself part of some rebel plot hatched by the supposedly destroyed District 13 to overthrow the evil Capitol…

Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins

The second book in the Hunger Games series starts off innocuously enough. Fresh from her status as the winner of the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen travels through the other oppressed districts of the nation of Panem on a victory tour…

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games debuted just a few years ago and quickly sold many millions and was snatched up for a movie. In short, the book’s exposure is universal, and anyone who’s anyone has already read the whole trilogy by now…

The Devil All the Time
Donald Ray Pollock

I’m so tempted to begin and end this review with one word…

The Crow
James O'Barr

O’Barr wrote The Crow as a way to deal with his girlfriend’s death at the hands of a drunk driver, and it kind of reads and looks like emotion spilled all over the page. It could really have done with some serious editing by someone who wasn’t emotionally involved…

Into the Dark
Nicholas Wilde

Into the Dark is one of those books that a publisher couldn’t resist, I’m sure. Not only is its main character (whose name I forget. I think it was actually David. Or maybe Christopher…) blind, but he makes friends with a ghost! How, might you ask…?

Skinny Legs and All
Tom Robbins

Skinny Legs and All is, without a doubt, Tom Robbins’ best novel, and is well worth reading. If you read nothing else by Tom Robbins, read this book. I highly recommend it…

Villa Incognito
Tom Robbins

I’m a big fan of Tom Robbins, but this, I’m sorry to say, is not his best effort. Unless you’re a fan of Tom Robbins, this is one to skip…

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear
Walter Moers

At the outset, we’re told that Bluebear lives 27 lives, and that in this book we get to hear about 13.5 of them (“a bear must have his secrets, after all”, he says). Bluebear is, indeed, a blue bear that lives on the mythical continent of Zamonia, which existed at one time somewhere in the Atlantic (west of Africa and Europe, east of the Americas, and south of Greenland). His earliest memory is of being adrift on a walnut shell in a vast ocean…

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Gregory Maguire

Wicked, you see, is the back story of the Wicked Witch of the West (the one that gets bucketed by Dorothy, and whose sister Dorothy’s house smashes). Both in the book and the movie, you hear next to nothing about the Wicked Witch of the West. So, if you were an author that couldn’t think up something original, you might wonder…