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Secrets and lies in a young adult thriller, and it’s not science fiction (0)

August 17, 2017 • Science Fiction, Trade Fiction

The Doubt Factory, by Paolo Bacigalupi @@@@ (4 out of 5) Let’s start with a confession. I’ve been a fan of Paolo Bacigalupi’s science fiction ever since reading The Windup Girl, which I regard as one of the best sci-fi novels I’ve ever read. The future scenario the author portrays is compelling and strikingly imaginative,… Read More ›

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An eye-opening book about the air we breathe (0)

Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us, by Sam Kean @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Ever heard of dichlorodifluoromethane? (That’s CCl2F2 to you chemistry students.) Well, guess what? You inhale seven trillion molecules of the stuff every time you breathe. Yes, it’s in the air we breathe. That’s just one of the lesser… Read More ›

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Secrets and lies in a young adult thriller, and it’s not science fiction (0)

The Doubt Factory, by Paolo Bacigalupi @@@@ (4 out of 5) Let’s start with a confession. I’ve been a fan of Paolo Bacigalupi’s science fiction ever since reading The Windup Girl, which I regard as one of the best sci-fi novels I’ve ever read. The future scenario the author portrays is compelling and strikingly imaginative,… Read More ›

Mysteries & Thrillers »

An engaging spy novel from former MI5 director Stella Rimington (2)

Illegal Action (Liz Carlyle #3), by Stella Rimington @@@@ (4 out of 5) In Illegal Action, the third novel in the Liz Carlyle series by Dame Stella Rimington, Liz is transferred from her prestigious post in Counter-Terrorism to a new job in the Russian section of Counter-Espionage. The section is widely considered a backwater in… Read More ›

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75 readable and revealing historical novels (2)

Though I read a great deal of historical fiction, I gravitate toward certain topics, as you can see in the list below of the 75 historical novels I’ve, read, enjoyed, and reviewed over the past seven years. My favorite subjects are European history, including many historical spy novels; World War II; American history, especially political… Read More ›