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A review of Soulless by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti is a hopeless case.  Half-Italian, outspoken and--at the advanced age of 25--too old for marriage, she's hardly presentable in fashionable Victorian society.  Of course, it doesn't help Alexia's tactfulness that she's entirely soulless, a preternatural being in a London filled with werewolves, vampires and ghosts living side-by-side with normal human beings.  Thanks to her assiduous reading of Greek ethics, no human is the wiser to her soulless state, but ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 3, 2009 | 5 comments
A review of 1st to Die by James Patterson

Well, I’m not 100% sure about that, but I can tell you which books at the Madison Public Library have been checked out the most times over the last 15 years.  Our library automation department can run these really cool reports that tell us which books might need to be replaced or removed depending on how many times they have been checked out over the years and I thought y’all might be interested to know which books have circulated the most here in Madison.  You might think that the ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 30, 2009 | 2 comments
A review of Super Freakonomics by Steven Levitt

Another attention-grabbing, yet misleading review title, the book is not (entirely) about monkey prostitution, but I did want to see if I could coax yet another comment out of Gerard. Super Freakonomics : Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
October 29, 2009 | 3 comments
A review of The Keeper by Sarah Langan

Want to read a scary book?  How would it be if it was set in small town Maine?  Sounds familiar?  Well you're wrong, it's not this guy. It's a couple of books written by someone relatively new to the horror scene, ...read more

Reviewed by Gregg - Sequoya on
October 28, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado

Sometimes you really do need to give a book a little more time.   The prologue of Confections of a Closet Master Baker: One Woman's Sweet Journey ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 26, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti

This book made me pretty angry. It's not that I disagree with Jessica Valenti's arguments in ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
October 23, 2009 | 2 comments
A review of Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham

Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham looks initially imposing.  A chick lit novel at over 600 pages?  A reader could be forgiven for thinking they just don't have the time.  Fear not, fans of Bridget Jones, this tome is an epistolary novel written in - mostly short - emails to and from Holly ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
October 22, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Misconception by Ryan Boudinot

After working in the library business for awhile I noticed several types of readers.  Avid (first on holds list when books are ordered) Fairweather (everyone is reading this book so I should be too) Picky (I ONLY read romance) and the ones that I'm writing this review for, the Book Groupers.  Some Book Groupers may cross over to the other categories, but many are locked into their once a month committement for purely social reasons.  A night with a glass of wine and ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
October 21, 2009 | 1 comment
A review of The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

Readers are perpetually frustrated people.  Is there any other pursuit more hopeless than that of the reader, manically consuming novels, nonfiction and any other scraps of writing that comes along, all with the knowledge that every day there are more books published, yet more to read and the despairing sense that one can never get to the bottom of that to-be-read pile.  Why do we do it?  And where can one find more good book suggestions? ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 19, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow

E.L. Doctorow returns to New York City in his latest book Homer and Langley. ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
October 16, 2009 | 0 comments
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