Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Synopsis: Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls.
Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
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Nate: The Search by Dorothy May Mercer
A surrogate pregnancy goes horribly wrong. Terrorists concoct a weird scheme to take down a passenger plane. What happened to Sally Miller? Caught. In trouble with the FBI. Trapped. In love with the wrong man?
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Title: Our Frail Disordered Lives
Author: Mary M. Schmidt
Genre: Horror / Paranormal / Demonic
In Our Frail Disordered Lives, one demon breaks free of his binds in Hell to prove his boss wrong—that is, the Devil himself. Roach has been a demon since the fall of Lucifer, but Hell isn’t what he thought it would be. With his failure to meet Satan’s standards at his current job and a seven hundred-year-old grudge he’s holding, Roach is ready to go rogue. His exploration of the Upper World introduces him to humans that give him the perfect opportunity to show Satan who’s really boss.
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Letting Go by Emily Medlock
At twenty-three years old, Sophie Tyler had always lived, what some would call, a normal life. Growing up in a small Mississippi town, she was popular and beautiful. With plenty of friends and a loving family. Simply breezing through life with nothing to stand in her way. That is, until a tragic accident occurred, leaving her in a position she never thought she would be.
Can she now repair her broken life and fill the seemingly bottomless pit in her ever-aching heart? Faced with racism, unwanted religion, new responsibilities, and grief, Sophie must learn to triumph over her hurdles and put her trust in the exact place she’s been hiding from.
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In the Line of Duty by Carolyn Arnold
He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?
It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him, shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.
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These two handsome and distinctive paperbacks form part of a series showcasing the work of Russian Master Mikhail Bulgakov. Some of the stories in Notes on a Cuff appear in English for the first time, so this is a real treat for Bulgakovians. In addition, both books include valuable textual apparatus: photographs (Mikhail was quite the dandy), notes and a concluding section on the life and work of Bulgakov. Continue reading Diaboliad and Notes on a Cuff – Book Review
Title: The Sugar Merchant
Author: James Hutson-Wiley
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Sugar Merchant follows the adventures of scholar and merchant Thomas Woodward. A twist of fate and a tragic childhood loss leads to him being adopted by a group of monks from a nearby abbey. It is there he meets the people who will ultimately play a role in shaping his future.
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Title: Kim’s Memoir
Author: Young-Koo Kim
Genre: Memoir / Korean History
Kim’s Memoir is the passionately told story of a prominent Korean jurist, naval officer, professor, and scholar of international law who spent his life serving South Korea, in particular doing legal work to ensure the security of the country’s Northern Limit Line. Born into a Korea under Japanese occupation, the author is a firsthand witness to some of Korea’s greatest recent upheavals, including World War II, armistice agreements between South and North Korea, and landmark cases in the Korean justice system.
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Recently, I mentioned to an author that writing can sometimes seem a trivial and frivolous occupation. She replied that she never thought of it that way. It made me wonder if insecurity about writing is more of a male problem than a female one.
Rather like male film actors who indulge in ‘manly’ excesses to compensate for their lack of self-esteem, there are male writers who embrace a lifestyle based on alcohol or drugs or sex or danger and any combination thereof in order, it seems, to bolster something within themselves that whispers in the night that making up stories is unworthy of real men. Continue reading Raking the Dust – Book Review