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Nici's Reviews

Raised on Tolkein and Star Trek, Nici can usually be found in the Science Fiction and Fantasy aisle. She’s spent over a decade in Santa Cruz, attending UCSC first to get an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and then to do graduate work in the art field. She has worked at Bookshop for the past eight years as a Floor Supervisor, Used Book Buyer, and Local Author Specialist and is now the Community Marketing Coordinator.

Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell by Samantha James

This historical romance has a little bit of a dark edge, but not terribly so. The heroine of the novel is force to marry a man who still mourns his deceased wife and children and who wasn't really looking to get over his issues. But she plans on winning him over, and with much angst and sexual tension she does so. It's a good summer read.

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ISBN: 9780060896454
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Avon - March 27th, 2007

Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn

Seeing the world of Rome the lives of its citizens adjust to the bloody coups and political upheavals that are at the center of the story line is interesting and rewarding, but it's the relationship between four particular women that pulls you in hard-core. It's rich and wonderful, with good action and a well-woven plot that resolves itself very satisfactorily.

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ISBN: 9780425238974
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson

Far and away one of my favorite novels of all time, this book feels like a mystery where instead of figuring out whodunit, you are unraveling the past to put the present into context. I loved the narrative style, which might remind you of Joesph Boyden's Three Day Road, and the powerful role that the natural setting played. It's an import, so it's expensive, but it's worth it. 

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ISBN: 9780618219056
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Mariner Books - April 1st, 2002

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

This is unlike any other Werewolf novel I've ever read and wonderfully so. It's like a cross between Nick Cave and Kelly Armstrong, with a bit of existentialism mixed in. I has happily blown away by the ending. It's visceral and intellectual, full of sex and violence and all the things werewolves should be surrounded by.

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ISBN: 9780307595089
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Published: Knopf - July 12th, 2011

A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles

This masterful work of epic historical fiction will entertain and educate . I knew nothing about the Philippine–American War and thanks to Sayles, I feel like I understand what drove people on both sides of the conflict. He dips you into one characters point of view, and then pulls you out only to do the same thing with another character. It's a beautiful novel and a powerfully constructed story. 

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ISBN: 9781936365180
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: McSweeney's - May 17th, 2011


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