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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.

Origins by Neil deGrasse Tyson & Donald Goldsmith

There's no other scientist I know of who can explain massively complicated theories and proofs in as an engaging and amusing a way as Neil deGrasse Tyson. This book will walk you through the beginnings—of life, the universe, and everything—and more importantly, clearly explain how we’ve come to know what we know. Origins (along with Space Chronicles and The Pluto Files) has just been re-released and is an excellent place to get started if you’re curious about space.

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ISBN: 9780393350395
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 2nd, 2014

Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

Brave and exceptional, this incredible novel is set in post-revolutionary Iran and details three generations of oppression, struggle, and revolution. The intimacy with which the characters’ lives are portrayed moved me completely, and although it was heartbreaking and stunning, it was also amazingly beautiful. These stories deserve our attention; this book deserves much praise.
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ISBN: 9781476709109
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Published: Atria Books - June 17th, 2014

The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich

Set in the streets and imperial harem of Constantinople, this novel is rich with the perils of women's lives and full of their strengths and weaknesses. The misfortunes of Leah—the newly purchased slave meant for the sultan’s couch—and Francesca—the scheming siren—are intense and their options are limited. The Valide—mother of the Sultan—is a powerful player in a dangerous game. And Hannah, the midwife, is stuck in the middle.
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ISBN: 9781476712802
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Published: Gallery Books - February 25th, 2014

Marry Me by Dan Rhodes

This is an outstanding flash fiction collection that examines marriage (with or without love) from many different angles--most of which are laugh-out-loud hilarious and bitingly observant. It's the kind of book that will help with a broken heart, relieve the stress of wedding planning, or just make you appreciate your partner that much more.  The stories are quirky and touching--both completely irreverent and somehow sincere. 
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ISBN: 9781609451813
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Published: Europa Editions - January 7th, 2014

To Marry a Scottish Laird by Lynsay Sands

A brand new series from a sizzling hot writer, this romance is as delicious and exciting as you would expect. Set in the Highlands of Scotland, the novel is full of passionate (and interesting) characters and well-plotted action. Sands proves once again that she’s an expert storyteller.
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ISBN: 9780062273574
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Published: Avon - June 24th, 2014

Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave

If you are looking for a dark and dirty roller coaster ride of a book, I highly recommend Cleave. Theodore Tate—this mystery’s protagonist—is no hero; his is a broken and flawed man full of secrets and guilt. He grasps at redemption through justice but uses unorthodox methods and makes lots of bad decisions. Cleave leads the reader through plot twist after plot twist in a breathtaking and fast-paced thriller.
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ISBN: 9781451677836
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Published: Atria Books - June 18th, 2013

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

Bloody, violent, and morally ambiguous… nobody writes quite like Joe Abercrombie. This is a brutal revenge story with a fast-paced plot and a strong female lead. Monza is a vicious and arrogant leader who builds a team of highly skilled killers to commit seven revenge killings.  Abercrombie packs the story full of visceral action and gallows humor—I found it to be incredibly satisfying.
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ISBN: 9780316198356
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Published: Orbit - July 24th, 2012

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters

Monks in the Middle Ages solving murder mysteries? Sign me up! Not only is this series full of fascinating and accurate details about life in a Benedictine Abbey, Brother Cadfael’s use of early forensics and skilled observation are intellectually engaging while the characters and dramas are emotionally arresting. I’ve long loved these incredible immersive and atmospheric books.
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ISBN: 9780446400152
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 1st, 1994

The Light in the Ruins

After a serial killer starts targeting members of a titled Italian family, the absolutely intriguing detective at the center of the story has to rehash the family’s past—and its possible Nazi collusions—to solve the case. Unfolding in two separate time periods, its historic details of Italy during World War II and the later post-war healing/denial by survivors are fascinating. Bohjalian’s dazzling novel provides a great combination of the mysterious, the suspenseful, and the thoughtful.

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ISBN: 9780307743923
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Published: Vintage - April 22nd, 2014

Under a Silent Moon

This is a fascinating British police procedural that sheds light on many aspects of the system that were unfamiliar to this American. The suspenseful plot feels somewhere between a Sara Paretsky novel and an episode of Luther, with a little bit of Kathy Reichs thrown in. Her protagonist, Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith, is very compelling, the villainy is unsettlingly realistic, and the plot is page-turning. Plus, there’s a bit of sexy fun thrown in.    

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ISBN: 9780062276025
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Published: Harper - April 15th, 2014

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