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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.

The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore

Sometimes historical fiction transports you so completely into a time and place you look up wondering where you are—and sometimes, especially with war novels, you regret that submersion. This book is beautiful and emotional, heartbreaking and exhilarating. It shows the way war affects everyone—both the servant and master—and that kindness is essential no matter the horrors faced. It’s rife with themes of transitions—both personal and societal—and self-discovery.
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ISBN: 9780307388827
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Published: Vintage - June 4th, 2013

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Haynes writes a brilliant thriller, splitting narrative between the main character's present and her past and giving the reader a real sense of how an abusive relationship could happen to an intelligent woman and how OCD can take charge of a life. It's a brilliant rendering and an exciting read.  

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ISBN: 9780062197269
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2013

Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

This thriller feels like SF even though it's firmly in the realm of the possible, and Ellis is a genius at embracing noir genre sensibilities. This book is fun, fast-paced, and scary--with a high body count, delicious dialog, and a twisted villain.

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ISBN: 9780316187404
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 1st, 2013

Someone Could Get Hurt by Drew Magary

This hilarious collection of writings about fatherhood was just what this new mom needed. Magary pulls no punches as he presents the very honest portrait of a flawed father who really wants to love, cherish, and nurture his kids, but who really needs that extra hour of sleep and doesn’t quite know how to handle his screaming children. While totally worth reading just for the humorous take on some of parenting’s challenges, the book has a good heart and a great take-away message.

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ISBN: 9781592408320
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Published: Gotham Books - May 16th, 2013

The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis

An intricately plotted historical thriller, Ennis’ engrossing novel combines the investigation of some grisly murders, a bunch of 16th-century Italy political maneuvering, and an unexpectedly sweet romance. Part The Name of the Rose, part Renaissance-era The Da Vinci Code, and totally fun.
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ISBN: 9780307951045
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Published: Anchor - June 4th, 2013

The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

I adored The Gods of Gotham both for the riveting mystery and the evocative depiction of New York in 1845. Salty and enthralling with plenty of historical details, believable characters, and twisted plot lines this is a great book for transporting you to another time and place and enticing you to stay there.
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ISBN: 9780425261255
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 5th, 2013

All Woman and Springtime by Brandon Jones

Get ready to have your eyes opened, your heart broken, and your soul stirred. Jones’ main characters, Gi and Il-sun, are involved in a horrific ordeal when they try to escape from North Korea and fall into the hands of human traffickers. Throughout their experiences, the nearly unfathomable poverty of life in North Korea and the daily horrors of the sex trade are balanced out and made surmountable by the strength of their friendship and the power of hope.
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ISBN: 9781616202767
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 12th, 2013

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

I'm not usually a fan of "self-empowerment" books, but this one certainly has the strength of science behind it. Duhigg presents a fascinating break down of how habits are formed and what you can do to change them. With lots of supporting materials, anecdotal evidence, and a "Reader's Guide to Using These Ideas" this book can help you overcome a habit, or better understand yourself.

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ISBN: 9781400069286
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Published: Random House - February 28th, 2012

The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman

An excellent work of historical fiction, Zimmerman's novel weaves fascinating detail into a thrilling plot involving dashing spies, evil cannibalistic spirits, and corrupt politicians. The strong and feisty female lead is completely compelling and the story is so rich in detail and vibrant with the sights and smells of New Amsterdam that you feel immersed in our nation's colonial past.

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ISBN: 9780670023646
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Published: Viking Adult - June 19th, 2012

Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron

Amazingly powerful, emotionally devastating, and yet somehow hopeful, Benaron's debut novel follows a young Tutsi long distance runner in Rwanda as his dreams of Olympic gold are destroyed by violence and genocide in his homeland. Her descriptions of life before, during, and after the catastrophic upheaval show the worst and the best humanity has to offer.

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ISBN: 9781616201944
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2012

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