Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale - paperback (3/16/1998) by Margaret AtwoodTitle: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Series: None
Publication Date: March 16, 1998
Genres: Fiction > Science Fiction > Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because, in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

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Book Review: The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

ABCTitle: The ABC Murders
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: Hercule Poirot, #13
Published: January 6, 1936
Genres: FictionMystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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There’s a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card, he leaves beside each victim’s corpse the ABC Railway Guide open in the name of the town where the murder has taken place. Having begun with Andover, Bexhill and then Churston, there seems little chance of the murderer being caught – until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans.

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Book Review: Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Full DarkTitle: Full Dark, No Stars
Author: Stephen King
Series: None
Published: November 9, 2010
Genres: Fiction > Horror
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of four intense short stories with retribution as the central theme. It is a powerful read featuring some of Stephen’s most graphic and merciless content to date.

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Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in TimeTitle: A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Series: Time Quintet, #1
Publication Date: March 16, 1962
Genres: Fiction > Children’s > Science Fiction
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. “Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.” Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

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Book Review: The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

The Girl in 6ETitle: The Girl in 6E
Author: A.R. Torre
Series: Deanna Madden, #1
Published: April 2013
Genres: Fiction > Suspense > Erotic Suspense
My Rating: ★★★★★
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“I haven’t touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it’s not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet. I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention. They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to what I hide… my lust for blood, my love of death. Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets… one is bound to escape.”
What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl’s life depending on you venturing into society?

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Book Review: Messenger by Lois Lowry

MessengerTitle: Messenger
Author: Lois Lowry
Series: The Giver, #3
Published: April 26, 2004
Genres: Fiction > Young Adult > Science Fiction > Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

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Book Review: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Lois LowryTitle: Gathering Blue
Author: Lois Lowry
Series: The Giver, #2
Published: September 25, 2000
Genres: Fiction > Young Adult > Science Fiction > Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever. As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, and what will be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

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