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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
WW2 - A Unique Perspective

This book looks at WW2 from a German (non-Jewish) perspective and how the war affected the life of a village. I got a lot more out of the book after our club met and discussed.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Fast Read for Big Book

The author does a wonderful job of keeping the readers interest. It was a fascinating story on a slice of life ... on how medical science was during the 1950s , finding cures, and how that affected one family.

The Map of Time: A Novel by Félix J. Palma
 
A Promising Premise - Poorly Executed

The promise of a story about time travel, victorian times, HG Wells, and automatons is certainly intriguing but Palma fell short in his execution. This book is actually 3 books in one. It starts out very slow and it took every thing in me to keep reading past the first chapter or 2. The stories meander and are convoluted (lots of gratuitous information that I, for one, could have done without!) ... and highly unbelievable and predictable! His use of an "omniscience" narrator was disruptive and annoying ... it may have worked if the narrator had become a character in the story later on to explain his omniscience (maybe). This book is in desperate need of an editor.

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Fiction Based on True Story

It is a convincing fictional story based on the lives of Ernest and Hadley Hemingway. It relays their lives and the atmosphere of those times well. It would be interesting to compare to a real biography of Hadley. The author hopes to have the reader like Ernest but I'm afraid I found the deterioration of their marriage depressing and wound up not thinking very highly of either character!

Quick Service by P.G. Wodehouse, The Overlook Press
 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Fun
What a ride!

P.G. Wodehouse is a master at humor. But what is so amazing about his stories is how he takes one very minor event and shows how that event changes many, many lives. His characters are immensely likable and, in some cases, very relatable. And his humor is always G-rated.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Poor & Stuck In Time

The author does an amazing job following the lives of several families living in North Korea. The book reveals how North Korean manages its people via controlled information. It was a very revealing story on a place that little is known about (until recently). Very startling book ... which also touches on former North Koreans adjusting to modern times and a life of lies.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
An Easy Read with a Lot Of Depth To It

The author does a really good job capturing the reader's interest right off the bat. It is an intriguing story with a lot of moral/ethical issues. Would have really liked a more optimistic ending, though.

 
Insightful, Inspiring, Optimistic
Great Premise but Didn\'t Meet Expectations

I thought it was gong to be an uplifting, funny novel but, even though it had funny parts, it also had a lot of confusing and disturbing parts. I really wanted to like this book but it just didn\'t pan out to be the book I had hoped it to be.

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