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Magic for Beginners

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"Magic For Beginners"by Kelly Link
Review by Andrea Speed

Magical realism is a term that has been used and abused over the years, until it stands for a genre most of us come to think of as rather cutesy and kitschy.

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The Speed of Light

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"The Speed of Light" by Elizabeth Rosner
Review by Donna Raskin

"The Speed of Light" opens inside the mind (and heart) of Julian Perel, a physics genius whostares at televisions in order to numb himself from the pain he inherited from his father, a survivor of Auschwitz.

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The Girl Who Played with Fire

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The Girl Who Played with Fire" by Stieg Larsson
Reviewed by Tracy Satterlee


In the first book in the series, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," troubled-but-brilliant computer genius Lisbeth Salander helped crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist break a career-making story,

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I Am Not Jackson Pollack

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"I Am Not Jackson Pollock" by John Haskell
Reviewed by Andrea Speed

Now here's an unusual concept for a short story collection. Almost all the stories involve real people (Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner; Mercedes McCambridge; Orson Welles; Saartjie, the "Hottentot Venus", a freak show attraction in the 19th century,

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Sinful Woman

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"Sinful Woman" by James M. Cain
Reviewed by Tracy Satterlee

You might not immediately recognize his name, but you know James M. Cain's work--he wrote "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice." His style, which features tough, gritty dialogue and plots filled with sex and crime, helped found the modern school of hard-boiled crime fiction.

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Dawn Crescent

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"Dawn Crescent" by David & Daniel Dvorkin
Reviewed by Steve Chaput

The father and son writing duo of David & Daniel Dvorkin have created an alternate history, beginning with the defeat of the coalition forces of Desert Storm in 1991.

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The Red Snake

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"The Red Snake (Hino Horror # 1)" by Hideshi Hino
Reviewed by John R. Platt

With more than 200 graphic novels in print in his native Japan, Hideshi Hino is acknowledged as one of that country's masters of horror comics. Strangely, he is virtually unknown in the United States,

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The Jarkarta Plot

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"The Jakarta Plot" By R. Karl Largent

Review by Steve Chaput      

When you read genre thrillers you have to wonder how just many ex-CIA agents are running around in the world.

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Knuckles and Tales

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"Knuckles and Tales" by Nancy A. Collins
Reviewed by Andrea Speed

This is a collection of "Southern Gothic" stories written by horror author Collins that incorporates stories previously published in hardcover by Cemetery Dance, with added illustrations by Bonnie Jacobs.

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