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Crusaders by Dan Jones 0

Crusaders by Dan Jones

★★★★☆ In Crusaders, Dan Jones applies his significant story-telling skills to the people who fought the wars for the Holy Lands. Seventeen pages of concise identifications of the major characters reinforce his emphasis on...

Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh 0

Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh

★★☆☆☆ With his Ibis Trilogy, published between 2008 and 2015, Amitav Ghosh proved himself an estimable literary force: framed around the Opium Wars of the mid 1800s and set in Calcutta, Mauritius, and Hong...

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie 0

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

★★★★★ Consider it Patient Zero, or Pandora’s Box: all of Western Literature can arguably be traced back to Cervantes’s 1605/1615 masterpiece Don Quixote. A picaresque novel about a mad knight errant and his squire...

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Our War by Craig DiLouie

★★☆☆☆ Political novels usually fall into two categories. Some books take themselves very seriously, composed of intellectual arguments thinly veiled with story. Others are entertaining airport/beach books that take today’s headlines and run to...

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Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

★★★☆☆ Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers wants to help us more accurately interpret the intentions of strangers, but does so in a way that’s disjointed and impractical. A variety of observations appear throughout: For...