Book Review: Happiness is a Collage, by Gita V. Reddy

Happiness is a Collage, by Gita V. Reddy

Happiness is a Collage by Gita V. Reddy

Published by author on August 4, 2018

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, short stories

Format & Length: e-book, 204

Source: author

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This collection of fifteen stories leads the reader into a world that is at once Indian and universal. The stories explore love, life, loss, and relationships.

A painter derives inspiration from a long lost love. Every night after going to bed, a woman scours a vast desert for her missing husband. A young woman strides through two worlds. A son experiences the miracle of his father’s immense love. An actor’s wife struggles to keep her husband from slipping into his reel life. And a busy professional tries to factor in pregnancy and motherhood into her hectic life.

Among those traversing this space are a henpecked billionaire, a homeless boy, a middle-aged wife dealing with infidelity, and a seeker finding solace with a lion and a deer.

Happiness is a Collage follows the author’s well-received collection, A Tapestry of Tears.

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Book Review: Good Trouble: Stories, by Joseph O’Neill

Good Trouble, by Joseph O'Neill

Good Trouble: Stories by Joseph O’Neill

Published by Pantheon on June 12, 2018

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary

Format & Length: e-book, 176

Source: Penguin’s First to Read

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A masterly collection of eleven stories about the way we live now from the best-selling author of Netherland

From bourgeois facial hair trends to parental sleep deprivation, O’Neill closely observes the mores of his characters, whose vacillations and second thoughts expose the mysterious pettiness, the underlying violence, and, sometimes, the surprising beauty of ordinary life in the early twenty-first century. A lonely wedding guest talks to a goose; a pair of poets struggle over whether to participate in a “pardon Edward Snowden” verse petition; a cowardly husband lets his wife face a possible intruder in their home; a potential co-op renter in New York City can’t find anyone to give him a character reference. On the surface, these men and women may only be in mild trouble, but O’Neill reminds us of the real, secretly political consequences of our internal monologues in these perfectly made, fiercely modern stories. No writer is more incisive about the strange world we live in now, and the laugh-out-loud vulnerability of his people is just as well fodder for tears.

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Book Review: The Eye Opener, by Indrajit Garai

The Eye Opener, by Indrajit Garai

The Eye Opener by Indrajit Garai

Published by Indrajit Garai on December 9, 2017

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary

Format & Length: e-book, 238

Source: author

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In this collection, meet:

Franck, who has to align his desires with his needs; Nathan, who has to adjust to his constantly changing turf; and, Cedric, who has to open his eyes to reconstruct himself.

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Book Review: A Tapestry of Tears, by Gita V. Reddy

A Tapestry of Tears, by Gita V. Reddy

A Tapestry of Tears by Gita V. Reddy

Published by Gita V. Reddy on November 2, 2016

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, short stories

Format & Length: e-book, 204

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Set in the early nineteenth century, A Tapestry of Tears is about female infanticide, and the unmaking of tradition. If a woman gives birth to a female child, she must feed her the noxious sap of the akk plant. That is the tradition, parampara. Veeranwali rebels, and fights to save her offspring.
The other stories span a spectrum of emotions and also bring to life the varied culture and social spectrum of India. Woven into this collection is the past and the present, despair and hope, and the triumph of the human spirit.

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Book Review: Naughty and Nice: A Holiday Romance Collection, by Various

Naughty and Nice, by Various

Naughty and Nice: A Holiday Romance Collection by Various

Published by Carina Press on December 6, 2010

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, romance

Format & Length: e-book, 261

Source: purchased

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‘Tis the Season for Romance

A famous singer reunites with an old flame. A couple explores their desire to be truly bound together. Newlyweds heat things up when they’re trapped indoors. And sparks fly when the lights go out. Whether you are naughty or nice, you can still get what you really want for Christmas in this collection of four seasonal shorts.

Anthology includes nice novellas:

Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey
All She Wants For Christmas by Jaci Burton

And naughty novellas:

Unwrapped by Megan Hart
Believe by Lauren Dane

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Book Review: The Sacrifice: Short Stories: Volume I, by Indrajit Garai

The Sacrifice, by Indrajit Garai

The Sacrifice: Short Stories: Volume I by Indrajit Garai

Published by Indrajit Garai on August 25, 2016

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Genre(s): fiction, contemporary

Format & Length: e-book, 218

Source: author

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In this collection, meet:
Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Matthew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.

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Book Review & Book vs. Movie: Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang

Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Published by Vintage on June 14, 2016 (first published July 2002)

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Genre(s): fiction, fantasy, science fiction

Format & Length: paperback, 281

Source: purchased

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Ted Chiang’s first published story, “Tower of Babylon,” won the Nebula Award in 1990. Subsequent stories have won the Asimov’s SF Magazine reader poll, a second Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1992. Story for story, he is the most honored young writer in modern SF.

Now, collected here for the first time are all seven of this extraordinary writer’s stories so far-plus an eighth story written especially for this volume.

What if men built a tower from Earth to Heaven-and broke through to Heaven’s other side? What if we discovered that the fundamentals of mathematics were arbitrary and inconsistent? What if there were a science of naming things that calls life into being from inanimate matter? What if exposure to an alien language forever changed our perception of time? What if all the beliefs of fundamentalist Christianity were literally true, and the sight of sinners being swallowed into fiery pits were a routine event on city streets? These are the kinds of outrageous questions posed by the stories of Ted Chiang. Stories of your life . . . and others.

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Audiobook Review: Three More Jack Reacher Novellas: Too Much Time, Small Wars, Not a Drill and Bonus Jack Reacher Stories, by Lee Child

Three More Jack Reacher Novellas, by Lee Child

Three More Jack Reacher Novellas: Too Much Time, Small Wars, Not a Drill and Bonus Jack Reacher Stories by Lee Child

Published by Random House Audio Publishing Group on May 16, 2017

Series: Jack Reacher

Genre(s): fiction, action, mystery, thriller

Format & Length: audiobook, 8:10:51

Source: library

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Lee Child once again demonstrates his mastery of the thriller genre with an unbeatable collection of three Jack Reacher novellas and six short stories, together for the first time in one pulse-pounding collection from the #1 New York Timesbestselling author

Too Much Time: In this original novella featuring Jack Reacher after his time in the army, Reacher finds himself in a hollowed-out town in Maine. He witnesses a random bag-snatching but sees much more than a simple crime, in a tale that leads into Lee Child’s new Reacher novel, The Midnight Line.

Small Wars: Lee Child goes back to 1989, when Jack Reacher is an MP assigned to solve the cold-blooded murder of a young officer.
The telex is brief and to the point: One active-duty personnel found shot to death ten miles north of Fort Smith. Circumstances unknown. The victim was shot twice in the chest and once in the head. A professional hit. The crime scene suggests an ambush. Military police officer Jack Reacher is given the case. He calls his older brother, Colonel Joe Reacher, at the Pentagon for intel and taps Sergeant Frances Neagley to help him answer the big question: Who would kill a brilliant officer on the fast-track to greatness?

Not a Drill: Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride with some young Canadians who are planning a hike through the dense forests of Maine. They part ways after sharing a hot meal, and Reacher checks out a quiet town surrounded by countryside serene enough to cool even his raging wanderlust. But not for long. First the trail is suddenly closed. Then the military police show up in force. Maybe it’s a drill. Or maybe it’s trouble–the kind of trouble that always finds Reacher, no matter how far he travels off the beaten path.

And for the first time on audio, additional stories featuring Jack Reacher, including: James Penney’s New Identity, Everyone Talks, Maybe They Have a Tradition, Guy Walks into a Bar, No Room at the Motel, and The Picture of the Lonely Diner

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Book Review: Under the Mistletoe, by Linda Howard and Stephanie Bond

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Under the Mistletoe by Linda Howard and Stephanie Bond

Published by HQN on November 1, 2008

Series: Spencer-Nyle Co, #2.5

Genre(s): fiction, romance, holiday, anthologies

Format & Length: Paperback, 377

Source: purchased

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Two reader favorites that bring together the joy of Christmas and the wonder of love

Bluebird Winter
by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Howard

Stranded by a Christmas blizzard on her way to the hospital, Kathleen Fields is out of luck. Until Derek Taliferro arrives on the scene with his doctor’s skill and caring heart. Together they brought Kathleen’s child into the world and discovered love, the greatest gift of all.

Naughty or Nice?
by bestselling author Stephanie Bond

Eric Quinn Stanton has never let pleasure interfere with business. He arrives early and incognito at a job, to see firsthand what’s working…and what’s not. But he can’t seem to see past Cindy’s beautiful green eyes or her other generous assets. And he can’t stop himself from testing the general manager’s skills – on the job and in the bedroom. But what will she think when she learns his true identity?

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