Amid shouting mobs, police shields, and the hurled bricks of the ’80s Brixton riots, Lux is searching for Pearl—the love of his life. Her home has been burned down by a stray petrol bomb, and she’s searching for sanctuary along with her friend Nicky. Nicky is traumatized after having killed her computer—her best friend—and is herself being followed by Happy Science PLC. It is their plan to breed a superior next generation by implanting the sperm of genius men inside beautiful women. She knows too much about the plan. Lux is helped in his quest by Kalia, a castaway of Heaven attempting to get back in God’s good graces by performing one million good deeds over countless lifetimes. There’s also a thrash metal band, a riot-party, past lives, and KY. Lots of KY....more
The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire…but who was this woman and how did she become one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous story comes to life as only Michelle Moran could tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin...more
With this first line, Auslander introduces his protagonist. A recovering “optimist”, a paranoid father and husband, a self-hating Jew, and a smartass – Kugel is a character whose actions are predictably unpredictable. He progresses through the story as though walking on hot coals with his shoes conveniently in his hand. His illogical actions entice the reader to turn the page just to see what kind of trouble he's undoubtedly gotten himself into....more
There was only one rule in our neighborhood—never break an oath. But oaths are easy to take and damn hard to keep.
Sacre Bleu is a mildly entertaining novel set in nineteenth-century Paris about the color blue. Moore takes a creative approach at establishing the origin of a particular shade of blue – ultramarine – which was considered the “sacred blue” as it was the shade chosen for the depictions of the Virgin Mother's cloak. As is typical of his novels, supernatural elements play a huge part in the plot. ...more
Eva never really wanted to be a mother – and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. No, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin's horrific rampage...more
Flatscreen tells the story of Eli Schwartz as he endures the loss of his home, the indifference of his parents, the success of his older brother, and the cruel and frequent dismissal of the opposite sex. ...more
Anne Rice has long been one of my favorite authors. Her ability to create vivid worlds full of colorful and memorable characters, and combine these things with intense drama, action, and sharp emotion has left me speechless more than once. So naturally, I was ecstatic to hear that Rice had returned to writing fiction, and that she’d once more ventured into the supernatural realm with The Wolf Gift. Perhaps my expectations were too high. This book is equal parts guilty pleasure and beautiful disaster. There were points in this novel when I felt as though Rice might be joking, and the real author I know she is would step forward and shock the shit out of me. Sadly, it didn’t happen. It is physically painful for me to give this particular author a negative review, but this writing is not the Anne Rice I knew. ...more