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5 thrilling science fiction novels by Paolo Bacigalupi

Colorado-based author Paolo Bacigalupi has been writing science fiction novels since 2009. Together with the many short stories he has produced, his writing has earned him a torrent of nominations and a slew of awards. Among them are both the Hugo and Nebula, the two most prestigious awards in science fiction and fantasy. And one of his novels was a finalist for a Nationa [...]

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Recommended Fiction & Nonfiction

recent books reviewed

Over the past eight years I’ve reviewed nearly 1,000 books worth reading on this blog: mysteries & thrillers, science fiction, current nonfiction, and popular novels. I thought it might be useful to group some of the most informative ones by topic or author. I plan to post one such grouped review each week for the foreseeable future along with my posts of the recent books reviewed on this site.

To get us started, here are 18 excellent standalone mysteries and thrillers (plus 66 others).

In the meantime, here are nine others that already appear on this site. I hope you’ll find them useful.

Fiction

Nonfiction

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Nonfiction

In a prelude to the Holocaust, the Kishinev pogrom shocked the world

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History by Steven J. Zipperstein (2018) 288 pages @@@@@ (5 out of 5) It was the event that introduced the word "pogrom" to the world outside Russia. It's name is little known elsewhere today, but among generations of Israelis and in the homes of many older Jews around the world, the murderous rampage that took place in the Eastern Europ [...]

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Trade Fiction

A powerful family drama about living with Jim Crow and the War on Drugs

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (2018) 230 pages @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction Margaret Wilkerson Sexton opens her debut novel with a poignant quote from Edward P. Jones' book of short stories, All Aunt Hagar's Children: "They were the children of once-upon-a-time slaves, born into a kind of freedom, but they [...]

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Mysteries & Thrillers

Before Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn wrote this strange and disturbing novel

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (2006) 272 pages @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Gillian Flynn gained fame (and undoubtedly fortune as well) with the advent in 2012 of her third novel, Gone Girl, and the 2014 film adaptation starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. The book was a #1 New York Times bestseller for many months. Within its first year of publication, there were more than tw [...]

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5 thrilling science fiction novels by Paolo Bacigalupi

Colorado-based author Paolo Bacigalupi has been writing science fiction novels since 2009. Together with the many short stories he has produced, his writing has earned him a torrent of nominations and a slew of awards. Among them are both the Hugo and Nebula, the two most prestigious awards in science fiction and fantasy. And one of his novels was a finalist for a Nationa [...]

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