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Title
Pantomime
Author
Laura Lam
Review
An alternate history starring sharp, witty protagonist Micah Grey who runs off to join the circus, rather than be ratcheted to the life of a cloistered noble. Micah is one of the most interesting characters I've had the pleasure of meeting in a long time, and I am anxious to see more adventures in this series. Also, there's a palpable sense of danger and urgency throughout this story, which is filled with other interesting characters. I love stories set in a circus or theme park, especially when things get weird or creepy, and this exceeded my expectations on every level.
Title
Cruel intent
Author
J.A. Jance
Review
Once again Ali Reynolds gets caught up in a case. She's having her new home remodeled and the foreman is arrested for the brutal murder of his wife. Ali is caught up into proving his innocence before she can say no. But her investigation soon leads her and her mother face to face with the real killer.
Title
After You
Author
Jojo Moyes
Review
This book is a sequel to "Me Before You". Although I was told it was not well written and advised not to waste time on it, I was curious enough to see what happened to the main character - Louisa Clark, after her boyfriend, Will, chose to have assisted suicide. Will had been in an accident which left him paralyzed and he was extremely unhappy with his quality of life. Prior to his death, WIll set up an account for Louisa to receive a generous amount of money from his estate. Will left Louisa a letter telling her to move forward with her life and to leave her hometown and try things that she hadn't before. He wanted her to experience life and not have to worry about working so hard to support herself and her family. Louisa struggles with getting over Will when suddenly a teenage girl shows up claiming to be Will's daughter that he had never known about. For Louisa, mentoring a teenage girl with serious issues becomes all encompassing. Louisa also finds herself meeting another man who she is attracted to, but she is hesitant to start a relationship again. Opportunities open up for Louisa. Will she follow Will's advice and try to live her life in a more adventurous way? Find out in the book that will not likely be made into a movie as the first one was !
Title
The View From the Cheap Seats
Author
Neil Gaiman
Review
This is a collection of my favorite fiction writer's essays, speeches, and other nonfiction, sorted loosely into categories like Comics, Film, Introductions, and things he's written about various other authors. I listened to it as an audiobook during a long drive earlier this year, and I cannot recommend Gaiman's audiobooks highly enough. Not only does he read them himself, but he imitates the voices of other authors when he's reenacting a conversation. It's a delightful experience in every way.