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The Comfort of Distance: CSI IRL

The Comfort of DistanceThe Boxwood TorsoWhere the Blood is MadeBy: Ryburn DobbsMy Rating: Four out of Five StarsBest for: 16 and up CSI IRL… Sebastien Grey doesn’t like CSI. According to him, it’s “improbable.” In the real world, you can’t put a skull in a machine and then have the…

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How to Train Your Dragon: Excessive Fun Warning!!!

How to Train Your DragonBy: Cressida CowellMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 10 and under Warning: You will have excessive fun and be forced to laugh out loud. Read at your own risk. I read (and ADORED) The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell, so I shouldn’t be…

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Indexing: Extra Twisty Fairy Tales

IndexingBy: Seanan McGuireMy Rating: Three out of Five StarsBest for: 18 and up These twisted fair tales are…twisted! I’ve been trying to rekindle my love affair with Seanan McGuire’s stories since I read and LOVED Middlegame. Unfortunately I keep striking out–time to quit while the happy Middlegame memories are still…

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Congo: I’ll be skipping the Jungle Tour…

CongoBy: Michael CrichtonMy Rating: Four out of Five StarsBest for: 16 and up Ya…no. I’ll skip the African Jungle Tour. Thanks though. Oh gosh. Please don’t read Michael Crichton if you aren’t interested in science info dumps. It’s what he does. It’s in every book, and if you’re nerdy enough…

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Foundryside: But the cover is so pretty!

Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy, #1)By: Robert Jackson BennettMy Rating: Three out of Five StarsBest for: 18 and up But the cover was so pretty! Brandon Sanderson gave Foundryside a rare and coveted 5-star review when it was published back in 2018. When I saw that, I immediately bought both ebook…

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The Wheel of Time 12-14: I’M DONE! [happy dance]

The Wheel of Time 12-14The Gathering StormTowers of MidnightA Memory of LightBy: Robert Jordan and Brandon SandersonMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 14 and up A journey of 12,000 pages starts at page 1 Quick! Ask me if I’ve read The Wheel of Time! Why yes! Yes I…

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The Help: The movie doesn’t count.

The HelpBy: Kathryn StockettMy Rating: Five out of five stars.Best for: 16 and up Dedicated to those who think everything magically got better after Martin Luther King Here’s my recommendation. Next time you’re in Atlanta, don’t just go to The World of Coke and the Aquarium. Take time to go…

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The Last Dragonslayer: Magnificent Nonsense!

The Last Dragonslayer (The Last Dragonslayer, #1)The Song of the Quarkbeast (The Last Dragonslayer, #2)The Eye of Zoltar (The Last Dragonslayer, #3)The Great Troll War (The Last Dragonslayer, #4)By: Jasper FfordeMy Rating: Four out of five stars.Best for: 14 and up Magic, dragons, and a whole lot of magnificent nonsense!…

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The Wheel of Time, Books 6-11: I can see the light…

The Wheel of Time 6-11Lord of ChaosA Crown of SwordsThe Path of DaggersWinter’s HeartCrossroads of TwilightKnife of DreamsBy: Robert JordanMy Rating: Four out of five stars.Best for: 14 and up A journey of 12,000 pages starts at page 1 If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll know I’ve…

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Archangel One: War! In! Space!

Archangel One (Archangel One, #1)Archangel Rising (Archangel One, #2)By: Evan CurrieMy Rating: Four out of five stars.Best for: 14 and up Finally, a true military-in-space story! I’ve read plenty of spaceship books, but I’ve never read one that I’d consider convincingly militaristic. This story is–military strategy, complexity, military roles, war…

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A Book Club Guest Review of Looice

LooiceBy: Ben Goldstein and Phillip NamanworthReviewer Rating: 5Best for: 10 and under Easy, Fast ReadGuest book review by Christal M. Q: What’s the book about? The book is about a man who uses his imagination to create different things. From Goodreads… Looice (pronounced Lewis): A surprising, magical, fun filled day…

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The Constant Rabbit: Ah, satire…

The Constant RabbitBy: Jasper FfordeMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 16 and up Ah, satire… Satire is an art form. Done well as a novel, it’s like getting two books in one: there’s the story you read, and then there’s the story you’re meant to understand. One entertains,…

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A Book Club Guest Review of The Girl in Cabin 13

The Girl in Cabin 13By: AJ RiversReviewer Rating: 3Best for: 18 and up Not for the Faint of Heart(which was almost me)!Guest book review by Julie H Q: What’s the book about? Emma Griffin is an FBI agent Undercover in a small town where people keep disappearing. It’s a definite…

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A Book Club Guest Review of The Secret Power Within

The Secret Power WithinBy: Chuck NorrisReviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 18 and up Zen Power and BalanceGuest book review by Julie H Q: What’s the book about? Partly an autobiography but mostly how Zen works in everyday life. Lessons like how to win by losing can totally…

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A Book Club Guest Review of The Camel Club

The Camel ClubBy: David BaldacciReviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 14 and up Conspiracies and more conspiraciesGuest book review by Julie H Q: What’s the book about? Oliver Stone–not his real name–has three real friends. They are all rather eccentric in their own special fields. They call themselves…

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A Book Club Guest Review of Patriot Games

Patriot GamesBy: Tom ClancyReviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 14 and up Don’t make the IRA angry . . .Guest book review by Julie H Q: What’s the book about? Jack Ryan, before he became a famous analyst! On vacation he impulsively jumps into the chain of a…

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The Wheel of Time, Books 1-5: This. Is. Long.

The Wheel of Time 1-5The Eye of the WorldThe Great HuntThe Dragon RebornThe Shadow RisingThe Fires of HeavenBy: Robert JordanMy Rating: Four out of five stars.Best for: 12 and up A journey of 12,000 pages starts at page 1 If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll know I’ve…

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The Kaiju Preservation Society: Godzilla vs COVID

The Kaiju Preservation SocietyBy: John ScalziMy Rating: Four out of five stars.Best for: 18 and up Godzilla vs COVID Seriously, Scalzi? Not sure how, but Scalzi always seems to be just what I need. I just wish he would be a little less comfortable with the f-bombs. This story is…

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Every Heart a Doorway: That was…unexpected

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)By: Seanan McGuireMy Rating: Three out of five stars.Best for: 18 and up That was…unexpected. I enjoyed Middlegame my Seanan McGuire so much, I looked to see what her next most popular books were. Turns out it’s the Wayward Children series. Book one is…

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#Middlegame: Book Speechless

Middlegame (Alchemical Journeys, #1)By: Seanan McGuireMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 18 and up [Staring blankly at the wall…]What did I just read?  WHAT DID I JUST READ! I haven’t been book speechless in a long time.  This is one of those that’s so hard to describe–Middlegame is…

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State of the Book Club 2022

Welcome to State of the Book Club 2022! I started One Man Book Club in 2017 as a blog to share my book reviews. I wanted to help discerning readers and parents of book-loving kids find books they’ll love without being surprised by the content inside. This remains the reason…

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Dark One: So that’s a graphic novel? Huh.

Dark OneBy: Brandon SandersonMy Rating: Four out of Five StarsBest for: 12 and up So that’s a graphic novel? Huh. My graphic novel experience has been limited to the middle grade stuff my kids like to read, so I don’t much experience to compare with Dark One. I’m happy to…

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A Book Club Guest Review of American Assassin: A Thriller

American Assassin: A ThrillerBy: Vince FlynnGuest Reviewer Rating: Four out of Five StarsBest for: 14 and up Revenge and retaliationGuest review by Julie H Q: What’s this book about? Mitch Rapp is a college student whose girlfriend was on a hijacked plane. When she died, he wanted revenge on the…

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A Tale of Two Cities: Come join the club!

A Tale of Two CitiesBy: Charles DickensMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 16 and up Come join the club! Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities might have been the hardest book I’ve ever read–and I’ve read a lot of hard books. I don’t mean the content was…

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Charlotte’s Web: All We Need is Love

Charlotte’s WebBy: E.B. WhiteMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: All Ages All we need is love. E.B. White was awarded a Newbery Honor for Charlotte’s Web in 1953. It lost the Newbery Medal to a boring little book called Secret of the Andes, which I’m sure is lovely.…

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A Book Club Guest Review of Summer of the Monkeys

Summer of the MonkeysBy: Wilson RawlsGuest Reviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS10 and up Just as good as when I was 10!Guest Review by Julie Hilton A boy grows up fast one summer with a bunch of monkeys, some hard choices, and great lessons. A classic coming of age…

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