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The Third Angel: A Novel

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Alice Hoffman is one of my favorites. So it shouldn't have surprised me how beautiful, how eloquent this book is. Three story arcs- separate, and yet completely interwoven. It's a wonderful look at love, and how it changes and also how completely intertwined we all are. We will never know all the people our lives may have touched.

Hoffman's characters are exquistitely human.You feel for them even when you don't want to, and find yourself sympathizing with even the worst behavior. (My favorite kind of book)
Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

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An amazing look inside the mind of an amazing man. Daniel Tammet is unique in being able to articulate how his mind works, what he experiences as an autistic savant. He is also sweet and charming without even being aware of it. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
Artemis Fowl

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Maybe it's a sign of my strangeness but I'll take Artemis Fowl over Harry Potter any day.He's really a much more interesting character.
The Highly Intuitive Child: A Guide to Understanding and Parenting Unusually Sensitive and Empathic Children

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I wish I had had this book 14 years ago when my son was born. It could easily have been written about him. This book addresses the children others have labeled Indigo, but in less esoteric and new-agey tems. It demystifies empathy and intuition in children and outlines simple and practical ways to support them.Many books i've read on the subject are great at explaining the what and why of intuitive children (and adults) but offer very little real advice on the how of living with it day to day. This book, I feel, does a wonderful job of that.
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

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A LOT of research went into this book - and it shows. Syrie James took real events and people and places from Jane Austen's life, as well as scenes from her novels to create a secret love affair that rings true and plausible.
Anyone who loves Austen will love this book.
War for the Oaks: A Novel

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In my opinion, you really can't call yourself an Urban fantasy fan if you haven't read this book. This is one of, if not THE book that started it all.

There are fairies (but don't call them that if you know what's good for you) of every shape and size, lust, love, rock n' roll and a war between Seelie and Unseelie courts- what more could you want?

How about characters you care for almost instantly, magic that somehow makes sense even when it doesn't, and don't forget- the magic of music.

This is no cut and dry good vs. evil tale either, like all great urban fantasies it's a whole palette of shades of grey, although you do know who's side you come down on- it's not entirely ambivalent, like some of Caitlin R, Kiernan's work- but you definitely see the beauty in the darkness.

And woven through it all is an honest to goodness amazing love story.
So very highly recommended.
Inside Straight

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Engaging and entertaining. This was my first Wild Card novel, so I came into it knowing nothing about the world. I didn't need that prior knowledge, in fact I was totally sucked in to the world through this story and finished it wanting to go and find more of the series.It's a s/f, fantasy world,and sure, on the surface it's about mutant "superheroes", but it's also very character driven and smart.
Succubus On Top

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I had mixed feelings about this at first - it caught my eye immediately- it could be really amazing, or really, really bad. I haven't read the first in the series- but I shall have to now.I was very pleasantly surprised.at how much I enjoyed this. The world-building was great - easy to follow and believable without eight paragraphs of exposition. The characters are three dimensional and like-able. Especially Georgina- I was very invested in her almost from the very beginning. This was not the cliche sex novel I feared, though it was very sexy. Georgina struggles with the nature of what she is-even as she is ironically unapologetic much of the time. It's a very intriguing view of good and evil, and seems to be hinting at just how grey a lot of areas are.Georgina's big "conquest" actually winds up doing more good in the world than evil-hmm. I'm really interested to see where she goes with this series.
Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets, and the Life of a Corpse After Death

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I love the idea of this book, but though it IS fairly interesting, it's a bit disappointing at times too. Ramsland's writing style is a bit too rambly and anecdotal for me. She tends to jump to something new- just when I'm getting interested. This one is not nearly as confusing and meandering as [book:Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today] however.

I do recommend it for writers of horror and dark fantasy. The section on "body cheese" alone is worth the price of admission (although NOT for the squeamish)
Sons of the Wolf

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Very Mary Stewart- ish i.e. "Touch Not the Cat" Nothing too unique but still a pretty awesome gothic romance.
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