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Title
Auralia's Colors
Author
Jeffrey Overstreet
Genre
Fantasy
Rating
Review
A beautifully and creatively written fantasy, although lacking in well fleshed-out characters. The descriptions in this book are wonderful, and Overstreet does a good job of creating a new world and filling it out with different creatures, societies, and people. However, I feel like in some parts he only went half-way in describing characters, fleshing them out only so far as he'd need them (e.g., giving backstory only so far as it was needed for some future task of the character, not to explain the character.) However, overall, I felt it was a pleasant fantasy and I would consider reading the sequel.
Recommendation
Yes
A Thousand Acres
Title
A Thousand Acres
Author
Jane Smiley
Genre
Realistic Fiction
Rating
Review
A family drama set in the rural midwest of 1979. Influenced by Shakespeare's King Lear. The characters are far from lovable, and the read is dark. Well-written, but not comforting.  A Thousand Acres
Recommendation
Yes
Close to the Bone
Title
Close to the Bone
Author
Lisa Black
Genre
Mystery
Rating
Review
Theresa the forensic scientist works at the morgue. She returns to work late night with evidence from a hit a run to see a sheet covered body by the front desk, but neither of the night desk men are around. Just down the hall she finds one of them quite murdered. Shortly after this she notices the body be the front desk in no longer there... Great opening scene!
  Close to the Bone
Recommendation
Yes
Station Eleven
Title
Station Eleven
Author
Emily St John Mandel
Genre
Other
Rating
Review
A post apocalyptic story of survival and reconciliation after a world wide flu pandemic, tells the story of a traveling band of actors and musicians who bring culture to pockets of survivors because "survival is insufficient".  Station Eleven
Recommendation
Yes