Category Archive: Middle of the Pile

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Hello all. So it’s been a couple of months since I’ve last written (insert reader shaking head in disgust here) and I’m very sorry about that.  It’s been a pretty busy stretch, but… Continue reading

The Honor Code by Kwame Anthony Appiah

Brief Summary:  Throughout history honor has remained a strong incentive for human action, yet it is rarely researched just how this honor has affected change in history.  Appiah explores honor through moral revolutions,… Continue reading

The Dragon Bone Flute by M. Todd Gallowglas

Brief Summary: For Elzibeth, life revolves around music.  But when her flute is taken away, a devastated Elzibeth must learn to reinvent meaning in her life—with a dragon bone flute. The Tsundoku Scale:… Continue reading

Shadows Linger by Glen Cook

Brief Summary:  The armies of the White Rose have been destroyed, the omen of the comet has fallen from the sky, and The Lady, villainous and deadly, rules the world—all because of the… Continue reading

Shinobi 7: Trials of a Warrior by L. Benitez

Brief Summary: The Blackthorn clan has ravaged the world of Shaaku Den in search of the ultimate power—the Mekai-Ishi. Only Master Kitsune’s clan stands in their way, led by six brave and hopeful,… Continue reading

Un Lun Dun by China Miéville

Brief Summary:  The Schwazzy was chosen to save UnLunDun, a mixed-up alternate version of London, from the ever-growing evil of the Smog.  But what happens when the prophecies are all wrong? The Tsundoku… Continue reading

Aristeia: Tree of Liberty by Wayne Basta

Brief Summary: The war between the Union and the Alliance has come to its final battles, with both sides wondering how high the costs may be to win. The Tsundoku Scale: Middle of… Continue reading

The Black Company by Glen Cook

Brief Summary:  The mercenary, rough sailors of the Black Company find themselves under the command of a new employer—a woman called The Lady, who may have darker plans for them than they could… Continue reading

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Brief Summary: Reporter Rebecca Skloot tells the improbable story of a woman, her cells, and the plethora of scientific discovery her cells have led to—all shadowed by the racism and medical neglect that… Continue reading

The Expats by Chris Pavone

Brief Summary Kate Moore had quite a past as a C.I.A. operative, but now, with two kids, she’s trying to settle down. But when her husband decides to move them to Luxemburg, her… Continue reading

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Brief Summary: Two couples come together at a dinner to discuss the morally disconcerting actions of their children, and end up tasting the darkness of their own souls in the process. The Tsundoku… Continue reading