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The Jack Vance Treasury
George R.R. Martin, Terry Dowling, Jonathan Strahan, Jack Vance
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
Amanda Ripley
Nerve
Dick Francis
Banker (The Dick Francis Library)
Dick Francis
Twice Shy
Dick Francis
Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius
William H. Terbo, Marc J. Seifer
Straight: The Surprisingly Short History Of Heterosexuality
Hanne Blank
Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health
Steven M. Wolinsky, Laurie Garrett
Parasite Rex (with a New Epilogue): Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
Carl Zimmer
The Templars: History & Myth
Michael Haag

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls - David Sedaris A solid book from Sedaris. Still doesn't top "Me Talk Pretty One Day" but well worth the listen (which is the only way to read Sedaris in my opinion.)

Discovering Ren: 1

Discovering Ren (Book 1) - Jennifer Eifrig Nice use of Egyptian mythology.

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat - Bee Wilson Reminded me of Bryson's "At Home" albeit with a narrower focus.

Oath of Swords

Oath of Swords - David Weber This might be my favorite Weber series and the audio book narrator kicks ass!

The Story of the Pony Express: A Concise History

The Story of the Pony Express: A Concise History - Glenn D. Bradley, Tom Crews I wanted to like this as I've always been fascinated by the Pony Express. Most of it was quite good but I'm shocked to realize that it was published in 2003. It's fairly racist in places (for example referring to Native Americans as savages). It also glorifies the taking of land for the civilized peoples (i.e. white settlers). Disappointing. Look elsewhere for your history.

Updated: I've just realized this was written by a historian who died in 1930, so unfortunately his language and attitude are par for the course for his time. It's still irritating.

Stonecast (A Spellmason Chronicle)

Stonecast - Anton Strout Not as strong as the first book but still very worthwhile. I will continue to keep up with the series.

Monster Vice

Monster Vice - George P. Saunders I love cop/government agency fighting the supernatural, so this seemed really promising. Nope. This was such a train wreck. I just kept going because it was so unbelievable (decent writing but unappealing 1D characters, sloppy world building) but I reached my limit with "mercury tipped enema".
Decent YA sci-fi book (which is fairly hard to come by as a category).

Render: A story of Aligare (Stories of Aligare) (Volume 3)

Render - Heidi C. Vlach I really like these. They're about small events and small people (no empires here) but they have a lot of depth.

Dark Moonlighting (Dark Moonlighting, #1)

Financial Accounting Information: An Introduction to Its Preparation and Use - A. Thompson Montgomery, T.C.R. White Meh but nice to see a vampire book that acknowledges all the murders that pile up over the years. This is not a sparkly vampire but he is a lawyer. :)

Every Witch Way But Wicked

Every Witch Way But Wicked - Amanda M. Lee This is like the Nora Robert's of UF and I mean that as a compliment. I went and bought book 2 as soon as I finished this one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb - M.H. Van Keuren Silly. Fun. Definitely light reading but how can you not like a book where rhubarb pie is a major plot point?

Zombie Patrol (Walking Plague, #1)

Zombie Patrol (Walking Plague, #1) - J.R. Rain,  Elizabeth Basque I want 3.5 stars for this. Good enough that I'll probably get the next one but not so good that it would get to stay on my bookshelf if it were the dead tree version.

Sixty-One Nails

Sixty-One Nails - Mike Shevdon It's getting harder and harder to write a hidden unknown world/creatures in London with the large body of work that already exists. And I was thinking that as I started this book. That said it turned out to be very enjoyable and I will definitely get the subsequent books of the series.

Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest

Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest - A. Lee Martinez Another solid book from Martinez. It started a little slow for me but turned out great. "Too Many Curses" is still by favorite Martinez book though.

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 -  Arthur Conan Doyle,  Charlton Griffin It was lovely to revisit Holmes and find that I enjoy these just as much as I did when I was a kid. Great fun and good narrator.