Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

Evil Under the Sun Hercule Poirot

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

When Captain Roger Angmering built himself a house in the year 1782 on the island off Leathercombe Bay, it was thought the height of eccentricity on his part.

Plot

When a beautiful woman is found strangled to death at a holiday resort, the murder appears to be a crime of passion. But could it have been something more evil and premeditated altogether? Hercule Poirot has his vacation interrupted in this mystery.

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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

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Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

To the rocket scientist, you are a problem. You are the most irritating piece of machinery he or she will ever have to deal with.

About

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange Burgess

Rating: 2.5 Stars

“What’s it going to be then, eh?”



Plot

15-year-old Alex enjoys classical music, leading his small gang of droogs and committing ultra-violence: robbery, rape, torture and murder. When his crimes catch up with him, Alex is jailed. To get out of jail and get revenge on the friends who betrayed him, he joins a rehabilitation program. The goal: psychological conditioning to make him sick of violence in the future.


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Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls Abigail Haas

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

An American teenager has been found dead in Aruba, authorities there have confirmed.



Plot

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…


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Poor Man’s Fight by Elliott Kay

Poor Mans Fight

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

“How much debt do you people carry?”



Plot

High school senior Tanner Malone has bombed the Test, a high-stakes exam that establishes how much he owes for his corporate-funded education. Burdened by a crushing debt that rules out college, Tanner enlists in the navy of Archangel, a star system with four terraformed worlds. But he hasn’t factored in the space pirates.

Just as Tanner begins basic training, the government ramps up its forces to confront a band of rowdy raiders who are wreaking havoc in the void. Led by complex and charismatic Captain Casey, the outlaws love a little murder and mayhem, but they are also democratic, egalitarian, and devoted to freeing each new recruit from debt and corporate oppression.

Assigned to the front lines, Tanner soon finds himself caught in the crossfire between ruthless foes, cruel comrades, and unforgiving space. Can he do his duty when good and evil look so much alike?


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The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

The Virgin Cure Ami McKay

Review: 2.5 Stars

I am Moth, a girl from the lowest part of Chrystie Street, born to a slumhouse mystic and the man who broke her heart.



Plot

When Moth is only a child, her father leaves her and her mother. They barely survive on her mother’s fortune-telling. When she is twelve, her mother sells her into servitude. But the lady turns out to be abusive. Trying to find another place to stay, she finds herself in the care of Miss Everett, a woman specializing in selling virgins to the highest bidder.


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Feed by Mira Grant

Feed by Mira Grant

Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

Everyone has someone on the Wall.



Plot

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.


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