The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

There is a real poetic sense or feel to the writing. The early vignettes are beautiful sketches that take the reader back in time and allows them to picture this odd collection of tablemates bringing all their histories and personalities to the trip. But at some point this poetic impressionistic story becomes a mystery and then an attempt to unpack the impact of this mystery years later. And for me the changing styles just didn't work together all that well.

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The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti (Audiobook CD)

I will confess to mixed feelings about this one. The characters were really well done and the story was creative and had enough twists and turns to keep you reading. But I am not really a big fan of historical fiction and the mixing of styles was just a tad off for me. The gothic campiness wore thin at times even as the narrator did an excellent job of brining the characters to life.

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The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti (Audiobook CD)

I will confess to mixed feelings about this one. The characters were really well done and the story was creative and had enough twists and turns to keep you reading. But I am not really a big fan of historical fiction and the mixing of styles was just a tad off for me. The gothic campiness wore thin at times even as the narrator did an excellent job of brining the characters to life.

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Bones of the Dark Moon by Richard E. Lewis

Lewis has written a captivating historical novel that highlights some dark but fascinating history in Bali during the cold war. It also offers an interesting and educational glimpse into the culture and complicated relationships of this part of the world. It accomplishes all of this while providing a suspenseful mystery.

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