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Discovering new books is always an adventure. Like with any adventure, there’s always a dilemma. What road should I take? Which book should I read?
Popular book reviewer Marion Hill rides to the rescue again with the second volume of his popular book review series. With more than 200 reviews under his belt, Marion has his fingers on the pulse of readers everywhere.
As a prolific author himself, Marion is a voracious reader. Between publishing parts of his Kammbia fantasy novel series, Marion shared his reading list with his newsletter subscribers with thought-provoking book reviews. These reviews became so popular that he decided to publish them in book form for everyone to share.
Just in time to make out your summer reading list, Marion has responded to growing demands from his grateful readers to publish yet another collection of his insightful, on-point reviews. In this collection, you’ll find a diverse selection of books that will earn a treasured spot on your bookshelf.
In the second volume of Marion’s 25, you’ll discover dystopian science fiction works, like Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, classic novels, like Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, as well as works by popular contemporary authors, like The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (the alter ego of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling) and Stephen King’s shivery horror novel, Bag of Bones. This collection of reviews even includes non-fiction titles, like Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism, as well as many more gems well worth checking out.
With an entire summer’s reading list (and maybe well into fall) in a single collection, you’ll be able to choose the ones you want to read, order them at your local library, bookstore, or online. Curled up with a good book, you can travel through worlds of adventure without leaving your home.
The right book can transform your easy chair into a time machine, a spaceship, or a portal into an alternate universe. What better way to spend your spare hours than in your own private quest for adventure?
As a former bookstore assistant during his younger days, Marion is an expert guide to the many worlds that books can open. Let him guide you through your reading adventures.
"Marion's 25, Volume II gathers more of book reviewer Marion Hill's collected writings and is recommended for readers who want to locate memorable new authors and books to read, or who want to reread classics such as Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 or David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
"Under another hand, these classics might be presented on lists that contain older books, but Marion Hill's extensive reading and reviewing differs from most in a key way. He's a generalist, and so his tastes run from the classics to Stephen King, Katherine Kurtz, and a host of lesser-known writers that readers should place on their lists.
"One facet of these reviews that should attract a diverse audience of literary and leisure readers is that each cross-references other works, draws connections between authors and their subjects and approaches. This provides background history that give readers an expanded perception of each book's unique opportunities: "I came to reading The Cuckoo’s Calling as someone who had never read the Harry Potter books or her first adult novel, Casual Vacancy. I had read one of the reasons Rowling wanted to write under a pseudonym was so that her work could be judged on the basis of if it was good or not. Also, she did not want to be judged through the lens as a celebrity novelist.
"If this were a first novel by Robert Galbraith it would be an outstanding first novel. But it was Rowling’s second adult novel and deserved to be judged on its own merits as a crime fiction novel."
" This collection, as with its predecessor, is particularly notable for its ability to bridge reading gaps, introducing genre-specific readers to notable works outside their usual comfort zones. This is the role librarians used to assume for their readers as they identified superior works, noting their connections between genres to known productions a reader likes, encouraging a broadening of literary horizons with superior works.
"Hill's ability to inject personal notes into each of his reviews creates an accessible, inviting style that is lively and encourages such literary connections: "It is interesting how a certain genre presents itself to you as a reader. I have not been a historical fiction reader throughout my reading life. However, I read several historical fiction novels over the past couple of years. Beginning with the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay like Children of Earth and Sky, A Brightness Long Ago, and the Sarantine Mosaic Series (Sailing to Sarantium & Lord of Emperors) and I recently finished The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli. I love reading novels about art, music, food, books and how those things helped shape a society in the story. Well, I add The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King as my latest addition to this neighborhood of books."
" Too many reviewers simply recap plots or approaches, then lend their yea or nay vote to the author's effort. Marion Hill's studied analysis uses the kind of literary references necessary to encourage readers to try different works based not just on plot or premise, but the unique, compelling draw that these selected superior pieces offer to all readers.
"Use Marion's 25, Volume II as a guide to finding new authors and rereading old ones with new understanding. Its format, tone, and analytical references lend to this style of discovery as few others can achieve, placing its detail far above anything a book list could produce.
"Marion's 25, Volume II is very highly recommended for its ability to connect the dots between seemingly diverse writings with the goal of exploring solid, good literature."
--Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review)