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Ivy's Reviews

Ivy grew up very close to Santa Cruz and is a UC Santa Cruz graduate. She is the head of the Hardback section, History, and helps with Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Her voracious reading appetite can include anything from history, fiction, graphic novels, and anything in between.

 

 

The State of Play by Daniel Goldberg

The gaming world is very much in a state of crisis. No one can quite decide the best direction to take this burgeoning art form. Sixteen major players in the industry have some ideas. It was incredibly refreshing to read essays where no one treats the community like glass. We’re big kids, we can take some criticism. At its heart, this collection is a labor of love for a space we all hold dear.  --Ivy

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ISBN: 9781609806392
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 20th, 2015

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

When the Lusitania sank near Ireland, it took 1,200 dead souls with it. The disaster pulled America into an already roiling World War I, shifting history's course in its wake. His lush backgrounds create the illusion of standing on the doomed deck or looking over Churchill's shoulder. He paints rich characters and keeps you in suspense until the bitter end.
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ISBN: 9780307408860
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Published: Crown - March 10th, 2015

Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone

When Elizabeth I and Philip II sat on their thrones it seemed the whole world was split between Catholics and Protestants. Most people are aware of the Spanish Inquisition, even if only through Monty Python. Lesser known is the internal struggle of the French. Goldstone takes it and manages to make it rather hilarious and relatable. Never have I laughed so much at footnotes.
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 23rd, 2015

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The story starts with a young woman walking along a highway, covered in blood. The acolyte of a mysterious man known only as Father, she was orphaned at a young age along with several other children, each of whom was trained by Father as a librarian with different specialties—Language, War, Futures That Might Have Been. The best book I have read in quite some time.
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 16th, 2015

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Marya Morevna had three sisters who in turn had three suitors, but only she knew their secret. They weren’t men at all, but birds. This secret forged her path anew. She was thrown headlong into the arms of Koschei the Deathless and the watchful eye of Baba Yaga. Valente beautifully retells this ancient Russian folktale against the backdrop of Stalin’s regime.   —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780765326317
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Published: Tor Books - February 14th, 2012

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

This was the first “adult” book I read as a child. It scared the pants off me, but still kept me reading. With the shiny new movie—Jurassic World—just released out, it’s good to remember where the gory magic began. Before the hype, Jurassic Park was a captivating, page-turner filled with chills and thrills waiting to take its place in Sci-Fi/Fantasy history.   —Ivy

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Published: Ballantine Books - September 25th, 2012

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

When the Lusitania sank near Ireland, it took 1,200 dead souls with it. The disaster pulled America into an already roiling World War I, shifting history's course in its wake. Dead Wake is masterfully crafted. Erik Larson’s pace and tone are akin to reading fiction. His lush backgrounds create the illusion of standing on the doomed deck or looking over Churchill's shoulder in Britain's secret intelligence building. He paints rich characters and, even knowing the outcome, keeps you in suspense until the bitter end.

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Published: Crown - March 10th, 2015

The Plantagenets by Dan Jones

As a history nerd, I know way too much about the British monarchy and, more specifically, the Plantagenet dynasty, but even I was surprised by Dan Jones's book. The Plantagenets are a fascinating family which helped shape the European world extensively. If you think your family has problems, you've got nothing on the murders and betrayals of the Plantagenets.

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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2014

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

Anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with comic books. However, I had no idea the depths of my lack of knowledge about Wonder Woman's true origins. This is not about Diana Prince's mystical creation, but rather about her creator and his motivations for bringing her into the world. Lepore's revelations will shock even the most seasoned comic book fans.

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 28th, 2014

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

I've come back to this book many times in my life and each time it's different. It's framed between the experiences of five different women in the Congo, a mother and her four daughters, and every time I've identified with someone new. Kingsolver's rich prose and unique voices will linger for a lifetime.

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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

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