A religion book recommendation: Aeneid: Book VI by Seamus Heaney

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2af1Vtw.
With characteristic brilliance, Heaney refuses to let words and images not earn their keep. Some of his felicities he achieves simply by close translation from the Latin…
Book description from Google Books:
In a momentous publication, Seamus Heaney’s translation of Book VI of the Aeneid, Virgil’s epic poem composed sometime between 29 and 19 BC, follows the hero, Aeneas, on his descent into the underworld. In Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O’Driscoll, Heaney acknowledged the importance of the poem to his writing, noting that ‘there’s one Virgilian journey that has indeed been a constant presence, and that is Aeneas’s venture into the underworld. The motifs in Book VI have been in my head for years – the golden bough, Charon’s barge, the quest to meet the shade of the father.’ In this new translation, Heaney employs the same deft handling of the original combined with the immediacy of language and flawless poetic voice as was on show in his translation of Beowulf, a reimagining which, in the words of Bernard O’Donoghue, brought the ancient poem back to life in ‘a miraculous mix of the poem’s original spirit and Heaney’s voice’.
The book is rated 4.48/5 at goodreads.com, from 219 ratings. See 42 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2afWfmA.
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A sci-fi book recommendation: The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan

A critic review (source NPR) can be read at: http://n.pr/2fLUSQu.
Tan’s contest with himself will presumably continue. Fortunately for his fans — both those of his previous efforts, and new fans won over by this delightful book — he’ll probably keep winning.
Book description from Google Books:
“Well now, dear children, who brought you here? Just come inside and stay with me. Nobody’s going to harm you….” Wicked stepmothers, traitorous brothers, cunning foxes, lonely princesses: There is no mistaking the world of the Brothers Grimm and the beloved fairy tales that have captured generations of readers. Now internationally acclaimed artist Shaun Tan shows us the beautiful, terrifying, amusing, and downright peculiar heart of these tales as never before seen. With a foreword by Neil Gaiman and an introduction by renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes, this stunning gallery of sculptural works will thrill and delight art lovers and fairy-tale aficionados alike.
The book is rated 4.23/5 at goodreads.com, from 761 ratings. See 227 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2em59gW.
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A comic book recommendation: Hubert by Ben Gijsemans

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2ctn0qo.
This is a wonderful book, and I want everyone to read it. Its emotional and visual economy is extraordinary, Gijsemans showing such (precocious) daring when he devotes six, nine, even 12 frames to the smallest ceremonies…
Book description from Google Books:
An incredibly beautiful graphic novel by a precociously brilliant young Belgian author. The start of a great career.      Hubert is an autistic man who shapes his life by going to museums (in Brussels, London and Paris). The world outside is a puzzle to him. He talks to few people and only about museums and art. When his neighbour downstairs, a lonely woman, invites him again and again to come for a drink, he only goes because she has a painting that interests him. When she tries to seduce him, he doesn’t understand. He takes photos of the pictures he likes — usually of beautiful women — and paints copies of the paintings at home. There is only one real woman who fascinates him; she lives in the opposite building and he can see her balcony from his window. When he takes her picture, she notices and is upset. She no longer appears on her balcony and he starts to forget what she looked like. In the end he paints her picture, the first time he is inspired by a real woman…
The book is rated 3.65/5 at goodreads.com, from 112 ratings. See 15 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/25hN2BW.
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A sport book recommendation: You Will Know Me: A Novel by Megan Abbott

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2cto79y.
The reader is left feeling silly for expecting this manifestly flawed woman to be suddenly heroic. Real life, expertly mimicked by this excellent novel, simply doesn’t work that way.
Book description from Google Books:
One of the Best Books of 2016–NPR, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Elle, Thrillist, Publishers Weekly, Time Out New York, Self and KirkusThe audacious new novel about family and ambition from “one of the best living mystery writers” (Grantland) and bestselling, award-winning author of The Fever, Megan Abbott.How far will you go to achieve a dream? That’s the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits–until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself irresistibly drawn to the crime itself. What she uncovers–about her daughter’s fears, her own marriage, and herself–forces Katie to consider whether there’s any price she isn’t willing to pay to achieve Devon’s dream. From a writer with “exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl” (Janet Maslin), You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of parental sacrifice, furtive desire, and the staggering force of ambition.
The book is rated 3.50/5 at goodreads.com, from 12346 ratings. See 1857 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2aGCtNK.
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A thriller book recommendation: Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean

A critic review (source Dear Author) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2dzx3Jv.
I was extremely satisfied and happy by the conclusion of both the mystery and the romantic storyline. Well, actually, the mystery left me a little heartbroken too.
Book description from Google Books:
Detective Sergeant James Henderson of London s Metropolitan Police Murder Investigation Team is no ordinary police officer. His remarkable gut instincts and relentless detective work have put him on a three-year fast track to becoming an inspector. When the murder of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte lands in his lap, he finds himself drawn back into the insidious world of London s privileged elite where men like James s father possess wealth and power enough to hold the law in contempt. As James navigates the promiscuous, secretive and corrupt spheres of the rich, the murderer strikes again. Soon James begins to fear that these crimes lead dangerously close to his own heart and home. And now, he risks losing everything he s made of his life unless he can expose the sordid truths that have bred this bitter legacy.”
The book is rated 4.49/5 at goodreads.com, from 364 ratings. See 149 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2erA5wW.
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A crime book recommendation: The Kingdom by Fuminori Nakamura

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2d5aNnp.
Much like its alternately victimized and victimizing antiheroine, “The Kingdom” pins the reader in the cross hairs of bullets and bombast.
Book description from Google Books:
Yurika is a freelancer in the Tokyo underworld. She poses as a prostitute, carefully targeting potential Johns, selecting powerful and high-profile men. When she is alone with them, she drugs them and takes incriminating photos to sell for blackmail purposes. She knows very little about the organization she’s working for, and is perfectly satisfied with the arrangement, as long as it means she doesn’t have to reveal anything about her identity, either. She operates alone and lives a private, solitary life, doing her best to lock away painful memories. But when a figure from Yurika’s past emerges, she realizes there is someone out there who knows all her secrets: her losses, her motivations, her every move. There are whispers of a crime lord named Kizaki–“a monster,” she is told–and Yurika finds herself trapped in a game of cat and mouse. Is she wily enough to escape one of the most sadistic men in Tokyo?
The book is rated 2.78/5 at goodreads.com, from 212 ratings. See 33 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2d5bbSV.
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