Recent Reviews and Posts

Book Review | Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

For a guy who literally looks like the Dos Equis man, Mark Kurlansky has managed to find some of the least interesting subject matter I could imagine and turn them into full histories. Whether it's salt (this one), cod … [Read More...]

Book Review | Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century by Alistair Horne

Fascinating and with the touch of a master storyteller's hand, if there's one history I will recommend this Christmas season, it will be Alistair Horne's Hubris: the Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century. Interesting and … [Read More...]

Room: The Ultimate Survival Story

How does a woman explain to her child that there is an entire world outside his door, one which he may never see? This powerful concept is the premise behind 2015’s Room, based on the 2010 novel of the same name by Emma … [Read More...]

Book Review | The Thing in the Office by Phil Elmore

With Halloween right around the corner, it's time to pick a few stories to get you in the mood for a spooky holiday. If I had my druthers, Phil Elmore's The Thing in the Office would be the short story collection choice of … [Read More...]

Book Review | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Charlie Bucket #1)

I started reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the kids just a few nights ago. In only a couple of readings the setting moved from cabbage and cold to chocolate bars and edible buttercup plants, and we were floating … [Read More...]

Book Review | A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin (Earthsea #1)

I can't remember how many years it's been since I read anything by Ursula K. Le Guin, nor do I recall what it was that I read. So when Le Guin appeared in an article recently, it was a good excuse to reacquaint myself with … [Read More...]

Book Review | Authority by Jeff VanderMeer (The Southern Reach Trilogy #2)

Jeff VanderMeer makes my head explode. Instead of returning to the scene of the crime from Annihilation, a Twilight Zone-like place called Area X, VanderMeer puts us with Control (his code name), the son of a family of … [Read More...]

Book Review | Crecheling by D.J. Butler (The Buza System #1)

With Crecheling, D.J. Butler defies YA genre stereotypes to create a dystopian future that is vibrant and dangerous, where characters act like real people, and where death and pain are real and unavoidable, even for his … [Read More...]

Book Review | The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today by Thomas E. Ricks

If there's one book that I find myself recommending more than most lately, it's Thomas Ricks' survey and analysis of US generals from World War II to the present. With an eye to examining why history has been so kind to the … [Read More...]

Book Review | American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History by Charles Murray

American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History weighs in at a little under fifty, four-by-six pages (not including notes and citations). It's pretty light weight, especially as it goes for books on politics or history. And … [Read More...]

Other Recent Updates on Attack of the Books!

Adult Fiction

Hugo Nominee Book Review | Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Review | Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
Review | Rejiggering the Thingamajig by Eric James Stone
Prediction v. Prescription in Dystopian Science Fiction [Guest Post]
Review | Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Author Guest Post | Freya Robertson on the inspiration for her new novel, Heartwood

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Young Adult Fiction

Review | Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Book Review | Crecheling by D.J. Butler (The Buza System #1)
Review | The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan
Review | Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Brief Book Review | The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Review | This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

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Utah (local) Authors

Review | Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Review | The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Review | Reached by Ally Condie
Review | Schlock Mercenary: Under New Management by Howard Tayler
Science Fiction as the Best Social Fiction of Our Time: The Chaplain’s War by Brad Torgersen
Review | Cry Havoc by Keith G. Seegmiller

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Non-Fiction Books

Review | Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff
Review | Our Best Bites: Mormon Moms in the Kitchen by Sara Wells and Kate Jones
Review | The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies by Bryan Caplan
Recommendation | Grand Strategies by Charles Hill
Review | Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
Book Review | Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver

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Picture Books

Review | How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
Fun and Spooky Children’s Books for Halloween
Geisel Award Winners 2013
Review | Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora
Author Feature | Jennifer Adams & Alison Oliver: Baby Lit Board Books
Presidential Picture Books

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