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9/8/18 10:29 P

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Severance by Ling Ma.
3 or 4 stars (sorry to be indecisive, but it was weird)
This is a dystopian novel about New York City after it and the rest of the world is affected by a modern-day plague. I say "affected" rather than devastated because the author describes a world in which commerce survives the end of the world as we know it. The main character---a millennial from China, like the author herself---inhabits a universe in which brand names are more familiar, important, and significant than human beings. The conceit of the novel is interesting: the sickness affects our ability to conduct our business lives, but leaves our desire to participate in the workaday world intact. But that promise isn't fulfilled, in my opinion, and overall the book left me wanting more of a philosophy, conclusion, or event of some sort to pull the reader on. Without that, I was left feeling confused as to the writer's intent and empty as a result. I'm sorry to say that because I really wanted this book to live up to its promise....

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9/7/18 8:24 P

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Murder in the Beltway - Margaret Truman 4 stars

The last in her Capitol Crimes series. Kept me intrigued to the very end. A prostitute is found murdered. A young girl is kidnapped. There is a Presidential election with one of the candidates known for extracurricular activities outside his marriage. It is all tied together.

Enjoyed reading this book and the series.

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9/1/18 10:08 A

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Please share your reading with the other team members. Let's help each other find interesting books to read, including fiction, non-fiction, plays, novellas, and short story or poetry anthologies.
Please post and rate every book members read during the month and tell each other a little about them. Please list title, author, and a 1-5* rating.
If you choose, please follow with a brief summary of what the book was about and what you did, or did not like about it.

1 star--* hated it!
2 star--** bad but not the worst, some positive attributes.
3 star--*** A good read, entertaining but nothing spectacular.
4 stars--**** A great read, above average.
5 stars--***** An awesome read, among the best!

Lola--Eastern Standard Time
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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