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Amor Fugit by Alexandra Duncan
Babymouse: The Musical by Jennifer Holm
The Broken Ear by Georges Remi Hergé
City Makers by Remi A. Nadeau
Cowboy and Octopus by Jon Scieszka
Crow Call by Lois Lowry
The Department of Mad Scientists by Michael Belfiore
Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia
The Fairy Princess by Dennis Danvers
Ground Truth edited by John Pickles
Hell of a Fix by Matthew Hughes
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
I Miss You Everyday by Simms Taback
Inside Job by Connie Willis
King & King by Linda de Haan
The Light, The Dark and Ember Between by J.W. Nicklaus
Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund
Night of the Ninjas (MTH #5) by Mary Pope Osborne
Peppermints in the Parlor by Barbara Brooks Wallace
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
The Real Martian Chronicles by John Sladek
San Francisco Then and Now by Bill Yenne
The Secret Lives of Fairy Tales by Steven Popkes
Selfless by David Michael Slater
Singer of Souls by Adam Stemple
Strange But True America by John Hafnor
Sugar Would Not Eat It by Emily Jenkins
ttyl by Lauren Myracle
Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Selfless

Selfless: 11/18/10

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)I was asked to read and review Selfless by David Michael Slater at the start of the year. I agreed because the blurb sounded interesting and I liked the cover with the dradle tossed in with the D&D dice. Then work for the Census began and after that school and I set the review aside for far too long.

Selfless is an episodic coming of age tale of Jonathan Schwartz. He and his family live in Pittsburgh. It's the 1980s. He has a sister who wants to use him for psychological home-brew experiments. He has his grandparents who survived the Holocaust and are a world removed from his experiences in Pennsylvania. Finally there's his father, a famous author, now suddenly accused of plagiarism.

I liked the set up of the book. The situations were just a step or two outside of plausible, making them potentially humorous while still being somewhat credible. The main character is likable but flawed. He reminds me a little of the boy from Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. Plot-wise, it's a mixture of a standard Philip Roth novel and Pharmakon by Dirk Wittenborn.

And yet for all these positive features, the novel failed to come together for me. The book left me feeling that something was missing, like a nearly complete puzzle except for one lost piece.

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