Reviews of the Week: Laini Taylor, Tom Angleberger, Amy Sutherland, Joe Lansdale

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from January 3 through 6 below, so that you can revisit the week’s best books.

rusty-puppy-joe-lansdaleTuesday, January 3

 Rusty Puppy,
by Joe Lansdale

Lansdale is an Edgar-winning author of more than 40 novels across genres. His ongoing Hap and Leonard series has become a popular Sundance TV show, which will be back for its second season in 2017. The novels themselves are a unique mix of sly humor and horrific violence. Another fine entry in a great series.


inspector-flytrap-tom-anglebergerWednesday, January 4

 Inspector Flytrap in The Goat Who Chewed Too Much, by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Cece Bell

Inspector Flytrap truly hits his stride in this third series installment, where he aspires, as always, to attain the title of World’s Greatest Detective. Would you believe that another pickle paperweight has gone missing?



Thursday, January 5

 Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes, by Amy Sutherland

Sutherland’s newest book gives readers an inside glimpse into the shelter world nationwide, and into the lives of those who work so tirelessly for each animal that walks in the door. She seamlessly interweaves a narrative of the dogs she has loved over the years—warts and all. Reader, beware: you may find yourself falling in love with each one, too.


strange-the-dreamer-laini-taylorFriday, January 6

 Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor

By now, fans of Laini Taylor know what to expect: beautiful prose, strange and whimsical fantasy worlds, sympathetic monsters, and wrenching, star-crossed romance. Her latest, first in a two-book set, certainly delivers on that, and there’s something quietly magical at play here. This has distinct echoes of Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone (2011), though ultimately it’s a cut above even that.



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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