Selections: staff favorites from among the most highly rated books in this issue.

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CLASSIC

The Aeneid

By Virgil; Translated by Robert Fagles A tale full of adventure, violence, strong characters, and passionate relationships.

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Los Angeles Times CLASSIC

"... so enjoyable that you will hardly know you are reading an ancient masterpiece."

EXCELLENT

Hollywood Station

By Joseph Wambaugh

The author of The New Centurions (1971) turns again to the LAPD.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel EXCELLENT

"Wambaugh may not have invented the cop novel, but he perfected it."

EXCELLENT

The Naming of the Dead

By Ian Rankin

Detective Inspector John Rebus investigates murders during the G8 summit in Scotland.

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Sunday Telegraph [UK] EXCELLENT

"With Rebus books, the criticism is all relative. This is still the best crime novel you'll read this year."

EXCELLENT

Blindsight

By Peter Watts

After first contact, humankind goes in search of the source.

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Sci Fi Weekly EXCELLENT

"... one of the most exacting hard SF writers in the field."

EXCELLENT

The Privilege of the Sword

By Ellen Kushner

In a world of swords but no sorcerers, a teenage girl learns to fight.

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Sci Fi Weekly GOOD/EXCELLENT

"Is The Privilege of the Sword as good as Swordspoint? ... Pretty damned close!"

EXCELLENT

The Terror

By Dan Simmons

Two shipwrecked crews face the Arctic as a ferocious Thing threatens them at every step.

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Seattle Times EXCELLENT

"Dan Simmons' new novel, The Terror, may be the best thing he's ever written."

EXCELLENT

Final Exam

A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality

By Pauline W. Chen

Chen details her and her patients' encounters with death.

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Rocky Mountain News EXCELLENT

"Her ... honesty about life and death issues make this a compelling read."

EXCELLENT/CLASSIC

About Alice

By Calvin Trillin

Trillin reminiscences about his wife.

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Newsday CLASSIC

"Readers may want to give it as a wedding present with the note, 'This is how it's done.'"

EXCELLENT

Cancer Vixen

A True Story

By Marisa...

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