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ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part 5: Maarten, Steven, Tom

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

It’s my favorite part of the blogging year: our favorite reads! The ABC staff has looked through all the books and magazines they’ve read over the past year, or games they played, or stationery they used, and picked out their top 5 (or 4, or 8). Every single item in these posts comes highly recommended, and we hope to add some ideas to your 2014 reading list.

Of course, we always love reading tips ourselves, too, and so we hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013 to us. They don’t have to be books published in 2013, just read in 2013. Please mail your Top 5 (and why these books were so good) to by December 31st, and don’t forget to include your home address so we can send you an ABC gift certificate in the new year as a thank you. As has become a tradition, your Top 5s will be published in January.

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Bookbits for November 18th, 2010

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

And now we’re back in regular time

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You Review: Beat The Reaper by Josh Bazell

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Reviewed by Gabriëlle Linger

Peter Brown’s day starts with watching a rat vs. pigeon fight. From there on it all goes downhill.

Peter Brown is a doctor at Manhattan Catholic Hospital, who pops pills like they are candy, and lives by the oath “First do no harm” but likes to keep harm as a second option.

After rat vs. pigeon gets interrupted by a mugger and Peter has beat up said mugger, he makes his way to the hospital. There he finds that his new patient is a mobster, who knows Peter from when he was Pietro Brwna aka the Bear Claw. Pietro was a hitman for the New Jersey mob before ending up in Witness Protection. Now his new patient threatens to reveal his whereabouts to the mafia unless Dr. Brown can keep him alive. His condition is terminal.

Trying to go on about his day the best he can, Peter now has to find away to keep both his patient and himself alive. As well as snort enough medication to keep from crashing on what might be the most important and possibly last day of his life.

Beat The Reaper was surprisingly funny. The author, Josh Bazell, has a very dark sense of humor. Also surprising was how appealing the main character turned out to be. He’s a bit of a mess, and he’s not exactly Dr. McDreamy, but through various flashbacks we learn how he ended up where he is, and he begins to redeem himself.

From the beginning there’s a lot of action in the story. The second half of the book especially is a real page-turner. The only thing I didn’t like were that some of the aspects of the hospital seemed a little over the top. Surely no hospital can be that bad, and not get shut down. At least I hope not.

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