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White Light: Or, What Is Cantor's Continuum Problem?
a really fun book, less science fiction than a kind of mathemagical fantasia on the concept of infinity, probably closer to Alice in Wonderland than a...more
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Sep 05, 2012
The Burning Court
found this on the karl edward wagner 3x13 list:

it's basically a 3-star locked room / impossible crime-type mys...more
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Oct 21, 2014
Diary of a Mad Old Man
well, i was expecting "a rather shocking world of sexuality and destructive erotic obsessions," but actually i found this book rather sweet. perhaps t...more
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Oct 01, 2012
در رؤیای بابل
private detective has a hard time with his case because he's constantly daydreaming. only it's not as funny as that makes it sound. this is late-era b...more
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Nov 17, 2008
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
It's like a Sebald book by someone not as interesting as Sebald. Made me want to read Austerlitz again.
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Dec 15, 2013
Life During Wartime
shepard is a stylist, a visionary, a dramatist, and a philosopher; he's got it all and it's all incredible. the only thing wrong with this book is tha...more
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Oct 20, 2014
Lion Of Boaz-Jachin And Jachin-Boaz (Bloomsbury Paperbacks)
funny and sad, realistic and supernatural, a fable about fathers and sons and the existence of non-existent things...

'Empty space,' said the driver....more
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Nov 07, 2010
The Little Disturbances of Man
i'd read and loved paley's story "wants" in an anthology somewhere and so i figured i'd try this collection of hers a try. unfortunately, this collect...more
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Dec 25, 2009
Et Tu, Babe
just as much fun as My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist-- in fact, maybe even more so-- but as a novel, it actually has a structure and therefore (after...more
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Apr 08, 2012
The Ethical Assassin
it's like elmore leonard giving a sermon on animal rights in the midst of a screening of the maysles brothers' salesman. witty, vivid, fast-moving, va...more
Mar 30, 2009
Mar 29, 2009
The Thirty-Nine Steps (Richard Hannay, #1)
a fun thriller, very readable (1915!?), also very different from the hitchcock film it inspired (there's no "handcuffed to the pretty girl" subplot, a...more
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Sep 11, 2011
The Magic Mountain
surprisingly fun for a 700 page book about illness and philosophizin'.
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Aug 07, 2014
The Passion According to G.H.
A world wholly alive has a Hellish power.

i am giving this book five stars, because five stars means "it was amazing," and this book was definitely ama...more
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Mar 09, 2009
The Turn of the Screw
**spoiler alert** the story is so ingenious, and the ending so shockingly perfect, that i'm giving it 5 stars even though the writing is definitely ha...more
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Mar 16, 2009
Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery
most brautigan books are about 70% funny/joyous, and 30% heartbreakingly sad. this one flips that around to 80% heartbreakingly sad and 20% life-is-ut...more
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Nov 26, 2008
The Nature of Things
i was about halfway through this, and really liking it, when i got to "notes for a sea shell" and was hit by the sudden realization that THIS BOOK IS...more
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Feb 24, 2009
The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
i have to admit, when i started reading this, my first thought was: "oh god, this shit again???" because really, on the face of it, does the world rea...more
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Feb 26, 2009
An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Poetry
good stuff and bad stuff. nothing absolutely mind-blowing (maybe because it's in translation), but lots of good stuff. Joao Cabral de Melo Neto is obv...more
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Mar 02, 2009
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
**spoiler alert** oh ha ha, he died halfway through writing it, ha ha, we'll never know how it turns out, ha ha ha.


this is gonna drive me...more
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Mar 04, 2009
okay, so... it's not magical-realism, but everything talks... frogs, birds, cows, oxen... everything... the grass waves and fruit grows and trees slee...more
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Mar 30, 2009
Revenge of the Lawn
some of the early stories in this collection-- the ones that really come together at the end-- are among the best i have ever read. "1/3, 1/3, 1/3" an...more
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Nov 30, 2008
Mother's Milk (Patrick Melrose Novels, #4)
He closed his eyes and let the pool-side inferno dissipate. After a few hours of other people, he had to get the pile-up of impressions out of him one...more
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May 17, 2013
There Is No Year
there was a period many years ago where i had a manic episode and didn't sleep for a week. during that time i became paranoid and depressed and delusi...more
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May 14, 2011
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody
this is one of the favorite books of Andrew Ramer, who wrote one of my favorite books, Little Pictures: Fiction for a New Age, a collection of minute...more
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Dec 17, 2009
Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet
When I was in elementary school, and in the Gifted-and-Getting-Made-Fun-of-for-It Program, the best thing we ever did was study advertising. We had to...more
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Nov 07, 2009
Pilgrimage to Earth
apparently sheckley wrote over 400 stories. which is good news, seeing how i can't stop reading them. they're really just so wonderful. it's kind of l...more
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Jun 30, 2012
Destiny is the music of the improbable. Were it otherwise, almost anyone could exist.

Himself he hired
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Nov 27, 2011
Prisoner of Sex
well, after that Gospel According to the Son debacle, i decided to channel my norman mailer thing into his non-fiction for a while... and i'm very gla...more
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Aug 31, 2011
In a Lonely Place
it's nice to read a pulp crime novel that is very much its own thing, no visible influence from chandler or hammett or cain or any of the usual suspec...more
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Apr 07, 2012
Morte D'Urban
whoever it was who put the huge b&w early-60s italian-glamour photo of the beautiful woman on the cover of this book was a genius, and i want to t...more
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Oct 21, 2009