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Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects
This book is loaded with interesting essays and projects that try to break down the new conversations between people and technology. It's written from ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
Station Eleven
A nimble and compulsive dystopian narrative about survival, memory, and art in a world destroyed by a flu pandemic. At times both explosively tender a ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Dec 02, 2014
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
A few weeks ago I read Ship Breaker, a science fiction novel about young kids living in a slum in the not-too-distant future, forced to scavenge for s ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 14, 2012
Jamrach's Menagerie
There were several points during the dark parts of the book that I thought about putting it down. It gets intense and very hard to read in a matter of ...more
May 25, 2012
May 19, 2012
The Ice Storm
A witty, observant and well-written novel. Some of Moody's sentences sparkle with life.
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
The Confidant
This was an engaging book right from the beginning. There is mystery behind the sad story of circumstances portrayed in the first half of the book. Wh ...more
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
Killer Librarian
I decided that I couldn't pass up checking this book out when it arrived at the library on Friday. It has a seductively Clue-like cover - books scatte ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
Alif the Unseen
An interesting young adult book that combines fantasy with science fiction tropes in a fast paced tale of revolution. Wilson explores the differences ...more
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 12, 2012
Salvage and Demolition
Time travel narratives are a difficult thing to do well. Powers comes close here. Salvage and Demolition loops back and forth on itself and eventually ...more
Feb 26, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures
I lack a bit of the metaphysical background knowledge and deep reading of Heidegger and Husserl that some of the essays required. However, this collec ...more
May 20, 2012
May 18, 2012
The Folly of the World
The Folly of the World is a funny, irreverent, and incredibly well-written fantasy tale unlike any other fantasy tales I've read. Often graphic and di ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
Tenth of December
This collection is worth every bit of praise it has been receiving. Saunders' inventive language and precise writing makes each and every story differ ...more
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
The Gift is an interesting and somewhat sprawling look at creativity and art through the lens of gift-giving and our modern marketplace. While the boo ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
Status Anxiety
This is my second time reading de Botton's wide-ranging and smart book.

"Every adult life could be said to be defined by two great love stories. The f
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
It's Fine By Me
Originally written in 1992 and just now receiving an English translation, It's Fine By Me is a spare and engaging novel about the struggles of growing ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
I appreciate the honest portrayal in this book. All the good and all the ugly, self-hating and mean parts of Wallace are included. What comes through ...more
Oct 19, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
Circus Philosophicus
Written in the style of Platonic myth, Circus Philosophicus is a fascinating and very readable introduction to Harman's Object Oriented Philosophy. He ...more
May 13, 2012
May 11, 2012
Conversations with David Foster Wallace
I've read most of these interviews at some point over the last 8 or so years since I've been reading Wallace. But reading them in the order they were ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Spin (Spin, #1)
Not only one of the best sci-fi novels I've read in a while, but one of the best novels in general that I've read over the last few years. Spin invest ...more
Sep 12, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity
I started reading The Unwritten in issue form a few years ago and loved it then. Revisiting it as TPB's is proving to be just as exciting. My original ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
Here and Now: Letters (2008-2011)
Auster and Coetzee began corresponding as a way to spark creative ideas in one another. They propose topics and then discuss them through to the end. ...more
Mar 24, 2013
Mar 16, 2013
An achingly beautiful and complex story of love and circumstance that explores issues of religion (specifically Islam and Christianity), industrializa ...more
Nov 24, 2012
Nov 23, 2012
Quintessence is a curious but engaging alternate history/fantasy novel. The fast pace is tempered by some really interesting philosophical discussions ...more
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
DMZ, Vol. 9: M.I.A.
I'm getting back into DMZ after about a year and a half away. Luckily, this TPB spends a lot of time catching the reader up with the characters and th ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
The Girl with All the Gifts
The Girl with All the Gifts is a complicated novel that puts a refreshing spin on a genre that has been exhausted in the last several years. The begin ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
When I read this in May 2011 I was really impressed by the way Auster plays with style and POV. On this second reading, I find the novel to be a littl ...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
Wisp of a Thing: A Novel of the Tufa
I picked this book up knowing little about it (like the fact that it's somewhat of a sequel) and was sucked in pretty quickly. The novel moves along a ...more
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
The Snow Child
Beautiful and exquisite. Ivey evokes emotion and a sense of place in a way that few other writers can. The Snow Child is both a story as practical and ...more
Mar 02, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.
This collection of old and new nonfiction from Jonathan Lethem actually reads almost like a novel. I was surprised by how engrossing the collection wa ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 25, 2011
The Turn of the Screw, The Aspern Papers and Two Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Why did it take me so long to read Henry James? "The Beast in the Jungle" is one of the best novellas that I've ever read; the craftsmanship and emoti ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
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