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Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Geek Love
by Katherine Dunn
read in July, 2016
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Unapologetically weird, though occasionally a touch too cute for my tastes.
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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
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With many of the same flaws and merits as its predecessor, "Hollow City" also suffers a bit from being overlong. And maybe I've just been reading Riggs' writing for too many days consecutively, but there are many respects in which he's obviously an a ...more
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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Highly imaginative, but sometimes flatly written. I found the photographs more a bug than a feature.
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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sympathizer
by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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A compelling work that falters in its final passages, which are artlessly Freudian and devolve in to self-repetition for pages on end.
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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1. I am obviously not the intended audience for this book. I can't imagine Coates would object to his white contemporaries reading it, but the book makes obvious that it was not created with it in mind to impress anything on white people.

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
by Sonny Liew (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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A work of stone genius.
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number9dream by David Mitchell
number9dream
by David Mitchell
read in May, 2016
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Easily the least-effective of Mitchell's novels that I've read (I haven't got to Ghostwritten yet), and the one that is most like what his detractors say all his books are like -- gimmicky, with too much self-indulgent farting about. Each of the book ...more
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Stop-Time by Frank Conroy
Stop-Time
by Frank Conroy
read in April, 2016
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Conroy is a beautiful stylist and scene-setter, but ultimately I found the book not very engaging.
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The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Water Knife
by Paolo Bacigalupi (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2016
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Reasonably well done, but not really for me.
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My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
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The Jeeves stories remain pure gold, but the Reggie Pepper ones have the distinct feeling of being half-formed, and feel like practice. Pepper isn't really distinguishable from Bertie Wooster as a personality, but without Jeeves as a foil, the storie ...more
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