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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
"This is a powerful gutpunch of a novel. The research underlying it is impeccable, the characters are richly realized, the narrative feels both inventive and gripping, the social commentary proves raw and difficult yet so, so necessary. (That it fe..." Read more of this review »
Alan and 103 other people liked Lyn's review of The Lathe Of Heaven:
The Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
"“To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub,For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause.”

Ursula K. LeGuin delivers a riveting but simple tale of a man whose dreams can af..." Read more of this review »
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
"3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

On the surface, this book had everything going for it: an original premise, a tantalizing mystery, a very promising plot. By all accounts, I should be extremely pleased with..." Read more of this review »
Alan and 143 other people liked Lyn's review of The Things They Carried:
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
"It was in the spring of 2006 and I was on patrol in Kirkuk Iraq with a unit in the 101st Airborne. I had my full “battle rattle” on: helmet, body armor, vest with extra magazines, M4. We were in the Kurdish part of the city and it was a beautiful..." Read more of this review »
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Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
by Karen Russell (Goodreads Author)
recommended to Alan by: Previous, longer work
recommended for: Complacent types
read in March, 2017
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Before diving into Vampires in the Lemon Grove, make sure to pack all your gear:
At minimum, you will need to bring Zodiac boots and gaiters; first-aid kits; survival bags; both VHF and HF solar-powered radios; a SeaRover Remotely Operated Vehicle wit
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Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem
Men and Cartoons: Stories
by Jonathan Lethem
recommended to Alan by: Longer work
recommended for: Dabblers
read in March, 2017
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Shortly after I started reading Jonathan Lethem's 2004 collection Men and Cartoons, I discovered that a previous owner of the particular second-hand copy I'd acquired had mutilated it, annotating page after page in bilious green highlighter and indel ...more
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The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey
The Everything Box (Another Coop Heist #1)
by Richard Kadrey
recommended to Alan by: Jim Stark and Chris Moore
recommended for: Christopher Moore fans hungry for more blood, cursing and depravity
read in March, 2017
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Charlie Cooper—"Coop" to his friends—isn't Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim, but they could be cousins. Coop is a sardonic, wisecracking Angeleno too, given to fast-paced banter with friends and enemies alike, even when he might do better to keep his mo ...more
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The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville
The Last Days of New Paris
by China Miéville (Goodreads Author)
recommended to Alan by: Tim; previous work; a furry spoon, perhaps, or a mysterious velocipede
recommended for: Quislings, turncoats, and collaborators
read in March, 2017
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Surrealism is easy enough to attempt—just juxtapose random elements from reality in a new or jarring way—but that delicate balance between the absurd and the mundane is hard to do well, to create and especially to sustain. The relative brevity of The ...more
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Substitute by Nicholson Baker
Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids
by Nicholson Baker
recommended to Alan by: Previous work
recommended for: Lifelong learners
read in March, 2017
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Poor thing: she was already fed up with being asked to do inane worksheets and she was only in kindergarten. Twelve more years to go.

The title of Nicholson Baker's Substitute may make The Who start playing through your head too, the way it did
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