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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville
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The whale takes a while.
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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
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Only Joking.
Brooke and 560 other people liked Herbie's review of Infinite Jest:
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
"It's my habit to write on the inside sleeve of a book the words from the text that I can't define or don't understand. Here is the resulting list from the back inside sleeve of Infinite Jest:

apocopes
bolections
reglets
dipsomania
quincunx
varicoceles
si..." Read more of this review »
Brooke rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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Zafón builds another gothic labyrinth set in his favorite haunt: 1920's Barcelona. This time around, the devil is French and an editor, no less. No comparison to The Shadow of the Wind, but another good read from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books that ...more
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery
read in October, 2009
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I was a bit disappointed in this one, but it made me want to read Anna Karenina too.

The characters spent most of their time gossiping about the people that live in their apartment. That's the device, and it works, except I felt a little trapped by th
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Atomik Aztex by Sesshu Foster
Atomik Aztex
by Sesshu Foster
read in October, 2008
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I was looking for a plot so I guess I should be shot. A compelling experiment saturated in the hallucinatory poetics of a "what-if" world: Aztecs conquer the conquerors, drive Apache pickups. I didn't make it out of the meat-packing plant but will pr ...more
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Drown by Junot Díaz
Drown
by Junot Díaz
read in October, 2008
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The stories aren't very pretty but the language is: my favorite is "Negocios" but all of them feature sorrow and insight from the inner life of a young toughguy. Diaz has to be one of my favorite short storyists: "In high school our teachers loved to ...more
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All the Sad Young Literary Men by Keith Gessen
All the Sad Young Literary Men
by Keith Gessen
recommended for: fans of n+1
read in October, 2008
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All You Sad Young Literary Men Of The World: own your ideology, get a trade, move out west, grow yourself a beard and then write me a book. Why are we so sad? A disparaging portrait of my brothers in arms.
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Blindness by José Saramago
Blindness (Blindness, #1)
by José Saramago
recommended for: a staring contest
read in July, 2008
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So horrific I was ready to put the book down, then they escaped the quarantine hospital. (I want you to know so that you have something to look forward to.) Get ready for an epidemic story resonant of Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD and Camus' THE PLAGUE: ...more
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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I finally got hooked on Gabo's magnum opus after 3 or four tries. Marquez reads like a reporter investigating a bedtime story and I think you just have to let yourself get lost in the tangle.(Don't even bother with the "family tree" at the beginning ...more
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