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Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Night Film
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recommended for: People who liked House of Leaves but less attn span necessary here
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A book that captured my attention from its opening because of its immediate noir atmosphere -- jogging in Central Park at night with a mysterious figure looming in the path lights? -- yep, that'll do it. New York as backdrop was both nostalgia for me ...more
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
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After an inviting, interesting premise -- a premise I related too somewhat closely about being shunned by friends and not understanding the reason why -- I was entirely disappointed by the writing, characters, and narrative, and I think after this I ...more
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz
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It took me quite some time to finally read this, picking it up after I read Diaz's short story collection "This is How You Lose Her," not realizing the narrator for both is the character Yunior. A truly cativating novel from beginning to end -- the w ...more
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Night Film by Marisha Pessl
"Around the time I started reading this book, I saw a review of it that said something along the lines of (paraphrasing) 'this book will make you roll your eyes at points, but you won't put it down.' (That was the first line of the review. I didn't..." Read more of this review »
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Ron Butlin
“It used to be that each time you fell in love, the effort of loving released in you the energy to hold everything together a little longer. Then, after several months or years, when things began to crack apart again, you would fall in love with someone else. New energy would be released, and for a time you and your world would be safe once more.

By now, however, you have exhausted that. There seems to be no energy left - if you had discovered alcohol earlier it might have saved a few broken hearts. For you, alcohol is not the problem - it's the solution: dissolving all the separate parts into one. A universal solvent. An ocean.”
Ron Butlin, The Sound of My Voice

Jane Austen
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice

Margaret Atwood
“Romance takes place in the middle distance. Romance is looking in at yourself through a window clouded with dew. Romance means leaving things out: where life grunts and shuffles, romance only sighs.”
Margaret Atwood

Ford Madox Ford
“There is no man who loves a woman that does not desire to come to her for the renewal of his courage, for the cutting asunder of his difficulties. And that will be the mainspring of his desire for her. We are all so afraid, we are all so alone, we all so need from the outside the assurance of our own worthiness to exist.”
Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier

Chuck Palahniuk
“What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

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