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The Affirmation by Christopher Priest
"Not recommended for: people who like their books to be straightforward, easily understandable, and conventional. Also people who want their books to include Exciting Things Happening.

Special Interests covered: mental illness, philosophy.

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The Affirmation by Christopher Priest
"This story is disorienting, unreliable, evasive - but in a good way. I read it twice (the second read immediately after the first), and after the second read I wondered if I should read it again. This book has an unhealthy relationship with the re..." Read more of this review »
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The Affirmation by Christopher Priest
The Affirmation
by Christopher Priest
read in September, 2014
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The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov
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One of Nabokov's better novels, and therefore immediately one of my favourite books. He wrote books perfectly tailored to what I enjoy reading.

It's the combination of these elements, I think:

- Beautiful, carefully constructed prose, prose written as...more
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The Eagle's Throne by Carlos Fuentes
The Eagle's Throne
by Carlos Fuentes
read in August, 2014
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Crossed by Simon Spurrier
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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly
by Philip K. Dick
read in August, 2014
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The story of a drug-addicted, increasingly paranoid undercover cop who is asked to spy on himself. Dark, twisty and unflinching.
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Vladimir Nabokov
“If I correctly understand the sense of this succinct observation, our poet suggests here that human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

Vladimir Nabokov
“Speaking of novels,’ I said, ‘you remember we decided once, you, your husband and I, that Proust’s rough masterpiece was a huge, ghoulish fairy tale, an asparagus dream, totally unconnected with any possible people in any historical France, a sexual travestissement and a colossal farce, the vocabulary of genius and its poetry, but no more, impossibly rude hostesses, please let me speak, and even ruder guests, mechanical Dostoevskian rows and Tolstoian nuances of snobbishness repeated and expanded to an unsufferable length, adorable seascapes, melting avenues, no, do not interrupt me, light and shade effects rivaling those of the greatest English poets, a flora of metaphors, described—by Cocteau, I think—as “a mirage of suspended gardens,” and, I have not yet finished, an absurd, rubber-and-wire romance between a blond young blackguard (the fictitious Marcel), and an improbable jeune fille who has a pasted-on bosom, Vronski’s (and Lyovin’s) thick neck, and a cupid’s buttocks for cheeks; but—and now let me finish sweetly—we were wrong, Sybil, we were wrong in denying our little beau ténébreux the capacity of evoking “human interest”: it is there, it is there—maybe a rather eighteenth-centuryish, or even seventeenth-centuryish, brand, but it is there. Please, dip or redip, spider, into this book [offering it], you will find a pretty marker in it bought in France, I want John to keep it. Au revoir, Sybil, I must go now. I think my telephone is ringing.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

Vladimir Nabokov
“I was the shadow of the waxwing slain/By the false azure in the windowpane...”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

Vladimir Nabokov
“Another tormentor inquired if it was true that I had installed two ping-pong tables in my basement. I asked, was it a crime? No, he said, but why two? "Is that a crime?" I countered, and they all laughed.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

Philip K. Dick
“But—let me tell you my cat joke. It's very short and simple. A hostess is giving a dinner party and she's got a lovely five-pound T-bone steak sitting on the sideboard in the kitchen waiting to be cooked while she chats with the guests in the living room—has a few drinks and whatnot. But then she excuses herself to go into the kitchen to cook the steak—and it's gone. And there's the family cat, in the corner, sedately washing it's face."

"The cat got the steak," Barney said.

"Did it? The guests are called in; they argue about it. The steak is gone, all five pounds of it; there sits the cat, looking well-fed and cheerful. "Weigh the cat," someone says. They've had a few drinks; it looks like a good idea. So they go into the bathroom and weigh the cat on the scales. It reads exactly five pounds. They all perceive this reading and a guest says, "okay, that's it. There's the steak." They're satisfied that they know what happened, now; they've got empirical proof. Then a qualm comes to one of them and he says, puzzled, "But where's the cat?”
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