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Allison rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
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Oh, I adored this book. It contains one of the most moving descriptions of a relationship I've ever read; the dead-twin conceit is effective; the tension between Asterios' dual-natured way of viewing the world and Hana's more holistic perspective is ...more
Allison rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
The Gone-Away World
by Nick Harkaway (Goodreads Author)
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The first third, the coming-of-age novel within the novel, was good. The last third was fantastic. The middle third was a slog.
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The Magician King by Lev Grossman
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I was so involved in Fillory that I went right out and bought the sequel as soon as I finished The Magicians.

The Magician King didn't do "page-turning" quite as well as The Magicians did, but overall, it had a lot of the same good and bad points. The
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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
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Pros: This was the first book I've read in a long time that I lost sleep to finish. The plot was compelling. The meta-commentary (a fantasy novel about being a fan of fantasy novels) was well done. A few scenes -- geese flying, for example -- were sp ...more
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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
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This is everything I want from sci-fi: beautifully written, thought-provoking, philosophically challenging, emotionally connected.
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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Swamplandia!
by Karen Russell (Goodreads Author)
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Five stars for writing, two for plot. Telegraphing such a melodramatic plot twist for hundreds of pages was excruciating to read.
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Kraken by China Miéville
Kraken
by China Miéville (Goodreads Author)
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Entertaining, challenging, thought-provoking and literate.
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The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
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Interesting concept, but he had enough material for a magazine article and he stretched it into a book.
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All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
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