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Millennium People by J.G. Ballard
Millennium People
by J.G. Ballard
read in September, 2016
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I liked the premise, and I was surprised by how timely a read this was. Maybe this is just late making its way to America, but the notion of people who are basically doing alright, but still enraged and lashing out in all the wrong directions feels l ...more
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The Bostonians by Henry James
The Bostonians
by Henry James
read in August, 2016
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The Europeans by Henry James
The Europeans
by Henry James
read in June, 2016
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I've been in a Henry James mood lately, for no reason that I can make out. I'm not sure what to make of this one, aside that it seems somehow unfinished. Felix, especially, feels like an incomplete cartoon, and most of the Wentworth clan feels unexpl ...more
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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro
read in May, 2016
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I can't help but feel that Ishiguro wants his readers to feel as if they too were suffering the deleterious effects of the mist that has robbed his characters of their memories. In this, I think he has succeeded, as the book feels something like read ...more
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Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey
Cibola Burn (Expanse, #4)
by James S.A. Corey (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2016
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This series really just asks the readers to take too much on faith, without it providing any evidence or reason for what's going on. I know the old adage about any sufficiently-advanced technology appearing to be magic, but all the alien tech here is ...more
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The Exquisite Corpse by Alfred Chester
The Exquisite Corpse
by Alfred Chester
read in May, 2016
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This one flew right over my head. The best part of the book was the afterword, which managed to paint Chester as a more interesting character than any in his novel.

As for the book itself, I can't really comment on the story, because he has mostly ch
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Assholes by Aaron James
Assholes: A Theory
by Aaron James
read in May, 2016
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Not nearly as satisfying as I'd hoped, unfortunately. The book is perfectly satisfactory. I like James' definition of what makes someone an asshole, and he delves deeply into the nature of what that means for us as people and as a people.

But ultimat
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The Art and Making of Hannibal by Jesse McLean
The Art and Making of Hannibal: The Television Series
by Jesse McLean (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2016
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It helps to go into a book like this with low expectations. Essentially, it's a promotional item, and as such, it's full of fulsome praise for all who worked on the show and analysis that is often little more than plot summaries.

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The Revenant by Michael Punke
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