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Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
Growth of the Soil
by Knut Hamsun
read in February, 2011
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My impression is that when people talk about Growth of the Soil most of their comments revolve around the beautiful language of the novel. While I found this to be true, I also found that I didn't find the language particularly stirring - it was pret...more
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Y by Brian K. Vaughan
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(NB: This review refers to the entire series.)

This is a fun and engrossing series with a lot of heart. Ironically, while Yorick is named after a jester, in Y: The Last Man he is the quintessential straight man. He may have guns routinely blaring in h...more
Lit React rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Windup Girl
by Paolo Bacigalupi
read in December, 2010
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A lot of science fiction is based on recognizing a trait of human development (cultural, societal or personal) and taking this quality to its most extreme, tortured state. The trait Windup Girl plays with is the human talent/urge/curse to manipulate...more
Lit React rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Black Swan Green
by David Mitchell
read in November, 2010
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Black Swan Green is instantly relatable to all those who grew up on the wrong side of the “cool” railroad tracks of early adolescent life. There are numerous cliches on growing up, in fact the plot of the novel is perhaps best described as episodes o...more
"Without war most of the epics would disappear too! The first to go would be the grand daddy of them all, The Iliad.

Epic as a genre seems to rely more...more
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"A great book which is highly readable too; two qualities that sometimes don't go together! Pi seems like a well meaning kid and his innocence, which i...more "
"I read this book years ago and while I can't remember its plot or even its characters, I do remember the beauty of its language which had quite an imp...more "
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Lit React rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Empire of Memory by Eric Gamalinda
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For my money this book is a strong contender for the great Philippine novel. During my stay in college, I got the impression that the work traditionally feted as the great Philippine novel is A Woman with Two Navels . Don't you believe it. Empire and...more
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Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
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It's a common complaint that the special effects in movies today are extraneous, explosions and computer graphics inserted into a narrative simply because the director/studio can. Filipino writers in English (IMHO) have the tendency to be the Jerry B...more
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