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Paul rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
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2 or 3 stars. So much of this book drags, is just plain boring. There are hints of exciting brilliance; scenes that grip, interspersed with useless, circular data collating and examination. The ending is great, but it's a slog to get there. It has so...more
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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker (Goodreads Author)
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The only thing keeping this from a 5-star rating is the ending. It stumbled a bit trying to wrap everything up, felt a little contrived, too neatly tied things off, and got a little careless with characters. But the first 80% was solid gold. A story...more
Paul rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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Haunting, mysterious, horrifying, surreal, contemplative, dreamlike, beautiful, uncanny. I love the lack of names, the sense of otherness and wrongness you get, the tantalizing hints and glimpses without a detailed break-it-down for you exposition at...more
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Shield and Crocus by Michael R. Underwood
Shield and Crocus
by Michael R. Underwood (Goodreads Author)
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The Etched City by K.J. Bishop
The Etched City
by K.J. Bishop (Goodreads Author)
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The strongest impression this book left me is that it is wildly uneven. The first 15% or so, with Raule and Gwynn on the run in the desert, is well done and fascinating fantasy with a Western flair. Then we jump to the city, where we spend far more t...more
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Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Paul rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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Can I give half stars? I want to go to four and a half.
Paul rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Black Unicorn by Tanith Lee
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Okay, I haven't read this book since the fifth or sixth grade, and don't even necessarily want to go back and revisit it. But this was absolutely my favorite book back then. I must have read it five times over the year, and loved it every time. If yo...more
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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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