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message 1: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I bought this cause we don't carry his other book.


message 2: by unknown (new)

unknown it's by all accounts better anyway.


message 3: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine hey so one of the girls I work with who doesn't read sci fi knew this book by title, so some people know about it's awesomeness


message 4: by Miriam (new)

Miriam When I tell people I don't like short stories (and really, I don't), what I mean is that I don't like literary short stories that offer us, say, a snapshot of someone's rather normal life, and wow, look at the way this small scene profoundly illuminates a larger wholBORING.

I guess that really what I mean when I say I don't like short stories.


message 5: by unknown (new)

unknown i am not saying i am proud of this. but i know it is true. i have an unhealthy aversion to literary fiction anyway, and tend to gravitate to anything with speculative/genre elements. what lit fic i do read tends to have a premise that grabbed me (lonely polygamist is a good example) or come highly recommended. being postmodern doesn't hurt either.

but there are a lot of books i would maybe like that get edged out because i would rather read something by murakami or maybe a genre-lit fic hybrid like The Gone-Away World. this is doubly true of short stories.


message 6: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine i like ryu murakami


message 7: by unknown (new)

unknown oh i meant the other one but i have been meaning to try him too.


message 8: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I liked Gone-Away World. I care about both story and writing; for me an ideal book has both great writing and an interesting plot. I'll read something just for great writing, but I won't read something just for the
concepts, which seems to be what a lot of literary fiction is about.


message 9: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Miriam wrote: "I liked Gone-Away World. I care about both story and writing; for me an ideal book has both great writing and an interesting plot. I'll read something just for great writing, but I won't read somet..."


OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG I LOVE THAT BOOK.

no one else in the world has even read that book this is super exciting.


message 10: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Joel wrote: "oh i meant the other one but i have been meaning to try him too."

I know you did they are very different people


message 11: by unknown (new)

unknown i did see the movie based on audition though. it made me very uncomfortable.


message 12: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I love that movie. I haven't read that book, but it is probably more uncomfortable than the movie


message 13: by Erik (new)

Erik your first paragraph made me chuckle. i don't like short fiction much either - even a lot of sci-fi - and honestly you pinpoint exactly why. it's boring.

but ted chiang's stuff rocks.


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