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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
"Harrowing and brutal, overwhelming, enlightening, fascinating.

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Room to Dream by David Lynch
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Everywhere You Don't Belong by Gabriel Bump
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There's a lot that's good here. I appreciate a novel that addresses structural issues like racism and violence through and personal and idiosyncratic story. I liked that there was humor and beauty to be found, even in the midst of tragedy and ...more
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
"This is a great bit of historical fiction about the space race, spectacularly researched and executed. It also elegantly captures everyday institutional sexism and racism. I really liked Mary Robinette Kowal's writing, she has a knack for mixing t..." Read more of this review »
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Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
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I'll join the consensus in saying that Foundation and Empire was a step up from its predecessor, mainly because it was less fragmented. There were two main stories, with the first being shorter and kind of forgettable, and the second hitting a real ...more
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I'll join the consensus in saying that Foundation and Empire was a step up from its predecessor, mainly because it was less fragmented. There were two main stories, with the first being shorter and kind of forgettable, and the second hitting a real ...more
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Jeeves in the Offing by P.G. Wodehouse
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It's totally understandable that Wodehouse would go back to the well on that cow creamer, as it's easily one of his funniest plot devices. He doesn't overdo it though, making Jeeves in the Offing a nice callback that still stands on its own. Having ...more
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It's totally understandable that Wodehouse would go back to the well on that cow creamer, as it's easily one of his funniest plot devices. He doesn't overdo it though, making Jeeves in the Offing a nice callback that still stands on its own. Having ...more
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Robertson Davies
“I had become wiser, I tried to find out what irony really is, and discovered that some ancient writer on poetry had spoken of “Ironia, which we call the drye mock.” And I cannot think of a better term for it: The drye mock. Not sarcasm, which is like vinegar, or cynicism, which is so often the voice of disappointed idealism, but a delicate casting of cool and illuminating light on life, and thus an enlargement. The ironist is not bitter, he does not seek to undercut everything that seems worthy or serious, he scorns the cheap scoring-off of the wisecracker. He stands, so to speak, somewhat at one side, observes and speaks with a moderation which is occasionally embellished with a flash of controlled exaggeration. He speaks from a certain depth, and thus he is not of the same nature as the wit, who so often speaks from the tongue and no deeper. The wit’s desire is to be funny; the ironist is only funny as a secondary achievement.”
Robertson Davies, The Cunning Man

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