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The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
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Uggghhhh, did I like this book? I don't even know. It was very long and all of the characters are tedious people. Even the ones you're hoping are going to be sympathetic (poor Sugar and Emmeline) mostly end up doing a lot of not much. How much time d ...more
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The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
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Continuing my woke lovecraft riffs kick. Fun little novella.
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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
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Preacher is sent on a mission to a small outpost to spread the gospel to some aliens. Sort of similar to The Sparrow in that sense, but it is interested in very different things. In particular, one of its main concerns is long distance relationships, ...more
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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
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This is a getting there is all the fun book. The fact that this book works at all is a testament to the charm of the characters and their open-eyed enthusiasm. The conflict is pretty minimal and they're all super supportive of each other, which is so ...more
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The Library at Mount Char by Scott  Hawkins
The Library at Mount Char
by Scott Hawkins (Goodreads Author)
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This is a weird good time. I think what this reminded me most of was Nine Princes in Amber. A bunch of weird powerful people raised together with a mysterious overbearing patriarch who are friends, but in competition and occasionally VERY competent, ...more
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The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson
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Solid fantasy set in 19th century SF chinatown. Unfortunately, everyone in the book beyond the protagonist is terrible except for a friendly giant eye monster ghost thing. Lots of good imagery.
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Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
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Continuing my woke Lovecraft reinterpretations kick, here is a novel from the perspective of the fish people of Innsmouth. This is a really well done serious take on fish people, which I am definitely here for. The characters are well drawn and sympa ...more
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The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch
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Do you like weird gross beautiful mysterious poetic sexy things? If yes, read this book. If no, it's not for you.
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The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville
The Last Days of New Paris
by China Miéville (Goodreads Author)
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This is an extremely charming novella that is basically a love letter to the Surrealists (see especially the appendix). Suppose in 1941, a bomb goes off in Paris and it causes the city become full of manifestations of surrealist art like Magritte tri ...more
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The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
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Picked this up because I went to see Rushdie do a reading from it. He's very charming in person. This book however is less charming. Rushdie is too good to write a bad book, but this story of rich people trying to transform themselves into different ...more
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