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"Really enjoying this, but it's hella cerebral and it takes a lot of effort to teach myself the foundational school he's constantly referencing." Jul 26, 2015 08:45PM

 
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"I've never been to Pyongyang and Mr. Abt has lived there for several years. His view of the DPRK is much rosier than that of 25,000 defectors. He blames the US resisting to sign a peace treaty with the DPRK for their suffering business, but doesn't acknowledge why the US would be hesitant. He praises the capitol's modernity but omits mentioning 200,000 innocent prisoners in death camps." Aug 25, 2014 10:46AM

 
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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven
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Very much enjoyed the complete world behind the scenes, glimpsed through intermittent hints and allusions. That's the kind of narrative I enjoy, knowing everything has a reason even if it's not clear for now. The flashbacks and flash-forwards were a ...more
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The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
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Long live the fable! 'The Beast Is an Animal' settles into me very comfortably, or I into it, because it feels very close to ghost stories and fantasies from a century ago (which, looking back, doesn't seem all that long ago). Right away I see the wo ...more
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Word by Word by Kory Stamper
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This is a fantastic romp through language, and yet it's also an intriguing deep-dive into the science of creating and running a dictionary. It goes without saying that Kory Stamper has an enviable working vocabulary; it's important to point out she h ...more
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This is a fantastic romp through language, and yet it's also an intriguing deep-dive into the science of creating and running a dictionary. It goes without saying that Kory Stamper has an enviable working vocabulary; it's important to point out she h ...more
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The Cunning Man by Robertson Davies
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Did not read the first installment in "The Toronto Trilogy," did not know this was #2 in that series.

Had high hopes for this novel after thoroughly enjoying "The Deptford Trilogy."

Instead, The Cunning Man feels like Davies is phoning it in, having ex
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The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson
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Matheson was quite ahead of his time, a visionary in his other novels and an astute social critic in The Shrinking Man. What appears to be a screwball tale of "what if a guy got smaller" is in fact an excoriation of toxic masculinity.

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World of Wonders by Robertson Davies
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