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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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I know I'm late to the game on this one, but I found it consummately moving and heartbreaking. I'm not sure I've ever read a sci-fi novel where the sci-fi was so tangential to the relationship study that is really the heart of the story. But I loved ...more
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Snow by Orhan Pamuk
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This book showed me the difference between "intriguing" and "compelling" because it was definitely the former while struggling to attain the latter. A lot of the reason it didn't do much for me is because I found the protagonist, Ka, extremely unlike ...more
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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
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This is very good for a bildungsroman or character study. Unfortunately I am not really into that genre which made this book only a mildly interesting reading experience for me.
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The Night of the Gun by David Carr
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This was entertaining enough, but eventually I realized I was spending my time on the story of an exceptionally intelligent, privileged guy who did so many awful things that he should by all rights be either dead or imprisoned for life, and that he w ...more
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The Palace Thief by Ethan Canin
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I picked up this book after reading "The Palace Thief" in a collection, and it didn't disappoint me.

Ethan Canin feels like the platonic ideal of what I could have been as a writer, so while I don't necessarily love this book I feel a strange affinity
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Fire on the Mountain by Terry Bisson
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It's amazing to me that a book about a socialist alternate universe in which Black Americans took over the south and created their own country called Nova Africa was written and published in 1988. It would be pretty impressive if it were written toda ...more
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Dispatches by Michael Herr
Dispatches
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This is a remarkable glimpse into what it must have actually been like to be in Vietnam during the war. If it reminds you of "Full Metal Jacket" while you're reading, that's because its author is one of the screenwriters, and much of the dialogue and ...more
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The Wall by Marlen Haushofer
The Wall
by Marlen Haushofer
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The Wall is a beautiful, meditative, haunting speculative fiction novel that is really more of a thought experiment on what it might truly feel like to be the last person on Earth. Its meandering, mostly plotless contemplation gives it more in common ...more
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
" If you've read much Butler before, you will recognize the same themes (and flaws) from most of her other books. This was the first book of hers I read ...more "
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Harlan Ellison
“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
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“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
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Samuel Butler
“What can it matter to me,' he says, 'whether people read my books or not? It may matter to (the critics) -- but I have too much money to want more, and if the books have any stuff in them it will work by and by. I do not know nor greatly care whether they are good or not. What opinion can any sane man form about his own work? Some people must write stupid books just as there must be junior ops and third-class poll men. Why should I complain of being among the mediocrities? If a man is not absolutely below mediocrity let him be thankful -- besides, the books will have to stand by themselves some day, so the sooner they begin the better.”
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