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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
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For starters, the style of this book is atrocious. Outside of the first 5 pages, the entire novel is one man telling a story. Why design the book this way? One I figured that this would be the structure of the novel, I rapidly lost interest. Even if ...more
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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Unfortunately my rating for this book just kept dropping as I kept reading. The multiple perspectives in the first few chapters were promising, especially when set against the backdrop of Dominican Republic history.

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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver
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This is very uneven group of stories. I don't know what criteria was used for the ordering of the stories, but all of the good ones were in the second half of the collection. Starting with "The Student's Wife" and continuing to the end, all of the st ...more
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Neuromancer by William Gibson
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To be clear, there are some cool ideas here. Really cool ideas. Neuromancer’s influence on later sci-fi is difficult to overstate. “The Matrix” franchise borrows so heavily from the book that I think it should be considered an adapted screenplay. The ...more
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The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato
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I'm not sure why this short novel isn't mentioned in the same breath as the giants of existential literature, because it certainly deserves that high acclaim. Oftentimes, deeply psychological stories are not exactly "page turners", but this was an ex ...more
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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Seveneves
by Neal Stephenson (Goodreads Author)
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King Richard III by William Shakespeare
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I hadn't read Shakespeare since high school, and I had completely forgotten just how entertaining it can be. Great story and even better characters (especially Richard himself). It can be a bit of a difficult read to fully understand, and I'm gratefu ...more
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The Plague by Albert Camus
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Although the plot device of a disease is an intriguing one, this book really isn't about that at all. Camus' humanism really shines here. It is very clear that Camus uses Rieux as a conduit for his philosophy, but all of the other characters are very ...more
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The World According to Garp by John Irving
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An amazing read that is entertaining, but does not lose its sense of humanity. I wasn't crazy about the final chapter. It certainly didn't ruin the book, but it did affect my decision to give it four stars instead of five. It's definitely a book that ...more
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