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Review: Bacigalupi’s The Wind-Up Girl

The Wind Up Girl Paolo Bacigalupi Global warming, mega corporations bent on world domination, genetically modified food, floods, plagues, mechanical sex slaves. The future in the Wind-Up Girl isn’t very uplifting, but the way Bacigalupi tells this story of a … Continue reading

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Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz

A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Top five novel of the small-group-keeps-knowledge-alive-in-post-apocalyptic world sub genre of science fiction. You either love this kind of novel or you don’t. I love them, and have read scores, A Canticle for Leibowitz … Continue reading

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Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow

Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon I read it. Cover to cover. I was 19 and people said it was a work of genius, so I gave it a go. Did I understand it? No. Was it pure hubris to think I … Continue reading

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Ellison’s Invisible Man

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison It always feels a bit absurd to review a classic, especially one with the profound emotional and political resonance of Invisible Man. I could leave it at this – you need to read this book – … Continue reading

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Roy’s God of Small Things

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy I read the God of Small Things almost fifteen years ago, so let’s be honest, my memory is a bit hazy. I remember being blown away that it was a first novel, but … Continue reading

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Kelman’s How Late It Was, How Late

How Late It Was How Late James Kelman When I was twenty, I lived in Berkeley California and worked as a tele-fundraiser for a number of large nonprofits. Yes, I was the guy calling to ask you to donate to … Continue reading

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Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie Can Rushdie write? Yes, he prose is beautiful, if too baroque at times for me. I read this over a decade ago, and there are scenes I can still remember clearly. Can he craft a compelling … Continue reading

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