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Book Review—The Cider House Rules by John Irving

It took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to say about John Irving’s “The Cider House Rules.”  On the one hand, it’s a celebrated classic by a genius author, and on the other hand, some of Irving’s not … Continue reading

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Book Review—Stories of the Sea by Collected Authors

Oopsies it’s been a long time, but for some reason this last book of short stories took quite awhile to finish.  I must say, although I really enjoyed this collection, it didn’t quite make me itch to jump on a … Continue reading

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Book Review—Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Alright, I already wrote about how awesome “Ready Player One” is, but now that I finished it I have a few things to say about its not so awesome parts.  Firstly, the main story, which is about the quest for … Continue reading

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Book Review—Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

The thing I love most about Karen Russell’s writing is that when you’re asked to define it as fiction or fantasy, it’s not as easy as you’d think.  Take “Swamplandia!” for example: are there now, or have there ever been, … Continue reading

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Book Review—Marshlands by Matthew Olshan

So I read “Marshlands” by Matthew Olshan in a day.  This book, out in hardcover, is about some kind of occupation in some kind of country and a surgeon who committed some kind of crime which got him thrown in … Continue reading

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Book Review—We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen

It’s been awhile, but oh I’ve got a book for you! It’s another tome, but unlike “The Luminaries’”  cerebral tread down convoluted lane, “We, the Drowned” is a swashbuckling visceral rampage through 100 years of the Danish town of Marstal’s … Continue reading

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Book Review—The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

It was a long haul, but I finally finished Eleanor Catton’s tome, “The Luminaries,” and I have two very strong feelings about it: 1) I freaking loved it, 2) I’m angry with it. Firstly, here’s a summary from Granta: “It … Continue reading

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Book Review—And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

If you’ve read Khaled Hosseini’s books before then you know what you’re signing up for when you crack open the first page of his newest novel “And the Mountains Echoed.”  If you haven’t read his books, then you might want … Continue reading

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