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reviewed: The Magicians: A Novel
Lev Grossman’s The Magicians offers a fantasy world cribbed heavily (and quite openly) from the Harry Potter and Narnia books...
The Magicians - Lev Grossman
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reviewed: Hull Zero Three
Full review here ... Greg Bear's Hull Zero Three is science fiction at its best: it is shaped by big ideas, is filled with te...
Hull Zero Three - Greg Bear
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November 2010
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reviewed: The Word for World is Forest
Reading Le Guin’s novella “The Word for World is Forest” in 2010, it’s hard not to draw the parallels with James Cameron’s “A...
The Word for World is Forest - Ursula K. Le Guin
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November 2010
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reviewed: The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans
As a “Holocaust detective story,” The Lampshade has few actual clues. Jacobson has a DNA profile made at the lab that identif...
The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans - Mark Jacobson
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October 2010
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reviewed: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Though I enjoyed the book very much, I found that its style kept me just on the verge of hurling it across the room. This nov...
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu
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August 2010
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reviewed: Ill Fares the Land
Judt tells the history of Anglo-American political economy from the Great Depression to the present, as the story of the rise...
Ill Fares the Land - Tony Judt
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July 2010
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reviewed: The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves
A complex portrait of slavery arises from the accounts Ward gathers. We hear the voices of field slaves, who are viciously wo...
The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves - Andrew Ward
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May 2010
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reviewed: Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
Chris Hedges’ Empire of Illusion is in part an angry screed, in part a Jeremiad lament, and (in small) part a vision of a bet...
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle - Chris Hedges
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April 2010
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reviewed: Apparition & Late Fictions: A Novella and Stories
These four elegiacal stories and one novella are about death, regret, death, loneliness, and death. Set largely in rural Mich...
Apparition & Late Fictions: A Novella and Stories - Thomas Lynch
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January 2010
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reviewed: Every Man Dies Alone
What makes Every Man Dies Alone more terrible than Orwell and Kafka, though, is that it isn’t wholly a work of fiction. The n...
Every Man Dies Alone - Hans Fallada
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November 2009
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reviewed: In The Year Of The Long Division: Stories
The stories in In the Year of Long Division show the ultimate end of the minimalist impulse: prose becomes poetry, external d...
In The Year Of The Long Division: Stories - Dawn Raffel
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November 2009
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reviewed: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Equally insightful and exasperating, with a significant dose of aristocratic condescension.Full review here
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work - Alain de Botton
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October 2009
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reviewed: Voices from the Moon
I have a theory–thoroughly untested, and probably wrong–that you can identify a novel written by a master of the short story ...
Voices from the Moon - Andre Dubus
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September 2009
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reviewed: Pieces for the Left Hand: 100 Anecdotes
Pieces for the Left Hand by J. Robert LennonThe 100 anecdotes collected in Pieces for the Left Hand are loosely held together...
Pieces for the Left Hand - J. Robert Lennon
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September 2009
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reviewed: Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales
Troll’s Eye View is a collection of stories revisiting well-known fairy tales–Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Molly and t...
Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales - Garth Nix, Michael Cadnum, Nancy Farmer, Jane Yolen, Ellen Datlow, Catherynne M. Valente, Ellen Kushner, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kelly Link, Terri Windling, Midori Snyder, Wendy Froud, Joseph Stanton, Neil Gaiman, Delia Sherman, Peter S. Beagle, Holly Black
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