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Book Review: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

‘No one reads Arthur Clarke for his characters; you read it for his ideas.’ This is the mantra I keep hearing with a lot of the big three in sci-fi. I can get behind that provided the ideas are big … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

The best books capture a piece of the world while pickling and preserving it within the brine of the author’s experience. Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities works beautifully around this ad-hoc literary theory. It is a story of segregation and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Reinterpreting Shakespeare is one of those things that seems obvious on paper, I mean Shakespeare himself borrowed large swaths of his ideas of those that came before him, so turning it into a cycle is an obvious get. The problem … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

After World War II, as one can imagine, Germany was in something of a bind when it came to moving forward. What is the correct way to move forward after an all but global rebuttal to the government of Hitler’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Reading this book is like learning to speak another language. It is frustrating, illusive, and so densely furnished in its culture as to feel utterly inscrutable. The first part of the book attempts to teach you, albeit impatiently. It gives … Continue reading

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Book Review: Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

This book should have been easy. I say this with hindsight, with the whole of the apocalyptic genre between myself and it. It should have been easy to follow the last man. It’s episodic, almost self-written. Lonely, thrilling, philosophical, introspective, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Dashiel Hammet put me off the whole hard-boiled detective/noir genre. I’ve always loved the idea. Simplicity, attitude, and a touch of the literary. It’s a tough world, riddled with greys. What joy there is in hardening the souls of your … Continue reading

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