Tag: literary

Sep 07

Book Review: The Orchardist

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin The first thing I noticed about this book is that the author did not use quotations to set off dialog. It made it feel to me as if the novel was silent, underwater, like watching a movie with the sound off. There is dialog, but it’s not in quotes, so …

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Dec 01

Book Review: Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro I read THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, and was blown away by how spot-on the English butler felt, so I picked this up, having no idea what it was about. It took me a good half a chapter before I realized there was anything science-fiction or dystopian about …

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Jul 30

Book Review: The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner This book feels very literary to me in that it’s full of a lot of different things, but if you asked me what it was about, I’d have a hard time answering. About a girl who dated a rich man? About poseur artists? About speed? About motorcycles? The main character …

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Jun 12

Book Review-My Real Children

My Real Children by Jo Walton I’m torn between four and five stars for this. I think it would be four stars if you’re expecting a sci-fi/fantasy novel, and five stars if you’re expecting a book club novel. Alas, after AMONG OTHERS and the SMALL CHANGE series, my expectations from Jo Walton are perhaps unreasonably …

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Feb 22

Book Review: Asleep

Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto A friend handed me this, not telling me what to expect, and it turned out to be a very literary novel. It’s not really a novel, per se., but three long short stories or short novellas all on the theme of sleeping. The first short story is about a woman worried …

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