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Books not worth reading. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I actually enjoyed, somewhat Anathem by Neal Stephenson, but Seveneves was flat out bad after about 300 pages… and it continued until 800 something.  I slogged, skimming.  Burst out laughing at the explanation for genetic engineering of Neanderthals in cramped … Continue reading

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Kazuo Ishiguro -Nobel Prize in Literature

“Never Let Me Go” is an amazing novel.  Poignant and urgent.  From The New York Times: Mr. Ishiguro, 62, is best known for his novels “The Remains of the Day,” about a butler serving an English lord in the years … Continue reading

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Stories from The New Yorker

On the flight back from Burkina Faso I got to read three short stories from old issues of The New Yorker that I found in the FAVL office, leftovers from 2014! “Story with Bird” by Kevin Canty is an amazing … Continue reading

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Feersum Endjinn by Iain Banks

Last year I start to read Wasp Factory by Iain Banks but I could not finish it: too bleak, too violent, too disturbing.  But I saw a mention of Feersum Endjinn somewhere, and so requested it through interlibrary loan.  What … Continue reading

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Recent fiction reading

Arcadia, by Iain Pears.  Superb sci-fi/fantasy novel.  If you liked The Magicians by Lev Grossman, or Jo Walton’s Among Others, then good news: this is much better!  It really is almost perfect.  And it deliberately mashes in As You Like … Continue reading

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Listening to LCD Soundsystem’s new song, “American dream” and reading Garth Greenwell’s “An Evening Out” in The New Yorker

Let’s just say that in my opinion they are a perfect pairing.  If you like your New York global-cosmo gay scene nostalgic, melancholy, aging, incredibly perceptive, excellent writing and music…  It is the 2017 version of the 1970s Manuel Puig … Continue reading

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‘The Violin Player’ review from Hollywood Reporter

On Netflix.  Interesting.  I think OK to fast-forward through the beginning, which indeed is very slow. On his way home, the unexpected happens. At the train station, on the other side of the tracks, a distinguished looking man in glasses … Continue reading

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