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Windup Girl Tana French

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“Deaf and Blind” by Lara Vapnyar

“Deaf and Blind” by Lara Vapnyar, short story in April 24, 2017 The New Yorker.  As usual, the blog Mookse and the Gripes has great comments with reader reactions to the story.  I found it very readable though a little … Continue reading

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Colossal, with Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudekis. I totally recommend it.

Sukie, Leslie and I all liked it.  There is nothing to say about it because you just have to go and enjoy it.  Then afterwards you will have plenty to talk about!

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Ted Chiang’s “Liking What You See: A Documentary”  Perfect speculative fiction for a philosophy class!

I could not agree more with Tinkoo Valia’s very positive appreciation.  Great speculative fiction (in the form of a non-fiction reportage). Ted Chiang’s “Liking What You See: A Documentary” (novella, thought experiment): What if we could switch off perception of … Continue reading

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If you like anime, see Your Name while still in theaters

I went with my daughter to see Your Name a couple weeks ago, and we both liked it.  Somewhat flawed, and not close to Miyazaki-quality, but still plenty good.

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Leisure reading from 2016 that I forgot to write about

Golden Sun and Gold Rising by Pierce Brown.  Leslie picked these up at the library.  Brown has mastered the genre.  Excellent writing and especially dialogue.  Lots of intriguing ideas.  The whole thing has been carefully “lifted” from the best of … Continue reading

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Light science fiction reading

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reading short stories and novellas collected in the annual anthology by Gardner Dozois (for 2013 and 1995).  Here’s a few recommendations: 2013 Indraparamit Das, “Weep for a Day” A really nice “classical” tale … Continue reading

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