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review 2017-03-12 20:07
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

The book starts off so wonderfully, drawing you in and making you want to see more of the Kim family.  Unfortunately, the lovely writing and intriguing storyline didn't last very long, and started to wane after about 200 pages.  The writing style changed so much that it became a pain to read, and all the skipping ahead and lack of character development really became tiring.  I really hoped it would improve and tried to keep going, but it just wasn't worth it, so I quit.  Very disappointing after such a strong start.

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review 2017-02-24 06:46
The Patriots by Sana Krasikov
The Patriots: A Novel - Sana Krasikov

It seemed to be off to a good start, but it declined so quickly and so much. All the telling and not showing was extremely tedious, and the characters felt so flat and interchangeable. Not to mention the switching between past and present -- this style of historical fiction needs to go away! -- especially with the modern bits being so dull and not fitting in style at all.

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review 2016-08-15 03:01
The Fate of Gender by Frank Browning
The Fate of Gender: Nature, Nurture, and the Human Future - Frank Browning

Quite a mess of a book. It jumped all over the place without any coherent structure. The content seemed to involve anything even slightly related to sex, gender, or sexuality, with sex and gender often confused for one another. Very light on science and facts (though it claimed to be), mostly random interviews and anecdotes that only sometimes connected to one another.

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review 2015-10-25 05:11
The Best American Short Stories 2015
The Best American Short Stories 2015 - T.C. Boyle,Heidi Pitlor

If these are the best short stories America has to offer, then there's something wrong with fiction writers in this country.

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review 2015-09-01 02:35
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life - Kate Atkinson

I get the premise, but it was just so repetitive.  I wasn't really interested enough to keep reading, especially with writing that felt very flat and kept getting in the way.

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