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review 2017-11-13 20:56
Funny Boy (Selvadurai)
Funny Boy - Shyam Selvadurai

If the writing is decent, as it is here, I am always inclined to be generous with autobiographical first novels. At first I was decidedly worried that this tale of a gay youngster growing up in the disapproving Sri Lankan culture would prove to be too twee and clichéd for me. After all, we do get quite a lengthy introductory chapter describing how young Arjie loves to play "bride-bride" with his girl cousins. However, the story picked up both depth and grit as it went on, and the growing racial tensions between Tamil and Sinhalese are well-introduced into the relationships of the important people - mostly women - in our protagonist's life.

There's an air of quiet menace through most of this book, but it's blunted in the first instance by Arjie's childish viewpoint, which gradually disappears of course as Arjie gets older, but also as the political situation worsens and various peripheral figures in his life disappear or meet mysterious bad ends, for reasons that can only be racial or political. In school, experiencing a first love, he also has to negotiate a bullying principal and adults' near-incomprehensible motivations. The recitation of a ridiculous colonial poem praising school takes on bizarre significance, as does Arjie's deliberate flubbing of that recitation, an act of boyish protectiveness, trying to save his boyfriend by thwarting the ambitions of the aforementioned bully. The sudden and devastating advent of war results in Arjie's family's flight into hiding, the burning of their house, and the murder of his grandparents. Though in the last chapter he finally has sex with his boyfriend, it is melancholy and awkward, and we are fully aware that Arie and his family are fleeing to Canada. Like everything else, and like the transgressive loves of all the women in the book who have reflected aspects of his story, Arjie's love falls victim to the cruelties of the larger world.

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quote 2017-11-03 08:42
It was more distant than average, because directly under the stricken keel was the Gorunna Trench--a chasm in the DiscĀ“s surface that was so black, so deep and so reputedly evil that even the krakens went there fearfully, and in pairs.

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The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett 

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quote 2017-11-01 16:24
And after that I'll get a job juggling snowballs through hell, he added bitterly in the privacy of his own skull.

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The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett 

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review 2017-10-31 06:35
Unidentified Funny Objects
Unidentified Funny Objects - Alex Shvartsman,Scott Almes,Jake Kerr,Stephanie Burgis,James Beamon,Jennifer Pelland,K.G. Jewel,Lavie Tidhar,Chuck Rothman,Ken Liu,Leah Cypess,Sergei Lukyanenko,Zach Shephard,Michael Kurland,Stephen D. Rogers,Marko Kloos,Jeff Stehman,Don Sakers,Bruce Gold

This book is a collection of 29 humorous science fiction and fantasy stories by a variety of authors.  There were about 3 stories I didn't much like, but the rest were amusing or took a different perspective on old tropes.  This book is perfect for those between book moments or when you just want something short, amusing and frivolous to read before going to bed.

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photo 2017-10-31 03:19

Love this.  So funny.  LOL

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