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review 2016-01-29 22:05
The Seven Madmen - Roberto Arlt,Nick Caistor,Julio Cortazar

Nope.  Sorry.   I get while the writer is well regarded.  But there is something totally off putting in this book.  Mostly because of the female characters.  Sorry book, it's me, not you.



(NYRB Book of the Month Dec 2015.  Free per offer of joining for this year).

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review 2015-12-26 00:00
The Hare
The Hare - César Aira,Nick Caistor The story is about some almost aimless men meandering around flat terrain and occassionally having confusing conversations with each other or with the locals. The prose style of this one is also flat, confused, and meandering. I found this novel incredibly boring. My least favorite of his books, so far.
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text 2015-12-01 23:09
November Reading Roundup
The Marvels - Brian Selznick,Brian Selznick
Get in Trouble: Stories - Kelly Link
The Heart Goes Last: A Novel (Positron) - Margaret Atwood
The Sellout: A Novel - Paul Beatty
The Devil and Miss Prym - Amanda Hopkinson,Nick Caistor,Paulo Coelho
Delicious Foods - James Hannaham
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School - Jeff Kinney

I have still not caught up on reviews from my hot-weather-induced computer hiatus. I am only up to early October...it is taking much longer than I expected!


Books Read: 7


Middle Grade Books: 2


1001 Books List Books: 1


Short Story Collections: 1


Published in 2015: 6 (wow!)


Nonfiction: 0


I guess my favorite was the Atwood (no surprise there, I love Atwood!), but both The Marvels and Delicious Foods were very good. Get in Trouble is my first introduction to Link's writing, and these stories were good—but short stories don't stay in my mind the way a novel does.


Stay tuned for reviews of the books I finished in the first half of November (and for most of October).

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review 2015-11-25 04:54
The Devil and Miss Prym
The Devil and Miss Prym - Amanda Hopkinson,Nick Caistor,Paulo Coelho

This small book packs a lot behind it. This book is a psychological study of good vs evil, of life in a small dying town, and a thriller to boot.


Chantal Prym is on of the youngest people left in the town of Viscos. Her friends and peers have all left, her close relatives all deceased. She feels trapped, with no close friends, and her social life revolves around her bartending job at the town's hotel. A stranger comes to town, and makes a deal with her, and with the town—and she is to be his mouthpiece.


What are the townspeople willing to do for gold? For enough gold to revitalize their town (or to run from it themselves). And poor Miss Prym has the most to consider, as she has been chosen as his "accomplice".


The ending of the book completely surprised me—I could see several possibilities, but the actual ending was not one I expected or considered

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review 2015-08-25 00:00
The Map of Time
The Map of Time - Félix J. Palma,Nick Caistor I found the framing annoying, groping desperately for post-modernism and trying too hard to be smart. All of these are aspects to a book that will not warm me to it.
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