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Entries from Mar 2014

The Girl Who Would Be King

16 Mar 2014 · No Comments

The Girl Who Would be King uses alternating first-person narration to tell the stories of two young women who discover that they have unusual abilities, their struggles to understand and adapt to them, and the conflict those struggles eventually draw them into. Along the way Bonnie and Lola become, more or less, a superhero and [...]

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Tags: fantasy · g-title · t-author · young adult

Rainbow Rowell: Fangirl

16 Mar 2014 · No Comments

Fangirl has a soundbite to make it easy to describe: it’s the YA novel about the girl who writes fanfic. Like most soundbites this is terribly and unfairly reductive; it’s about a whole lot of other things, like growing up, coping with your own neuroses and your family’s unique miseries. It’s nuanced and surprising, often [...]

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Tags: f-title · r-author · young adult

Mark Z Danielweski: House of Leaves

16 Mar 2014 · No Comments

House of Leaves, is more or less, a purported transcription by a guy named Johnny Truant of a manuscript he finds in a dead man’s apartment. He gradually becomes convinced the work of transcribing it is causing a malevolent supernatural presence to manifest in his life. Truant is nothing if not an unreliable narrator. He [...]

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Tags: d-author · fantasy · h-title · horror

Gilbert Sorrentino: Lunar Follies

16 Mar 2014 · No Comments

One of the interesting things about Gilbert Sorrentino’s Lunar Follies is how little I can say about it, despite its formal structure, without departing for the subjective.
It consists of 53 brief pieces, few more than a handful of pages long, named after features of the moon, ordered alphabetically. (In fact, its formalism and almost total [...]

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Tags: fiction · l-title · s-author