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Bookworm 2016: Peak Book

Last year I made the error of kicking off the top-of-the-pops post with the second-best book of the year, leaving the site carrying the runner-up at the top of the page for a while. This year, I will not make the same mistake, and will merely mention, for example, Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, the utterly silly, […]

Bookworm 2016: The Interestings

It is always good when a good book series maintains the expected quality throughout its run, as was the case with this year’s seventh installment of Stross’ Laundry Files, Kloos’ continuing battle against the Lanky invaders, or Abercrombie’s foray into the short story world of First Law. Robert Jackson Bennett continued the Divine Cities series […]

Bookworm 2016: The Disses

Sitting down to recapitulate the year in books, I was honestly surprised to see how many I have read this year. Well, read or attempted to read, really, sometimes just flipping through an inane novella desperately attempting to be kooky and weird straight to the end to see if it gets better (it doesn’t), other times simply […]

Bookworm 2015: Serial Reader

There is something to be said about reliability. Every year, when summer rolls in, I need to know that I will have good stuff to crackle on the beach. Not too serious, no Gulag Archipelago or Finnegans Wake, but also not too light, no Remo: The Destroyer or Holy Bible. Something familiar, like a well-worn pair of […]

Bookworm 2014: Triple A

To cap off the year in review, I must now turn to the finest novel of 2014. It is, in fact, a trio of novels, a.k.a. the much lauded series of Southern Reach short novels by Jeff Vandermeer. Annihilation, the first one in the trilogy, came out without much fanfare, but word-of-mouth quickly spread – growing into a […]

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
    Pilgermann
    The Ophiuchi Hotline
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Green Eyes
    Crackpot Palace: Stories
    Acceptance
    Echopraxia
    Jagannath
    The Fractal Prince
    The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter


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