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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us



Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

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City of Bones: Mortal Instruments #1 by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones: Mortal Instruments #1

Bluefastakan, December 31, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first I was worried it would be another angsty teenage romance-athon with plot interwoven purely for the sake of still being able to call it a novel. But the history and setting of the book is interesting, the dialogue is snappy and surprisingly funny, and there are a few genuine twists that definitely serve as a suitable surprise. The prose and descriptions can be a bit overtly flowery at times, but overall a very solid read.
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Soul Music (Discworld Novels) by Terry Pratchett
Soul Music (Discworld Novels)

Bluefastakan, July 9, 2013

Definitely one of my favorites of the Discworld novels. In it you have your usual silliness, filled to the brim with jokes about rock and roll, but deeper inside you have Susan and Death trying to come to terms with the death of her parents in very different but very real ways. As always Terry Pratchett manages to turn the world on its ear, nevermind how the elephants holding it up feel about the new position.
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Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Reaper Man

Bluefastakan, March 4, 2013

Another fantastical foray into the "life" of the Discworld's most famous inhabitant, Death. Due to horribly odd circumstances, Death is out of a job and is forced to get a life. While Death works as a field-hand (Those scythe skills come in quite handy)the citizens of Ankh-Morpork are distressed to realize that the dead aren't staying that way, regardless of how politely they ask them to. To-date this is one of my more favorite Discworld novels if for any other reason because it includes mention of the great dwarven lover Casanunder.
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Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Elantris

Bluefastakan, February 26, 2013

As far as first novels go this is definitely one of the better ones I have seen. If you've read any of the other books by Sanderson then you'll definitely feel some familiarity to his characters, while at the same time finding them distinctly different. It is a bit heavy on exposition, but when you're dealing with creating an entire world and telling a story in one book then you're expected to get bogged down with some of the details. Still, very enjoyable with great characters, action, suspense, and a unique magic system.
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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Magicians

Bluefastakan, February 3, 2013

This book evoked a lot of strange feelings. It made me hate the main character, while still wishing for him to succeed. Honestly, there were few characters in the book I really liked on a personal level, which I thought was incredible. Most authors really can't help but make you like the characters they create. Or the characters are so plain/one-dimensional, that they don't really bring up any strong feelings one way or another. These characters are fully fleshed-out and completely believable. If, you know, there was magic. For the character development alone I recommend this book strongly to other people.
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