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The Tesseract by Alex Garland
The Tesseract

Clyderat, December 29, 2013

In his followup to "The Beach", Alex Garland deftly weaves together the seemingly disconnected lives of a group of people living in Manila. The narrative jumps back and forth through time and covers a broad cross-section of Filipino life that includes Manila street kids, barrio residents from the provinces, and the wealthy class of the city. Garland fits it all in with a taut writing style that makes the action move quickly.
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Slam by Nick Hornby

Clyderat, September 4, 2012

"Slam" may not be one of Nick Hornby's best-known novels but it certainly deserves its place among his popular works. Sam, an 18 year old skater (that's "skateboarder" and not "ice skater" as he is quick to point), tells the story of his first real romance from a couple of years prior. In looking back, Sam re-creates in painful detail all of the awkwardness and confusion that comes with adolescent love. Sam's relationship leads to some sudden changes as he's forced to deal with adult issues without being armed with the maturity to tackle his task. Helping him along the way is legendary skater Tony Hawk who drops lines of wisdom from his autobiography to Sam via conversations that Sam has with his Tony Hawk poster.

I read most of "Slam" in one sitting because I was rooting for Sam the whole time.
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Requiem, Mass. by John Dufresne
Requiem, Mass.

Clyderat, July 27, 2012

John Dufresne does a masterful job of shifting between the past and present to deliver a tale based on his unbelievably dysfunctional childhood as the son of two parents who were emotionally and physically unavailable. Although the story is tragic, Dufresne is able to weave enough lighter comic elements into the narrative to bring humor to an extremely sad situation.

After reading this and "Louisiana Power and Light Co.", Dufresne has become one of my favorite authors. I had to fight to put this one down.
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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
The Devil All the Time

Clyderat, September 1, 2011

One of the best books I've read in a long time! Dark and gripping from the get-go. Picking up from where he left off with "Knockemstiff", Donald Ray Pollock's characters are trapped in their own brand of darkness as they struggle with good and evil.
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