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The Powell's Playlist | August 6, 2014

Graham Joyce: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Graham Joyce

The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit is set on the English coast in the hot summer of 1976, so the music in this playlist is pretty much all from the... Continue »
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Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti

How2BU, June 7, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story of a circus in a post-apocalyptic-style future. A genre-buster: Sci-fi? There are robotics. Fantasy? (Who even knows what that means anymore, with wizard-gumshoes like Harry Dresden and Peter Grant.)
I've enjoyed the circuses of three recent books: Valentine's_Mechanique_, Morgenstern's _Night Circus_, and the one in Howard's _Johannes Cabal: Necromancer)_. With these books, a kind of mini-genre is emerging. Call it "carny futurist" or "imaginative freak shows," (or "bildungsromantic barkers"), but none of those quite capture how well each book, in totally a different way, portrays the humanity of those involved. Anyway, I would recommend reading all three. They are all funny, poignant, and compelling, and use magic as a way to talk about the human condition. (Whatever _that_ is!)
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Beautiful Ruins (P.S.) by Jess Walter
Beautiful Ruins (P.S.)

How2BU, June 7, 2013

Remember Altman's _The Player_? This is better, not so inside-Hollywood-icky and involving more civilians, yet equally clear on the repercussions of the business of make-believe. I was disarmed by the characters' portrayals and how effectively the shifts in time/place worked. There are some hilarious insights on a whole range of things.
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How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
How to Be a Woman

How2BU, January 30, 2013

Fearless, funny, and feminist in refreshing ways.
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