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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

KateH, January 22, 2015

An intriguing conceit: some rare human beings do not die, properly speaking, but are born over and over again as themselves, in the same time, place, and circumstances, retaining their memories, skills, knowledge, traumas and grudges. Slow to get to the heart of its plot, the novel fills the time with poignant elements that snap neatly into place later on. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is the best book I've read in a while, and I wonder if it's a part of a nascent publishing trend. Is there an emerging genre which reads like LitFic but is built around or at least incorporates an element of fantasy? This book and The Bone Clocks make me wonder; I'd be delighted if that were the case. Harry August's fifteen lives stayed with me and made me think. Highly recommended.
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The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicles #2) by Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicles #2)

KateH, January 1, 2013

Sublime. This is certainly one of the finest works I've read which will find itself relegated to the confines "genre." The trope of the orphan boy endowed with special qualities and powers seemingly never gets old. Yet in the hands of this author, the story is entirely fresh, original, and fascinating. Kvothe's story began in the superb The Name of the Wind, and it was all too easy to imagine the first-time writer fumbling his second book. Rest assured, Rothfuss writes as beautifully, patiently, assuredly here as ever. In this book, Kvothe takes a break from his education at the University where he studies, among other things, various forms of magic. He sets off on adventures which lead him into the very stuff of legend. Rothfuss could easily have split Wise Man's Fear into two or more titles, but there is nothing to trim in this tightly woven yarn. I can promise the reader will be thankful for every page, and eagerly await the next installment!
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Hyperion by Dan Simmons

KateH, August 4, 2012

Though it starts out sorta schmaltzy, Hyperion quickly becomes eminently readable and damn-near highbrow, with homages to both Chaucer and Keats. Sure to please lovers of sci-fi, but even those who typically avoid genre lit might enjoy this one. Ignore the cheesy cover art and dive into a ripping good story.
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The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths) by Margaret Atwood
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths)

KateH, September 1, 2011

Atwood gives a fresh voice to stolid Penelope in a tale that fits seamlessly next to Homer's. You get what you'd expect from Atwood here: a story worth listening to, intellectual insight, deft yet meaty writing, female perspectives, and light grace notes of humor. An enjoyable and quick read for Greek mythology geeks as much as those new to the tale.
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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Her Fearful Symmetry

KateH, January 3, 2011

Early on in your reading of this novel, you may feel you know where the story is headed. But Niffenegger's plotting will surprise you, and her masterful prose will make it an enjoyable journey to the end.
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