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Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Super Sad True Love Story

Malinda, August 7, 2012

This book is very compelling, but very depressing at the same time! While I was engrossed with the characters and story, I was also very sad about the future of the U.S. because I believe we're headed in this kind of a direction! Shteyngart's book is an important read and a funny read, but it's not a feel-good book.
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The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
The Cat's Table

Malinda, January 1, 2012

I'm already a huge Ondaatje fan, and he did not disappoint with his latest novel! A lovely childhood reminiscence that avoids sweet sentimentalism, The Cat's Table reminds us that we all have those events in our past that have shaped who we are today. For Ondaatje's narrator "Michael," it is a weeks-long boat trip from Sri Lanka to London, that also gives the novel a touch of an adventure story. A beautiful story with lovely characters rendered in Ondaatje's amazing prose, this is his best work in years.
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The Ruins of California by Martha Sherrill
The Ruins of California

Malinda, February 1, 2011

I picked this book up because it was on sale, but after reading it I would have paid full price. What a delightful novel! Sherrill's California is both complex and compelling. The narrator Inez draws you in with her experiences and her commentary, and even though my own childhood was quite different from hers, I could feel her pain and triumphs and found myself cheering her on throughout the book. It was one of those rare novels I couldn't put down. Now I'm looking forward to reading Sherrill's other works, both present and future.
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Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling
Dies the Fire

Malinda, January 2, 2011

I am not a regular reader of science fiction and/or fantasy, but when this book was recommended to me and I heard what it was about, I had to give it a shot. A regular point of conversation in my family is what we should do in the sure-to-be apocalypse. These conversations are mostly in jest, of course, but I think in the back of everyone's minds these days is what they would do if they were faced with a world full of zombies or rampant disease or a nuclear winter (think McCarthy's _The Road_.) Stirling gives us a view of a world after an undetermined cataclysmic event that knocks out all electricity--permanently--and renders combustibles, like gun powder, useless. In other words, "The Change" sends the world back to the Middle Ages when you couldn't rely on technology, except in its most rudimentary forms, to save and/or help you. This premise would not normally be enough to get me to read this book; however, what pushed me over the edge was the fact that it's set in Western Oregon (up and down the Willamette Valley) and Northern Idaho and Eastern Oregon (from the Sawtooths to Pendleton to Bend). As a Pacific Northwest native who has lived in both Western and Eastern Oregon and who has a lot of family in Idaho, I absolutely loved being able to visualize the places Stirling was writing about (he's great with geographic authenticity!) and that made the book all the better. So, if you live in Oregon or Idaho (or Southern Washington, for that matter), and want to prepare yourself for the apocalypse, read _Dies the Fire_ and start practicing an antiquated skill such as archery, swordsmanship, even smithing, just for fun. You never know when you'll have to use it!
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Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories (P.S.) by Ben Fountain
Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories (P.S.)

Malinda, March 1, 2008

It's always a pleasure to read a new author with real talent, and that's exactly what Ben Fountain is. His narratives not only draw you in, but he's a master at language. In a world where even the most inane prose can somehow find a publisher, Fountain's work reminds everyone what good writing is and why we read good writing in the first place.
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