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Peter StarkIt's hard to believe that 200 years ago, the Pacific Northwest was one of the most remote and isolated regions in the world. In 1810, four years... Continue »
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Grass by Sheri S. Tepper
Grass

Mateo, February 16, 2010

I decided to read Grass after reading the brief intro to the book...the combination of plague and aristocracy in a foreign land intrigued me a bit, but also because the planet was called "Grass" and the impression of an eerie dystopian monoculture. After the first 100 or so pages the storyline really picks up and a multitude of interesting character and anthropological elements are added to the plot. The prose is compelling and shows excellent use of metaphor and juxtaposition. I appreciated that the story wasn't dominated with anthropomorphic aliens but maintained a very humanistic quality. Recommended!
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We by Evgenii Ivanovich Zamiatin
We

Mateo, February 16, 2010

An incredibly influential book...and an obvious precursor to Orwell's 1984. The excellent mix of well-written prose, suspense, and unpredictability make for an masterful story which will stay with long after your have finished the novel.

It's strange, I really enjoyed this book (almost as much as I did Orwell's 1984), but if I had read this book before 1984...then I think I would have liked it even more (and 1984 less).

A quick and insightful read...definitely recommended.
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A Meaningful Life by L. J. Davis
A Meaningful Life

Mateo, January 27, 2010

The novel was particularly insightful for me as I am entering a similar phase as the protagonist...turning 30 years old. This book was filled with subtle yet hilarious passages, and a very unique conclusion which I did not see coming. Recommended.
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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Mateo, January 27, 2010

Merely validated what I had already suspected, but it was engaging and insightful reading nonetheless...
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The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
The Sirens of Titan

Mateo, January 27, 2010

What did I learn from this book? That I should read fiction, and Vonnegut, far more often.
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