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Richard Alsen has commented on (8) products.

Blackout by Connie Willis

Richard Alsen, January 31, 2012

connie willis' blackout, along with all clear (it's really one big novel) was the best book i read in 2011. my hands were shaking; i was reading late late into the night; the suspense was off the scale - there should be a warning on the cover cautioning people taking heart medication. and the resolution was so satisfying, an essential element after the investment of reading such a huge tome; really a wonderful payoff. thank you, ms. willis.
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The City and the City by China Mieville
The City and the City

Richard Alsen, January 31, 2011

this was the best book i read in 2010. who could even conceive of such an outrageous premise, let alone execute it, with such panache as china mieville? his originality is astounding. the concept in this novel, it seems to me, is unfilmable. even christopher nolan would be hard-pressed to convey the idea visually. it lives in the prose; and that is rare indeed.
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Richard Alsen, January 31, 2010

i can't think of a book i've liked more; or that i've recommended to more people in the last ten years. i'd love to see the golden galoshes go to this novel.
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Clockwork Orange (Canadian) (96 Edition) by Anthony Burgess
Clockwork Orange (Canadian) (96 Edition)

Richard Alsen, March 20, 2008

normally books written in an artificial gibberish invented by the author are tiresome and strain my interest. not so with this novel. anthony burgess is a superior stylist and his narrator's voice is compelling.
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The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion

Richard Alsen, March 5, 2008

so much has already been said about this book that i won't attempt to review it. on a personal note, however, i will say that very few non-fiction books make me hopeful about the future. can you imagine if people the world over were to read this book in droves - and listen to dawkins' lucid arguments? it's awe-inspiring to think the change that might be wrought. the world needs a revolution in thinking on this subject. i hope history will show this book helped start that change. somebody pin a medal on richard dawkins' chest.
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