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The Difference Engine by William Gibson
The Difference Engine

Samsara, October 6, 2007

This book is the best representative of the steampunk genre. A tale of mystery and intrigue set in an England that never was, where velocipedes and airships coexist. The setting is too luscious too describe.
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Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe by Simon Singh
Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe

Samsara, July 21, 2007

The Big Bang is a primer on the history of astrophysics targeted to the armchair admirer of science rather than the professional. Singh manages to keep the narrative entertaining (who would imagine that this book would feature a drunken moose!?!) while blowing your mind with complex scientific theories. I would as often laugh out loud as I would run up to the nearest person to try to explain to them my newfound understanding of relativity.
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(16 of 31 readers found this comment helpful)

One Good Turn: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
One Good Turn: A Novel

Samsara, July 15, 2007

Over the course of four days, the lives of a handful of strangers intersect as they become unwitting participants in a string of murders. But like its predecessor, Case Histories, the mystery is secondary to the beautiful and painful moments of everyday life that Atkinson captures. I couldn't put this book down, not because I was in suspense and needed to know "whodunit," but because I didn't want to leave these characters' lives.
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(23 of 46 readers found this comment helpful)

Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas: A Novel

Samsara, December 30, 2006

It's impossible to give a coherent summary of this book since in actuality there are 6 plots, with 6 entirely different narrative styles. And each of them will have you divided: on the one hand, you want to turn the page and discover what happens next. On the other hand, you want to reread each line, keeping the taste of his words on your tongue as long as possible. I think my vocabulary tripled from reading this book. So did my capacity for hope. Read it. Now.
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Theft: A Love Story by Peter Carey
Theft: A Love Story

Samsara, November 12, 2006

A complicated art theft? Who cares? A love story? Yawn. To say I entered this book reluctantly is an understatement. But I soon found that the plot elements were irrelevant; the story is carried by the two narrators, Butcher and Hugh. One an alcoholic ex-genius, the other an idiot savant, each is an unreliable and infintely amusing storyteller. Their stories contradict each other at times, leaving you uncertain if anything in the book is true or even relevant. You may not care about how the painting was stolen, but you'll follow along just to see what Butcher and Hugh say next.
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