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The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
The Highest Tide

Simone, September 1, 2011

This is a lyrical coming-of-age book about Miles, a Rachel Carson-obsessed, autistic-spectrum 13 year old boy who lives on the tidal flats at the southern edge of Puget Sound. It might also be a natural history; it is so infused with both love for the constantly changing world of the Sound and stunningly precise descriptions of both the sea life and the boy's internal states and growth.

I highly, highly recommend this. The author manages to infuse poetry into the most accurate and mundane descriptions, and each element of the story was fascinating to me.

You can read my full review on GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com /review/show/181101081
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Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories about People Who Know How They Will Die by Ryan North and Matthew Bennardo and David Malki
Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories about People Who Know How They Will Die

Simone, January 1, 2011

It is not often that I would put a mixed-author anthology up as a "best of the year" book, but this extraordinary collection of linked works about a world in which a machine can tell you--somewhat enigmatically but always correctly--how you are going to die was thrilling and tender. The different voices of the authors enhanced the feeling of the world, rather than fighting one another. The gamut of emotions and understandings and struggles in the face of inevitable mortality were actually uplifting, rather than grim or depressing, even though the stories ranged from humor to horror.

This little independent book also has the strange claim to fame of being the number one selling new book on Amazon.com on its release day--in spite of the fact that it came out on the same day as a Glenn Beck screed, causing the man to public melt down and villify speculative fiction readers and fans as un-American members of a "culture of death." :-) That just makes my day. Come on, you know you want to read this now.
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Grendel by John Gardner

Simone, November 8, 2006

John Gardner's poetic language and monstrous, fantastical descriptions in this novel of the old Grendel and Beowulf tale make for a constantly fascinating read. Grendel is pitiable as the outsider, looking into a firelit human world he cannot comprehend, and he is more human than his victims when he finds an enemy more vicious than he imagined in the fabled warrior, Beowulf. There is so much in this book that is worth returning to, I recommend it very highly to any reader of myth or dark fantasy.
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