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The Man in the High Castle (Mandarin Edition)

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this was a creative and imaginative book. the attractive idea in this work is that the allies lose ww2, providing an interesting alternative history. on top of that, a character in the novel writes a book telling what would have happened in the allies actually won ww2. this novel does not end up an exact mirror of our real world today, but instead is influenced by the environment in which the story character grew up in. very fun.for those who enjoy this one or are looking for an alternative, there is a similar (And probably more popular) book written by Phillip Roth - The Plot Against America.
Travels with My Aunt

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This is the LAST Greene book I read. The local bookstore has a limited selection, this work was fairly thin, and I decided to prolong my stint into British literature. Oops.Conservative, comfortable bank clerk man goes traveling on a real edge-of-the-seat adventure with his whimsical and deceitful aunt. Yeehaw. Genera Abdul in Turkey, a con-artist mafia-eque Italian, treasures covered in wax and tar, a pot dealer from Sierra Leone..."why did I ever leave my cozy bank desk to embark on this dangerous adventure?"I believe that their was supposed to be some elderly humor mixed throughout, but it was far too diluted to even spark a smile for me. I was born in '83, and have never been a citizen of the UK. Could this have been the books downfall?If it were non-fiction it would have been lightly inspirational, but alas, just another flimsy title to slip between a few fatter novels on the shelf. The pretty cover redeems some of its value though.PS - he marries a 14 year old at the end
The Forever War

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one of the best scifi works ive encountered. the author clearly put a lot of thought in this. it seems he tried to shoot holes in whatever futuristic vision he came up with, and as a result, concluded with refined and believable scenarios. very admirable writing style.
Cell: A Novel

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nice book to relax with. the plot was thin but the atmosphere rich enough. young boy in it reminded me a bit of Jake from Dark Tower series.it seems likely that King ripped off the scene where the zeds come to the house and make a delivery from "The Re-animator" by HP Lovecraft.
On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation

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unbelievably, i was able to apply this to an article i once wrote. modern chinese theory of Justin Lin (chief economist of WB) based some of his work on this book. it is applicable!
The Call of the Cthulhu

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i played the PC game named after this title before reading the book. Any Lovecraft fan/gamer really needs to check the game out. they got the atmosphere so snug and the story perfectly aligned. i dont know which i liked more; the book or the game...the game was a mix of The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Call of Cthulu
Winesburg, Ohio; a group of tales of Ohio small town life

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anderson used to be part of the canon, but has fallen out over the past ~3 decades. not many people know the guy these days, but he brought up hemmingway and faulkner. deserves an inch on the shelf. bio: family man gone rogue into chicago to write.anyone comfortable with small town americana ought enjoy this work. reminiscent of a phone call update from a relative out there. provides a foundation to enjoy the book.by the end it should have painted you an intimate small town, put a dot on a map.it does have its own distinct shape, even if you may not enjoy the prose. theres a realist distinction between what people say and what they do. what they want and how they dont/cant chase it. a humbling human element i spoze.
Naked Lunch: The Restored Text

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pure bile. drugs may have been cool and exciting and rebellious in 1960 but...theyve lost their shock value over the past decades. it seems so many of these ivy leaguers dropped out and smoked their parents money away, telling their tales of adventure to uninspired misguided youth.ooooofta! im not antidrug, i just dont think they should be the entire focus of a writing career
Breakfast of Champions

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through the years i've waded through novels on russian morality, american religion, french existentialism and chinese philosophy. this book...helped me put them in an ancient treasure chest of ideas and face the modern world :)this book leaps around in many directions, requiring your complete attention. as it progresses you will sometimes wonder wtf is going on, but fear not! there is light at the end of the tunnel. im prone to say this is his best work. certainly superior to Slaughterhouse 5.
The Odyssey of Homer

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the book falls in line with many other postmodern conspiracy works. it followed Vonnegut's Cats Cradle and came well before Calvino's If On a Winter's Night a Traveler. was it a great leap forward? im not sure. it fits so snugly between all the other contemporary works...reviewers often point to the complexity of this guy's work. its not difficult to understand, its just filled with a lot of twists. like Vonnegut. they are quite similar. they build a story moving from tangent to tangent.overall i was somewhat impatient with this book, hoping towards the end just to get it over with. it gave me nothing until i read professional literary critiques, some of which seemed delusional inventions.the book was eh.
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