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Best Books of 2018

I know this title is a bit misleading, but this is the same as I've done for the past ten years. These are my favorite books I read in 2018. Most of them were not published in 2018. Best Literary Fiction: Less by Andrew Sean Greer The novel opens with Less as a failed novelist,… Continue reading Best Books of 2018

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Year of Mysteries, Part 9: The Name of the Rose

I'm honestly a bit shocked at how resistant I've been to this book the whole year. I knew it would be "hard," so I kept putting it off. But I love Infinite Jest and Gravity's Rainbow and a bunch of hard books. This book has a reputation it doesn't deserve. I didn't think it was… Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 9: The Name of the Rose

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Year of Mysteries, Part 8: The Last Place

Woops. I just realized the title of this series changed from "Year of Mystery Novels" to "Year of Mysteries" at Part 5. Sorry. I try to keep this consistent for searching purposes. The main point of this series was to examine the mystery novel genre. There are people that read a few a week. There's… Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 8: The Last Place

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Year of Mysteries, Part 6: A Crime in the Neighborhood

This month I read A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne for the Year of Mysteries. I'm not going to wait to the end for spoilers, so be warned! This book reminded me a lot of Mystic River, the second book we did for the series, in that it presented a crime and then… Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 6: A Crime in the Neighborhood

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Year of Mysteries, Part 5: Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow

I've put off writing about this book, because I was left pretty conflicted on how to feel about it. As a mystery, it was deeply unsatisfying. But as a novel, it scratched some itches I didn't know I had. The book drew me in quickly. It starts with the death of a boy. It looks… Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 5: Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow

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Year of Mystery Novels, Part 4: The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler is probably my least favorite mystery novel of the year so far. Let's start with the good. Chandler's style of writing is amazing. It's full of sentences that contribute to the noir atmosphere. One of my favorite examples is: "Dead men are heavier than broken hearts." It obviously makes… Continue reading Year of Mystery Novels, Part 4: The Big Sleep

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Year of Mystery Novels, Part 3: Murder on the Orient Express

As I pointed out when I started the series, I was woefully ignorant of the mystery genre. I picked up Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express from the library. Something surprised me about it. It was far along in a row of books that all looked the same. This is actually the 10th book in the… Continue reading Year of Mystery Novels, Part 3: Murder on the Orient Express