[Novel] The Day of the Triffids (John Wyndham)

The Day of the Triffids

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A post-apocalyptic novel about semi-sentient plants and an epidemic of blindness that’s oddly reminiscent of modern zombie setups.

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Interesting concept
Feels like a zombie book, just with plants
Relatively likable characters
Thematically overshadowed by Jose Saramago’s Blindness
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[Novel] The Magus (John Fowles)

The Magus

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A surreal adventure through a man’s growth to accept responsibility.

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Interesting, profound characters
A few parts can feel a bit slow on the pacing side
Surreal atmosphere
Exotic, fascinating location
Enthralling plot full of mysteries
Solid, well-written story
Thought-provoking on life and responsibility

[Novel] The Three-Body Problem (Cixin Liu)

Three Body Problem

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A fascinating extraterrestrial contact story that explores some deliciously thought-provoking scientific subjects and also offers insight into China’s history and culture.

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Interesting, likable characters
There are some slow parts around the middle that can get a bit boring
Engaging plot
Although telling a fairly self-consistent story, ends on a sequel bait
Thought-provoking scientific concepts
Enlightening on China’s history and culture

[Novel] The Moviegoer

The Moviegoer

Book

A novel about a detached man who empathizes more with movies than his own life, which I thought I could relate to, but while I appreciated the characters, the novel failed to grip me from the beginning to the end.

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Profound characters
Dull plot
Doesn’t really offer anything exceptional

[Novel] Way Station (Clifford D. Simak)

Way Station

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A novel concept that never really develops into an interesting story. It’s fascinating to think that aliens are using a certain dude’s house as a way station to pass through and hang around, but none of them are particularly compelling and nothing that ensues in the plot is particularly interesting.

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Interesting, novel concept
Dull plot
Relatively well-thought out setting
For the most part, dull characters

[Novel] Wise Blood (Flannery O’Connor)

 

Wise Blood

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A thought provoking and morbidly comedic adventure through one disillusioned man’s attempt to expose the corruption of antiquated religion and establish his own church.

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Nice, sarcastic prose
Doesn’t offer anything particularly mind-blowing or memorable
Interesting, likable characters
Thought-provoking on religion and human nature
Enlightening on early 20th century American culture

[Novel] Horrorstor (Grady Hendrix)

Horrorstor

Book

The true horror in this book is working in customer service. The boogeyman that appear later are kind of forgettable, but the social commentary made this book for me.

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Likable, relatable characters
The supernatural horror parts are kind of forgettable
Thought-provoking on the horrors of customer service