[Novel] Offshore (Penelope Fitzgerald)

Offshore

Book

An interesting look into the complicated lives of people living in boats offshore London river.

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Negative:
Profound, interesting characters
Doesn’t offer anything particularly mind-blowing
Illuminating on the life of the poor in London
Thought-provoking on life
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[Novel] The Magus (John Fowles)

The Magus

Book

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

Book

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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Negative:
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