[Novel] Going After Cacciato (Tim O’Brien)

Going After Conciatio

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Going After Cacciatio is an unusual magical realism novel set in Vietnam war, where a bunch of soldiers chase a deserter… all the way to Paris, while experiencing a whole bunch of different cultures and discussing the spiritually hollow nature of modern conflicts.

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Interesting, quirky characters
The plot feels disjointed like a fever dream
Thought-provoking on war and human condition
The plot isn’t most immersing or exciting

[Novel] Making Money (Terry Pratchett )

Making Money

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A beautifully written, sarcastic story about an ex-con-artist introducing paper money to a high-fantasy-like economy and other bureaucratic hijinks in a quirky and fascinating fantasy world.

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Flowing, sarcastic prose
The story, when you take away all the flare, is pretty simple
Fascinating, quirky fantasy setting
Pulp fiction
Interesting, likable, wacky, and even relatively profound characters
Involving plot full of twists and surprises

 

[Novel] The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins)

The Moonstone

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The Moonstone is an interesting work in that it’s both a Victorian and a mystery novel, and pretty much offers the best sides of both worlds with Jane Austin like drama and Agatha Christie like mystery.

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Beautiful, old-fashioned prose
A couple of parts might feel too slow
Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
Though the mystery is good, it doesn’t exactly blow your mind
An enthralling plot full of twists and surprises
A solid story that’s based around a pretty crafty mystery

[Novel] A Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge)

A Deepness in the Sky

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A fascinating science-fiction novel about two extremely different factions of space-faring mankind observing and hoping to capitalize on a planet of intelligent giant spiders.

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An imaginative, well thought-out space opera setting
The conclusion feels kind of simple and predictable in retrospect
A fascinating premise of contacting extremely alien intelligence
Doesn’t really delve too deep in the contact difficulties with alien beings
Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
Enthralling plot full of twists and surprises
A solid story that explores intergalactic politics and nonhuman intelligence
Thought-provoking on space society and contact with intelligent species

[Novel] Needful Things (Stephen King)

Needful Things

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I haven’t heard much about Needful Things compared to other Stephen King’s books, but it might have actually turned out to be my favorite of his as the main boogeyman here only plays people and their already prevalent frustrations against each other to create a grand spectacle of horror.

It feels a lot more grounded in reality and plausibility than his other books.

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Flowing, pleasant prose
Doesn’t really offer anything particularly mind-blowing
Spooky, unnerving atmosphere
Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
An involving plot that consists of the whole town going nuts
Thought-provoking on the fragility of society

[Novel] Creepers (David Morrell)

Creepers

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A horror novel with an interesting premise (breaking in and exploring an abandoned hotel) that soon devolves into stereotypical and painfully superficial psychopath thriller.

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Interesting premise
The latter half is pretty much a copy paste of any psychopath thriller you ever read
Relatively interesting, likable characters
Pulp fiction