[Novel] Summer of Night (Dan Simmons)

Summer of Night

Book

An entertaining horror story centering around a haunted school and a bunch of kids involved in the affair set in 60s, somewhat reminiscent of Stephen King’s “It.”

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Light and conversational, but pleasant and flowing prose
The story doesn’t offer anything particularly unusual
Likable, relatively profound characters
Immersing plot with an odd surprising twist here and there
Genuinely spooky, unnerving atmosphere

[Novel] The Wapshot Chronicle (John Cheever)

The Wapshot Chronicles

Book

A relatively entertaining account of a quirky town with quirky characters, though at times it feels like the story lacks cohesiveness and with the amount of characters it sometimes can become hard to follow.

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Quirky, interesting, profound characters
Hard to keep track of all the characters
Relatively interesting plot
The story feels a bit all over the place
Thought-provoking on life

[Novel] Money (Martin Amis)

Money

Book

Money feels a bit all over the place and is a bit hard to follow, but it’s thoroughly entertaining sarcastic protagonist makes every line in this story simply a pleasure to read.

It kind of reminded me of The Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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Satyrical, thoroughly entertaining prose
Feels a bit all over the place at times
Interesting, likable, profound characters, especially the protagonist
So many characters it’s easy to lose track of who is who
Relatively enthralling plot
Solid, poignant story
Thought-provoking on capitalistic values and human nature

[Novel] The Snow Queen (Joan D. Vinge)

The Snow Queen

Book

Joan D. Vinge tells an interesting story in a fairly fascinating setting that mixes science fiction and fantasy, but while well-written, it never really rises to something particularly mind-blowing or memorable.

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Fascinating, imaginative, and well thought-out setting
Doesn’t offer anything particularly mind-blowing
Interesting, likable characters
Some of the parts can feel a bit slow
Relatively engaging plot

[Novel] Hawaii (James. A. Michener)

Hawaii

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So far my favorite Michener’s book, Hawaii is a fantastic recounting of Hawaii’s history that spans generations of interesting and likable characters, almost every one of whom have a poignant and dramatic story to tell.

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Simple but pleasant and easily-digestible prose
Might feel a bit slow at times
Profound, interesting, likable characters
Enthralling plot
Epic story that spans generations
Multiple genuinely dramatic and touching moments
Enlightening on Hawaii’s history
Thought-provoking on life

[Novel] The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)

The House of the Spirits

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A poignant record of four generations of a very memorable family in post-colonial Chile.

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Profound, interesting, likable characters
A few parts of the story might feel a bit slow
Interesting story inspired by historical facts
Relatively engrossing plot with a couple of cool twists here and there
Enlightening on Chilean culture and history