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Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

How does this happen? How does a novel with such grand premise fail so miserably?

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Stitches by David Small

This isn't a book about rising from the ashes, it's the story of recognizing that rising is possible, but more likely a dream, and that walking on the ashes is far more likely.

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The Prisoner by Thomas M. Disch

Thomas M. Disch entertains, philosophizes about identity, memory and free will, and provides a sci-fi tale that is no longer sci-fi because the world has caught up.

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The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History by John Ortved

The Simpsons may be so big, so ever-present, so referenced and referential that to try and swallow it in one book is doomed to failure.

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Faber and Faber, Inc.

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Running Away by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Toussaint dives deep into how we stretch ourselves thin between places in our attempt to be with one another.

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Op Oloop by Juan Filloy

Juan Filloy's first novel translated into English makes for a fascinating dive into a sinking man's psyche.

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Dalkey Archive Press

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That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo enthralls with a tale of memory and resentment, the central character sinks beneath his memories as if tied in a chain he can't untangle.

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Alfred A. Knopf

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Weird Sister and Red

All witches must have been, at some point, as cool as these girls are.

Sean Ferrell
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South Park

As the boys grew pimply and fat (Cartman got fatter), the gaming company focused on finding more consumers. Everyone was at fault, from kids to corporate suits.

Sean Ferrell
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Dr. Who

The 'monster of the week' formula allows room for a Doctor Who spin: the zombies were being used to create cures for futuristic diseases, and the werewolf was an alien entity.

Sean Ferrell
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Shogun Assassin (2006)

The enduring draw that continues to bring people to this film is the timeless story of a protagonist done wrong by powers beyond his control, and the wish to bring that corruption down by any means necessary.

Sean Ferrell
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A.L.I.E.E.E.N.

Taken out of a timeline each tragedy seems epic, because without a wider context they are the entirety of the context.

Sean Ferrell
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Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2004)

These creatures are granted a simple choice: to do good, or bad.

Sean Ferrell
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For escapist entertainment, that's not a whole lot of escaping, and barely any entertainment.

Sean Ferrell
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The Bart Dickon Omnibus

You can't merely wait for the man in the cape to swoop in and rescue the damsel, you have to be aware that drawings of capes and drawings of damsels are beyond swooping and saving, unless we find room for them in the stories we create for ourselves.

Sean Ferrell
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