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Love in the Time of Cholera

Just finished Love in the Time of Cholera. Warm, playful, extravagant… satisfying. It is a wonderful thing to trust an author. I enjoyed this more than 100 Years of Solitude. It ranks with my favorites.I’ve been cleaning out my library and am getting excited about books again. It is a joy to not have to make my living with them for a while.

Stone Gods

Jeanette Winterson, at her best, is one of my very favorite writers ever. Stone Gods is not her best. Badly held together and painfully self-aware – it had just enough wonderful Winterson to make me sad. Like dough that’s just too dry and won’t make a ball. And I know, that was part of the point. Jarring repetition was part of the plot – but the overall idea (I think) was that the personal trumps the objective – must trump for anything to make sense. And (both on a personal and plot level) … Continue Reading

Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book is utterly charming. It’ll make you feel like a little kid curled up against a grownup who has just agreed to read a long story.