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Anyone still reading this might be interested in this link:

http://fatgirlreading.com/books-for-ferguson/

both for charitable purposes and to have a look at the book list.

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I've read three books by Christopher Buehlmann recently, "The Necromancer's House", "Between Two Fires" and "The Lesser Dead". Let me say that if you're looking for some well-written, sharply-drawn, INVENTIVE horror novels, look no further.
"The Necromancer's House" is the tale of a modern day sorcerer battling Baba Yaga. "Between Two Fires" takes place during the Black Death and is the tale of a knight and a young girl fighting off the hordes of hell itself. Finally "The Lesser Dead" takes place amongst a community of vampires trying to survive in the New York City of 1978. All the books are filled with vivid characters, brilliant detail, and exciting action.

I heartily recommend any and all of these, and look forward to more from this author.

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1. 2666 by Roberto Bolaño
2. Bartleby & Co. by Enrique Vila-Matas
3. The Literary Conference by César Aira
4. Period by Dennis Cooper
5. Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
6. Rene's Flesh by Virgilio Piñera
7. Exercises In Style by Raymond Queneau
8. The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
9. The Recognitions by William Gaddis
10. The Museum of Eterna's Novel by Macedonio Fernández
11. Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra
12. Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser
13. Pornografia by Witold Gombrowicz
14. The Suitcase by Sergei Dovlatov
15. The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai
16. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
17. Europeana by Patrik Ouředník
18. Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
19. 63: A Dream Palace by James Purdy
20. The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima
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I tried to comment to it, but wasn't able to.   I am somewhat freaked out because as that post came up I was literally just that second writing about him.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverlock

Not that The Phantom Tollbooth isn't for grownups too....
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A retired military man moves into a neighbourhood in which lives a widow with a mean sense of humour and a knack for caricatures. At the end of it the two marry; I don't think the soldier ever realises she's been making fun of him the entire time.
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Does anyone know of any sf novels that explicitly use the result of climate change trends as a premise/background? Always Coming Home was written before climate change really entered the public mind; Margaret Atwood's sf might be written in a higher temperature world but I don't think it's explicitly stated; I thought maybe The City Not Long After (which I haven't read), but that actually has a plague as a disaster premise. That's all I can think of at the moment; anyone else?
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