Literature

Literature and writers well worth your time and effort. And some other things. Love, the librarian


Literature

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A Discworld reading guide. Of course you need it.

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Zombie: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Quentin P. in this brilliant novel resembles Jeffrey Dahmer. J. C. Oates is an excellent writer and here she shows great talent in exploring the mind of a serial killer.

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Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. Read by Samuel L. Jackson.

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World of China Miéville. Favorite characters of mine: The Remade, the Khepri and the Vodyanoi. Artist: ~nJoo

World of China Mieville by nJoo on deviantART

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Urban Fantasy Book Cover Parade.

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"Then, out of nowhere, a flock of birds flew by the window, extremely fast and incredibly close. Maybe twenty of them. Maybe more. But they also seemed like just one bird, because somehow they all knew exactly what to do."

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"It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace."

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“Interpreters for the deaf came and taught us to sign, ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS! I AM SANTA’S HELPER.’ They told us to speak as we sign and to use bold, clear voices and bright facial expressions. [...] My sister Amy lives above a deaf girl and has learned quite a bit of sign language. She taught some to me and so now I am able to say, ‘SANTA HAS A TUMOR IN HIS head THE SIZE OF AN OLIVE. MAYBE IT WILL GO AWAY TOMORROW BUT I DON’T THINK SO.’ “(p. 10)

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Octavia E. Butler (1947 - 2006).  She’s one of my absolute favorite writers and described herself as “comfortably asocial—a hermit in the middle of Seattle—a pessimist if I’m not careful, a feminist, a Black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive.” Themes of both racial and sexual ambiguity are apparent throughout her work. I recommend Kindred and Parable of the Sower.

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Finally, the unknown truth about Stieg Larssons books: “Why didn’t anyone tell me this book is actually about eating sandwiches?”

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from the book Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler (www.amazon.com/...)

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"Faint cries and industrial drones sounded from dark windows set into its brick banks, some of them below the high-water mark. Prisons and torture-chambers and workshops, and their bastard hybrids, the punishment factories, where the condemned were Remade. Boats coughed and retched their way along the black water." Perdido Street Station by China Miéville, p. 17.

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A collection of short-stories from Ambergris. Read about greycaps, squid and the Transformation of Martin Lake. The book also include interesting and informative footnotes.

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An oral history of the Zombie War, that you should read. For preparation.

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The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. You should read it.

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The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. A story about how meaningless life can be, but it's also a wonderful tale about hope.

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