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    This news is a couple of weeks old, but: Donna Tartt's new novel, The Goldfinch, her first since The Little Friend () in 2002, is being released on October 22. JOY.

    And it looks like Marisha Pessl's long-awaited follow-up to Special Topics in Calamity Physics, titled Night Film, will be released August 20.

    Lastly, the new Neil Gaiman novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (his first proper fiction novel for adults since Anansi Boys), is out June 18.
    "See everything as an illusion, and enjoy it even though you are not of it."
    ~Alanis Morissette, paraphrased

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    An interview with Anne Carson, which has pretty much made this year worth it for me.

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    I just saw her read this week! She was lovely - v scathingly funny, and even kind when I acted like an imbecile getting my book signed. Can't wait to read Red Doc.

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    ALA releases their most challenged books.

    Who is number one? Not "50 Shades." Oh no, there is something more sinister than EL James.


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    Audrey Niffenegger has a new book coming out next month-- Raven Girl.

    It's 80 pages and will be illustrated.

    I'm excited, but must confess I'm let down it's not a full novel. I love her writing and I'm hungry for something I can really spend some time with.

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    She is working on a new one (i think about a girl with hair all over her body?) but she said it would take years - TTW took 5+ years and her fearful symmetry took nearly 6-7. Yes I know these things. I definitely want to read more from her. I'm excited she's putting work out even if its short.

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    I bought HFS on audiobook and when I started listening to it, I was a bit confused. I pressed on, thinking I'd start picking up on things (and I did). Then halfway through the book it ended and I realized I had listened to THE WRONG FILE. I started hallway into the book.

    I was soooooo disappointed! It's been long enough that I may start over (for real this time), but I'm definitely more interested in a new book from Neffinger.

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    I didn't love HFS. Some of it was gorgeous, but the last 1/4 of the book was a giant ol' WTF for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayPeaches View Post
    I bought HFS on audiobook and when I started listening to it, I was a bit confused. I pressed on, thinking I'd start picking up on things (and I did). Then halfway through the book it ended and I realized I had listened to THE WRONG FILE. I started hallway into the book.
    My friend was reading Gone Girl on her Kindle for an hour before she realized she had accidentally advanced forward more than 50% into the book ....... SPOILER ALERT!!


    I picked up Her Fearful Symmetry at Barnes when it was like 75% or something but I never read it. Maybe this summer?
    ... here i am!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    I didn't love HFS. Some of it was gorgeous, but the last 1/4 of the book was a giant ol' WTF for me.
    I remember loving the atmosphere and characters she created, but I don't remember what happens at the end. Maybe I blocked that out!

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    Teacher suspended for buying student a copy of 50 Shades of Grey.

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    I don't know if suspension is warranted for "distributing pornographic material," but he should certainly be disciplined for incompetence. A teacher should never give or assign a student a book that he or she is unfamiliar with, even if that familiarity is limited to reading the goddamn Amazon synopsis.


    Plus it is a TERRIBLY written book!
    ... here i am!

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    The Glossary has created an absurd representation of David Foster Wallace's "This is Water" speech.



    Massive chunks were cut to create some bizarre narrative that he typically opposed.

    For example:



    Now, if that was included in the video, it wouldn't be quite as inspiring. It would be more condemning and preachy. But for goodness sake, he was addressing Kenyon students as an Amherst grad, saying don't be a douche, not "look how were all involved in this mystical communism of commodity. We have the right to be happy about our positions if we choose to."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    She is working on a new one (i think about a girl with hair all over her body?) but she said it would take years - TTW took 5+ years and her fearful symmetry took nearly 6-7. Yes I know these things. I definitely want to read more from her. I'm excited she's putting work out even if its short.
    Curious.. how long (page length) are her novels?
    One day I was walking and I found this big log. Then I rolled the log over and underneath was a tiny little stick and I was like, "That log done had a child!"

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