[Novel] The Night Class (Tom Piccirilli)

The Night Class

Book

A surreal horror murder mystery in the most screwed up school ever.

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Likable characters
The surreal bits make the narrative pretty hard to follow sometimes
Interesting mystery
Plot feels like it’s barely moving sometimes
Surprising, creepy twist

 

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[Novel] The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)

The Good Earth

Book

A fascinating historical tale about a Chinese farmer’s struggles with poverty and his eventual rise to power. Pearl S. Buck reads a lot like John Steinbeck, just in China.

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Interesting, likable, profound characters
Relatively captivating plot
Solid, memorable story that covers the entire life of a great man
Enlightening on Chinese culture
Thought-provoking on human condition and life in general

[Novel] Southern Reach (Jeff VanderMeer)

Southern Reach

Book

I loved the mysterious sci-fi beginning of this trilogy, but later books ended up focusing more on the characters than the mysteries and science fiction, ultimately concluding without even providing most of the answers to what I actually cared about.

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Fascinating sci-fi mystery
Doesn’t spend as much time on the mystery and science fiction as it should
Profound characters
Feels incomplete with lots of questions left hanging in the air

[Novel] The Ipcress File (Len Deighton)

The Ipcress File

Book

I’ve heard good things about this book, but they were either blown out of proportion, or I don’t get spy thrillers, because the plot  failed to engage me to the very end and I found none of the twists particularly memorable.

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A cool, complicated conspiracy-mystery
The plot and characters are simply not that interesting

[Novel] Dog Soldiers (Robert Stone)

Dog Soldiers

Book

A very cool book about a bunch of people going in over their heads to smuggle heroin from Vietnam to USA that teachers you a lot about the sixties culture.

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Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
Lacks that final punch to truly become one of the greats
Cool villains
Captivating plot
Enlightening on sixties in USA and the rise of cynicism

[Novel] Chesapeake (James A. Michener)

Chesapeake

Chesapeake

An account of the history of the northwestern USA from native tribes and early colonizers to the American Revolution and Civil War, up to the modern era  — all written in pleasant and easy to digest prose. You can’t miss this novel if you’re into historical fiction.

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Likable, interesting characters
The modern parts are not as interesting as the older history
Enlightening on the entire history and political situation of USA’s East Coast
Feels like a grand adventure through history