[Novel] The Dispossessed (Ursula K. Le Guin)

The Dispossesed

Book

An interesting study of pros and cons of utopian socialist and capitalistic regimes that unfortunately comes off a bit dull at times due to bland characters.

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Fascinating setting
Bland characters
Thought-provoking on various regimes humans could abide to
Can be hard to follow when it keeps jumping between two timelines

[Novel] The Alienist (Caleb Carr)

The Alienist

Book

A fascinating murder thriller in the late 18th century New York.

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Flowing, easy-to-digest prose
The story is nothing necessarily groundbreaking
Fascinating historical setting
Cool noir-like atmosphere
Interesting, likable characters
Engrossing plot with lots of twists
Thought-provoking on psychopathy

[Novel] Sacred Hunger (Barry Unsworth)

Sacred Hunger

Book

An interesting historical novel centered on British slave trade in the early days of colonized America.

I ended up being more interested in the setting than the actual characters or the plot though… which was sometimes pretty hard to follow as it jumped between a million different points of view.

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Interesting historical setting
So many characters and different POVs it’s easy to get lost
Enlightening on the early days of slave trade
The pacing can feel a bit slow at times

[Novel] Devil All The Time (Donald Ray Pollock)

The Devil All the Time

Book

A horror novel where the actual depiction of life in a rural part of the country fills you with more horror than any lousy boogeymen.

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Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
Doesn’t really offer anything to blow your mind or anything
Enthralling plot full of realistic horror
Enlightening on the rural societies in early-mid XX century in United States
Thought-provoking on how fucked up life could be