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So, I never got around to reading this book until now and, by crikey, this book is atrociously, ridiculously pleasant to read. I don't think I've been this genuinely engrossed in a book since . . . well, since The Passage, but, still, it's VERY good.

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I really enjoyed it, but couldn't think of anyone locally to pass it onto. A good weird little book.


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I read the first chunk of it on holiday last year, and since then I just haven't had the time to read more - it's a big chunk type of book... very frustrating.

I'd also recommend the Yiddish Policeman's Union by Chabon.


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I think I have to, Murph. Also been recommended The Wonder Boys.


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It is a very beautiful book. It just goes into all those places: those Golden Age comics places and bad places and the folkloric ones too. Ava got it for me years ago and I never regretted reading it.


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I've seen a couple of other of his books quite cheap lately, but looking at them they don't seem to make me want to read them.

Should I?


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I prefer to live in a country that's small, and old, and where no one would ever have the NERVE to wear a cape in public, whether they could leap tall buildings in a single bound or not.

the parrot... ...gets tiresome.
the parrot... ...i ate him.


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I don't know, Smaug. I saw one that was ... potentially interesting--The Yiddish Policemen's Union--but I'm just intrigued by alternate realities and I never actually read or anything else aside from Adventures. He is a really good writer though, so really if they are really cheap might not have that much to lose.


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I'm currently reading The Wonder Boys.

It doesn't have quite the magic of AK&C, but it's quite a bit ahead of anything else I've read in a while. The same grasp of character and love of quirky dialogue is there.


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I'm stuck on the Yiddish policemens's union,

Just not finding it interesting enough to bother finishing. I'm hoping that The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is better.
 
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Originally posted by halucinagenia:
I'm stuck on the Yiddish policemens's union,

Just not finding it interesting enough to bother finishing. I'm hoping that The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is better.


If you like comics nostalgia, history, and some ethnic mythology in there, you probably will.


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