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Rated: 3.5/5

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow is a quirky little book about an affable serial entrepreneur named Alan. If you think you have an odd family you haven't met Alan's. His father is a mountain and his mother a washing machine. Literally. Alan was doing just fine until he discovers something isn't quite right with his next door neighbour, who's missing her wings, and he receives a visit from his brothers, a set of Russian nesting dolls, who are disappearing one-by-one. Doctorow's prose reads effortlessly so even though aspects of the story might seem strange the book flows smoothly to its conclusion. It's is a fun and imaginative read.

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Rated: 3.5/5

Battle Royale

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami takes place in an alternative Japan named "The Republic of Greater Asia" ruled by "The Great Dictator". Every year as part of an ongoing research project the republic runs an event informally known as "Battle Royale" where all of the students of a randomly selected high school class must kill or be killed. While the physical story follows the students to the competition's bitter end, the psychological story is an exploration of humanity when life is on the line. And there's more going on than first appears. As grim or as silly as this concept sounds, the book worked for me. I often drifted off in reflection exploring my own morals.

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Thud!

Thud! is a Discworld story involving the venerable Sam Vimes and the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork. Amidst an old racial conflict between Dwarves and Trolls threatening to boil over into the streets of Ankh-Morpork, Vimes must deal with racial tensions in the Watch, an outside audit, the death of a leading dwarf citizen at the possible hands of a troll, and trying to be a good Dad at home.

Thud! is classic Pratchett comedic fantasy. Though it seemed light his the hallmark footnotes, we get lines like only Pratchett can write:

"The smells of old cabbage, acne ointment and non-malignant skin disease became transmuted, in Corporal Nobbs, into a strange odor that lay across the nose like a saw blade on a harp."
We also get the riffs on classic horror with vampires who belong to a Vampire temperance league with their motto of "Not one drop" (That would be of human blood); and the b-movie Igor who is actually one of a guild of Igors, thus explaining how the Igor character shows up in so many places and times. Modern times aren't exempt either, with the "Gooseberry", an imp powered, technomancy state-of-the-Craft Dis-Organizer Mark Five.

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Not a stand out in the Diskworld series but it's a solid story and great read.

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