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Ottessa Moshfegh
Knife Fight and Other Struggles
David Nickle
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie
Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More (New Edition)
Derek Bok
Dissident Gardens
Jonathan Lethem
Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
Kim Newman
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
Complete Novels
Dashiell Hammett, Steven Marcus
The Twelve - Justin Cronin I made it about 200 pages. I enjoyed the first one okay, 'though I couldn't remember a damn thing about it when I picked up this sequel. I still like Cronin's off-tempo pacing, and this probably remains readable--despite some of the same mumbo-jumbo apocahash that I found a little tiring in the first, and despite some new drags. (Duddits!*)

But readable is like edible. Sure, I could eat that sort of stale bologna sandwich. Or I could set it aside and wait for dinner. I might have kept nibbling if it wasn't such a big damn sandwich, if it wasn't so blandly filling, if I hadn't just had a better meal. (Christopher Buehlman's Between Two Fires is an epic, gripping, character-driven horror novel that sticks to the ribs.)

*Okay, it's not really Duddits. It's an autistic adult bus driver driving his bus around and saving people with his magical innocence.