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Ottessa Moshfegh
Knife Fight and Other Struggles
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Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
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Ann Leckie
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Derek Bok
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Jonathan Lethem
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Kim Newman
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James Gleick
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Daemon - Daniel Suarez I learned that we used to fear supercomputers (cf. The Corbin Project) but now should fear superprogrammers and/or obsessive gamers. There's all kinds of pleasure one could take in chewing over the metaphorical fodder of this novel's central Threat: is it a gloss on the blurring of virtual and real worlds? A jeremiad about the dangers of our super-networked interglobalizachology? Or a veiled reminder of the way terrorist cells take down the body politic? Or...

Ah, fuck it. Big scary computer shit threatens to take over the world. It was terribly entertaining for 80-90% of its length, until becoming more blandly familiar in its Bruckheimerian climax. (Robot motorcycles with whirling blades!)