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Old 03-21-2021, 11:50 PM   #7261 (permalink)
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The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

20 million die in India during a harrowing wet bulb heat wave and the world responds with ecoterrorism and the titular global climate organization while the usual suspects remain indifferent. It straddles an interesting place between fiction and nonfiction, using accounts from different perspectives to propel the story while going into some thoroughly researched ecological, economic, psychological, and scientific concepts. This does lead to some pretty flat characters but the thought-provoking climate change solutions and unique approach make up for that in spades. The chapters are also super short, so the predictable character arcs don't overstay their welcome. There's a bit of a lull in the middle as he sets the foreground for some of the economic policies, but otherwise this was pretty engaging.

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While I get that KSR wanted to show how these solutions fleshed out, the ending was too optimistic. Plus for as much as he bemoans neoliberal hegemony, his key proposal of the carbon coin is built on strengthening it. There's a brief mention of some investors attempting to short the carbon coin that's waved away with an unhelpful assertion that they just made some new laws to fix it. For as well-researched as this book was, the way that that particular loose end was tied up felt really cheap.

I see why it serves his purpose, but just a touch of lingering conflict or an unforeseen policy blunder for the Ministry to tackle as Mary steps down would have really strengthened this on a literary level.
A really informative and interesting novel with some flaws, but none that are glaring. 8.5/10
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Old 03-29-2021, 10:44 AM   #7262 (permalink)
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Old 04-01-2021, 07:37 AM   #7263 (permalink)
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Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo

Insane narrative structure that flows through different perspectives, memories, desires, and lingering conversations of a ghost town. The writing is minimal but very vibrant, it kept making me think that it's the book equivalent of a colourful mexican/southwestern style landscape painting (though thematically it's bleak). These hundredish pages pack in pretty much the whole of Páramo's and the town's life in a way that transcends time.

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The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

Can confirm: Southern California is riddled with literal Nazis and it becomes very obvious when you're on LSD in the city.

Kind of expected to end how it did with the way the details unraveled into more complex knots. What a ****in ride though.
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I'm reading The Brothers Karamazov now and man does Dostoevsky have zero chill. Also, no spoilers yet please (I'm still halfway through) but if anyone has opinions on who committed the murder do share them by all means
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:35 AM   #7266 (permalink)
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I did it guys. I got myself Proust's complete In Search of Lost Time. That's gonna be a hell of a ride.

Ps obviously I'll still be part of the book club, I guess I'll read other books in between volumes anyway

Pps I finished the Brothers Karamazov and I don't know why I was told beforehand that the murderer's identity is unknown but it's clearly that bitch Smerdyakov
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:33 AM   #7267 (permalink)
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Dayum dude. Good luck with that. I tried to read the first part some 10-15 years ago. Couldn't get past the first chapter. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood. It's definitely on my to-do list. Rooting for you!

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The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

Felt like reading something from the subcontinent. Quite an original writing style. Starts off quite confusing but then catches up. Remains to be seen if it pays off in the end.
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