Emily's Reviews

This novel is an explosion of action, saturated violence, and lush, technicolor imagery. Eiji Miyaki travels to Tokyo to find his father, but what he finds is much larger, and more significant than any one man could ever be. Tokyo almost serves as another character in the novel, providing compact, neon nights and dirty drone-and-MSG-filled days. Murakami-esque and kaleidoscopic.

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ISBN: 9780812966923
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Published: Random House Trade - February 11th, 2003

This is a story about what holds people together, and what happens after lives fall apart. Set in Australia, Jellicoe Road follows Taylor Markham as she fights a teenage territory war, falls in love, and slowly unravels the mystery at the novel's center, the mystery of her own past. You will come to care deeply about the characters and their fates, and there are definitely some tear-jerking moments. 

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ISBN: 9780061431852
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Published: Harper Teen - March 9th, 2010

1Q84 is a two-mooned parallel world where an assassin and a math teacher must find each other before a religious corporation finds them, and creatures called the little people enter existence through a dead goat's mouth. Murakami is a master at juggling seemingly completely unrelated story-lines and making something complicated feel completely cohesive. 

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ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage - January 22nd, 2013

It's well known that Toni Morrison has a powerful voice: Beloved is not only obviously powerful, but is also haunted by a seething, blind subconscious force that has the power to speak with the voice of thousands. It is in essence a ghost story, told with a broken story line where the past and present interweave, and a single, dark event is held under the surface for as long as possible. 

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ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

I couldn't shut up about this book for weeks after I read it: I was like one of those people who bring up their new significant other every two seconds. Dave Eggers places his novel in a near/parallel future in some ways more horrifying than that of 1984, and one for which we may have already passed the event horizon. It is a captivating, deceptively light, and deeply important novel.

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ISBN: 9780345807298
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Published: Vintage Books - April 22nd, 2014

Meet Kafka, a fifteen-year-old runaway with an Oedipal fate. Now meet Nakata, an elderly man who has lost most of his cognitive faculties but can talk to cats. Now set the two on a converging path, mix in a confused truck-driver, some hot librarian action, and Murakami’s penchant for the surreal and mind-twisting and you have a novel that will leave you wondering “Wait, what?”
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ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006

Imagine a world where death is temporary, marriage is a game to be played for a few days, and appearances and gender are as transient as your clothes. Tanith Lee paints this world in vivid and detailed prose that also realistically captures a youth society with unique slang and relationships. Ultimately, the novel is a search for the answer to a very important question: what really matters?
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ISBN: 9780553581300
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Published: Spectra Books - October 4th, 1999

This collection of short stories is ultimately life affirming. The prose moves you along with the momentum of running downhill. The last story in the compilation is one of the most beautiful, sad, and touching things I have ever read. I’ve read all of these stories again and again and again, and you should too. So come run, bark, want, wait, climb, die, gallop, and yelp with Dave Eggers!
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ISBN: 9781400095568
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Published: Vintage Books USA - October 11th, 2005

Looking for Alaska is John Green’s debut novel, and in my opinion his best. If you were ever unhappy as a teenager, then this book is for you. If the dynamic and hilarious characters don’t draw you in, the format of the story will. A countdown pulls you towards a mysterious event at the story’s center, after which everything changes. Moving, witty, and highly funny.

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ISBN: 9780142402511
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Published: Speak - December 28th, 2006

What happens when the Devil and Jesus Christ visit the Soviet Union? Everything gets a little weird. This satirical novel frolics along on the feet of Mikhail Bulgokov’s jovial prose. You will be laughing at the characters, not with them, and the fact that the novel was banned in the USSR during the time of its setting makes it that much more bitterly and satisfyingly funny
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ISBN: 9780802130112
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Published: Grove Press - January 13th, 1994

 

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