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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton

Some people like to say, “I don’t read fiction” in the same way that a certain type of person likes to say, “I don’t watch T.V.” Both of these statements are pretentious and supposed to imply that the person uttering them doesn’t have the time to waste on such unworthy pursuits. These mediums aren’t intellectual enough, they provide nothing of value.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to live inside the kind of brain that can’t see the value in reading fiction. And I guess that is kind of the point of this post.

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The Heart Goes Last
by Margaret Atwood

The Heart Goes Last is a seemingly lighter venture into our dark future – while there is nothing one can reasonably laugh at in The Handmaid’s Tale or Oryx and Crake, The Heart Goes Last is presented with a tongue firmly in Atwood’s cheek: the atrocities committed in this book feel too ludicrous to be a future we can reasonably expect to encounter.

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Great bookstores: Mary Martin Bookshop Melbourne

Mary Martin Bookshop is a great favourite of mine and my husband's. The store has been there since I was a teenager, making it well over 20 years. I can't imagine it not being there. They always have lovely window displays, featuring a shelf of books on fashion, or perhaps a cluster of cookbooks. I appreciate a good window display... there's something about standing in front of the store and peering in at the carefully selected books that have been placed there, anticipating what other treasures might be waiting for you inside.

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Late to the Party: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

If any part of me thought that Northern Lights was going to be a light, fun, magical read, then I guess that part of me must be disappointed. The rest of me however, was thoroughly engaged with the blend of plot-driven adventure, complex and unusual characters and weighty moral and philosophical questions that are encountered throughout this book.

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Atlantic Black by A. S. Patrić

A.S. Patrić’s Atlantic Black is as shadowy liquid as the its title suggests. I read this entire novel feeling as though I was floating through a strange dream, moving through water, a shifting, uncertain landscape. Death comes up often here, sometimes as surrender, sometimes as liberation, a spectre never lingering far from the action at hand.

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The Circle by David Eggers

The Island Will Sink is an intriguing glimpse into a future that I would be entirely unsurprised to see happen. Neglected high-rise wastelands litter the poor areas outside of the city, conserving resources has turned into a competitive social media activity, and one can outsource memories and emotional intelligence to an app… built into your brain, of course.

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