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ISBN: 9780575099432
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Published: Gollancz - May 1st, 2011

MAY 2017

A friend gave me this book about 10 years ago, and I finally picked it up this month... and then I promptly called and apologized for ever doubting his recommendation. If you like science fiction at all and have never gotten around to reading HYPERION, do it. This Hugo and Locus Award Winner -- and member of every "must read" sci-fi list you'll ever see -- is actually seven completely seperate tales in one fascinating, intricately woven story. Seven different voices, spanning centuries and universes, allows the author to explore religion, artificial intelligence, the nature of time, matters of the human heart, interstellar war and politics, and the power of the written word.

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ISBN: 9780307275431
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 16th, 2006

APRIL 2017

The human race is now completely infertile. We are without youth, without a future, without a reason to hope. Civilization is crumbling. One scholar and a band of outlaws test the limits of their  morality. You may think you know this story from the 2006 film adaptation — you do not. The book boasts characters, plot details and an ending that will have you wondering how the filmmakers possibly came up with the interpretation they did. This provoking work of literary fiction deserves to be considered as a masterpiece all it’s own.

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By Knut Hamsun, Sverre Lyngstad (Translator), Brad Leithauser (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143105107
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2007

MARCH 2017

"Growth of the Soil impresses me as among the very best novels I have ever read. It is wholly beautiful; it is saturated with wisdom and humor and tenderness." -- H.G. Wells

I keep coming back to this book in my mind, even years after first reading it. Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1920, this novel tells the life of a man named Isak and his family in rural Norway. Demonstrating his aversion to modernity, Hamsun's characters' relationship with the land and nature hearkens back to a simpler time. But the human heart is anything but simple.