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Company Town

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Company Town by Madeline Ashby Published: 2016 Narrated by: Cecelia Kim Length: 08:58 (285 pages) This is a science fiction crime novel that takes place in a city built on a giant oil rig off the east coast of Canada. It’s the near future, and it’s incredible rare to find someone who hasn’t augmented their body in some way, by… Read more »

April in Review

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Books Acquired: Get Jiro! by Anthony Bourdain Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow Books Read: Amsterdam by Ian McEwan Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel The Human Factor by Graham Greene We have the used book sale this weekend (maybe I’ve mentioned that once or twice?), and this last month they… Read more »

Room

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Room by Emma Donoghue Published: 2010 Length: 321 pages This story follows a young boy, Jack, and his mother as they live their lives trapped in a small room. Jack was born there, and in his five years of life he has never seen the world beyond the locked door. Emma Donoghue was inspired by the horrifying events in the… Read more »

Alas, Babylon

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Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank Published: 1959 Narrated by: Will Patton Length: 11:14 (323 pages) I keep hearing that dystopian and apocalyptic fiction has saturated the book market in the last few years, but I feel like these disaster scenarios have always been popular, really hitting their stride in the mid-twentieth century. A few of my favorites that come to… Read more »

The Double

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The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Published: 1846 Translated By: Jessie Coulson (from Russian in 1972) Length: 144 pages Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin is a government clerk, a faceless bureaucrat, who is struggling both in work and in his social life. After a particularly emotional encounter at a party, while walking home through a cold night’s fog, he finds himself face to… Read more »

His Bloody Project

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His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet Published: 2015 Narrated by: Antony Ferguson Length: 10:22 (280 pages) It’s 1869 and Roderick Macrae, a young man from the Scottish highland village of Culduie, is being held in jail after a gruesome murder. He’s a smart young man, shy and insightful, and he never denies committing the act. The question is what… Read more »

March in Review

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Books Acquired: None. Books Read: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank Room by Emma Donoghue Company Town by Madeline Ashby Not a single book bought or stolen or conjured up this month. My favourite used book sale is only about five weeks away now, so I’m saving myself for… Read more »