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Ling Ma
Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize, A New York Times Notable Book of 2018, An Indie Next Selection A Best Book of 2018 at Elle, Marie Claire, Refinery29, Bustle, Buzzfeed, BookPage, Bookish, Mental Floss...

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Just finished Behave,by Robert M. Sapolsky. Absolutely brilliant, but listening to it once might not be enough. I've already gone back and done a couple of chapters over, and am considering buying a paper copy as well.

Also finished How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig about a 450 year old dude struggling with headaches and growing up, among other things. It has so much potential, and a lot of good scenes, but I felt a bit let down by the ending.

Before that I read Severance, by Ling Ma This would probably have suited me better had I been American, a millennial, or both. As I'm not it felt a little bland, and certainly not as satirical as some reviewers find it. The unquoted dialogue is a minor annoyance, but an annoyance still.

Just started Exit Strategy, by Martha Wells which if you've read the previous three installments seems to be more of the same, but I'm hoping there's something new in the last half. (I'm not getting into the obvious flaws in the handling of "hacking" and system security, we'll leave that to suspension of disbelief.)

Comment from [Reddit user] with 3 upvotes on /r/books/

Halfway through Severance, by Ling Ma--Really liking it so far. The post-apocalyptic genre is pretty old hat, I think, but Ma really does a good job making me appreciate the main character. It's a study in awkwardness and feeling estranged in your own body, let alone your own country. The "present day" apocalypse sections are a little pulpy, but the flashbacks to the main character's pre-outbreak life are quite beautiful. So far, four stars out of five (and that's unheard of).

Comment from [Reddit user] with 3 upvotes on /r/books/

just finished:

Comemadre, by Roque Larraquy

Severance, by Ling Ma


All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy

OK, by Victor "Kool AD" Vazquez

Comment from [Reddit user] with 3 upvotes on /r/books/

Just finished Severance, by Ling Ma and really enjoyed it.

I've started reading:

  • The Comedown, by Rebekah Frumkin
  • Comemadre, by Roque Larraquy