Book Review: Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

September 3, 2018 | Comments

Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a “full empty,” something goes wrong.

Book Review: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

August 6, 2018 | Comments

Disclaimer: Spoilers abound! Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami Hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is Haruki Murakami’s deep dive into the very nature of consciousness. Across two parallel narratives, Murakami draws readers into a mind-bending universe in which Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to a dazzling effect.

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