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Working in an independent bookstore in Colorado. Reading the books that my former lit professors would probably frown on.

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And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini
On Such a Full Sea
Chang-rae Lee
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The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes

I finished The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes the other night. It's the kind of book I wanted to finish all at once, in one single day reading binge. But of course, life interferes. It's unfortunate for those around me who (even for the best purposes) interrupt my march to the end. I've learned this about myself and hopefully, in the future, I can just say "fuck off" directly, rather than moping around during whatever it is they want me to do (eat dinner, go to sleep, get out of a burning building.)


The Shining Girls is an excellent thriller novel. I wouldn't go so far as to call it horror or scifi, even though it's about a time traveling serial killer. It's a full-blooded thriller in the end, with it's three or four page chapters that pull you through the story mercilessly. I was really impressed with the time-traveling element, since it's such a risky motif to pull off. The time travel is centered around The House, something malevolent and living that bends its occupants to its will. The way Beukes winds the stories around each other gives you enough of a taste that you think you know what's coming next, but you never really do.


Highly recommended book, if you're looking for something to read over the weekend and you don't have any pesky human needs to get in your way.