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15% complete! Jay has read 3 of 20 books.

Expect Resistance (2007, CrimethInc.) 4 stars

Review of 'Expect Resistance' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

So many of my views have been radically altered by this book, and I adore the gorgeous typesetting and imagery in it. Neither a manifesto nor a work of fiction, Expect Resistance stands out as a dangerously attractive introduction to the theory and practice of anarchy. There was however a subtle vein of anti-intellectualism that pulse a little close to the surface at times, but if you view it as a revolt against dogmatic, capitalist "science" then I think you can forgive it.

Illiana Celia Quimbaya: Oryx and Crake (2011, Gradesaver LLC) 4 stars

Review of 'Oryx and Crake' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

We are drawn helplessly into the glamour of this world while knowing exactly how it turned out for those living in it. Reading this book is itself an exercise in how easily we can be manipulated by the promise of luxury under the guise of progress.
Somehow the CorpSlang came across as sincere and, ironically, almost organic - something few SF books manage to pull off.

Viktor Olegovich Pelevin: The sacred book of the werewolf (2008, Viking) 4 stars

A novel about a fifteen-year-old prostitute who is actually a 2,000-year old werefox who seduces …

Review of 'The sacred book of the werewolf' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I was completely enamoured with this book for the first one hundred pages or so. I adored the cold yet philosophical musings of our narrator as she went about her rather squalid life, but at times I struggled to sympathise with A-Hu Li. I feel that Pelevin tries too hard at times to come off as Nabokov, the author that clearly inspired this novel, and ends up just writing in an overly vulgar manner with no redeeming features. Overall, my experience with this book was positive. I just wish that he has focused a little more on the bhuddist themes that he writes about so fluently in the last fifty pages.