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Despite having been on the internet since the early 90's, I still never know what to put in these summaries.

I'm an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, though I've found books I love in nearly every genre (except romance, which I view as a personal failing, not a criticism of the genre).

I love discussing books, and . . . can I admit something? I'm discovering that I'm really enjoying editing the metadata for my books (the G**dreads import either mangled the data, or these Bookwyrm records are still being built; either way, I'm having a ball :) )

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George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Paperback, 2018, Random House) 4 stars

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun …

Even Better on a Reread

5 stars

I've seen some folks claim this book felt like reading (or listening to) a school stage play, and while I find that comparison unkind, I can't deny there's a grain of truth to it. I'm inclined to say there's something rather Beckett-ish about it (though maybe there's a better comparison; I'm not well versed in live theater), but in my most recent relisten, I found that an endearing trait. The purple-ish prose of our myriad narrators works well if you imagine them as actors on a stage, speaking to the audience while the actions they describe are performed behind them. The ethereal (ha) quality of their descriptions, and even of the historical interludes (and isn't it telling that their perceptions of reality are no less varied than those of the ghosts) works so well as 'detached' narrators.

All in all, I loved this reread, and look forward to enticing my …