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  • Chronic City

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Jonathan Lethem
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Chase Insteadman, a handsome, inoffensive fixture on Manhattan's social scene, lives off residuals earned as a child star on a beloved sitcom called Martyr & Pesty. Chase owes his current social cachet to an ongoing tragedy much covered in the tabloids: His teenage sweetheart and fiancée, Janice Trumbull, is trapped by a layer of low-orbit mines on the International Space Station, from which she sends him rapturous and heartbreaking love letters. Like Janice, Chase is adrift, she in Earth's stratosphere, he in a vague routine punctuated by Upper East Side dinner parties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent novel

  • By Clear Menser on 2019-05-07

excellent novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-07

something else, a narrative treatment about reality and simulation, among other things. An aging child actor, an erratic rock critic, their friends and other loved ones in delerious conspiracy theory skating fugues hammer out riffs on popular culture and parodies there in.

  • The Stone Sky

  • Written by: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
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    5 out of 5 stars 136
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter, Nassun, and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A real grind to get through

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-06-05

Eh, the author seemed tired at the end

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2018-04-29

I read the first two books in this series and mostly enjoyed them. The author's apparent obsession with the appearance and breeding and cultural identity of every single darn character got really trying after a while. I want to know what hard choices people make, not things they can't choose. If I want that stuff I'll read the horrific day to day news coming out of the new yellow journalism.
Here in the third book I felt like Jemisin was kinda phoning in the story and stretching it out to fill pages. To be fair the fantastical ideas and descriptions were nice and entertaining, but it didn't carry the story for me. There was some really nice pay off with repeated motifs in the story and strong world building, but that's not enough for me.
In the end I can't recommend this and I won't be returning to this series or any other of N. K. Jemisin's books.