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Lost in the Stacks

I read widely and compulsively and my fancies are ever changing. My love of reading, however, is no mere fancy. 

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The Stress of Her Regard
Tim Powers
Progress: 480/960 minutes
The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick In this alternate history by Philip K. Dick, World War II was won by the Axis, and the world is divided between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, with Italy holding onto a small bit of the African continent.

This may be the most complex and well-constructed piece of speculative fiction I have ever read. This novel fits together like a fine-grained mural, each tiny piece perfectly interlocked with the next. I think it would take an immense amount of bravery on the part of a novelist to truly investigate the consequences of a Nazi victory the way that Philip K. Dick does here; he tops it off with an exploration of the meaning of history itself.

This is a complex and multi-layered novel that will reward many readings. I listened to the audiobook, but will go in for the dead tree version next time.