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Never Let Me Go; Kazuo Ishiguro

So, this is written as a first-person account of school and then growing up, but a character who has a very unusual place in society (that gradually becomes clear throughout the book, and revealing it is a spoiler). I found it readable, but the style of the writing is really very very different to anything I would have written or said about my own growing up - the main character/narrator (who for most of the novel is a teenage girl) never seems willing to ask hard questions, or think logically about anything; and is forever describing "meaningful" glances/pauses/avoidances-of-topics in conversations in a way that would have (probably still would) entirely escaped me. I hesitate to say "unrealistic!" because surely my experience (nerdy) is not a universal experience for teenage girls but I couldn't really relate to the characters, especially since they never seem to do much of anything to change their fate.

Mistborn: shadows of self; Brandon Sanderson

The further adventures of Wax and Wayne (Either this is the best or worst name for a cop-duo ever). I'm enjoying it, not sure it's a good starting place for Mistborn.

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Date: 2015-11-04 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, what an interesting review.

I think the 'never asks hard questions or thinks logically' is deliberate - I think it's a facet of the whole thing about being told just ahead of comprehension to keep them quiet.

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Date: 2015-11-04 04:48 pm (UTC)
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I expect it is, but I just find it weird that she's so far ahead of me at social things whilst being so far behind at figuring out what is going on.

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Date: 2015-11-04 05:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I generally expect that.


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