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Atlas Obscura

By Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton
4
Rated by Hannah Jane C.
Nov 23, 2017

When I started this book, my intention was to skip around and read only about the places that jumped out at me. It turns out that everything jumped out at me, and I was held captive by this giant book for several months. With pictures galore, an astonishing amount of research, and hours of happy reading, Atlas Obscura is a one-of-a-kind travel book that invites you to explore all the hidden wonders of the globe.


I'm quite fearful of South America after reading Atlas Obscura. With places like The North Yungas Death Road, The Island of the Dolls, and The Cave of Swallows (which should really

Vicious

By V.E. Schwab
4
Rated by Josh N.
Dec 31, 2014

I love superheroes and I like them colorful, weird, larger than life, heroic and good, inspirational and insightful. I don't generally go for deconstructions of or dark takes on the genre. But I liked Vicious. A LOT. It strips down the idea that people with superpowers see themselves as above us mere mortals and it tears apart the whole Good vs Evil, black-and-white tradition of superheroes and supervillains, but it does it with compelling, charismatic characters and an exciting, enthralling plot.


Victor Vale and Eli Cardale are college roommates and best friends who become fascinated with

Mar 26, 2013

With The City & the City, China Miéville has created a fascinating, exciting story that takes a premise that could have come straight from a short story by Jorge Luis Borges and turns it into the kind of hardboiled detective story Borges would have loved. Tyador Borlú is a police detective in the European city of Beszel, a city that exists in the same space as another city, Ul Qoma. Beszel and Ul Qoma live in a very uneasy truce, with different governments, different cultures, and citizens who are trained to "unsee" anything in the other city. Moving from one city to the other is illegal