I really love fiction that leans toward magical realism and grim humor. My overall tastes range from the classic Argentine magical realists, to the beats of the fifties and sixties, to contemporary dark humorists like George Saunders. Generally speaking, the more it strays from traditional form, the more I like it!

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ISBN: 9780802122070
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Published: Grove Press - July 16th, 2013

Naked Lunch is a grimly comical carnival of grotesque imagery and pain. Written in Tangiers during a years-long heroin bender, the experience reflected in the book is, like the addiction cycle, a circular pattern of self-punishment, and an act of nihilism - a cry for help from rock bottom.
Having read it three times, I can say with confidence that it is a true work of art that I absolutely love, but I also understand that it is a harrowing undertaking to actually read it. That being said, the reward for reaching the conclusion is a deeper understanding of the human cost of policies that criminalize addiction.

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ISBN: 9780374104115
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Published: FSG Originals - September 2nd, 2014

This conclusion to the trilogy that begins with Annihilation is thrilling – haunting – maddening – an ideal science-mystery with beautiful prose. As close to perfect as a trilogy of books can get.

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ISBN: 9780735235939
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Published: Penguin Canada - August 28th, 2018

This compact memoir is excellent. It's so uplifting and empowering to see the author, a queer person of color, face the toxic masculinity and bigotry ever-present in our era and thrive despite it. This book brought me a lot of hope in a grim year, and for that, Vivek Shraya has a reader for life in me.

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ISBN: 9780316273442
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 20th, 2018

This book is a miraculous blend of character and hauntingly strange adventure. Despite all his flaws and the almost surreal journey he embarks upon, you can't stop rooting for Jakub Procha. Tragic, funny, and unforgettable!

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ISBN: 9781606998427
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - August 23rd, 2015

A surprising, hilarious, and deeply strange collection of one-page graphic stories. Plays with the reader’s sense of sequence and perception like a cat plays with a feather… Uniquely funny.

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ISBN: 9781597808217
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Published: Night Shade - May 5th, 2015

A harrowing look into humanity's deep future, grounded in realism.  Images from this post-genetic wasteland will stick with you forever.

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ISBN: 9780345443021
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Published: Del Rey - February 27th, 2001

Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, this novel is considered the prime text of the new weird literary movement.  A stunning work of creativity and imagination.

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ISBN: 9780679750536
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 1994

This collection of other wordly short stories distills Haruki Murakami's unique voice and world view into a single volume. Unforgettable!