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November 2013
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: Amazing novel. Jean Valjean is a complex character, and the actions of the characters are a tug-of-war with the reader’s values. Better than the musical. Cosette is still annoying, though.

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy: I was actually disappointed with this novel, just as I was disappointed with the film adaptation. The characters weren’t that interesting, and though the moral discussion near the end, the finale fell flat.

December 11, 2011
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd: Although it’s not as visually striking as Watchmen, V is still an interesting take on corruption and the prevalence and spread of an idea.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King:  One of King’s older novels did not fail in giving me goosebumps; however, I was disappointed at the horror movie-esque ending.

June 20, 2011
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown:  Brown’s third novel featuring academic and skeptic Robert Langdon is not without its typical adventure novel plot twists and turns. Yet, its look at the Freemasons questions human limitation and religion (like usual), making for an engaging read.

May 1, 2011
The Road by Cormac McCarthy: On the surface, it’s your typical dystopian novel. However, it is quickly apparent that it is a haunting and touching tale of the connection between a father and his son. Most interesting are the subtle references to Christianity.

House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski: This is unlike any novel you have ever read; it’s more art than fiction. (Basic) Plot: A story about a family who explores a house that is bigger on the inside than the outside. Do not read it alone at night.

October 1, 2010
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk: The original Fight Club is a narrative full of personal monologues and the thought processes of the Narrator. The ending is different than that of the film.

The Case of Lena S. by David Bergen: Canadian author David Bergen’s moving story of two troubled teenagers, their romance, sexual experiences and struggles growing up. An odd story that is, in a way, surprisingly reminiscent of one’s own adolescence.

Dracula by Bram Stoker: This is how vampire stories should be: scary, not sexy. The original story of Dracula told through ‘first-person’ accounts by various characters, a style characteristic of the Victorian era of literature. Read about Dracula, Jonathan and Van Helsing—without the bastardization of subsequent generations and retellings.

September 28, 2010
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: I thought this was a great alternative to the usual plots of dystopian literature novels. Filled with Ishiguro’s stunning imagery and beautiful prose—a must-read.

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis: The author speculates on what happens when you cross over into the afterlife. The little anecdotes and life lessons are also interesting.

On Writing by Stephen King: I’m not a fan of bibliographies, but this one offers tips on writing and the struggles of an artist.

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  1. So let me get this straight, Sam Jung is recommending a dystopian novel? No way, I don’t believe it.

  2. I’ve taken a course on dystopian lit, and will be taking another next term. Why is it surprising?

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