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Luke

Luke

Luke has worked here for some time.   

Luke's Picks:

  • The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler
    • A sci-fi eco-thriller that will be like candy to anybody interested in consciousness, language, and A.I.  Octopuses passing knowledge from one generation to the next.  A.I.-run fishing ships that decide enslaving humans is more efficient than maintaining machinery in a salt-watery world.  What do?
  • Feed by M. T. Anderson
    • A Y.A. novel.  Like Fahrenheit 451 but more on a Google Glass level.  I read this in high school and thought it should have been required reading.
  • Oblivion by David Foster Wallace
    • Literary short fiction.  Do you like sentences?  Ya like parentheticals?  Big long stringy syntax?  But crunchy.  Nomnomnom. 
      • Now after the second botched procedure even dark glasses were no longer of much help as there was still the matter of the gaping mouth and mandibular distention and protrudant tendons and so forth.
  • Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
    • Here's some wacky, magically-surreal Argentinian stuff.  There's one in here about a very large library containing every possible sentence.  There's one in here about a map that becomes so detailed that it is the land.  There's one in here about a very detailed entry in just one printing of an encyclopedia about a place that seems not to actually exist, but doesn't it sound cool.
  • Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
    • Literary short fiction.  Short stories that caused me, at times, to laugh out loud, to the point of crying, while in public.  Lorrie Moore is the master of the simile.  I wanted to use a simile in that sentence just now but I feel I couldn't do her justice. 
      • "I think I'm hard of hearing," he said. / "I think I'm hard of talking," she said.