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The New Canon: London Fields by Martin Amis

Imagine a mystery where the victim figures out who will commit the murder long before the killer realizes it himself. Read More »

The New Canon: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The story of a war must be a large story, no? Not if the author is Tim O'Brien. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Neuromancer by William Gibson

Neuromancer anticipated cyberspace years before the World Wide Web, but that may be the least of this book's virtues. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury tries to write a horror novel, but it may be too beautifully written to be scary Read More »

Book Review: Fun with Problems by Robert Stone

The characters in Robert Stone's Fun with Problems seem to suffer from having too much fun with their problems. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

Jules Verne took the old story of a trip to the underworld and gave it a new, scientific twist. Read More »

Book Review: Point Omega by Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo's latest novel opens as a meditation on film-making, but finds tragedy in moments when no camera is watching. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

With Hollywood looking over his shoulder, Arthur C. Clarke produced a classic. Read More »

The New Canon: Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco

In his follow-up to the bestselling The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco offers the mother of all conspiracy novels. Read More »

Book Review: The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

How do you deal with a medical condition when it doesn't even have a name? Read More »