Review: Cities of the Red Night by William S. Burroughs

“Who was I? The stranger was footsteps in the snow a long time ago.”
~William S. Burroughs, Cities of the Red Night

Plot summary

“An opium addict is lost in the jungle; young men wage war against an empire of mutants; a handsome young pirate faces his execution; and the world’s population is infected with a radioactive epidemic. These stories are woven together in a single tale of mayhem and chaos.

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Review: Tale of the Forest Folk by Veikko Huovinen

Conifer cone. Photo: Public Domain
Conifer cone. Photo: Public Domain

“Miksi ne siten lisäsivät pituuttaan ja paksuuttaan, pidensivät juuriverkostoaan ja ottivat kesästä irti kaiken minkä suinkin saivat. Ne eivät kerro, niillä ei ole suuta joka sanoisi eikä kieltä jota me ymmärtäisimme.”
~Veikko Huovinen, Puukansan tarina

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Review: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick

“Reality denied comes back to haunt.”
~Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Plot summary

“Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said grapples with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for – identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopia – in a rollicking chase story that earned the novel the John W. Campbell Award and nominations for the Hugo and Nebula.

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Review: The Zone – A Prison Camp Guard’s Story by Sergei Dovlatov

“The world in which I found myself was horrifying. In that world, people fought with sharpened rasp files, ate dogs, covered their faces with tattoos and sodomized goats. In that world, people killed for a package of tea.”
~Sergei Dovlatov, The Zone: A Prison Camp Guard’s Story

Plot summary

“Written in Sergei Dovlatov’s unique voice and unmatched style, The Zone is a satirical novelization of Dovlatov’s time as a prison guard for the Soviet Army in the early 1960s.

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Listopia: Best of Finnish Fiction

“You must go on a long journey before you can really find out how wonderful home is.”
~Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland

Moikka! I could not help but check out the list on Finnish fiction on Goodreads. Check out the Top 25 list below.

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Review: A Russian Journal by John Steinbeck

“In Russia it is always the future that is thought of. It is the crops next year, it is the comfort that will come in ten years, it is the clothes that will be made very soon. If ever a people took its energy from hope, it is the Russian people.”
~John Steinbeck, A Russian Journal

Plot summary

“Steinbeck and Capa’s account of their journey through Cold War Russia is a classic piece of reportage and travel writing. Just after the Iron Curtain fell on Eastern Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune.

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Review: Red Dwarf – Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Grant Naylor

“Your explanation for anything slightly odd is aliens,’ said Lister. ‘You lose your keys, it’s aliens. A picture falls off the wall, it’s aliens. That time we used up a whole bog roll in a day, you thought that was aliens.”
~Grant Naylor, Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

Plot summary

“When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns [sic!] moons, wearing a lady’s pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of ‘Emily Berkenstein’.
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