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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Annie Dillard
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories
Karen Russell
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Claire North
Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them
Joshua Greene
The Wisdom Of The Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life
Luc Ferry


Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay Tigana explored some cool ideas and developed conflicts that made for an interesting story. However, the story always pulled away from those conflicts before they could fully establish serious tension or fully develop characters. I constantly felt as though a great setup was being put in place, but then the drama never got a chance to unfold in action commensurate to expectations put in place by that setup. In most cases the characters were all much too reasonable and logical, never playing out the brutal consequences of their ethnic and familial loyalties.

I do sometimes enjoy a "just for fun" read in which conflicts aren't too serious and are easily resolved. But when a story sets up deep-seated, heart-rending conflict, then resolves them too easily, I'm left feeling a little disappointed.