Posts by: Chris Lites

The Shining Girls

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

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Beukes, who gained recognition for the literary science-fiction noir Zoo City, is a South African writer fostering the gradual recognition that science fiction and literary fiction can be at least neighbors if not actual housemates. The Shining Girls offers the reader a time-traveling serial killer stalking his victims through Chicago from the Great Depression to the early 90s. Via the properties of a mysterious house which seemingly exists outside of time, Harper Curtis, the novel’s antagonist, is able to pass between eras freely.

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You

You by Austin Grossman

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The last pages of You by Austin Grossman recount a timeline of video game history. This timeline ends in March 2008 with the death of Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons & Dragons. While You is a novel set in the world of video game design, D&D, the first role-playing game played on a table with friends and strange sided dice, it suggests the beginning of an age we’re only starting to understand.

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