“I don’t inhabit the real world. I live in a universe of mummies, vampires, werewolves, monsters, femme fatales, private detectives, mysterious women, demons from abyssal regions and beyond. I am accompanied by four cats and a crow, with whom I talk at length. In my world it is always night and the streets are dark…

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High-density insanity. (5 stars) “Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.” High-Rise is an stupendous book about how the increasing density of our cities could lead to mass insanity. The…

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A classic homage and satire of cyberpunk (4 stars) A cyberpunk classic, Snow Crash is a bizarre combination of sci fi, religion, computation, history, linguistic and action. Stranger still, it works. The story follows Hiro Protagonist, a hacker, swordsman and pizza delivery guy for the mafia. He ends up allying himself to Y. T., a…

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First makes you laugh and then makes you think (5 stars) “There is more than one way not to read, the most radical of which is not to open a book at all.” That first sentence already sets the ironic tone of this book about our love of non-reading. Behind the joke of “How to…

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