A Trip to the StarsA Trip to the Stars by Nicholas Christopher
My rating: 5/5 cats
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this is the closest thing to a one-size-fits-all book that i’ve ever come across. whenever someone asks me for “something good,” “i don’t know, just with a good story,” “whatever,” i just give them this. even when they are much more helpful with what they are looking for—i give them this. and i have had a number of people come back and tell me how much they loved it, and do i have anything else like it. that’s the problem. i don’t. there are shades of it in other books—millhauser, harington, carroll. all are amazing authors who have elements of what is successful in this book in them, and are probably better authors overall, but this book has something i’m not able to pin down that just makes it so satisfying and engrossing. and he has not been able to do it again. stay far far away from Veronica, because it is not good. The Bestiary started out very good, but was not even close to the way this book gives the shivers. this book is strong on all fronts: character, plot, style. it’s a book i definitely need to revisit, and i think a good book for fall. and if you buy it from union square this month, lesley can win her own staffie!

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