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The Dreamers

By Karen Thompson Walker, A disappointing novel about an epidemic in a college town

Early on in the The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker, two college students discuss the Trolley Problem, a very popular thought experiment in ethical decision-making. It’s a scenario (would you kill one person to save five?) that has made its rounds again and again in academics, pop culture and in meme form, sometimes referred to …

              

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline, A nostalgic romp but only for geeky white dudes

The Spielberg trailer for the upcoming Ready Player One movie was recently released, so I knew I needed to finally read this book that had been quietly collecting dust on my shelf for the last few years. If Willy Wonka loved the 80s and video games instead of candy, the result would be this book. …

                          

Good Omens

By Neil Gaiman, A Comedic, Apocalyptic, Wonderful, Beloved Novel

“I mean, pointing out the Tree and saying ‘Don’t Touch’ in big letters. Not very subtle, is it? I mean, why not put it on top of a high mountain or a long way off? Makes you wonder what He’s really planning.” I recently found myself wanting some sort of inspiration (and faced with a …