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BY SEAM CLARK

[In this feature, we highlight a handful of the best book reviews appearing over the weekend in major newspapers. Follow it here.]

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Room, by Emma Donoghue, reviewed by Aimee Bender (New York Times)

I included a book trailer to this book in my last installment of this feature. This book intrigues me; it looks to do some interesting stuff with narrator and perspective. And it looks kinda creepy. This review is definitely worth reading in its own right, as Bender is no slouch of a writer herself.

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Zero History, by William Gibson, interviewed by Douglas Gorney (The Atlantic)

Nico mentioned this novel last time, but I wanted to point this out anyway. Rather than a review, this is an interview with the legendary sci-fi writer. I actually haven’t read very much of Gibson’s writing, but he still fascinates me. He’s got a very particular and insightful way of looking at the world, and this new book seems to express this nicely. All and all an intriguing interview, whether you are the type to read a book like Neuromancer or not.

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Dogfight, A Love Story, by Matt Burgess, reviewed by Max Ross (Star-Tribune)

Whether Ross came up with it or a Star-Tribune editor did, the title of this review, “A Pro’s Prose,” is clever. And I want to believe Ross in his praise of Burgess’s writing, because as he describes it, this book sounds like it plays in the same ballpark as Junot Diaz’s excellent The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.  And that’s high praise for a debut novelist. Here’s a snippet of what he says:

The following are consolidated into a single plot: drugs, dogs, “Street Fighter 2,” the Mets/Yankees rivalry, the Nas/Jay-Z rivalry, McDonald’s infuriating late-night drive-thru policies, and a gun. The main story is that Alfredo’s brother, Tariq, is being released from prison, and Alfredo must steal a pit bull for Tariq, so that he can participate in a dogfight. The plot is fun, original, addictive and totally negligible. The real draw is Burgess’ prose.

I’ll probably give this book a shot.

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As a bonus this week, here’s a sweet book trailer:

Zombies vs Unicorns Anthology Book Trailer from cosproductions on Vimeo.

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