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Stories of Your Life and Others
Stories of Your Life and Others | Ted Chiang
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Amy Adams. Combining the precision and scientific curiosity of Kim Stanley Robinson with Lorrie Moore's cool, clear love of language and narrative intricacy, this award-winning collection offers readers the dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar. Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden changethe inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of alienswhile striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. In the amazing and much-lauded title story, a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection. A clever pastiche of news reports and interviews chronicles a college's initiative to "turn off" the human ability to recognize beauty in "Liking What You See: A Documentary." With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.
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Vulpixen
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I didn‘t know what to think going into this one, but I loved it. The story is so smart and compelling; I was hooked.

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SpaceCowboyBooks
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Only 2 stories into the book but I already love it. Wonderfully original ideas!

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I loved this collection, but I did get tired of reading the words “foetus” and “megafoetus” in that one story. 2mo
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Ted Chiang‘s short story "Story of Your Life" (in this collection) was the basis of the film Arrival (2016). The stories are precise and I feel like he is a brutal editor of his own work (like he cuts a lot of extraneous writing out during his process). Definitely a fan, I wish he had more work out there.

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BestDogDad
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Mehso-so

I've heard a few Ted Chiang short stories on science fiction podcasts and I enjoyed them. For that reason I was looking forward to reading his first collection. I really enjoyed three of the stories but the other five didn't appeal to me and much of this book felt like a slog. I‘m looking forward to reading his next collection of short fiction, Exhalation, which just came out.

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BestDogDad
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Finished something swampy, something blue, something translated, and something true (but sad) for the #readingenvysummerchallenge #readingenvysummerreading

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Geeklet
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Aww yeah. I kept hitting author names on Hoopla and found out my library had this one available.

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nosferatu
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Excellent stuff that strikes a perfect balance between brainy and entertaining. Reading "Story of your Life" made me love the movie adaptation even more, such an amazing concept...

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sakeriver
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These stories were so good, and what‘s more, they were so varied. They were so good that I don‘t even know what to say about them, they‘re just on a whole other level. Definitely some of the best SF short stories I‘ve read.

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sakeriver
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Stephuhhnieee
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Birthday Barnes and Noble buys 😊😍

Erofan Happy birthday 🎉🎁🎂💐🎈💕 4mo
Stephuhhnieee @Erofan Thanks!!!! 😊😍♥️ 4mo
Lauram Happy Birthday! Netter‘s coloring books were enormously helpful to me when I was studying in the cadaver lab. 4mo
Stephuhhnieee @Lauram Thank you!! ♥️ cadaver lab is goals 😅😂 Beyond interesting! My favorite part of my psychology classes was always studying the brain; so I was in search of a book just on neuroscience...and couldn‘t resist getting a coloring one! I‘ll have to check out the others! 4mo
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shadowspeak17
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#relatable 😅😂

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whippoorwill815
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I think you could have discussions for days about this collection.

So my concise review is this: A brilliant collection of science fiction short stories! Incredibly thought provoking with a huge range of topics and concepts.

Be aware that these are dense stories full of technical terminology. I think it‘s worth it though!

Favorites: Story of Your Life (basis for the movie “Arrival”) and Hell is the Absence of God. Tough to choose.

Stephuhhnieee This has been on my list since the movie came out (looooved the movie so much)... glad to see a “pick” review!! 6mo
whippoorwill815 @Stephuhhnieee I loved the movie too!! And at the time I had no idea it was based on a story. My cousin recommended the whole collection! 6mo
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masofia
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Beautifully written science fiction with a great range of stories and concepts. Chiang creates tech or scientific scenarios that are just plausible enough, arranges them perfectly, and allows the right amount of negative space between them for your imagination to feel the awe and wonder. Story of Your Life, Understand, Divison by Zero, and Hell is the Absence of God are total knock outs.

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KaraDunn
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These stories will haunt you long after you finish reading.

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Emilymdxn
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Probably one of the best short story collections I‘ve ever read! Every single one was breathtaking. I can‘t possibly choose a favourite - every single one was doing crazy new things with genre, mixing science fiction with magic realism in a way I haven‘t seen before. I just wish it were longer!

Soubhiville It was a very diverse read! I just loved the movie, so when a friend gave me the story collection I was excited for it. The other I really loved was the Tower of Babel. 14mo
rwmg I hope he writes a lot more 14mo
Emilymdxn @Soubhiville that might have been my favourite, or Stories of Your Life. It‘s so hard to choose! 14mo
Emilymdxn @rwmg I don‘t know anything at all about what else he‘s written, is there not much else? 14mo
rwmg A couple of short stories on his website and that seems to be it @Emilymdxn 14mo
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rwmg
Arrival | Ted Chiang
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Great, thought-provoking stories

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Tanner
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My 11-year old step-grandbaby introduced me to the movie Arrival, and I was ecstatic that it was based on a short-story - so of course I HAD to go out and buy the book!

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DuckOfDoom
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Thank you @TCLinrow for the #shortstoryswap books!!!
Your picks are perfect! I have wanted to read the Ted Chiang book since I saw Arrival in the Cinema!
@CSeydel now I have to hope my package arrived successfully - I send it two weeks ago, it should be there now!

TCLinrow Yay! I'm glad you liked it 😁💜 1y
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slightlyfoxed
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Finally opened up my #ShortStorySwap box from @shadowspeak17 - what a great assortment! I keep meaning to read more Octavia Butler. And that journal is too cute!

CSeydel Oh good stuff! Thanks for participating 💗 1y
catiewithac Oh that Octavia Butler is on my to read list!! 1y
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kathedron
Arrival | Ted Chiang
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Mehso-so

One of those rare occasions where #themoviewasbetter . There's intriguing and intricate ideas aplenty here but, much as I enjoy thinking, more than that I value being moved by language, character, narrative... to pick up and respond to relational sonar, if you will. Sadly, from that point of view, this collection is as mute as one of his golems. With scant opportunity for emotional engagement these aren't stories so much as thought experiments.

Weaponxgirl The film was amazing! I've been putting off the book as I wasn't sure I could hack it if it was more emotional than the film so thank you for this review. 1y
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kathedron
Arrival | Ted Chiang
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Wait: I need to stare off into space and think about this!

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Tashreads
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June‘s Book Haul #oopsididitagain

JennyM A beautiful stack right there! 📚❤️ 1y
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s a great stack! 👏 1y
BooknerdsLife What a great stack of books!!! 😍😍 1y
Briget66 Man, seeing this reminds me how much I just Love Love Love books!! 1y
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Geeklet
Arrival | Ted Chiang

I‘m lying. I‘m watching the movie but hoooly crap, this movie is so good. I have no idea how it didn‘t win more awards. I definitely need to read the story.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I LOVED this movie!! 1y
Geeklet I gotta admit, I didn‘t like it much the first time I saw it. I think I got frustrated because it was hard for me to understand the scientific concepts. I read about the movie and I grew to really appreciate it. I enjoy it so much more now. 1y
BarbaraJean I loved the movie and the story both! The story is quite different from the movie, but equally fascinating! 1y
wtimblin Loving the books you are digging right now. Definitely my wheelhouse 👏 1y
Geeklet @wtimblin Thanks! I‘ve always been a sci-fi nerd. 1y
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LubicaP
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A very dense collection but worth the effort. These stories will make you think.

Angitron I absolutely loved this book! And totally agree - a dense read, but SO beautiful! 1y
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kathedron
Arrival | Ted Chiang
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I meant to post this #libraryhaul yesterday. And I received a postcard from @squirrelbrain , too. Thanks, Helen; it's nice to hear from you! ❤ #jbuk

Weaponxgirl I've heard of adeline and quite want to read it. Interested in hearing your thoughts on it. 1y
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Slajaunie
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I have been binge watching Hulu/Netflix when I ran across this gem. The movie was called Arrival. The book is tagged above. The movie was moving and inspirational. I can‘t wait until I have time to read the book.

shadowspeak17 The short story is really good! 1y
xicanti I read the story last week and can confirm it's excellent. 1y
LiterRohde Love the short story. It was one of my first posts on Litsy! 1y
Slajaunie @shadowspeak17 @xicanti @LiterRohde I am happy to hear it will be a good read! 1y
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xicanti
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Part of me wants to wax poetic about Ted Chiang while part of me wants to shout, "TED CHIANG IS SO DAMNED GOOD" fifteen times and leave it at that.

Middle ground: Ted Chiang writes intense, focused short fiction packed with math, physics, and magic treated as seriously as any form of real world science, but he doesn't neglect the human element. He's never dry, even at his most academic. You should read him.

emtobiasz That cover is such a great throwback 👍👍 1y
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jen_hayes7
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I was really impressed by this collection of short stories. They were all so different and equally excellent. I‘m hard pressed to even name a favorite. Definitely will pick up anything else Ted Chiang puts out. This fulfilled the #readharder challenge “A book with a cover you hate”. Every cover I‘ve seen for this book has been pretty terrible. Why?! Litsy won‘t let me post photo evidence, so you‘ll just have to believe me. #LitsyAtoZ #S

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xicanti
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I made a peanut butter pie, y'all. #audiobaking

GypsyKat Yum! 1y
xicanti @GypsyKat I haven't tried the full package yet, but the leftover filling was amazing! It's peanut butter, cream cheese, icing sugar, and cool whip. 1y
knittedgnome Oh yum!! That's one of my favorites! 1y
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xicanti @knittedgnome this is the first time I've made it, but I think it's headed for the regular rotation. 1y
InBooksILive Oh my gooooodness 🤤🤤🤤🤤 1y
GypsyKat I have a similar recipe that I use. It‘s delicious! I haven‘t made one in about a year. I‘m thinking I might be due. 😋 1y
quietjenn Yum! I 💙 peanut butter pie. 1y
mrozzz Oooohhhh 😋 1y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk One of my favorite things in the world. 1y
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lorannen

A re-read for book club this month! This one made my top five list for the year in 2016 - we'll see if it does it again!

kgriffith I‘ve been meaning to read this since my first time seeing Arrival, glad it gets your seal of approval 🤓 1y
2BR02B One of my all-time favorite short story collections. Ted Chiang needs to write more! 1y
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LiterRohde
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Read the title story after seeing Arrival. I thought the movie was great, and the short story was even better. While some might feel bogged down by the science, I thought the science in the short story actually enhanced the message. I also read “Hell is the Absence of God” - a really thought provoking take on the Book of Job.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍Hope you enjoy it here! 1y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy! 📚🎉📚 1y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! You will love it here amongst your fellow readers. 1y
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Suelizbeth Welcome to Litsy! 📚❤️ 1y
DebReads4fun Welcome to Litsy! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! Loving your posts so far. 😉👍🏽 1y
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Angitron
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An incredible collection of stories! Thoughtful, smart and heartfelt. Very human sci-fi!

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Finished “Story of Your Life” from this collection of stories by Ted Chiang and now I feel like I need a good cry under a nest of soft blankets. Such a beautiful story (it‘s also the source material for the film Arrival), and one of the most touching pieces of SFF I‘ve encountered. Highly recommended! 💔❤️

NCNY I LOVE this book! 1y
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nelehelen
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4/5
As @CSeydel mentioned, this wasn‘t an easy read but all the stories were so interesting to me. I enjoyed each story (more some than others) because it made me think (think hard) and pushed me outside my comfort zone. I also watched the movie “The Arrival” after I finished this and I enjoyed it! The short story is better IMO but movie was still pretty entertaining.

#LRC
#LRC2018

CSeydel Nice! I had a hard time deciding whether I liked the story or movie better — they really seemed to be trying to do different things. Also I saw the movie before I read the story 😏 1y
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Angitron
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I‘m doing that thing where you just can‘t settle on one read, and instead bounce around from book to book feeling like you‘re not deeply reading any of them. *sigh* At least this one is a library loan, so I can kinda justify starting in on it.

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Panpan

I enjoyed a couple of the stories, but overall not for me.
2/5 #shortstories #fiction #shortstoriesforashortmonth #februaryreads

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nelehelen
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Started this new one for #LRC‘s Short Story Collection by POC Author. Heard great things about it, so pretty excited! I‘m also excited to get out of this small reason slump. Hope this one does it for me... the move and new job have my mind utterly exhausted.

CSeydel Oooh I read some of these stories. They are good — challenging. Not quick reads. But very interesting. You know the movie Arrival was based on a story from this collection? 2y
nelehelen @CSeydel ohhh i had no idea!! Now i gotta watch that movie! 2y
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AKinderman
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Amazing collection of sci-fi short stories

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AKinderman
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I loved Arrival so I'm interested to see how the story reads.

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Anton
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I read the first four stories in this collection, including the one which was the basis for the excellent film Arrival, and none of them really grabbed me. Chiang's characters are too cerebral for me, too fascinated by science for science's sake or in the beauty of mathematics, and I just can't relate. I was reading this to fill time until my library copy of An Unkindness of Ghosts came in but I had thought I might finish it later. I doubt I will.

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My favorite book-to-screen adaptation is actually short story-to-screen. Mostly I just love the movie. #24in48

TheBookStacker Arrival is such a fantastic movie I love it so much 2y
ContraryMary I had no idea this was a short story first, I loved the movie! 2y
ephemeralwaltz Very interesting movie - I should read the short story 2y
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kgriffith
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Long-distance film date with Professor McHottiePants for my class tomorrow. Prompt:
Best Film of all time that everyone should see once in their life
Create a Discussion Thread that details your choice. What did you like about the film? Why is it such a good film? Why is it better than other films? What specifically do you remember liking when you watched this film and what would you like others to get out of the experience? @keggergoldy

keggergoldy More film dates. Always with the film dates. 2y
kgriffith @keggergoldy Yes, please. 😘😍🤓 2y
Dogearedcopy ‘Bladerunner‘ - I could write a freaking book about that movie, conduct a semester long course on it, or just talk about it until the cows come home! 😜 (edited) 2y
kgriffith @Dogearedcopy I‘ve never seen it 🤭 2y
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Oblomov26
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I loved Arrival which was based on the title story within this collection, it was one of those smart sci-fi movie which is so rare these day. Now I have read the entire collection all I can say is wow, why did I not find the earlier. A wonderful collection of stories each a polished gem covering a diverse range of subjects; Kabbalists and Gollums in an alternate England, God and Archangels, the Tower of Babel, human beauty and its implications.

Suet624 Sounds great! Stacked. 2y
amvs1111 Forgot this was on my tbr list. Thanks for the reminder! 2y
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Wow Chiang is a great writer. The above quote is from “Hell is the absence of god” in which he investigates how terrifying this thought can be.

BarbaraJean This is such a fantastic short story collection. So many thought-provoking pieces. 2y
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Thought-provoking and beautifully written. I enjoyed this collection very much. The technical scientific stuff was a bit much for me at times, but it didn‘t take away much from my enjoyment.

My favorites: Story of Your Life, Liking What You See: A Documentary, and Hell is the Absence of God

#POCauthor #Booked2018

Cinfhen I'm always searching for good short story collections😊glad to discover this one! 2y
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shadowspeak17
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I have selected my #firstbook of 2018! 😃

#FirstReadOfTheYear #JanInBooks18

Reviewsbylola Looks like a good one to kick off the year with! 2y
Knightingale I loved that one. Great writing. 2y
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shadowspeak17
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These are the books I‘m (currently 😂) deciding between for my #firstbook of 2018. I‘m leaning toward Stories of Your Life and Others, but that could change.

Reviewsbylola The only one I‘ve read in full is Mango, which I absolutely hated. I‘m in the minority though. The Shelley I‘ve read bits and pieces of. She has always fascinated me. 2y
shadowspeak17 @Reviewsbylola Haha, everyone I know who‘s read Mango hasn‘t liked it either, so I thought I was in the minority for actually liking it. 😂 That‘s part of why I want to read it again. It‘s been so long since I read it the first time, I wonder if I‘ll still like it as much as I did back when I first read it in middle school. 2y
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These could change, but for now my top 5 #2018reads are (in no particular order):

1. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L‘Engle
3. The Familiar v. 6 by Mark Z. Danielewski
4. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
5. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

OSChamberlain Yess!!! I also will make it a point to finally get my hands on a hardcover copy of A Little Life to read next year! 2y
2BR02B Stories of Your Life is fantastic. ❤ 2y
CharissaWeaksAuthor Ooooooh. I didn't know this spawned The Arrival! I have to read it! Thanks for sharing your list! 2y
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