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science fiction, new weird, old weird, very weird - and everything else

not always save for work. never nice.

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The Honourable Schoolboy
John le Carré
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Catch 22 (SZ-Bibliothek, #73)

Catch 22 (SZ-Bibliothek, #73) - Joseph Heller Catch-22 is THE novel about War - and rightly so.
Grotesque, absurd, sometimes hilarious, sometimes annoyingly repetitive, sometimes heart-wrenching.

It's a caricature on warfare, on the bureaucracy of war, a screwball-comedy with the terrors shining through.
And although his protagonists are conceptionalised stereotypes, Heller made me feel for them, creating a surprising emotional impact - no, I don't read to be emotionally invested in characters or for emotional impact in general. But I believe that good authors manage to keep you interested in their characters and letting you see the bigger picture at the same time. Heller manages.