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I was just looking at my vast pile of books that have been read but not shelved — it goes back about four years now — and aside from Moby Dick it turns out that I haven’t read a new piece of fiction for nearly 12 months. Actually, scratch that. I know I have a Charles Stross book on my Kindle that I read last spring. So that’s one new piece of fiction in the last year.

This is bad. I need recommendations. Good new nonfiction is fine too, but really, I need to dive back into some fiction. Help me out. What have you read and enjoyed lately?

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