* Communion Town by Sam Thompson

Are you feeling happy? Overly optimistic, perhaps? Hopeful about the future? Read Communion Town: A City in Ten Chapters and you will feel better, I mean, worse. In the unnamed town monsters come out at night, the rich ruthlessly exploit the poor, and robots have taken over. There’s no love, or even respect or decency. Even the one rather normal chapter about a detective quest turns out to be trickery. (I don’t feel too bad about giving that one away — I doubt my warm recommendation will encourage you to read the book…)

I’m not sure why dystopian novels are so popular these days. Isn’t it easy enough to get enough dystopia by just listening to the news?

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