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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks

Mason & Dixon

Mason & Dixon - Thomas Pynchon I liked this most of the books by Pynchon I've read so far. There's some genuinely beautiful writing in there, and the personal odysseys of the characters are all the more compelling for being refracted through a kind of mad inventive genius that is able to blend 'realism' quite seamlessly with the fantastic and supernatural. "Is able to"... but it doesn't always quite manage it: it isn't as compelling as it could be in some places, and there are quite a few scenes that still ring cheap and pretentious... but all in all, it seems to me to be a much more mature work than the other Pynchon novels I've read.

And I particularly enjoyed that bit towards the end where Mason recounts his travel on a ship transporting lamb carcasses.