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Middlemarch: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Reviews and Criticism (A Norton Critical Edition)
Bert G. Hornback, George Eliot
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
Stories from The Hugo Winners 1962-1967 - Isaac Asimov, Jack Vance, Poul Anderson, Gordon R. Dickson, Harlan Ellison, Larry Niven Mix of memorable shorts & novellas here. The two Vance pieces appear to be Anything-Goes concoctions of science fiction & fantasy, wherein each we're led to sympathize with a deplorable ruling class, though it's not unambiguous. Anderson's is post-apocalyptic with fascistic protagonists and benevolent aliens. Dickson's is something of an evolutionary thriller, with military elements, and an improbable schwerpunkt. Ellison's short is like Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron," just with a different central absurdity. Niven's short is a pleasant little astronomy lesson.

Asimov's editorial remarks are appropriately comical & ironically self-derogatory.

Nothing godsawful, probably should be read by speculative fiction readers.