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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
The Courts of Chaos (Amber Chronicles, #5) - Roger Zelazny Interesting when suggestive of the antecedent inscription of reality (44-46), but otherwise a mess, both in this installment and as to the series.

Difficult to discern here what happened, or why things were happening, or the effects of the happenings. Numinous objects important to the series are unexplained; the central non-familial antagonists are unexplained; certain pseudo-mythic associations, such as the appearance of a talking Yggdrasil, are unexplained.

Overall, the first Amber sequence strikes me as substantially overrated.