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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 Paperback – October 2, 2012
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While the 'Best American Front Section' which starts this series is normally entertaining, this year's was boring as it was dominated by material related to the occupy movement; I enjoyed the weird excerpts from the minutes of the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street though. Some of the short stories were entertaining (particularly Judy Budnitz's 'Tin Man'), but most were over-written and failed to ring true ('The Street of the House of the Sun' by Michael Poore was particularly bad). The graphic short story on "Hortisculpture" was lengthy and dull, and I gave up on it half way though.
All up, while the high standard of the non-fiction articles and some of the short stories make this a worthwhile purchase, it hasn't maintained the excellent standard set by previous editions.
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The problem with letting my kindle read this book to me, is that I often have to go back and read them over again.Published on May 24, 2013 by TinyWanda
Tryed but I could not finish it No wonder they are not required reading. They were boring, real sleepers, waste of timePublished on April 10, 2013 by preachereast
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