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The Block

A blog for authors and readers by publishers. By Wordsmack - a South African speculative science fiction publisher. Wordsmack accepts short stories, novellas and novels on a year-long submissions basis.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz My main problem with this book was that I felt like I needed a dictionary. And not just a Spanish dictionary, but a Domincan Republic slang dictionary. Also, if I hadn't read quite a bit of fantasy, I would have missed a lot of references and jokes. The story and characters are brilliant, but it's written in such a way that it is very hard to read. It's almost childish in a way. It should have been edited with a wider audience in mind.