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A Good Place To Start

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Motherless Brooklyn 3
The Fortress of Solitude 1
Gun, With Occasional Music 1

A Bad Place To Start

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Motherless Brooklyn 1
Amnesia Moon 1
Girl in Landscape 1
Men and Cartoons: Stories 1

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Jonathan Lethem

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mokin March 21st, 2007 04:52 AM PST

Jonathan Lethem can't be pinned down. His books can be a mish-mash of genres, including hard-boiled detectives, science fiction, superheroes, and westerns. Motherless Brooklyn is a great place to start, as it's one of his more accessible books. It's about a man with Tourette's syndrome who becomes involved in a mystery that has links to his childhood spent in an orphanage.

If you're interested in something with more of a science-fiction bent, you can't go wrong with Gun, With Occasional Music or Girl in Landscape.

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