The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

It opens with a quote from Galactus. It has shoutouts to Dejah Thoris, ringwraiths and the Bene Gesserit. It has a man without a face (Sapphire and Steel? Dr. Doom?). Its title leaves you in no doubt the protagonist dies.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: the book I thought I would never finish, because my breath would catch in my throat after every chapter, so much that I needed to tuck the book away under a pillow, or another book. To be able to write like that, sinverguencería jamming with The Watchmen, platanos maduros con nerdery and unwanted virginity – what a gift.

  • Jenny Ortuoste

    Hi Leigh! One of these days we must talk about science fiction. You’re the only person I know who also knows about Dejah Thoris (ERB), ringwraiths (LOTR), and the Bene Gesserit (Dune). I’ve met a few other SF readers but they’d have read or heard about one or the other, but not all.

    I should read this book sometime.

  • Leigh Reyes

    I’ll lend you mine, if you like. My sister doesn’t want to read it. She said, “But the hero dies! It says so right there.” And I said, “How can you be bothered by the hero dying? All you read is horror novels. Everyone dies.” She said, “But that’s not real.” Go figure. 🙂