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The Fixer
Bernard Malamud, Jonathan Safran Foer
The Wayward Bus
John Steinbeck

The Phantom of the Opera (Signet classics)

The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux, Max Byrd this was fun, well written, and engaging. and a thousand times better and less offensive than the musical production. all of the romanticizing of stalking that the musical does is gone here - he's described as a monster, and while some characters have compassion for him, that's because it's realistic. he's evil because of his past and how his experiences have made him that way, and that's worth feeling compassionate about. and it doesn't excuse his kidnapping of the woman, which is made into some kind of romantic gesture in the play. definitely a good read, and one that exceeded my expectations.