“I Shot the Buddha” by Colin Cotterill – Guide the Monk to Truth and Safety

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It is estimated that somewhere around six hundred people disappear on a daily basis around the world, with over 4,432,880 people having vanished in the last twenty years. While it is true that in many cases the people around found and returned safely, there are many others that continue to haunt their friends and relatives for years, if not decades.

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“Moonglow” by Michael Chabon – An Unlikely Life in Extraordinary Times

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The idea that taking a life is to extinguish an entire world isn’t a new one and definitely has some basis in logic and reality. While it might seem that people can be divided into large groups based on their many common experiences, the deeper you look into anyone’s life, the more it becomes apparent that the things they’ve lived through, their order and timing are all so unique that finding two people who have literally nothing to teach each other would be an extraordinary coincidence. While countless such worlds have and will be lost in time, we still persevere in preserving them any way we can, if only for their exclusivity.

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“Conclave” by Robert Harris – The Holy Election Behind Closed Doors

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The Catholic Church doesn’t nearly have as much influence over the affairs of the world as it used to, but nevertheless they remain a powerful presence with over two billion adherents around the world. For a lot of us, what goes on in the Vatican feels more symbolic than anything else, with the pope just being an exemplary figure of virtue at most.

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“Red Rising Trilogy” by Pierce Brown – Ascend from Ignorance into the Light

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You know with utmost certainty who you are, how the world works, and what social class you belong to. Most things seem to make sense as you know what your reason to live is, whether it’s just seeking pleasure or dedicating your life to the greater good.

If we look at who exactly runs things on this planet, we’ll end up following a long chain of command that takes us to the elite class; the incredibly wealthy businessmen and politicians who have enough influence to say what happens and what doesn’t.

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“Foucault’s Pendulum” by Umberto Eco – Meet the Millennium’s Greatest Hoaxers

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The world has never been short on ridiculous conspiracies and otherworldly claims, mostly because we have an inexplicable urge to believe in the absurd and make fools out of ourselves time and time again.

We’ve fallen for the old-timey Photoshop equivalent the Loch Ness Monster, pictures of the blurry creature known as Bigfoot, and even now we’re starting to think that the Voynich Manuscript is a bunch of gibberish that we’ve taken too seriously because we can’t stand the thought of making unimportant discoveries. However, none of these hoaxes can come even remotely close to what three Milanese editors manage to cook up what is perhaps Umberto Eco’s most famous work, Foucault’s Pendulum.

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