Forgot to mention I finished Everything Illuminated. I'm on the fence about it. Clever structure but it wears thin towards the end, which is unfortunate because that's when the best actual writing occurs. Linguistic play ala Burgess, but again, doesn't remain consistent. Fairly interesting characters with playful quirks (a grandfather who says he's blind yet reads and drives a car), and magic realism conjuring Marquez. Never take on the masters - though Foer perhaps anticipates this criticism by having "the hero" speak about imitation. All in all, entertaining and I'd recommend it if you want a leisurely read. It'll make you laugh, cry - you know the drill.