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Nicholas Merlin Karpuk

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Please Note: If you are an author friending people so you can try to sell your book, please leave me be. I normally read your samples when these requests come in, and I am seldom impressed. Such behavior is the mark of a desperate author

I read a lot mostly because it's my favorite way to cope with any sort of waiting I might have to do.

There aren't many people I can talk to about reading, and I lack the social skills to locate a book club in Denver, so I figure all these thoughts about what I'm reading have to go somewhere, so why not into a forum so elegantly designed for such things.

On rating, I probably come off as a bit harsh, but I figure they give me a scale of 1 to 5, so I should use the whole thing.

1 Star - Failure
2 Stars - Failure...more


Average rating: 4.70 · 67 ratings · 26 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
The Bane of Yoto
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Found
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
read in April, 2014
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Purchasing the Humble Audiobook bundle has taken me down some literary rabbit holes that I wouldn't have otherwise gone. This one in particular left me with the feeling of "this really doesn't seem to be for me."

To be fair, I'm a person who consumes...more
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by Craig Thompson
read in October, 2011
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I couldn't review this book until I came up with a suitably convoluted metaphor:

This book is like being hit by a pillow shot by artillery at great range. There's a lot of noise on delivery, it takes forever to hit you, and when you do there's a lot o...more
Nicholas Karpuk is 85% done with A Dance with Dragons: The amount I have left is still the length of an entire Hunger Games book.
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The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich
The Orange Eats Creeps
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read in April, 2014
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I gave up on this audiobook only a few chapters from the end. I felt not so much that I surrendered as that I had filled up on prose to the point where it threatened to spill over. Also, by that point I was rolling my eyes so much they threatened to...more
Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper
Demons of the Ocean
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read in April, 2014
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A plot point fairly early on in the first book of Vampirates where the tone very clearly shifts, and in some ways it feels like a mission statement for everything that follows.

The first couple chapters have a children's story quality to them, somethi...more
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Abandon by Meg Cabot
Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)
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There's a certain kind of YA romance, Twilight being the main example, where the love interests have such a selfish, self-aborbed nature that they actually end up becoming the villains of their own story.

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This book had a strong feeling of, "Sooooooo, what the hell do we do now?"

The first half of the book seems to meander, grabbing on to direction in spurts but never really maintaining any momentum. Two different sections of the story seem like they're...more
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Kurt Vonnegut
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Thomas Paine
“Time makes more converts than reason.”
Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Neal Stephenson
“The difference between stupid and intelligent people -- and this is true whether or not they are well-educated -- is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambigous or even contradictory situations -- in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward.”
Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age

Harlan Ellison
“If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.”
Harlan Ellison

“and to all those who take your reviews very, VERY seriously, listen carefully now.

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that whisking sound you hear is thousands of giddy 10th grade english students copying and pasting your eloquent summary of t.s. elliot's "sound and fury" into their newly finished research papers! :D ”
― Erin




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message 4: by C

C Sassy, huh? lol Thanks for the invite! :)


Nicholas Karpuk Colin wrote: "Hey, Nick, have you read Stitches? I saw it at King Soopers (of all places) the other night, saw the fancy medal on the cover, enjoyed a bit of it, and wondered what you thought. Bobby gave it a go..."

No, but it's now on my wishlist.


message 2: by Colin

Colin McKay Miller Hey, Nick, have you read Stitches? I saw it at King Soopers (of all places) the other night, saw the fancy medal on the cover, enjoyed a bit of it, and wondered what you thought. Bobby gave it a good review,


message 1: by Colin

Colin McKay Miller Glad you made it here, mate. Beware, Goodreads is the land where everyone insists on mostly four- and five-star ratings. I have a hard time convincing people that a three-star rating is actually a recommended book.

Most people won't read your reviews, which is a shame, because you've got a good mind and it translates to your criticism. So it is. I still like reviewing books. It takes a different level of thinking.


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