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I have a bachelor's in writing and a master's in literature, which has created a real dislike for purely academic and educational interpretations of literary works. A book is good not because it meets some literary requirement, can be analyzed to death, or whatever, but because you enjoy it when you start, you enjoy it while reading it, and when you're done with it you still enjoy it. The best books are those that make you feel better when you reach the end, regardless of whether or not they survive "the test of time." I've read and enjoyed books from just about every genre, and believe that a good story with good characters (even ones you nejoy not liking) is the best kind of story.

Unlike most guys, I actually find cats to be good pets. T...more

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Steven Gregory First, read. Read many books in the area you are interested in. Find what you like about them and don't like. Then write. Then read what you wrote as…moreFirst, read. Read many books in the area you are interested in. Find what you like about them and don't like. Then write. Then read what you wrote as if you were a reader. Then rewrite. Wash, rinse, repeat until you are satisfied. Then have someone else you trust read it. When everyone is satisfied, go for it!(less)
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The Lion's Drum, A Retellin...
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We are meant to laugh. At a bare minimum, we should laugh every day. A couple times a day wouldn't be bad either. Why? Well, without getting too technical, it's because our bodies and minds are better when we laugh. You can read all the studies about endorphins and stress release, people being healed through laughter, and even about the laughing clubs that exist (yes, really). But you really do... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 18, 2014 20:09 • 15 views • Tags: fairy-tales, folk-tales, folktales, happily-ever-after, happiness, happy, laughing, laughter, smile, smiling, wisdom

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A Spell of Vengeance by D.B. Jackson
" Seasoned speculative fiction author D. B. Jackson is also a PhD. in history, and his Thieftaker Chronicles series allows him to blend those two interests. This e-story was written, and published online, as a sort of appetizer and prequel before th... " Read more of this review »
Real Dangerous Girl by K.W. Jeter
" It's no secret that where fictional heroines are concerned, I have a special fondness for those at the more kick-butt end of the spectrum. When I read a glowing review, by one of my Goodreads friends, of this novel (who went on to glowingly review... " Read more of this review »
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The Island of Whispers by Brendan Gisby
The Island of Whispers
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Based on the blurb one would assume that this book is a combination of Adams' "Watership Down" and Orwell's "Animal Farm" (or perhaps "1984" as I first did, but how rats would use technology to spy on each other was beyond me). And because of that bl...more
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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With many classics, you have to consider the time period to fully understand that work within its context. Not so with this book. "Don Quixote" is 17th century slapstick at some of its finest, but it's a little too drawn out at the end and, as expect...more
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up by Julia Eccleshare
" 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up is a good, useable reference guide (and book selection tool) for both English language and international children's books (while I generally agree with most of the inclusions, I would likely h... " Read more of this review »
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Books fall open, you fall in.David T.W. McCord
Valley So Low by Manly Wade Wellman
" Note, July 18, 2014: I've just corrected a one-letter typo I found in this review. (Doggone it; I thought I'd proofread the thing to start with! :-) )

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“The stories told by ancient peoples from which we are descended have managed to put into pleasant and entertaining words what we’ve been repeating ever since in living rooms, courts, churches, and therapy sessions. The “life tips” that we seek have been there for us all along.”
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“The fight is not always to the strongest nor the race always to the swiftest. And even if the playing field is not level, the "little guy" is going to win every now and again.”
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“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point

“All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.”
Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow
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“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”
Aldous Huxley

“Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.”
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

“When I was alive, I believed — as you do — that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said 'one o'clock' as though I could see it, and 'Monday' as though I could find it on the map; and I let myself be hurried along from minute to minute, day to day, year to year, as though I were actually moving from one place to another. Like everyone else, I lived in a house bricked up with seconds and minutes, weekends and New Year's Days, and I never went outside until I died, because there was no other door. Now I know that I could have walked through the walls. (...) You can strike your own time, and start the count anywhere. When you understand that — then any time at all will be the right time for you.”
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

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