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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.

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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 • 37 views • Tags: fairy-tales, folk-tales, folktales, happily-ever-after, happiness, happy, laughing, laughter, smile, smiling, wisdom

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Steven and 18 other people liked Werner's review of Jane Eyre:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
"Recent discussion in one of my groups about both this book and Wuthering Heights (written by one of this author's sisters) prompted me to review the latter book a few days ago; so I thought it was high time I reviewed this one as well. My long del..." Read more of this review »
Steven and 9 other people liked Manybooks's review of Coral Reefs:
Coral Reefs by Jason Chin
"An effective and novel introduction to the nature and ecology of coral reefs, this exquisite picture book, written and illustrated by Jason Chin, is both engaging and informative, presenting not only general and specific information and details ab..." Read more of this review »
Heaven, Heroes and Happiness by Shan M.M. Winn
"Heaven, Heroes and Happiness is truly one of the best beginner level books on Indo-European culture/society I have encountered, have read to date (both informative and engaging, written in a readable, delightfully unacademic style). Highly recomme..." Read more of this review »
House of Blades by Will Wight
" Have to agree with you. Not that authors don't know how they want lines said or whatnot, but there's a reason there are professional audio book reader ...more "
The Wicked Fairy Wife by Mary Alice Downie
"A French Canadian folktale retelling by Mary Alice Downie, The Wicked Fairy Wife is, unfortunately, not a tale that I particularly enjoyed reading. I have rated it 3.0 stars, as it is generally well conceptualised, but if half stars were possible,..." Read more of this review »
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
" Another great review, Werner! Like so many others, this book has been on my "read before I die" list for a long time, but I have a hard time slogging ...more "
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To Live and Die Among Immortals by J.P. Smug
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Normally I do not write reviews of books for people I know, but I know this author and upon seeing the first review, had to add my bit to it and balance the rating out a bit.

The plot is as the first reviewer and the summary describe. Selvias is rescu
Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
" Awesome review! I have a long-time friend who has a son with autism as well as a nephew with Down's, and your adding your own personal viewpoint on ho ...more "
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The Book of Deacon by Joseph R. Lallo
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I actually got the entire anthology of this series as an ebook, but as I just finished this one (the first in the anthology) I thought it a good idea to rate this separately and then, perhaps, rate the entire anthology when/if I finish it. The book ( ...more
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When one talks about the "Golden Age" of science fiction, many authors come to mind, including Andre Alice Norton. While her books are dated and weren't "hard" science fiction (you're not going to get three pages of why the shielding on a spaceship r ...more
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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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