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Brian Sweany rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A New Christianity for a New World by John Shelby Spong
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Spong's books have their flaws to be sure. As many reviewers have pointed out, his tone can be ham-handed and adversarial, some of what he says is little more than rehashed Unitarianism, he often tries to structure a logical argument within seemingly...more
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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
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GRACELING tells the story of Katsa, a sort of medieval Buffy who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to telepathy to meteorology. Katsa’s is killing, or at least so we're led to...more
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The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat
The Dew Breaker
by Edwidge Danticat
read in March, 2004
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Much like Tim O'Brien's THE THINGS THEY CARRIED, this book lingers in that nebulous hinterland between short story and novel where few writers have the gumption or the ability to tread. Each chapter is a self-contained story, with divergent and seemi...more
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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
by Samantha Shannon (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2013
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If I could have tuned out all the white noise from critics before I read this book, I feel like I might have enjoyed it a little better. "The next Harry Potter" it is not. Orwellian maybe, Burgess not quite, Bronte...uh, let's take it easy, people. T...more
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Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
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I bought Tony Horwitz's CONFEDERATES IN THE ATTIC around the Fourth of July holiday at the Fort Macon gift shop while my family and I waited out a thunderstorm that was rolling through the Southern Outer Banks. Later that night, as I read the book co...more
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
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To the extent Dave Eggers' A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS can be legitimately considered a memoir, DON'T LET'S GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT is either my #1 favorite memoir of the new millennium or at worst #2. In DON'T LET'S GO TO THE DOGS TONIG...more
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The Privileges by Jonathan  Dee
The Privileges
by Jonathan Dee
read in February, 2010
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Smart, socially gifted, and chronically impatient, Adam and Cynthia Morey are so perfect for each other that united they become a kind of fortress against the world. In their hurry to start a new life, they marry young and have two children before Cy...more
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The Privileges by Jonathan  Dee
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Machine of Death by Ryan North
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Two words to describe this book: ALL BALLS.

A few years ago the editors of this sci-fi anthology conceived of a marketing scheme called "MOD-Day,” one day in which they would encourage everybody they knew to buy MACHINE OF DEATH from Amazon all at onc...more
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