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Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
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The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)
by Dan Simmons
recommended for: Fans of "Mass Effect"
read in June, 2013
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Deeply satisfying. The Fall of Hyperion departs from its predecessor's story-telling tack and goes for a straightforward run-through of the final days of the Hegemony of Man/WordWeb, vacillating between the dreams of a special cybrid-revival-
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Hyperion by Dan Simmons
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Arguably the best science fiction book I've ever read. Hyperion opens in the 28th century as the worlds ruled by the Hegemony of Man are at a crisis stage, with invasion from the human barbarian "Ousters" imminent, and the mysterious and invincible b ...more
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The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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This is the Godfather III of trilogy endings, but it seems likely that the Sempere family will most likely keep trucking on in a fourth book. The Prisoner of Heaven: A Novel starts off interesting enough with another mysterious figure walking into a ...more
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East of Eden by John Steinbeck
East of Eden
by John Steinbeck
read in July, 2012
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Brilliant and superbly written. California finally gets its epic tale of family, land, and dynasties. Like the great state in which it is set, the Trask family learns to struggle with their ability to chart their own course and to avoid the pitfalls ...more
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Bossypants by Tina Fey
Bossypants
by Tina Fey
read in March, 2012
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It was good and hilarious and slightly insightful, but the funniest parts were the excerpts from 30 Rock (Thomas Jefferson: "I am here for you, Tracy Jordan. I rode a horse all the way from heaven to tell you something important."). Yes.
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The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
by Justin Cronin (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2012
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This monstrous book lived up to its hype. The Passage tells a simple tale about a biological experiment that goes wrong in a secret military lab in the Rockies, which unleashes a viral epidemic on the people of Earth, resulting in the creation of ten ...more
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I, Claudius by Robert Graves
I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)
by Robert Graves
read in January, 2012
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I, Claudius has the potential of being a classic bore. As a fictional autobiography of the fourth emperor of Rome, a great deal of I, Claudius is devoted to the going-ons of various members of Claudius's illustrious family, as well as the derision sh ...more
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Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina by Robert Graves
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At the end of I, Claudius, our favorite emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty is hoisted on the shoulders of the Praetorian Guard and finds himself the absolute ruler of the civilized world. With Claudius the God, we get to see what happens next, tho ...more
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The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes
The Death-Ray
by Daniel Clowes
read in January, 2012
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Daniel Clowes strikes gold again. Think of Ghost World without the slick coolness. The Death-Ray is a simple story about a loner boy who discovers he possesses super powers when smoking cigarettes and who inherits a death-ray from his dead scientist ...more
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