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The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely
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Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham
by Leila Meacham
read in November, 2014
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Here there be spoilers...

Is this what "typical" fiction is? If so, I'm sorry to report that the state of modern fiction is subpar. This book wanted to be more than it was able to achieve. The book jacket compared it to Gone with the Wind, but you, bo
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Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
Shadowmarch (Shadowmarch, #1)
by Tad Williams
read in October, 2014
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Perhaps I've outgrown fantasy novels. This is a terrible thing to say, and I don't really mean it, but this particular novel just made me feel old and cranky. I read the first one and the first couple of chapters of the sequel and I just...CAN'T.

What If? by Randall Munroe
"Wonderful fun. My husband and teen son also enjoyed this. Of course, we're fans of xkcd, too. And these questions are absurd, so, ultimately, this book is unsatisfying and forgettable, at least if you want to learn much of real-life relevance from..." Read more of this review »
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The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
by James Dashner (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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The Maze Runner by James Dashner
"Q: if you could edit this book, what would you take out?
A: the words.

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Have you ever had an eight-year-old kid try to describe to you winning a level of a video game? Have you ever had a middle-aged man try to describe to you completing the ga..." Read more of this review »
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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
by Cassandra Clare (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
"I think this book is has some kind of mental disability. I kind of don’t want to make fun of it because, you know, it’s not playing the game with a full deck of cards. But, at the same time, it does not have such a significant learning disability..." Read more of this review »
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In One Person by John Irving
In One Person
by John Irving (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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I want all of the time I spent reading this back. I kept reading, hoping that it would become something warm, funny, touching and wonderful like the other books by John Irving. Alas, it did not.

I REALLY wanted to like this book. There's a dearth o
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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)
by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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Ugh, Stephen King, what IS this? I am a Constant Reader, I love your work, but I cannot love this one. It's boring, it's tired, it's cliche and it's played out. It's every thriller that has ever been written.

There was nothing wrong, per se, with thi
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James Joyce
“There's no friends like the old friends.”
James Joyce, Dubliners

William Shakespeare
“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd!”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Denis Diderot
“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
Denis Diderot

William Shakespeare
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

William Shakespeare
“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring barque,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”
William Shakespeare, Great Sonnets

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