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The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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Genius by James Gleick
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A solid biography, though I don't have anything in particular to say about it. It throws in all the classic anecdotes and quotes you expect, doesn't try to whitewash Feynman and includes some critical examination, does make an effort to explain all t...more
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To be ignorant and to be deceived are two different things. To be ignorant is to be a slave of the world. To be deceived is to be the slave of another man. The question will always be: Why, when all men are ignorant, and therefore already slaves, does this latter slavery sting us so?R. Scott Bakker
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Truths were carved from the identical wood as were lies--words--and so sank or floated with identical ease. But since truths were carved by the World, they rarely appeased Men and their innumerable vanities. Men hhad no taste for facts that did not ornament or enrich, and so they willfully--if not knowingly--panelled their lives with shining and intricate falsehoods.R. Scott Bakker
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Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
Rogue Male
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Light by M. John Harrison
Light
by M. John Harrison
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See the top Goodreads review by Evan (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...). Overall, Light is a huge disappointment given the glowing reviews given of it by the likes of Neil Gaiman and previous work of Harrison I've read like Virconium: occasio...more
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Gene Wolfe
“Master Palaemon's hand, dry and wrinkled as a mummy's, groped until it found mine. "Among the initiates of religion it is said, 'You are an epopt always.' The reference is not only to knowledge but to their chrism, whose mark, being invisible, is ineradicable. You know our chrism."
I nodded again.
"Less even than theirs can it be washed away. Should you leave now, men will only say, 'He was nurtured by the torturers.' But when you have been anointed they will say, 'He is a torturer.' You may follow the plow or the drum, but still you will hear, 'He is a torturer.' Do you understand that?”
Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer

Gene Wolfe
“Time itself is a thing, so it seems to me, that stands solidly like a fence of iron palings with its endless row of years; and we flow past like Gyoll, on our way to a sea from which we shall return only as rain.”
Gene Wolfe, The Claw of the Conciliator

R. Scott Bakker
“To be ignorant and to be deceived are two different things. To be ignorant is to be a slave of the world. To be deceived is to be the slave of another man. The question will always be: Why, when all men are ignorant, and therefore already slaves, does this latter slavery sting us so?”
R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before

Gene Wolfe
“The brown book I carry says there is nothing stranger than to explore a city wholly different from all those one knows, since to do so is to explore a second and unsuspected self. I have found a thing stranger: to explore such a city only after one has lived in it for some time without learning anything of it.”
Gene Wolfe, The Sword of the Lictor
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R. Scott Bakker
“The world has long ceased to be the author of your anguish.”
R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before

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