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What If? by Randall Munroe
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The Testosterone Files by Max Wolf Valerio
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This is a good book to read, even if it feels awkward and painful to read sometimes.

As a self identified lesbian feminist, based in the San Francisco Mission in the early 1990s, Valerio had to transition the hard way -- with little public knowledge,...more
Love All the People by Bill Hicks
" Like almost all anti-establishment figures who died before their time, Bill's premature death served to seal his reputation as an almost godlike figure. Easy to be cynical about that of course, but also worth remembering that to be timeless you ne... " Read more of this review »
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Love All the People by Bill Hicks
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There's only so much new content here that can be added: if you own all the CDs, then the book is half transcriptions of his routines. The other half is letters from Hicks, a lengthy and touching foreword, and interviews (which can be facepalming in...more
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Working Stiff by Grant Stoddard
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At various points, the author asks "What am I doing here, I'm not all that interesting."

He is correct.
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Anti Wisdom Manual by Gilles Farcet
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Not very good.
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Snapshot by Jock
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read in March, 2014
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I love that nothing makes sense, and that the protagonist is completely out of his depth and doesn't magically turn into James Bond. It... works. It's not huge, but it works.
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Lock In by John Scalzi
Lock In
by John Scalzi (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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I think that space opera or satire works better than the "thriller/crime" science fiction scenario pictured here -- I just found the protagonist (a trust fund kid using a remote controlled robot because of paralysis) to be too trite and pat. I though...more
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Java Performance by Scott Oaks
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A modern, up to date book on Java Performance, including 1.8. Thank goodness.
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Lexicon by Max Barry
" The best way I could describe it would be The Magicians meets The Circle. I was fascinated by the whole concept of understanding how language can affect people and the neurolinguistic elements had me wanting to re-up my lapsed Psychology Today sub... " Read more of this review »
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“At any moment, you know, your manufactured cool could blow.”
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“The ambitions are wake up, breathe, keep breathing.”
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“My code of life and conduct is simply this: work hard, play to the allowable limit, disregard equally the good and bad opinion of others, never do a friend a dirty trick, eat and drink what you feel like when you feel like, never grow indignant over anything, trust to tobacco for calm and serenity, bathe twice a day . . . learn to play at least one musical instrument and then play it only in private, never allow one's self even a passing thought of death, never contradict anyone or seek to prove anything to anyone unless one gets paid for it in cold, hard coin, live the moment to the utmost of its possibilities, treat one's enemies with polite inconsideration, avoid persons who are chronically in need, and be satisfied with life always but never with one's self.”
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Lucius Shepard
“When the tragedies of others become for us diversions, sad stories with which to enthrall our friends, interesting bits of data to toss out at cocktail parties, a means of presenting a pose of political concern, or whatever…when this happens we commit the gravest of sins, condemn ourselves to ignominy, and consign the world to a dangerous course. We begin to justify our casual overview of pain and suffering by portraying ourselves as do-gooders incapacitated by the inexorable forces of poverty, famine, and war. “What can I do?” we say, “I’m only one person, and these things are beyond my control. I care about the world’s trouble, but there are no solutions.” Yet no matter how accurate this assessment, most of us are relying on it to be true, using it to mask our indulgence, our deep-seated lack of concern, our pathological self-involvement.”
Lucius Shepard, The Best of Lucius Shepard

“There is some mercy after all in our design:
a soft amnesia for the frequently mistreated,
an adrenal surge for the cornered and outnumbered,
a flash of light for the very nearly dead.”
Dessa, Spiral Bound

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