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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
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The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury
read in August, 2014
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My first real experience with Bradbury. It was a lot more surreal than I expected, but I loved it.
Anya rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
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This was a fun, light read. I enjoy Mindy's comic voice, but some of her more superficial musings could be a bit grating at times.
Anya rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin
read in February, 2014
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My first brush with Le Guin and I absolutely loved it. It took me a while to get used to the names/language/culture of Gethen, but by the end I was fully immersed. A lot of interesting themes on nationalism, gender roles, and the like.

Also, it was ve...more
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The Film Club by David Gilmour
The Film Club: A Memoir
by David Gilmour
read in August, 2008
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The cinephile in me loves reading about movies, so this was a pleasure to read.
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The Hidden Icon (Book of Icons) by Jillian Kuhlmann
The Hidden Icon (Book of Icons) (Volume 1)
by Jillian Kuhlmann (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2014
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For most fantasy and sci-fi tales, it usually takes me a while to get really immersed into the world the author has created. But once I had gotten my bearings in Eiren's world, I was hooked. My favorite aspect of the story may be the mythology that t...more
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
read in December, 2013
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I enjoyed the book on an intellectual level and there were many great quotes and ideas. However, there were some passages that were kind of a slog (I appreciate Wilde's encyclopedic knowledge of gems and such, but those parts could be a bit hard to g...more
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The Hidden Icon (Book of Icons) by Jillian Kuhlmann
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The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman
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I am a connoisseur of neither graphic novels/comics nor zombie tales, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this compendium. I understand the complaints that the dialogue isn't exactly Shakespeare and some of the characters aren't exactly likable...more
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The Cider House Rules by John Irving
The Cider House Rules
by John Irving (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2013
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I love the movie version of this story (and its soundtrack), so I was looking forward to finally reading the book. I was shocked by how different and more complex the novel is when compared with the movie (although isn't that always the case when com...more
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Daniel Handler
“Dear Daniel,
How do you break up with your boyfriend in a way that tells him, "I don't want to sleep with you on a regular basis anymore, but please be available for late night booty calls if I run out of other options"?
Lily
Charlotte, NC

Dear Lily,
The story's so old you can't tell it anymore without everyone groaning, even your oldest friends with the last of their drinks shivering around the ice in their dirty glasses. The music playing is the same album everyone has. Those shoes, everybody has the same shoes on. It looked a little like rain so on person brought an umbrella, useless now in the starstruck clouded sky, forgotten on the way home, which is how the umbrella ended up in her place anyway. Everyone gets older on nights like this.

And still it's a fresh slap in the face of everything you had going, that precarious shelf in the shallow closet that will certainly, certainly fall someday. Photographs slipping into a crack to be found by the next tenant, that one squinter third from the left laughing at something your roommate said, the coaster from that place in the city you used to live in, gone now. A letter that seemed important for reasons you can't remember, throw it out, the entry in the address book you won't erase but won't keep when you get a new phone, let it pass and don't worry about it. You don't think about them; "I haven't thought about them in forever," you would say if anybody brought it up, and nobody does."
You think about them all the time.
Close the book but forget to turn off the light, just sit staring in bed until you blink and you're out of it, some noise on the other side of the wall reminding you you're still here. That's it, that's everything. There's no statue in the town square with an inscription with words to live by. The actor got slapped this morning by someone she loved, slapped right across the face, but there's no trace of it on any channel no matter how late you watch. How many people--really, count them up--know where you are? How many will look after you when you don't show up? The churches and train stations are creaky and the street signs, the menus, the writing on the wall, it all feels like the wrong language. Nobody, nobody knows what you're thinking of when you lean your head against the wall.
Put a sweater on when you get cold. Remind yourself, this is the night, because it is. You're free to sing what you want as you walk there, the trees rustling spookily and certainly and quietly and inimitably. Whatever shoes you want, fuck it, you're comfortable. Don't trust anyone's directions. Write what you might forget on the back of your hand, and slam down the cheap stuff and never mind the bad music from the window three floors up or what the boys shouted from the car nine years ago that keeps rattling around in your head, because you're here, you are, for the warmth of someone's wrists where the sleeve stops and the glove doesn't quite begin, and the slant of the voice on the punch line of the joke and the reflection of the moon in the water on the street as you stand still for a moment and gather your courage and take a breath before stealing away through the door. Look at it there. Take a good look. It looks like rain.

Love,
Daniel Handler”
Daniel Handler

Patton Oswalt
“Dear Patton:
I've been feeling blue lately but I wasn't sure if it had anything to do with the amount of rain we've had over the last few weeks. What are your thoughts on that?
Ms. Diller
Cary, NC

Dear Ms. Diller:
Rain can have a profound effect on someone inclined toward melancholy. I live in Los Angeles, and, as of this writing, we've just experienced three weeks of unending late-winter storms. The sky has been a limitless bowl of sludgy, hopeless gray. The ground, soaked and muddy, emits burbly, hissing spurts with every step, which sound like a scornful parent who sees no worth, hope, or value in their offspring. The morning light through my bedroom window promises nothing but a damp, unwelcoming day of thankless busywork and futile, doomed chores. My breakfast cereal tastes like being ostracized. My morning coffee fills my stomach with dread. What's the point of even answering this question?
The rain--it will not stop. Even if I say something that will help you--which I won't, because I'm such a useless piece of shit--you'll eventually die and I'll die and everyone we know will die and this book will turn to dust and the universe will run down and stop, and dead dead dead dead dead.
Dead. Read Chicken Soup for the Soul, I guess. Dead. Dead dead.

Patton”
Patton Oswalt

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