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Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
" A book doesn't have to be Great Literature or even particularly good to appear on my "formative fiction" shelf, it just has to be a book with a meaning that changed me or helped me to understand myself and the world in a new way. Fortunately, Drag... " Read more of this review »
Kathryn rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
Two Serpents Rise (Craft Sequence, #2)
by Max Gladstone (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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"You miss our gods?"
"Why shouldn't I?"
"They're soaked in blood."
"So am I. So are you. So's this city. You seem to think it's different if we kill for gods or for water; either way the victim dies at the end."

Max Gladstone continues his exploration of...more
Kathryn rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Shogun by James Clavell
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I'm probably showing my age here, but I remember watching the mini-series that was based on this book back when it first aired. I think I was maybe ten years old. I remember my parents being a little surprised that I stuck through the whole thing, bu...more
Kathryn and 1 other person liked Paul Baker's review of The Horse Whisperer:
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
" SPOILER ALERT: Details of the novel are revealed in this review.

First, I saw the film before I read the book, so that has prejudiced my reaction somewhat, but I believe that the book and movie are so much alike that it has not influenced my opinio... " Read more of this review »
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Taltos by Anne Rice
by Anne Rice
read in December, 1994
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Probably the best way to wrap up this series; meaning the ending is left completely open, and you don't get a real resolution to the story.

There's a fascinating back story about the new Taltos character, Asher, which goes back pretty much before the...more
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Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice
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It's hard to put into words what I feel about this book. It was fun. It was interesting. It certainly wasn't a bad book, I'm just not really sure it was exactly good.

There was too much going on, for one thing. You've got a vengeful spirit, a polterge...more
Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice
" This book...(sigh)...I have to say broke Anne Rice's spell over me. Before this book I found all of her normal plot devices (strange bedfellows, supernatural creatures, really long flashbacks, narcissism) beguiling and entertaining. But usually sh... " Read more of this review »
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Star Trek Log Five by Alan Dean Foster
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The library I would go to when I was growing up has been moved to a new building downtown, and the building itself was turned into a children's museum decades ago. But all I have to do is think about this series of books and I'm back there, tucked in...more
Kathryn rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Crystal Star by Vonda N. McIntyre
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Huh, I could have sworn I'd reviewed this at some point. Okay, well, "The Crystal Star" is...not very good. The characterizations are kinda off (especially Luke, wow, what the heck?), the story is in some parts WAY too simplistic (we're off to rescue...more
Kathryn rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente
Silently and Very Fast
by Catherynne M. Valente (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2014
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This one reminds me of some of my favorite stories from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the kind that make the subscription worth it. 99.9% of the story takes place inside the virtual reality of a human/machine dreamworld, so expect even...more
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“You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily.”
Walter M. Miller Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz

Augustine Birrell
“An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is always possible to be happy.”
Augustine Birrell

Louisa May Alcott
“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”
Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience

Oscar Wilde
“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Allen Saunders
“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”
Allen Saunders

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