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"Have I mentioned how much I hate when books open with lengthy flashbacks detailing the protagonist's backstory? It might've come up once or twice. This is a fair bit more interesting than most, since the flashbacks are fairly detailed and not too info-dumpy, but I still find myself wishing it would past." 14 hours, 19 min ago

 
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"FINALLY THIS IS GETTING INTERESTING. Jesus Christ, it's more than halfway through, and finally, I feel like I'm getting into it." 20 hours, 39 min ago

 
Gothic!: Ten Orig...
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"Lungewater by Joan Aiken: 2/5. Man, that was boring as shit. The idea wasn't interesting in the first place, but the execution was even worse.

Morgan Roehmar's Boys: 2/5. I guess I can't say this was predictable, but it was pretty cliched and dull.

A note to authors writing scary short stories: Please stop writing about ghosts haunting the area where they died. It's really boring.

I hope this picks up."
Dec 23, 2014 07:29PM

 

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Dancing on the Edge by Han Nolan
Dancing on the Edge
by Han Nolan
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A brief recap from my previous reviews of Han Nolan: I loved Crazy, more than I can describe. Both If I Should Die Before I Wake and Born Blue paled in comparison. I admired Nolan in both books for trying to write something unique and powerful, but b ...more
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Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Astray by Amy Christine Parker
" I was just curious, I guess. This is a sequel - I assume book 1 was a lot better? "
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Born Blue by Han Nolan
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by Han Nolan
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To recap, in case you haven't read my previous reviews: I think Crazy is one of the best books in the world, my love for it makes me too hard on other books by Han Nolan, If I Should Die Before I Wake was mediocre.

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William Shakespeare
“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

E.L. Doctorow
“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
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Oscar Wilde
“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
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Gustave Flaubert
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
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Chuck Palahniuk
“You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

100 Misconceptions (Nonfiction)
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