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Jason rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
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Blatant racism and misogyny aside, Steinbeck's sequel to the wonderful Cannery Row is a quick and entertaining read; a stark contrast to his more depressing moral parables of rural Americana. Doc and the Flop-House gang are back again, so of course, ...more
Jason rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay
Sailing to Sarantium (The Sarantine Mosaic, #1)
by Guy Gavriel Kay (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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Think Ben-Hur but directed by Terrence Malick. In my humble opinion, Guy Gavriel Kay should have merged both books of the Saranatine Mosaic as a standalone epic ala Tigana. Viewed on its own, Sailing to Sarantium leaves much to be desired; merely off ...more
Richard is on page 63 of 320 of Bite Me: “Have you ever seen a picture of the Buddha with shoes on?” I honestly don't know how he comes up with these lines.
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
"Why, oh why, does Chesterton confuse me so? At first this book appeared to start as a mystery. Two poets meet in Saffron Park, one, Lucian Gregory, a creative anarchist, the other, Gabriel Syme, a conservative poet and undercover police detective...." Read more of this review »
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Jason rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf
The Voyage Out
by Virginia Woolf
read in March, 2015
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Prior to reading this novel, I would often recommend others to seek out Mrs. Dalloway as the best starting place for those new to Woolf. I apologize to those who took my advice and ended up never reading anything else by her ever again. In hindsight, ...more
Jason rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
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Elmore Leonard is one of my comfort reads. He would give Muriel Spark a run for her money when it comes to writing novel that is driven almost entirely by dialogue. Light, funny, and superbly entertaining -- "Get Shorty" is exactly what I needed afte ...more
Jason rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
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I am still wavering between a 2-star and 3-star rating; for now, I will settle on the latter. There's a lot to admire in this novel by Chesterton -- the beautiful prose, the satirical humor, the social commentary, paradox, irony, poking fun at detect ...more
Jason rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1)
by Guy Gavriel Kay (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2015
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Perhaps I ought to cut the guy some slack since it is his first novel but still, this was severely disappointing. Often cringe-worthy and completely nonsensical. Thank goodness he would learn from his mistakes here and go on to write such amazing nov ...more
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
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Sylvia Plath
“God, but life is loneliness, despite all the opiates, despite the shrill tinsel gaiety of "parties" with no purpose, despite the false grinning faces we all wear. And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter - they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long. Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship - but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

William Faulkner
“Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it.
Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.”
William Faulkner

William Saroyan
“When you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”
William Saroyan

John Steinbeck
“It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”
John Steinbeck, Cannery Row
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J.D. Salinger
“It's everybody, I mean. Everything everybody does is so — I don't know — not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and — sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much only in a different way.”
J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
tags: life

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