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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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Neil Gaiman is always a pleasure. I love his quirky and dreamy style. The story seems simple but the more you think about it the better it gets. It is a wonderful fairy tale about the nature of reality, memory, child and adulthood. The imagery and at ...more
Tigerman by Nick Harkaway
Tigerman
by Nick Harkaway (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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This book was not what I was expecting. It was a big departure from other books by the same author that I have read. In some ways, it was less entertaining, but there were definitely important issues and interesting characters that were very memorabl ...more
Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon by Mark Hodder
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Not quite as good as the other books in my opinion but not entirely bad. The way the war was dealt with struck me as a bit too silly for such a serious subject. I mean pea bombs, seriously? Is he a plants vs zombies fan? We lost so many good characte ...more
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The Secret of Abdu El-Yezdi by Mark Hodder
The Secret of Abdu El-Yezdi (Burton & Swinburne, #4)
by Mark Hodder (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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Loved this one. It was better than the last one, which felt a bit weak and unbeleivable at times. This had a much tighter plot and all the characters I loved were back, well most of them. The vampire thing was a bit weird and out of place for me but ...more
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
The Buddha in the Attic
by Julie Otsuka
read in January, 2015
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I didn't really like it. It felt like characters were just floating by or slipping through your fingers. There wasn't really anything you could grab on to and there was no conclusion or ending at all really. Most people just ended up as loose ends an ...more
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder
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The second book is as good as the first! It was totally engrossing. I love the unpredictability and the promise of more is also very interesting. The next one is definitely on my read soon list. I find myself speculating and anticipating what comes n ...more
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
The Ice Dragon
by George R.R. Martin
read in November, 2014
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So riveting that my son insisted on another dragon book immediately! I am a long time fan of the author, but his first foray into writing for children was a treat for the entire family. The illustrations were as good as the writing. My son and I both ...more
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
read in November, 2012
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This was Kai's first, "Big Boy Book." I was thrilled and surprised at his ability to listen and his continuing interest. It was so good he would happily hear it again. He loved the map and illustrations and looking up where the characters were going. ...more
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Norton Juster
“Just because you have a choice, it doesn't mean that any of them 'has' to be right.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster
“For instance," said the boy again, "if Christmas trees were people and people were Christmas trees, we'd all be chopped down, put up in the living room, and covered in tinsel, while the trees opened our presents."
"What does that have to do with it?" asked Milo.
"Nothing at all," he answered, "but it's an interesting possibility, don't you think?”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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“Whether or not you find your own way, you're bound to find some way. If you happen to find my way, please return it, as it was lost years ago. I imagine by now it's quite rusty.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Robert A. Heinlein
“Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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“You must never feel badly about making mistakes ... as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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