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"Yeah, that's probably why I liked Get Smart, because at least they had an excuse for the central characters being incredibly dim... :-)

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"I'd like to recommend Among Others, which deservedly won the Hugo award a couple of years ago. It reminded me very strongly of some of DWJ's more comp...more "
"Don't get me wrong - I am pleased for the success of the Expo, but the numbers this year mean that I am very, very unlikely to come next year. The org...more "
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Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster
read in January, 1978
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Children's books are perhaps even more ephemeral than others. And those that survive are mostly because their reputations are mainly gained from nostalgia rather than, say, literary merit - bearing in mind that writing for children is a different sor...more
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There and Back Again by Pat Murphy
There and Back Again
by Pat Murphy
read in January, 2000
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This is a hoot. Not only is it a splendid book in its own right, but the fun of trying to see how the incidents from The Hobbit are going to be recreated in this lunatic universe is almost unmatched (I think only Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair has a...more
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
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Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
Three Men in a Boat
by Jerome K. Jerome
read in January, 1984
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Don't make the mistake of thinking this is a novel. It isn't. It's simply one of the funniest collections of anecdotes you will ever read. From Harris in the maze, to the story of the cheese and beyond; there is something to make you laugh out loud o...more
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S. by Doug Dorst
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by Doug Dorst (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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I was already predisposed to like this book for various reasons. Firstly, I like "meta narratives" - books where the purported story you are reading isn't really the story at all; instead it is being told underneath, alongside or even outside the nar...more
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Among Others by Jo Walton
Among Others
by Jo Walton (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2014
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(Add another star if you are an SF geek. You know who you are. Take one off if you think fantasy is for children. You know who you are.)

Every so often you read a book and realise that the author wrote it just for you. Not for anyone else, just for yo...more
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“D’Artagnan: Why is Athos sitting by himself?
Aramis: He takes his drinking very seriously. Not to worry, he’ll be his usual charming self by morning.”
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Charles Dickens
“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

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