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The A.B.C. Murders
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Mike and 12 other people liked Sandi's review of The Terror:
The Terror by Dan Simmons
""The Terror" really came close to that 5-star rating. However the last 75 pages or so were so out of character with the rest of the book, they really seemed like they didn't belong. "The Terror" is 90% historical fiction and 10% horror. The histor..." Read more of this review »
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The Terror by Dan Simmons
"The Terror is the ultimate tale of the human struggle for survival. Dan Simmon’s huge tome is based on Sir John Franklin’s failed 1845 exploration of the Northwest Passage. In real life the crew of the two ships, the Terror and Erebus, all perishe..." Read more of this review »
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The Terror by Dan Simmons
The Terror
by Dan Simmons
read in July, 2015
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There are a lot of fantasy and science fictions tales that center around hauling coals to New Castle; they put a group of protagonists into an environment that can already kill them (typically deep space, or the bottom of the ocean) in a million diff ...more
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
"Captivating. One of the best books I've read in a long time. A great mix of time travel, sci-fi, and an explorations of the big questions of life and morality. I couldn't put it down."
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Lamb by Christopher Moore
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I found Lamb to be amusing and interesting and deep, but not really quite as deep as it thinks it is. The author plays with the tropes of Eastern mysticism, asceticism, magic, and sex, and of course it is always funny to introduce a character named B ...more
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Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
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Flashback by Dan Simmons
Flashback
by Dan Simmons
read in July, 2014
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It is sad to realize that someone whose work you had admired in the past has had their intellect eaten away by watching too much Fox News. In Flashback, Simmons basically channels all of his old white guy fear into a future of the United States that ...more
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The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem
The Cyberiad
by Stanisław Lem
read in May, 2015
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The stories in The Cyberiad feature two inventors of machines, Trurl and Klapaucius, who are themselves machines, inhabiting a quasi-feudalistic world of space travel and cyber-knights and galactic rulers. The two inventors are a bit like Frog and To ...more
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Mink River by Brian  Doyle
Mink River
by Brian Doyle (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2015
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This book is beautiful, full of delicious prose and creativity, with characters you come to care about despite, or because of, their flaws. There are moments of magic realism which I actually didn't like, but they are few enough to let the actual hum ...more
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Bertrand Russell
“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
Bertrand Russell

Woody Allen
“I am at two with nature.”
Woody Allen

Woody Allen
“I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.”
Woody Allen, Annie Hall: Screenplay

Carl Sagan
“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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