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Dergrossest and 2 other people liked Laurie's review of The Lost Time Accidents:
The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray
"As other readers have commented, this book does begin with what may be the greatest first line: "This morning, at 08:47 EST, I woke up to find myself excused from time.” The novel starts with Waldemar “Waldy” Tolliver, a strange name for a strange..." Read more of this review »
The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
"A decent but ultimately superficial treatment of the artist's life between the trial of her rapist and her father's death. Very little time or effort is spent developing any of the secondary characters, and the frequent deviations from fact were d..." Read more of this review »
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
"While the information about octopuses was quite interesting, the author's metaphysical ramblings were banal. Additionally, much of the personal biographical details regarding the people she met and interacted with seemed fairly irrelevant and indi..." Read more of this review »
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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
by Cherie Priest (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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This is a fairly entertaining twist on the tired zombie genre as the story is set in an alternate-history Seattle where certain natural forces have created legions of the undead. Instead of shambling wrecks, these are the robust, Ninja-like zombies o ...more
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Baghdad by Justin Marozzi
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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore
by Haruki Murakami
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I recently read this book during a trip to Japan. In retrospect, I cannot imagine a better way in which I could have prepared myself for the trip since it seems to completely capture the essence of the place.

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The Book of the Damned by Tanith Lee
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I really don’t know why I keep reading this author’s books since they are uniformly bizarre, over-sexed in a silly Penthouse Letters sort of way and gratuitously violent. Nevertheless, the title of this hard cover, first edition collection of short s ...more
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Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera
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Can a 128-page story be considered an epic? This fast moving little book makes a strong argument that it can as it follows the journey of a young Mexican woman across the U.S. border to find her lost brother. There are shades of Hades and Dante’s Inf ...more
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