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Erik made a comment on his review of A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
" Learning to like something you initially dislike is a wonderful experience~

Some of my favorite books have had rough starts. Alas, it was not so with T
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Erik rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
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Macbeth might very well have been referencing this book when he bemoaned that life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Certainly Blood Meridian is a tale full of violence and sweeping language, sepulchral yet also b
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Erik rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
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I wish I had written this book. In fact, I *have* written a hard-boiled near-future novel, and I wish it were as good as Altered Carbon.

AC, which amazingly enough is Richard Morgan's debut novel, is the best sci-fi noir mix I've ever read. I don't me
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Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
" I appreciate your saying so. It is my pride that I want my book reviews to be more than just book summaries. "
Erik rated a book 5 of 5 stars
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
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Twenty pages into this book, I hated it. It was post-modern schlock. I found the author indulgent, telling me, in flat prose, unremarkable insights into the nature of how I acquired the book from a book-seller. Yes, this book is often addressed to Yo ...more
Erik rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Armor by John Steakley
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This was a fabulously pure novel. Laser focus. The first fourth is about a soldier (about which we know next to nothing aside from his name: Felix) who gets into a power-suit and drops onto a hostile planet inhabited by 8 foot tall, impressively stro ...more
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
“That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife's slain body in his arms.”
Khaled Hosseini
Erik rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
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Basically this is a book about the main character becoming a marine. And then a marine officer. Except it's in the future so the marines (aka Mobile Infantry) wear powered exo-skeleton suits that can fire nukes and jump thirty feet and instead of fig ...more
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Dark Digital Sky by Carac Allison
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I sometimes wonder if reviews ought to judge a work based on one criteria alone: what was the work trying to accomplish and did it do so? That is, should a reviewer prioritize intention before ‘quality’ or taste? Take a Fast and the Furious film, for ...more
Erik rated a book 4 of 5 stars
It by Stephen King
It
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Pull up a chair, my fellow bibliophiles, for this will be a long review for a long, sometimes controversial novel written by a sometimes controversial writer.

What's IT about? A killer clown, sure, but IT is mostly about childhood, particularly about
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Khaled Hosseini
“That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife's slain body in his arms.”
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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