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Richard Richard said: "The review in the New York Times made it clear that this book would be clever and easy to read, and it indeed it.

The book is a collection of forty short essays — some only a page or two — depicting variations on life after death. Some are delightful...more

progress:  On page 56. "Sum of these are just absurd." Jul 11, 2014 03:27PM

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Richard Richard said: "This is the sixth volume in Furst's "Night Soldiers" series, although most of the series need not be read in the order published: only The World at Night and Red Gold relate directly as a sequential pair. For those that wish the read the books in seq...more "

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Richard Richard said: "Looks like 21 short stories.

I jumps straight to the ones I was most interested in, but I'll get to all of 'em.

20. The Lightning Tree, by Patrick Rothfuss

Rothfuss is famous for The Name of the Wind, which was a stunning debut, marred in my estimation...more


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