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The Linux Mint Beginner's Guide by Jonathan Moeller
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I've been fooling around with several (10+) different Linux distros and I really like Linux. I have pretty much settled on about six different distros that I have set up as dual boots (often with more than one distro in addition to Windows) on severa ...more
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Three by Julie Hilden
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I have always wondered when reading a book that indulges in some sexual gymnastics or kink or whatever, just how much the author separates him or herself from the contents. Is the activity something they have experienced, always wanted to, frowned up ...more
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Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman
Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot
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Of all Robert Parker’s creations I like the Jesse Stone series the best. A couple of authors have attempted to continue the series, including Michael Brandman and now Reed Farrel Coleman, author of the Moe Prager series. I haven’t tried that series b ...more
The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
"First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting.

An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was..." Read more of this review »
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Stacia Kane
“NO reader has ANY obligation to an author, whether it be to leave a review or to write a "constructive" one. I put out a product. You are consumers of that product. Since when does that mean you have to kiss my ass? Hey, I like Pop-Tarts and eat them a few times a year; since when does that mean I'm obligated to support Kellogg's in any way except legally purchasing the Pop-Tarts before I eat them? I wasn't aware that purchasing and consuming a product meant I was under some sort of fucking thrall in which I'm only allowed to either praise the Pop-Tart (which to be honest isn't hard, especially the S'mores flavor) or, if I am going to criticize a flavor, offer a specific and detailed analysis as to why, phrased in as inoffensive and gentle a manner as possible so as not to upset the gentle people at Kellogg's."

[Something in the Water? (blog post; January 9, 2012)]”
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Natalie Angier
“I'm an Atheist. I don't believe in God, Gods, Godlets or any sort of higher power beyond the universe itself, which seems quite high and powerful enough to me. I don't believe in life after death, channeled chat rooms with the dead, reincarnation, telekinesis or any miracles but the miracle of life and consciousness, which again strike me as miracles in nearly obscene abundance. I believe that the universe abides by the laws of physics, some of which are known, others of which will surely be discovered, but even if they aren't, that will simply be a result, as my colleague George Johnson put it, of our brains having evolved for life on this one little planet and thus being inevitably limited. I'm convinced that the world as we see it was shaped by the again genuinely miraculous, let's even say transcendent, hand of evolution through natural selection.”
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Ulysses S. Grant
“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.”
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Scott Lynch
“If you want to write a negative review, don't tickle me gently with your aesthetic displeasure about my work. Unleash the goddamn Kraken."

[on Twitter, July 17, 2012]”
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Julian Jaynes
“Words have meaning, not life or persons or the universe itself,” he said. “Our search for certainty rests in our attempts at understanding the history of all individual selves and all civilizations. Beyond that, there is only awe.” From a Life Magazine interview in 1988.”
Julian Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Disappointed (Nonfiction)
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Letter to the Editor of Bookmarks Magazine (Nonfiction)
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I have been fascinated by many of my friend's comments on why they like or dislike a book. I'm going to throw out a thesis for discussion: That modern ...more
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