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Jason rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Two On an Island by Bianca Bradbury
Two On an Island
by Bianca Bradbury
read in June, 1975
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The only other person I ever knew who read this book as a youth was just as affected by it as I was. This memorable story recounts the adventure of a pair of siblings and their dog, stranded unexpectedly on a sand bar across the bay from the city whe...more
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Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
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This book is truly a charm. Robert Lawson invokes the mood for a younger person that will later be embraced by those who enjoy "Watership Down," and similar stories in which woodland creatures are the central characters. It bridges the gap between th...more
Jason rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Redwall (Redwall, #1)
by Brian Jacques
read in May, 2003
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Brian Jacques is not particularly remarkable in his narrative tone or the plot or concepts involved in this series. Indeed, I gave this first entry three stars simply because I WANT to read something unique that takes little forest creatures and give...more
Jason rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis
Dragonlance Chronicles (Dragonlance #1-3)
by Margaret Weis (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 1999
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Okay, let's start by clarifying that these books are not literature, even though there's a whole generation of Xers (Gen-Xers) who would claim otherwise because many of them were coming of age reading these novels.

I owned my copies from the time I wa...more
Jason rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
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This is the single greatest written work of all time (thus far).

There. I've said it, or rather, repeated what half the literary world has said for the past several decades. It's the grandest, most original modern story, and unlike some of its own con...more
Jason rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
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I am a die-hard Tolkien fan, but this book is one of the toughest things to read for me next to Shakespeare and the King James version of the Bible.

In fact, it reads quite literally like a bible or some ancient religious text, and that's part of the...more
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Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis
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The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
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The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White
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I must admit some bias associated with this unfortunately short novel. Although it is a little weak when trying to read it independently of The Once & Future King, when you read it immediately after that greater work it is pure brilliance.

White's...more
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Jaws by Peter Benchley
Jaws
by Peter Benchley
read in June, 2009
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This book holds up delightfully well considering its age and how the author has fixed it squarely in the middle of contemporary environments.

Benchley has blended just the right amount of science in describing the cold autonomic actions of the great...more
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