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Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum
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The Acceptance World by Anthony Powell
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The Acceptance World serves as a transition between the Spring and Summer of Nick and company's existence together and apart. Powell's description of the significance of a chance encounter over dinner with friends is perfect:
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Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
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There's nothing special about Dinosaurs Before Dark. The narrative's just okay; the drawings are just okay. But 4-yr-old Kieran and 6-yr-old Sigourney related immediately to the brother-and-sister-on-a-mysterious-and-dangerous-adventure theme. Siggy ...more
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Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business by Barbara Park
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We're only one book into Park's Junie B. Jones series, so I'll avoid sweeping series-wide judgments at this point. My focus will remain on Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business. Here goes.

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Monkey Me and the Pet Show by Timothy Roland
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Same kudos as given for Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey: A Branches Book. It's lots of fun for the kids. Roland's Monkey Me series can claim the additional charm of having relatively happy kids as main characters. Our bedtime reads with the kids have ...more
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“Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.”
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“Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.”
Terry Pratchett, Jingo

Mikhail Bulgakov
“But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if
evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows
disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the
shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and living beings.
Do you want to strip the earth of all trees and living things just because
of your fantasy of enjoying naked light? You're stupid.”
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

Alan Moore
“Stood in firelight, sweltering. Bloodstain on chest like map of violent new continent. Felt cleansed. Felt dark planet turn under my feet and knew what cats know that makes them scream like babies in night.

Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there. The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later. Born from oblivion; bear children, hell-bound as ourselves, go into oblivion. There is nothing else.

Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us. Streets stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world.

Was Rorschach.

Does that answer your Questions, Doctor?”
Alan Moore, Watchmen

Mahatma Gandhi
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
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