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Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
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"I had normal friendships in high school . . . and really never had any close friendships after high school."
- Jeff Dahmer

I briefly met Derf Backderf a couple of years ago, when he was telling a small group I was a part of about this book. He said t
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Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
SMASH by Chris A. Bolton
SMASH: Trial by Fire
by Chris A. Bolton (Goodreads Author)
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A great character/story that young readers will both relate to and fantasize about, drawn appealingly and told well.

Andrew is small for his age and picked on--or at least overlooked--by nearly everyone bigger, including the school bullies and his old
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Chris rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Dreamwood by Heather Mackey
Dreamwood
by Heather Mackey (Goodreads Author)
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A 3.5 star rating that I'm rounding down rather than up because I found the ending just a little too superficially neat and easy, and that's lingering a bit. In general, though, I found the book engaging and interesting and Lucy an appealingly strong ...more
Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Conversion by Katherine Howe
Conversion
by Katherine Howe (Goodreads Author)
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Parallel stories of mysterious illness. Illness that spreads like contagion, yet only to teen girls. Illness of unknown cause; might it be something consumed? Viral? Psychological? Environmental? Supernatural? Illness of unknown cure, and as the illn ...more
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
"Quentin grows up dreaming of magic-wielding heroes and his favorite fantasy land, Fillory (the subject of a five-book series he read countless times). (Un)fortunately for him, it turns out magic is real and he's recruited into a magical school (Ho..." Read more of this review »
Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew  Smith
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I'm enough of a detail-oriented bibliophile that I enjoy dwelling on parts of books like the acknowledgments. While all five paragraphs* of this book's acknowledgments page are stellar, the fourth is best I can remember reading:
Also, this book would
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Chris rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
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I quite enjoyed the story at the heart of this book and its central characters. As long as the narration was focused on the misadventures of Elena and Ekatarina, with their prince and pauper accidental reversal of roles in tsarist Russia, I found mys ...more
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The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
“I think I figured it out." She sniffed, looking up at the stars. "Hester asked me what the difference between a story and a lie was. At the time, I told her that a story helps folks. 'Helps 'em do what?' she asked. Well, I think I know the answer. A story helps folks face the world, even when it frightens 'em. And a lie does the opposite. It helps you hide.”
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The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
“Stories come in all different kinds." Hester scooted closer, clearly enjoying the subject at hand. "There's tales, which are light and fluffy. Good for a smile on a sad day. Then you got yarns, which are showy-yarns reveal more about the teller than the story. After that there's myths, which are stories made up by whole groups of people. And last of all, there's legends." She raised a mysterious eyebrow. "Legends are different from the rest on account no one knows where they start. Folks don't tell legends; they repeat them. Over and over again through history.”
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Chris rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier (Goodreads Author)
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"I think I figured it out." She sniffed, looking up at the stars. "Hester asked me what the difference between a story and a lie was. At the time, I told her that a story helps folks. 'Helps 'em do what?' she asked. Well, I think I know the answer. A ...more
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Lewis Carroll
“If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.”
Lewis Carroll

Mark Twain
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
Mark Twain

Philip Pullman
“When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don't take are snuffed out like candles, as if they'd never existed.”
Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass

J.R.R. Tolkien
“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Bill Watterson
“There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”
Bill Watterson

Fiction Is As Essential As Nonfiction (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Not my actual writing, just a compilation and synthesis of other people's thoughts.
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