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Chris rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Scarcity by Sendhil Mullainathan
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Chances are, you've experienced scarcity. Not just a moment of lack, but a lengthy, chronic situation of less time, money, caloric intake (either starvation or dieting), or human contact (i.e. loneliness) than you need. If you're like most people, wh...more
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Let me give you some advice: make friends with a millionaire when he's a friendless sixth-grader. Neel Shah has plenty for friends--investors, employees, other entrepreneurs--but on some level they know, and he knows, that they are friends with Neel Shah, CEO. By contrast, I am, and always will be, friends with Neel Shah, dungeon master.Robin Sloan
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Wild Born by Brandon Mull
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It took me a bit to get drawn into this, but then I had fun with it. Actually, considering how much Mull needed to accomplish--introduce four protagonists, their animals, and a complex world in a way that sets the stage for a series shared by many au...more
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Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
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I'm waffling between four and five stars. On a first reading, I reached the end feeling I'd had a superior four-star experience; but I also know I want to read this again--and probably again after that--because I sense repeat experience will provide...more
Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
The Waking Dark
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It's hard to believe we need a place called hell
The devil inside
The devil inside
Every single one of us the devil inside


- INXS, "Devil Inside"
Not an original thought unique to INXS, that the world's evil comes from inside each of us. History certainl...more
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Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy
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I am Private First Class Daniel Christopher Wright, I am seventeen years old, and I fired the shot that ended the United States of America.
This book has a great cover and an amazing hook. I knew I wanted to read it as soon as I started looking at it...more
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This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
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A subtle, quiet, poignant look at some of the harsher realities of growing up. Reflecting its setting of a lazy, minimal summer spent in a cabin at a lake beach, the story has a leisurely surface of the mundane, with very little apparently happening....more
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The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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One of my wife's favorite books is Shadow of the Wind (which I've yet to read), so when I was browsing the shelf for YA audiobooks for our travel I grabbed this one based purely on the author. That turned out to be reason enough. The Prince of Mist s...more
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Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
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Excellent story, characters, and art. Complex, yet light, fun, approachable, and humorous. Definitely goes to the top of my list.

Young Claudette is brash, bold, and bloodthirsty, and her answer to everything is aggression. Unfortunately, there is not...more
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The researchers publishing in this area are careful to attach the appropriate caveats to their findings, but the media and blogosphere have an annoying habit of ignoring caveats.John R. Hibbing
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Bill Watterson
“It's not denial. I'm just selective about the reality I accept.”
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Mark Twain
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
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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

Lewis Carroll
“And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation?”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll
“If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.”
Lewis Carroll

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.
42860 Johnson County Library Teen Reading Club — 325 members — last activity Sep 28, 2013 07:14PM
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58626 Bookbent — 37 members — last activity Jun 17, 2014 08:47AM
What’s your bent? We're an online bookclub for teens talking about LGBTQ books. Don’t worry about trying to get someplace at a special time—we’re alwa...more
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The Kansas City Public Library is dedicated to building and serving a community of readers.
97543 Guy's Book Club — 14 members — last activity May 02, 2013 05:43AM
I made this so there would be a group made specifically for guys who don't want to hear girls chatter on about which fictional character they would ra...more
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