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Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman
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At the back of the book, Gaiman writes about how this came to be: before it was published, it was performed, with Gaiman reading his words, FourPlay String Quartet providing soundtrack, and images painted by Eddie Campbell projected as visuals. Now i ...more
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The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman
I am old now, or at least, I am no longer young, and everything I see reminds me of something else I've seen, such that I see nothing for the first time. . . . It is the curse of age, that all things are reflections of other things.Neil Gaiman
Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Thickety by J.A. White
The Thickety: A Path Begins
by J.A. White (Goodreads Author)
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Then the bird showed her a color she had never seen before. Somewhere between black and green but neither of them, the color of pestilence and extinction and nightmares better left forgotten, a color that had been exiled from the world long ago.

It wa
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Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The King's Dragon by Scott Chantler
The King's Dragon
by Scott Chantler (Goodreads Author)
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A side-step from the main story that doesn't move the plot forward so much as add depth, this was an interesting addition (#4) to the series. The perspective shifts from the three main protagonists--only one of whom briefly appears at the very end of ...more
Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Einstein the Class Hamster by Janet Tashjian
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There was nothing trivial about fun facts--any class hamster could tell you that.

While I am a lover of trivia, I was somewhat skeptical going into this book, worrying it might cross that very thin line into pedantic condescension, being more about se
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Chris rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham
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Wonderfully done. The world created is as tangible as they come without any tedium to the world-building process. A real sense of magic and legend, enchantment, mystery, and danger. There is both action and depth. And, of course, a protagonist that i ...more
Chris rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Bandette, Volume 1 by Colleen Coover
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I know some people who would really love this, a celebration of carefree fun in the form of a teenage master thief. Unfortunately, it isn't quite my style, so I can appreciate it but wasn't crazy about it. But for those who enjoy a heroine who never ...more
Chris rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka
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This book has one Klink the super-intelligent robot, one Klank the somewhat-intelligent robot, and lots of klunky storytelling. Most other reviewers seem to feel it takes science and makes it fun with a zany story; I feel it takes what could have bee ...more
Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
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You may have observed in your own lives that there is a great power in storytelling. A well-spun tale can transport listeners away from their humdrum lives and return them with an enlarged sense of the world.

What a fun book! It is most definitely a w
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Chris rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
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I'm going to give this a three-star rating because it's well-written, effective at what it aims to be, and will appeal to its intended audience, and because my honest reaction to it is not based on reading it in a pure vacuum but my mounting response ...more
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Gabrielle Zevin
“How to account for its presence [on this list of favorites] when I know it is only average? The answer is this: Your dad relates to the characters. It has meaning to me. And the longer I do this (bookselling, yes, of course, but also living if that isn't too awfully sentimental), the more I believe that this is what the point of it all is. To connect, my dear little nerd. Only connect.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Terry Pratchett
“It’s a bad case o’ the thinkin’ he’s caught, missus. When a man starts messin’ wi’ the readin’ and the writin’ then he’ll come doon with a dose o’ the thinkin’ soon enough. I’ll fetch some o’ the lads and we’ll hold his heid under water until he stops doin’ it, ‘tis the only cure. It can kill a man, the thinkin’.”
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)

Gabrielle Zevin
“Maya has chosen to be ring bearer because the job has more responsibility than flower girl. "If you lose a flower, you get another flower," Maya reasons. "If you lose the ring, everyone is sad forever. The ring bearer has much more power."

"You sound like Gollum," A.J. says.

"Who's Gollum?" Maya wants to know.

"Someone very nerdy that your father likes," Amelia says.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Gabrielle Zevin
“It's Amy's favorite. (She seems so sweet on the surface, no?) Amy and I do not always have the exact same taste in things, but this I like.

When she told me it was her favorite, it suggested to me strange and wonderful things about her character that I had not guessed, dark places that I might like to visit.

People tell boring lies about politics, God, and love. You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Gabrielle Zevin
“It is the secret fear that we are unlovable that isolates us, but it is only because we are isolated that we think we are unlovable. Someday, you do not know when, you will be driving down a road. And someday, you do not know when, he, or indeed she, will be there. You will be loved because for the first time in your life, you will truly not be alone. You will have chosen not to be alone.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Fiction Is As Essential As Nonfiction (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 04, 2009 06:21AM
Description: Not my actual writing, just a compilation and synthesis of other people's thoughts.
42860 Johnson County Library Teen Reading Club — 324 members — last activity Sep 28, 2013 07:14PM
Summer Reading for Teens has moved! Join us at our new home to win great prizes like a Kindle Fire HD and jump passes to Skyzone!
58626 Bookbent — 37 members — last activity Aug 25, 2014 06:20PM
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
25x33 JCL Library Staff — 6 members — last activity Aug 24, 2009 11:52AM
This is an experimental group for staff from the Johnson County Library!
26575 Kansas City Public Library — 261 members — last activity Sep 24, 2014 08:48AM
The Kansas City Public Library is dedicated to building and serving a community of readers. Join us in the Great War | Great Read during August throug ...more
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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