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Kemper and 3 other people liked Steve's review of The Name of the Game is Death:
The Name of the Game is Death by Dan J. Marlowe
"Very tight noir about holdup man (and crack shot), Earl Drake. Some have mentioned that Drake reminds them of a first person version of Parker (Richard Stark's bad boy). I can see the parallels, but they're two different cats. Both are tough and s..." Read more of this review »
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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
" Mara wrote: "I guess I'll just have to apologize the only way I know how…

Archer gifs are better than Hallmark cards. Apology accepted.
Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
" Mara wrote: " I was left wondering who it was that was attempting to take I-93 by horse… The answer, obviously, is you.

Me and the Amish.
Kemper made a comment in the group Hard Case CrimeGlen Orbik Passed Away topic
" Sad news that Glen Orbik has died of cancer. Most of my favorite HCC covers were done by him.
Gathering Prey by John Sandford
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Lucas Davenport relentlessly tracks down a murderous gang of hippies?!? It’s not even my birthday!

Davenport’s adopted daughter Letty befriends a young woman, Skye, who is part of a subculture called Travelers who wander around the country living like
Kemper added a status update: I've got a new post up on the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog about the comic origins of the new characters in Avengers: Age of Ultron movie.
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James Ellroy
“There's a beast in me. I destroy those I cannot control. I must be certain that those close to me share my identical interests. I'm benevolent within that construction. I'm ghastly outside of it.”
James Ellroy

Ben Fountain
“So perhaps, it occurs to Billy, this is the whole point of civilization, the eating of beautiful meals and the taking of decorous dumps, in which case he is for it, having had a bellyful of the other way.”
Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Lev Grossman
“It didn’t matter where you were, if you were in a room full of books you were at least halfway home.”
Lev Grossman, The Magician's Land

Ben Fountain
“Without ever exactly putting his mind to it, he's come to believe that loss is the standard trajectory. Something new appears in the world-a baby, say, or a car or a house, or an individual shows some special talent-with luck and huge expenditures of soul and effort you might keep the project stoked for a while, but eventually, ultimately, its going down. This is a truth so brutally self-evident that he can't fathom why it's not more widely percieved, hence his contempt for the usual public shock and outrage when a particular situation goes to hell. The war is fucked? Well, duh. Nine-eleven? Slow train coming. They hate our freedoms? Yo, they hate our actual guts! Billy suspects his fellow Americans secretly know better, but something in the land is stuck on teenage drama, on extravagant theatrics of ravaged innocence and soothing mud wallows of self-justifying pity.”
Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Chad Harbach
“You told me once that a soul isn't something a person is born with but something that must be built, by effort and error, study and love. And you did that with more dedication than most, that work of building a soul-not for your own benefit but for the benefit of those that knew you.”
Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding

2014 Kemper Awards (Humor)
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2013 Kemper Awards (Select)
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2012 Kemper Awards (Humor)
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2011 Kemper Awards (Humor)
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2010 Kemper Awards (Humor)
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