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The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
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The Baudelaires sneak themselves into Heimlich Hospital, there to discover their first clues about the fire that left them orphans. Again, it's the overarching plot that makes this successful, and it's especially rewarding to see the framing narrativ ...more
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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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The Georgia flu wiped out the vast majority of the human population; fifteen years later, the Traveling Symphony tours what remains of Eastern North America. This is a wistful (post-)apocalypse, and that distinctive atmosphere is broken by moments of ...more
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The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket
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It takes a village to raise three orphans, and so the Baudelaires are sent to the village of V.F.D., where they hope to find answers to clues left by the Quagmire triplets. This series is always more successful when it has 1) a strong overarching plo ...more
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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly
by Philip K. Dick
read in May, 2016
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Bob Arctor, a narcotics officer, is tasked to investigate himself in his undercover identity as a drug dealer. I'll admit, this is a strange pick for one of my favorite books. It's an undignified look at drug culture, with secondary and sometimes ine ...more
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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)
by Leigh Bardugo (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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While recovering from their last confrontation, Alina risks another encounter with the Darkling to quest after the final amplifier. This is the only book of the series that I became invested in. There's backstory provided in the first half that has i ...more
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Gundam Wing by Reku Fuyunagi
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A(nother) manga oneshot that occurs between the series and Endless Waltz; this time, Heero receives a message from someone who has stolen Wing Zero. This is frankly awful. The plot is a contrived mess that defies suspension of disbelief; the tone is ...more
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Gundam Wing by Katsuyuki Sumisawa
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A manga miniseries that explores the early lives of the five Gundam pilots, as well as the events that directly precede Operation Meteor. Written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa, the writer of the series, this is the most "official" of the Gundam Wing manga; i ...more
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Gundam Wing by Akemi Omode
Gundam Wing: Blind Target
by Akemi Omode
read in May, 2016
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A manga oneshot that occurs between the series and Endless Waltz, Blind Target is a pleasant surprise. The basic premise of reuniting the core cast is repetitive, given the show and movie, but the rest is fantastic. Sakura Asagi's art is faithful and ...more
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The Game of Rat and Dragon by Cordwainer Smith
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In the future, humans cannot undergo the dangerous hyperspace journeys alone. The short story is more concept than narrative or character piece. The speculative elements and style are dated, and what functions as plot is, at best, bizarre. But the co ...more
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Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Rose Daughter
by Robin McKinley
read in May, 2016
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A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, about three lively sisters and a cottage covered in roses. Once upon a time, this was one of the first McKinley novels I read--and, after Deerskin, it felt insubstantial. But I've read more McKinley since, and com ...more
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Andre Norton
“To the spectator the ex-Commando might be standing impassively, the meerkats clinging to him, his hand resting lightly on Surra’s round skull, the eagle quiet on his shoulder. But an awareness, which was unuttered, unheard speech, linked him with animals and bird. The breadth of that communication could not be assessed outside a 'team,' but it forged them into a harmonious whole, which was a weapon if need be, a companionship always.”
Andre Norton, The Beast Master

Patricia A. McKillip
“Explain to me again," he begged," why we are here."

She had told him once before; it had been like listening to a vivid, improbable dream.”
Patricia A. McKillip, Ombria in Shadow

James M. Cain
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice

Peter S. Beagle
“Where have you been?" she cried. "Damn you, where have you been?" She took a few steps toward Schmendrick, but she was looking beyond him, at the unicorn.

When she tried to get by, the magician stood in her way. "You don't talk like that," he told her, still uncertain that Molly had recognized the unicorn. "Don't you know how to behave, woman? You don't curtsy, either."

But Molly pushed him aside and went up to the unicorn, scolding her as though she were a strayed milk cow. "Where have you been?" Before the whiteness and the shining horn, Molly shrank to a shrilling beetle, but this time it was the unicorn's old dark eyes that looked down.

"I am here now," she said at last.

Molly laughed with her lips flat. "And what good is it to me that you're here now? Where where you twenty years ago, ten years ago? How dare you, how dare you come to me now, when I am this?" With a flap of her hand she summed herself up: barren face, desert eyes, and yellowing heart. "I wish you had never come. Why did you come now?" The tears began to slide down the sides of her nose.

The unicorn made no reply, and Schmendrick said, "She is the last. She is the last unicorn in the world."

"She would be." Molly sniffed. "It would be the last unicorn in the world to come to Molly Grue." She reached up then to lay her hand on the unicorn's cheek; but both of them flinched a little, and the touch came to rest on on the swift, shivering place under the jaw. Molly said, "It's all right. I forgive you.”
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

A.S. Byatt
“I would not for the whole world diminish you. I know it is usual in these circumstances to protest—"I love you for yourself alone"—"I love you essentially"—and as you imply, my dearest, to mean by "you essentially"—lips hands and eyes. But you must know—we do know—that it is not so—dearest, I love your soul and with that your poetry—the grammar and stopping and hurrying syntax of your quick thought—quite as much essentially you as Cleopatra's hopping was essentially hers to delight Antony—more essentially, in that while all lips hands and eyes resemble each other somewhat (though yours are enchanting and also magnetic)—your thought clothed with your words is uniquely you, came with you, would vanish if you vanished—”
A.S. Byatt, Possession

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