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Ryan rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Them by Jon Ronson
Them: Adventures with Extremists
by Jon Ronson
read in September, 2014
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I enjoyed Jon Ronson’s 2011 foray into the world of psychopaths and special interest groups out to protect or demonize them, and this seemed like a good book of his to read next. Though published in 2001, just before 9/11 and the Bush and Obama presi...more
Ryan rated a book 5 of 5 stars
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
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Though not a long book, All Quiet on the Western Front is the prototype for nearly every modern novel about going to war. Young men with their heads crammed full of patriotism and dreams of glory volunteer for the army. There is a strenuous boot camp...more
Ryan rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)
by Lev Grossman (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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Fillory, the magical land in this series, is a flagrant riff on CS Lewis's Narnia. In Lewis's classic children's books, the young protagonists entered the world through a magic portal, had adventures, and got into trouble, but had Aslan the lion (and...more
Ryan rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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Gone Girl is 2012's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, that gritty suspense thriller that everyone and their mother was reading. For the first half, it sucked me in with well-drawn characters, a setup that has its fingers on the pulse of the times, and...more
Ryan rated a book 4 of 5 stars
War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
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I've already written a review of the Winds of War, the first half of this marathon two-part historical drama. War and Remembrance picks up right where that one left off, shortly after the Pearl Harbor attacks. Now, the US is fully in the Second World...more
Ryan rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
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At over 100 hours, this audiobook and its sequel are a commitment, a 20th century War and Peace. Over 2000 pages, Herman Wouk spins both a family saga and a sort of “bearing witness” document, a detailed history of World War Two that leaves no one ex...more
Ryan rated a book 4 of 5 stars
A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L. Peck
A Short Stay in Hell
by Steven L. Peck (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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This short, smart existential novella is a gem. After the protagonist, Soren Johansson, a devout Mormon, dies of cancer, he finds himself in a room with four other people. There, an officious demon cheerfully informs everyone that they’ve all failed...more
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Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan
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The first in this series, Altered Carbon, was all the rage a few years back. It was a gritty, hard-boiled detective story set in the 25th century, complete with pithy first person narration by sardonic tough guy male protagonist. The universe is a li...more
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