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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
The Thief Lord
by Cornelia Funke
read in August, 2007
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Book of the Year Awards... Really? Is it unsympathetic of me to think that this book is... childish? How reductive should authors of children's lit be?

I've been working with a young student this summer, and The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, is a big...more
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The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
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I didn’t remember The Hobbit being so directed towards children. That’s probably because I last experienced it as a child. I listened to it then on audiobook, and I only had vague recollections of it: the battle with Smaug, flashes of dragon scales a...more
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"Thanks for the post, Amy. I may well give that a try.

Good idea with Mark Brown--if you introduce children to modernism at a young age, maybe they'll...more
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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
by Ken Follett (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2010
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I thought The Pillars of the Earth was going to be a long, technical novel that I’d have to muscle through--it’s almost 1000 pages long, it’s set in the 1100s, and the cover is decorated with a diagrammatic sketch of a church. These are not the typic...more
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"Mason wrote: "when did this book take place?"

Good question, Mason. Based on references to airplanes and such, it seems to be set broadly in the presen...more
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Point Omega by Don DeLillo
Point Omega
by Don DeLillo
read in February, 2010
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Hyper-abstract intellectualization. Overly-ruminative prose peppered with mysterious and incomplete sentences. Pages of characters projecting thoughts onto others. Ugh.

I get what DeLillo is going for in Point Omega: the environments that we create an...more
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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster
read in December, 2009
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When he left the Navy, Norton Juster began writing a non-fiction book about urban planning. As an outlet from the grueling work, though, he spent his free time concocting the imaginative scenes that later became The Phantom Tollbooth. One publisher’s...more
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Better by Atul Gawande
Better
by Atul Gawande
read in November, 2008
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Oh, I wanted this to be great! Alas, only part of it is. To wit: Gawande’s umbrella themes dominate the book, but they are a distraction from his best conclusions, which are tucked quietly in the afterword.

In his introduction, Gawande asks, “What doe...more
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Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
by Richard Bach
read in February, 2009
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I confess to enjoying this book more than I like it. The writing is often heavy-handed, and the story is a generic hero epic. But who, if you dream of adventure, can deny it?

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is an outcast member of his flock. Unlike other...more
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