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Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
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Even though this was the first book of the The Culture, I'm glad I didn't read it first, as I may not have been motivated to read the rest of the series, and the books get stronger as they go. It was good, and builds a strong foundation for the other ...more
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The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
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I enjoyed this book, but did not find it as amazing as Use of Weapons. It continues to build a universe that places a great deal of hope on technology and keeps a guardedly optimistic view of what could be. The characters are more sympathetically dra ...more
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Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
Use of Weapons (Culture, #3)
by Iain M. Banks
read in February, 2016
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I found this book extremely entertaining and disturbing. The unusual arrangement of the chapters -moving alternately forward and backward, so that you are reading the beginning, then the end, then working your way back from the beginning and end towa ...more
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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The Year of the Flood
by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)
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If you enjoy books that present a plausible but frightening peek into the future, this book is for you.
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Tenth of December by George Saunders
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Excession by Iain M. Banks
Excession (Culture, #5)
by Iain M. Banks
read in January, 2016
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This is a very good book, in spite of being long, complex, deeply philosophical, and, apperently, the fifth book in a series where I have yet to read the first four. The characters, even the nonhuman ones, are well-developed and relatable. The plot i ...more
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Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis
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Notes from the Holocene by Dorion Sagan
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How to Be Alive by Colin Beavan
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Gordon Korman
“Ask yourself: 'Do I feel the need to laminate?' Then teaching is for you.”
Gordon Korman

P.C. Cast
“In my ten years of teaching I’ve noticed that teachers tend to have a bad habit of talking to themselves. I hypothesize that this is because we talk for a living, and we feel safe speaking our feelings aloud. Or it could be that most of us, especially the high school teacher variety, are just weird as shit.”
P.C. Cast, Divine By Mistake

Jeannette Walls
“The women I know with strong personalities, the ones who might have become generals or the heads of companies if they were men, become teachers. Teaching is a calling, too. And I've always thought that teachers in their way are holy--angles leading their flocks out of the darkness.”
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

Donna Quesada
“The effects you will have on your students are infinite and currently unknown; you will possibly shape the way they proceed in their careers, the way they will vote, the way they will behave as partners and spouses, the way they will raise their kids.”
Donna Quesada, Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers

Wilhelm Reich
“You'll have a good, secure life when being alive means more to you than security, love more than money, your freedom more than public or partisan opinion, when the mood of Beethoven's or Bach's music becomes the mood of your whole life … when your thinking is in harmony, and no longer in conflict, with your feelings … when you let yourself be guided by the thoughts of great sages and no longer by the crimes of great warriors … when you pay the men and women who teach your children better than the politicians; when truths inspire you and empty formulas repel you; when you communicate with your fellow workers in foreign countries directly, and no longer through diplomats...”
Wilhelm Reich, Listen, Little Man!

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