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One More Thing by B.J. Novak
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
by B.J. Novak (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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A collection of stories that read like the fanciful late-night musings of a group of college students who are clever and know it. Diverting, but without any real substance and little to remember. I'm told it's better in audio, since Novak -- an actor ...more
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The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong
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The Great Transformation argues that the core religious/philosophical traditions of several major civilizations -- China, India, Greece, and Israel -- emerged at about the same time, for the same reasons, and were preoccupied with the same ideas. The ...more
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The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
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Terrific alt history set in a world where the Black Plague killed off almost all of Europe, creating the space for the Islamic World and China to dominate world affairs from the 14th century to the present/near future. That makes for some very intere ...more
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X by Sue Grafton
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by Sue Grafton
read in November, 2015
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My first Grafton/Milhone novel. A decent diversion -- the reader was quite good -- but the story consists of several disjointed narratives that never really come together; either one of the two major narratives would have made for a good plot, but we ...more
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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
The Man in the High Castle
by Philip K. Dick
read in December, 2015
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I've read this before, but not in ages, and decided to reread it when I heard that Amazon.com was turning it into a series (that I will never see since I don't have Prime). The premise is that the Axis won World War II, divided the US (west coast to ...more
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Mc Sweeney's Mammoth Treasury Of Thrilling Tales by Michael Chabon
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Michael Chabon writes that he set out to edit this collection in order to gather what might be called old-fashioned short stories -- think Conrad, London, even Faulkner as well as Kipling and all manner of genre fiction -- as a alternative to "the co ...more
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Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen
by Kelly Link
read in October, 2015
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I'd been meaning to read this for a very long time, but seem never to remember to look for it in bookstores or the library. Having finally gotten around to it, I can say I'm happy I read it but am not sure why I was searching for it all this time. Li ...more
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
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I'm a sucker for works that are at one humanist and humane, an this is a great example. This was a wonderful novel, not just for the narrative and language (though both are superb) but also for the delicate balancing of philosophy and politics with ...more
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The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis
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The brief history of the United States under the Articles of Confederation is not something I knew much about, in spite of all the reading I've done about the American Revolution and early Republic period. The Articles and the period in which they we ...more
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“I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind's door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.”
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“Always there comes an hour when one is weary of one's work and devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart.”
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