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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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I was given this book by a relative, which is the only reason it ended up in my house; as someone who works with dogs professionally, I would never have been inspired to pick up a book that opens with the brutal death of someone's pet. However, I dec...more
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The Saint and the Sizzling Saboteur by Leslie Charteris
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This wartime caper, while a bit darker than the average Saint adventure, nevertheless fails to be one of his more memorable escapades. Perhaps this is due to the scrim of patriotic fervor that weighs down Simon's usual devil-may-care spirit; or perha...more
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Disenchanted by Robert Kroese
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A quick and entertaining read that gives a knowing wink to fantasy tropes and draws as many laughs as you'd expect from a story about a rotting animate corpse trying to make it to the afterlife. If you're looking for Tolkien-esque high fantasy, you'v...more
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The Brand of Silence by Harrington Strong
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Brother Against Brother by Franklin W. Dixon
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Uncharted by Christopher Golden
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Mark Twain
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
Mark Twain

“Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.”
Maimonides, The Guide for the Perplexed

Orson Welles
“The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.”
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George MacDonald
“A genuine work of art must mean many things; the truer its art, the more things it will mean. If my drawing, on the other hand, is so far from being a work of art that it needs THIS IS A HORSE written under it, what can it matter that neither you nor your child should know what it means? It is there not so much to convey a meaning as to wake a meaning. If it do not even wake an interest, throw it aside. A meaning may be there, but it is not for you. If, again, you do not know a horse when you see it, the name written under it will not serve you much. At all events, the business of the painter is not to teach zoology.”
George MacDonald, The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories

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“The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.”
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