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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer
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The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)
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read in January, 2015
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About the best possible version of "dystopian YA" fiction. The stakes are real, the characters feel honest, and if the hero is yet another "chosen one," well, there has to be a reason we're following this guy and not some anonymous peon.

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
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Why the Church? by Luigi Giussani
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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester
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The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
The Anubis Gates
by Tim Powers
read in August, 2014
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A bit underwhelming, considering the high expectations I had from other's reviews. Characters are a bit weak and occasionally becomes "stuff happens" fiction, but still a fun ride as we follow our hero bounce around the mysterious historical/magical ...more
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The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
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The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
by Ben H. Winters (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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Fantastic premise, clever mystery, likeable characters. A bit lighter touch than I was expecting (feels very Walker Percy, but Winters is understandably more concerned with telling a good yarn rather than exploring semiotics/philosophy).

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“When playing a game, the goal is to win, but it is the goal that is important, not the winning.”
Reiner Knizia
tags: games

Flannery O'Connor
“I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted.”
Flannery O'Connor

Walker Percy
“You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.
-Walker Percy”
Walker Percy

Flannery O'Connor
“Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.”
Flannery O'Connor

Ray Bradbury
“Sometimes the man who looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin. There are smiles & smiles; learn to tell the dark variety from the light. The seal-barker, the laugh-shouter, half the time he's covering up. He's had his fun & he's guilty. And all men do love sin, Will, oh how they love it, never doubt, in all shapes, sizes, colors & smells. Times come when troughs, not tables, suit appetites. Hear a man too loudly praising others & look to wonder if he didn't just get up from the sty. On the other hand, that unhappy, pale, put-upon man walking by, who looks all guilt & sin, why, often that's your good man with a capital G, Will. For being good is a fearful occupation; men strain at it & sometimes break in two. I've known a few. You work twice as hard to be a farmer as to be his hog. I suppose it's thinking about trying to be good makes the crack run up the wall one night. A man with high standards, too, the least hair falls on him sometimes wilts his spine. He can't let himself alone, won't let himself off the hook if he falls just a breath from grace.”
Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
tags: good, man, pig, sin, sty

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