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Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley
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Zone One by Colson Whitehead
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This book has to be the biggest violator of the "show, don't tell" rule of storytelling.

I'm giving it two stars because it started out so well and the writing is impeccable. I was really sucked in by the novel initially, the world was interesting an...more
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Sled Driver by Brian Shul
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If you're looking at this book, the first thing you will notice is that it trades for hundreds of dollars on Amazon.com and is out of print. It is difficult to find a copy "just to read".

I managed to do so, and my first comment is that it is not wor...more
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Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
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I've been wanting to read the Culture series of novels for a while -- they're highly regarded and the specific type of space opera I tend to enjoy. However, I tried starting in the middle with "the good ones" like Use of Weapons and was never able to...more
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Blankets by Craig Thompson
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I just stumbled across this book on my shelf and realized I hadn't written a review on it. That's unfortunate, because I really enjoyed this book and writing a review of a book you read over a year ago is nearly impossible.

It's on my "read again" li...more
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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
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Look, I know what you're thinking. I thought it too.

You're thinking, this is a book that was written nearly 100 years ago. It cannot possibly be relevant today. You're thinking, I don't need to read this book, I am not going to manipulate people jus...more
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The Spoils of War by Alan Dean Foster
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I finished the series and felt about this book the way I felt about the other two. I keep wishing for better, or for more.

I can really only recommend this series if you're looking for something very different and specifically, where humanity just ki...more
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The False Mirror by Alan Dean Foster
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This is a better book than A Call To Arms, but unfortunately, you'll have to read that one to understand this one. You really can't just start here.

As I said before, this series has an interesting premise: humans are effectively the scariest thing in...more
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A Call to Arms by Alan Dean Foster
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Great idea, fantastic world, terrible protagonist.

I'd give this book a solid four stars if it wasn't for the character of Will Dulac. He doesn't act like any human I've ever known and continually denies human history. He's technically a hippie, but...more
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