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Armadillo Recon Unit and Other Tall Tales by Bil Lepp
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A collection of modern tall tales, by a frequent winner of the West Virginia State Liars Contest.

They're generally hilarious, although they often tiptoe awfully close to "trying too hard to be funny" territory. The author is fond of stories which cul
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Voices from the Thai Countryside by Samruam Singh
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Chinese Myths and Fantasies by Cyril Birch
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Pretty decent, well-told (or retold) collection of folk tales. Probably best suited for middle-grade readers; as an adult, I'm a bit put off by the fact that Birch provides no attribution of his source material, and no background notes that would hel ...more
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Myths and Tales of the Chiricahua Apache Indians by Morris Edward Opler
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A short book of stories collected in the 1930s from members of the Chiricahua Apache tribe; about half the book consists of Coyote stories. The prose quality, as is often the case with collections of oral folklore, is probably a bit too rough for mos ...more
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A Song for Lya by George R.R. Martin
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The Web of the Chozen by Jack L. Chalker
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A well-written, fast-paced, intellectually stimulating sci-fi novel. But the ideas presented in it are... problematic.

The basic plot: it's centuries in the future, and humanity has colonized over a hundred worlds. A man named Bar Holliday works as a
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Steven Erikson
“Words are the weapons used by those who see others with contempt. A contempt which only deepens when they see how those others are deceived and made into fools because they chose to believe. Because in their naivety they thought the meaning of a word was fixed, immune to abuse.”
Steven Erikson, Reaper's Gale

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Richard Fortey
“Little bits of Norwegian came to me by a kind of aural osmosis. The most surprising linguistic fact I learned was the impoverishment of that language in swear words. In fact, there is only one- 'farn'- which merely means something like 'devil take it!', but is considered very rude by a well brought-up Viking. It has to pass muster for most of the everyday tragedies that beset an expedition. If a finger is hammered, you jump up and down and cry 'farn'; if you drop an outstanding fossil irretrievably into the sea, you splutter for a while and then mutter 'farn' under your breath. If all your provisions were carried away by a hurricane and death were guaranteed, all the poor Norwegian could do would be to stand on the shingle and cry 'farn' into the wind. Somehow this does not seem adequate for the occasion.”
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“Look at them, the bugs. Humans have used everything in their power to extinguish them: every kind of poison, aerial sprays, introducing and cultivating their natural predators, searching for and destroying their eggs, using genetic modification to sterilize them, burning with fire, drowning with water. Every family has bug spray, every desk has a fly-swatter under it... this long war has been going on for the entire history of human civilization. But the outcome is still in doubt. The bugs have not been eliminated.”
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