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First Person Plural by Cameron West
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Cameron West is not a great author, but his life does make for a great story. First Person Plural is the autobiographical tale of a man coming to grips with his multiple personalities. Its a story full of revelations, complex interplay (both interper ...more
Joseph rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Northern Lights by Tim O'Brien
Northern Lights
by Tim O'Brien
read in November, 2014
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Do people really talk like that? Do they restate and re-phrase and repeat with that consistency? Do they just keep saying the same things over and over, often with little change in the wording? Do people really duplicate their prose the way almost ev ...more
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Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
Before I Go To Sleep
by S.J. Watson (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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Before I go to sleep I gotta guess at secret endings.
Before I go to sleep I must admire genre blendings.
Before I go to sleep I think 'this whodunit has one suspect.'
Before I go to sleep I think 'we'd know so much more if facts were checked.'
Before I
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A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
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Tyrion's cell was dirty but dry and for that he was thankful. This was his seventeenth imprisonment of the past year and was proving more comfortable than most. They'd even given him a book to read and a candle to read by.

A light appeared from around
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Joseph rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Blue Moon Rising by Simon R. Green
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Reading Blue Moon Rising is like watching a group of bored gamers play Dungeons and Dragons. The character reactions are over-the-top, the vernacular is modern and the overall tone is light in spite of an approaching demon-fueled apocalypse. So a pri ...more
Joseph rated a book 4 of 5 stars
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
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My review from when I was twelve:

Where's Zaphod Beeblebrox? What is going on here? Where's Trillian? Why are they still mucking about on Earth? What is this a romance? Why don't these jokes make any sense? Where the heck is Zaphod Beeblebrox?

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Joseph rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Walden Two by B.F. Skinner
Walden Two
by B.F. Skinner
read in August, 2014
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'It's all one big debate. That's my problem.' Jim said as he and I crested the hill. 'The characters just go back and forth debating the merits of Walden Two's behaviorist society. So while there are basic story elements; characters, setting and so f ...more
Joseph rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
Once We Were Brothers
by Ronald H. Balson (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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Say you just got back from the grocery store after witnessing a bickering couple argue to the point of near-violence. You want to tell someone, so you call up a friend. How would you tell the story? You might start by indicating how unnerved the inci ...more
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Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
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'From the studios on the unstable fourth moon of Vega four; it's The Ua show!' The announcer shouted as Ua emerged from behind the curtain to the applause of her live audience.

'Thank you, thank you.' She called to her adoring fans. 'And I must say I
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Douglas Adams
“We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams
“The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question 'How can we eat?' the second by the question 'Why do we eat?' and the third by the question 'Where shall we have lunch?”
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Oscar Wilde
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

Adam Smith
“The great source of both the misery and disorders of human life, seems to arise from over-rating the difference between one permanent situation and another. Avarice over-rates the difference between poverty and riches: ambition, that between a private and a public station: vain-glory, that between obscurity and extensive reputation. The person under the influence of any of those extravagant passions, is not only miserable in his actual situation, but is often disposed to disturb the peace of society, in order to arrive at that which he so foolishly admires. The slightest observation, however, might satisfy him, that, in all the ordinary situations of human life, a well-disposed mind may be equally calm, equally cheerful, and equally contented. Some of those situations may, no doubt, deserve to be preferred to others: but none of them can deserve to be pursued with that passionate ardour which drives us to violate the rules either of prudence or of justice; or to corrupt the future tranquillity of our minds, either by shame from the remembrance of our own folly, or by remorse from the horror of our own injustice.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Albert Einstein
“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”
Albert Einstein

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