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Nicholas Merlin Karpuk

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I read a lot mostly because it's my favorite way to cope with any sort of waiting I might have to do.

There aren't many people I can talk to about reading, and I lack the social skills to locate a book club in Denver, so I figure all these thoughts about what I'm reading have to go somewhere, so why not into a forum so elegantly designed for such things.

On rating, I probably come off as a bit harsh, but I figure they give me a scale of 1 to 5, so I should use the whole thing.

1 Star - Failure
2 Stars - Failure with interesting ideas or unrealized potential. Not a complete waste in other words.
3 Stars - Competent and entertaining.
4 Stars - An actual good book. One I actually tell people about and actively recommend.
5 Stars - A personal classic.
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Average rating: 4.7 · 37 ratings · 12 reviews · 3 distinct works
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2009
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Nicholas Karpuk Nicholas Karpuk said: " HP Lovecraft has influenced so many things that I enjoy, from Stephen King to games like Bloodborne, so I figured I might as well try to make a concerted effort to read his fiction. What's nice is that Amazon has a complete edition on Kindle that cos ...more "

 

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Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
" Yeah, I've seen you reference Remains of the Day a lot when discussing his other books. Definitely putting a library hold on that one.

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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There's an old Kurt Vonnegut quote that I get the feeling Kazuo Ishiguro would probably hate:
Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is goin
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Abhorsen by Garth Nix
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This the second half of Lirael. That didn't actually upset me, because they'd both been released as audiobooks long before I got started with the series, so I could just read them sequentially, but what it does mean is that my review for the two are ...more
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Lirael by Garth Nix
Lirael (Abhorsen, #2)
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The Abhorsen books scratch a very particular itch for me. They're creative, often take somewhat unpredictable directions, and always manage to keep their characters from falling into complete cliches or tropes.

If there's a flaw in the second book, i
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Catwoman, Volume 1 by Ed Brubaker
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Catwoman is a good reminder of how indifferent some groups in comics can be towards consistency in art and writing on a given series. Sometimes you get teams that stay together for years (Sara, Squirrel Girl), but more often you get the patchwork app ...more
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Flashpoint by Geoff Johns
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I bought this book because I've been on a Geoff Johns kick lately, and even then I had to be persuaded to buy this book by someone who's seriously into DC. My issue was simply that I never understood how the Flash really worked on a dramatic level. H ...more
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DC by Darwyn Cooke
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Getting New Frontier all in one book was almost overwhelming. It's a gigantic story told with extreme confidence, and it feels more like a novel than most graphic novels I've read.

Darwyn Cooke basically took most of the Justice League and placed them
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Kurt Vonnegut
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Thomas Paine
“Time makes more converts than reason.”
Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Neal Stephenson
“The difference between stupid and intelligent people -- and this is true whether or not they are well-educated -- is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambigous or even contradictory situations -- in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward.”
Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

Harlan Ellison
“If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.”
Harlan Ellison

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message 1: by Colin

Colin McKay Miller Glad you made it here, mate. Beware, Goodreads is the land where everyone insists on mostly four- and five-star ratings. I have a hard time convincing people that a three-star rating is actually a recommended book.

Most people won't read your reviews, which is a shame, because you've got a good mind and it translates to your criticism. So it is. I still like reviewing books. It takes a different level of thinking.


message 2: by Colin

Colin McKay Miller Hey, Nick, have you read Stitches? I saw it at King Soopers (of all places) the other night, saw the fancy medal on the cover, enjoyed a bit of it, and wondered what you thought. Bobby gave it a good review,


Nicholas Karpuk Colin wrote: "Hey, Nick, have you read Stitches? I saw it at King Soopers (of all places) the other night, saw the fancy medal on the cover, enjoyed a bit of it, and wondered what you thought. Bobby gave it a go..."

No, but it's now on my wishlist.


message 4: by C

C Sassy, huh? lol Thanks for the invite! :)


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