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A riff on Marvel Zombies, this time with DC’s heroes turning into monsters and the world going to ruin. The major difference is that this time we get to see the outbreak from its inception. Darkseid grasps the Anti-Life Equation and (shockingly!) it ...more
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I Am Behind You is a slow novel for good reason. It has a gripping premise: four groups who camped at a roadside wake to find the rest of the world has vanished, and they are stuck in a wilderness with no cell signal, no other cars, and no sun.

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Theo is a half-elf boy who just wants to read. If he could, he’d spend his whole life in the town library. But because of his poverty and ethnic status, he’s refused the right to check out even a single book. This is his story as he stands up to bull ...more
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Easter is a black child living in the U.S. South after the Civil War, and she's haunted both by figurative Jim Crow and a literal devil with an infernal bargain for her. She can hear and see the angels, and when her family asks right, bring down a li ...more
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"I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Bizarre, bonkers but utterly gripping.

I was a huge fan of Let The Right One In and was curious to see if Lindqvist could pull it off again in this book. For the most part, the a.../>Bizarre," Read more of this review »
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"The five stages of reading a John Ajvide Lindqvist novel:

1. This is really good!
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3. Man, this is some weird shit.
4. wtf? I mean, really.... W.T.F?
5. Finished, I'm never reading anything this strange again...." Read more of this review »
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I needed this book right now. It’s a spooky slow burn that gradually exposes the horrors of the world’s worst bridge. It’s not just a bridge into a haunted town, but into other realities, and it’ll send nightmarish things to chew on anyone who tries ...more
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“[L]anguage functions best when we mediate between the descriptive and prescriptive influences, changing the rules to better suit some things, but sticking to them for others.”
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“A friend came to visit James Joyce one day and found the great man sprawled across his writing desk in a posture of utter despair.

James, what’s wrong?' the friend asked. 'Is it the work?'

Joyce indicated assent without even raising his head to look at his friend. Of course it was the work; isn’t it always?

How many words did you get today?' the friend pursued.

Joyce (still in despair, still sprawled facedown on his desk): 'Seven.'

Seven? But James… that’s good, at least for you.'

Yes,' Joyce said, finally looking up. 'I suppose it is… but I don’t know what order they go in!”
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John Wiswell Ella wrote: "John wrote: "Ella wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, John! Have you read any Dunsany?"

Pleased to meet you, Ella! I only started reading him in 2013, when I was challenged to ape his style. I ..."


As someone just starting to get publications under my belt, I completely sympathize with his fear. He was unique in ways that would probably get a lot of any marketplace to shut him out. Many of our greats were like that!


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Nenče John wrote: "Ella wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, John! Have you read any Dunsany?"

Pleased to meet you, Ella! I only started reading him in 2013, when I was challenged to ape his style. I failed terrib..."


So true! Though apparently his unusual prose style caused him worry - he wrote once,

"For years no style seemed to me natural but that of the Bible and I feared that I never would become a writer when I saw that other people did not use it."


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John Wiswell Ella wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, John! Have you read any Dunsany?"

Pleased to meet you, Ella! I only started reading him in 2013, when I was challenged to ape his style. I failed terribly, though I wrote a preposterous thing in result. He's one of Fantasy's truly unique authors.


Nenče Thanks for the friend request, John! Have you read any Dunsany?


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John Wiswell Ken wrote: "Hi John. Good evening, I hope the weekend is well. Thanks for accepting me on your friends list. I look forward to doing some back reading on your many book reviews and come across some gems that I..."

Happy to meet you, Ken. Thanks for the earnest explanation of why you wanted to be friends in the invitation. It's rare someone explains like that. I ought to be reading more non-superhero comics this summer - Demo looks particularly appealing.


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John Wiswell Joe wrote: "Hi john, Thanks for accepting, What is the one book you would recommend to me?

Joe."


We do seem to have fairly similar tastes, looking at our two book feeds. You're reading one of my all-time favorite novels right now. Comparing the lists, I'd next recommend Huxley's Brave New World. It's a wild vision of the future pregnant with social commentary.


Joseph Hi john, Thanks for accepting, What is the one book you would recommend to me?

Joe.


SHAKIRA CHOONG My dear friend,
How have you been?
I would be very honoured if you could be so kind as to read my story and see it you like it?
http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/5...

hugs,
shakira
http://justmeshakirack.blogspot.com


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