Douglas Summers.Stay

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Machinamenta: The Thousand ...

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Circus World by Barry B. Longyear
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1434 by Gavin Menzies
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I hesitate to label this "non-fiction." The endpapers are a clearly fraudulent map showing the entire world mapped before Columbus. Much of the book was interesting but I was unable to sort out what was true from what the author was making up. I woul ...more
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Too Big to Walk by Brian J. Ford
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I have no idea how this guy got a book deal. Yes, he is a published biologist, but his focus is microorganisms. On paleontology he's a complete amateur! The thesis of the book is that most dinosaurs, (including T-Rex and the hadrosaurs, not just the ...more
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The Truth About Fat by Anthony Warner
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I don't know much about dieting-- I was a really skinny kid and my goal was always to eat enough, not eat less. But I am just over the threshold for "overweight" based on my BMI now and have started trying to limit how many desserts I eat, have mostl ...more
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Circus World by Barry B. Longyear
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I've been working on a Dungeons & Dragons adventure for some relatives that is set in a fantasy world based on circus acts, and in researching it I came across this book about a planet where a circus spaceship crash-landed and populated the plane ...more
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The Promised Neverland - Chapter 1 by Kaiu Shirai
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I was intrigued by the dark premise (the monsters really are coming to get the children) but the execution was too cartoonish to hold my interest. Part of the problem may have been the translation into English.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
"The thing that most surprised me in this book was how 4/5 of the way through, Bronte was willing to completely turn the focus of the plot for a period before resolving at the end. That's not the kind of thing you see in most modern fiction. I was..." Read more of this review »
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Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
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If you've read Better Angels of Our Natures, this book is more of the same. Hundreds of graphs demonstrating just how much better things have gotten than they used to be. War, crime, disease, poverty, illiteracy, accidents-- even lightning strike dea ...more
Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned by Kenneth O. Stanley
" In the last year this approach has had great success in discovering strategies for playing complex games: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1810.12894.pdf "
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J.R.R. Tolkien
“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
J.R.R. Tolkien

Italo Calvino
“Sections in the bookstore

- Books You Haven't Read
- Books You Needn't Read
- Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
- Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written
- Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
- Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
- Books Too Expensive Now and You'll Wait 'Til They're Remaindered
- Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback
- Books You Can Borrow from Somebody
- Books That Everybody's Read So It's As If You Had Read Them, Too
- Books You've Been Planning to Read for Ages
- Books You've Been Hunting for Years Without Success
- Books Dealing with Something You're Working on at the Moment
- Books You Want to Own So They'll Be Handy Just in Case
- Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer
- Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
- Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
- Books Read Long Ago Which It's Now Time to Re-read
- Books You've Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It's Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them”
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

John Rogers
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

[Kung Fu Monkey -- Ephemera, blog post, March 19, 2009]”
John Rogers




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