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Life Prison (Life Prison: Mercy's Prisoner, #1)
3.73
[Excerpt.]

When Thomas arrived the next morning – it was my weekly day of rest from work, so I was engaging in a particularly agonizing examination of

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Jul 23, 2010
 
The Complete Dr. Fell Volume I: Lost
4.51
A group of rich masters swap their leatherboys back and forth with cheerful abandon. Then one master meets an arrogant boy who needs to be taken down ...more
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May 05, 2012
 
Mercy's Prisoner (Life Prison, #1)
3.85
Excerpt:

I had trouble sleeping that night. I don't know why; sleep had always been my one blessing at Mercy, transporting me back to the pleasant days
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Aug 27, 2014
 
The Forgotten Door
4.09
I can better appreciate now than I did when I was young the subtext of a fearful pursuit of an "unnatural" boy in a 1965 novel. The references to Cher ...more
Mar 2017
Mar 13, 2017
 
Journey to Manhood (Young Toughs)
0.00
[Excerpt:]


At that moment, the door opened. A light spring breeze, fresh with the smell of Bay water, entered the store, along with a waterman, unmista
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Mar 14, 2016
 
The Problem isn't Piracy. The Problem is Obscurity (Cory Doctorow on Why Authors Should Give Their Work Away, Stop Sweating Copyright and Focus on Building a Community of Readers)
3.96
really liked it
This free e-book, compiled without need for prior authorization from the author, deserves to be traditionally published in print . . . which just goes ...more
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Jul 15, 2011
 
Frontier Wolf
4.20
it was amazing
"Frontier Wolf" is part of a series by Rosemary Sutcliff about a family that lives in Britain from Roman times to the Middle Ages. "The Eagle of the N ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
 
Morgan Calabrese: The Movie
4.14
I'm saddened this comic strip isn't well known; it's a witty presentation of lesbian and gay life in the 1980s, with one of the best cartoon protagoni ...more
Aug 09, 2018
Aug 09, 2018
 
Lord and Servant (Life Prison)
4.00
He waited until Medinger was out of the way; then he brought the pistol up, two-handed, in a smooth arc that ended at the moment he pulled the trigger ...more
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Dec 22, 2014
 
The Perilous Gard
4.09
Considering how much I like the author's only other novel, The Sherwood Ring, it's hard for me to believe that "The Perilous Gard" has been sitting on ...more
Mar 10, 2017
Mar 10, 2017
 
The Listeners
3.65
it was amazing
"Between MacDonald and the sky was a giant dish held aloft by skeleton metal fingers - held high as if to catch the stardust that drifted down from th ...more
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Nov 08, 2011
 
Mind Fuck (The Administration, #1)
3.97
it was amazing
The first novel of the Administration series fits with Dorothy L. Sayers's subtitle of one of her novels: "A Love Story with Detective Interruptions" ...more
Nov 19, 2011
Jul 18, 2010
 
The Boer War
4.15
it was amazing
A dramatically compelling narrative paired with magnificent scholarship - a rare treasure. Here's an excerpt, concerning the British Commander-in-Chie ...more
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May 05, 2012
 
This Star Shall Abide (Children of the Star, #1)
4.08
it was amazing
Volume 1 of the Children of the Star trilogy. Growing up on a planet with a Stone Age culture, Noren vows to battle against the Scholars, high priests ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jul 23, 2010
 
The Cruel Sea
4.19
liked it
If you hate spoilers, wait till the end of the novel to read its prologue, "Before the Curtain." The prologue reveals a major event in the novel.

The n
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Jul 02, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
 
Horizon
3.67
Mildly good suspense, setting, and character development. Ordinarily, that's all I'd think, but as always when I'm reading a military fiction author I ...more
Mar 06, 2017
Mar 04, 2017
 
Turn Not Pale, Beloved Snail: A Book about Writing and Other Things
4.51
it was amazing
This book, which I discovered at age eleven, had a profound effect on my growth as a writer. Although Jacqueline Jackson draws most of her examples fr ...more
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Oct 12, 2010
 
Tour (Life Prison, #2.2)
4.50
Excerpt:

The "lads," the prisoners who were required to offer their service, fell silent. There were about two dozen of them – just enough to make a ti

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Nov 02, 2014
 
The Edge of the Cloud (Flambards, #2)
3.96
While I was rereading this novel, Milton's comment about Adam and Eve kept popping into my head: "He for God only, she for God in him." Then I got to ...more
Mar 10, 2017
Mar 10, 2017
 
Trial (Life Prison, #2.1)
4.50
Excerpt:

He lay on the cold concrete in the darkness, cursing in an indiscriminate manner that embraced every guard he had possessed the misfortune to
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Aug 06, 2014
 
Men and Lads (Life Prison, #1.2)
5.00
Excerpt:

Thomas had assumed as a child that the reason none of the other children in town would play with him was because his father was a guard at one
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Aug 06, 2014
 
Sweet Blood (The Eternal Dungeon, Volume 5)
3.00
[Excerpt.]

The main corridor in the Eternal Dungeon was cold. It was always cold; he had never known it to be otherwise. The prisoners received the com
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Sep 05, 2017
 
Risk (Dark Light, Volume 2)
4.50
[Excerpt:]

He saw his master's boat long before it arrived, skimming over the afternoon-bright waters of the Bay. The closer the lithe vessel approache
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Aug 26, 2016
 
The Last Voyage of the Lusitania
3.89
I'm glad this is available as an e-book now, because it's the sort of narrative nonfiction that begs for Find searches. The authors give a rapid-fire ...more
Mar 29, 2017
Mar 29, 2017
 
Checkmate (The Eternal Dungeon, #5.4)
3.25
[Excerpt:]

"It would have to be a bloody big protest to get the attention of all those people." D. spoke lightly.

Zenas shifted restlessly in his seat
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Sep 01, 2015
 
The Balance (The Eternal Dungeon, Volume 3)
4.00
[Excerpt (with spoilers for the first volume of The Eternal Dungeon:]

(view spoiler)
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Apr 15, 2016
 
The Church Cook Book
0.00
Free online: The Church Cook Book at the Internet Archive .

There's nothing particularly churchy about The Church Cook Book (1908), other than its nam
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Sep 05, 2017
Sep 04, 2017
 
Greek Slave Boy
4.06
This is pure, delightful pulp fiction, under a thin veneer of being literary fiction.

Frankly, I don't know how this novel got past the editors of Sch
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Apr 03, 2017
Apr 02, 2017
 
Far Enough Away (Young Toughs: Atompunk)
0.00

[Excerpt:]

He came down the mountain one early summer afternoon, toward the end of what had not yet been dubbed the Hydrogen War. He was just in time t

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Apr 11, 2016
 
Survival School (Young Toughs)
0.00
[Excerpt:]

"Well, I've surely been schooled."

Having said this, Bat tossed another shovelful of dirt to the side and paused to wipe his brow free of swe
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Mar 28, 2016
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