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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
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The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan
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This one is a lot slower than the predecessors in the series - it foreshadows the cycle getting just plain more boring. Oh well.

At this point I'm committed and if you're reading it you probably are too...
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The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe
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This is the continuation of Severian's journey to Thrax, the city of Windowless Rooms and eventually to the House Absolute.

I love the different ways that Wolfe tells his tale, the ways the reader has to piece together a story, like a mosaic or puzzle
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The Civil War, Vol. 3 by Shelby Foote
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The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Dead Zone
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It was fascinating to come back to this after having read 11/22/63 - there are a lot of ideas that link these books across decades of King's prolific career.

On the other hand it was terrifying - the rise of a charismatic demagogue as a central antago
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The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
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So I love Gene Wolfe as an author. He's an acquired taste but I love the depth of his plot, the style of his writing, the elegance of his prose. He's what I want to be when I write, he writes in a way that makes him a great author.

Severian is a lying
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Othello by William Shakespeare
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Iago is such an awful villain that I love to hate. What's not to appreciate about the punk?

So many great lines, discussions of race and gender from centuries in the past. The Moor of Venice remains my favorite Shakespearian tragedy
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Children of God by Mary Doria Russell
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I don't know why this one so much feels like an almost, not quite, book. The ending pleases me more. But the characters seem more like archetypes, less like people. Isaac's autism, while commendable for being mentioned in a book isn't explored - it f ...more
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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
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This is the best book of the Sparrow series (do two books count as a series). This is first contact, religion, the future, interesting space travel and characters done right. Though a lot of these characters seem more chosen for a movie than reality, ...more
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The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
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So this is my favorite of the Wheel of Time novels. Really more of a 4.25, but it gets some bonus points for what it represents - Celts in Arrakis, a nice revamp of the Two Towers in Two Rivers, characters moving in unexpected ways and the last time ...more
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