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The Ancient Maya
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"Differences in elevation, amount of rainfall, availability of water, temperature, distribution of plant and animal life, soil conditions, and location of natural resources combine in the Maya area to produce one of the most diverse environments for its size found anywhere in the world." May 02, 2018 10:05PM

 
Dostoevsky: The S...
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"So ended the life of Time, just as the joint enterprise of the Dostoevsky brothers had begun to raise its head above water financially, and its demise left Mikhail saddled with a huge load of debt." Oct 01, 2017 08:31PM

 
Brown Dog: Novellas
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"The October before, he had rediscovered his childhood sweetheart, Rose, though it must be said Rose had never offered a single gesture of affection in their youth, and she wasn't overly forthcoming in the present. To think of her as a sweetheart at all would be called a far reach, in sailing terms. She was born mean, captious, sullen, with occasional small dirty windows of charm." May 06, 2016 09:37PM

 
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The Blue Duchess by Paul Bourget
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Paul Bourget's The Blue Duchess is a surprisingly good novel written by an author of whom I had never heard before. It is a story of a writer named Jacques Molan and his adulterous love affairs with an actress and a married socialite, and the effect ...more
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The Last Wolf / Herman by László Krasznahorkai
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László Krasznahorkai's The Last Wolf / Herman is a collection of stories around the relationship of humans with a disappearing nature. In "The Last Wolf," we have a 78-page story consisting of a single sentence of a man who travels to Estremadura, Sp ...more
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V. by Thomas Pynchon
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Valley of Fear is probably the weakest of the Sherlock Holmes stories, probably because the super-sleuth only appears in the first half and the epilogue. The rest is set in Western Pennyslvania's coal country and deals wi ...more
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Valdez Is Coming by Elmore Leonard
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Elm0ore Leonard's Valdez Is Coming is the first of the author's Westerns that I have read -- and hopefully not the last. Although I love the Western film genre, I have read only a handful of Western fiction all these years.

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“unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.”
Charles Bukowski

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