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Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand
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My experience with Elizabeth Hand's work began with the brilliant slow-burn of a ghost story, "Wylding Hall". So imagine my surprise when this novel takes off like a shot at a pace that would make Dashiell Hammett blush! It's a deep-noir thrill ride, ...more
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Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
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Banks trades his glorious playfulness for delicate emotional depth and it works surprisingly well.
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Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
“Of course I don’t have to do this,” one middle-aged man said, carefully cleaning the table with a damp cloth. He put the cloth in a little pouch, sat down beside him. “But look, this table’s clean.” He agreed that the table was clean. “Usually,” the man said. “I work on alien — no offense — alien religions; Directional Emphasis In Religious Observance; that’s my speciality . . . like when temples or graves or prayers always have to face in a certain direction; that sort of thing? Well, I catalog, evaluate, compare; I come up with theories and argue with colleagues, here and elsewhere. But . . . the job’s never finished; always new examples, and even the old ones get reevaluated, and new people come along with new ideas about what you thought was settled . . . but” — he slapped the table — “when you clean a table you clean a table. You feel you’ve done something. It’s an achievement.”
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The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death by Daniel Pinkwater
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This might well be the best book by the best kid's book writer ever. The usual hilarity in this one is wrapped up with an edginess that speaks to childhood independence and a flat-out mania.
Hilarious, smart and never EVER pandering.

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Doctor Who by Andy Lane
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Given this book's reputation, I was surprised by how sharp and assured it was. To be fair, early on in the Virgin New Adventures, Ace is difficult, but Lane and Mortimere took to the challenge well and, instead of trying to bring her gingerly into th ...more
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Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
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Gabrielle Hamilton's memior probably shouldn't surprise anyone given her fascinating background, journalistic work and her Masters. But it does surprise. Her work is so deft; slipping between delicately nostalgic and and fiercely agressive with the e ...more
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Something Happened by Joseph Heller
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"I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long."

One of the most brilliant books I've ever read; also one of the most bitter. I spennt a lot of time in this book alternately being thrill
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Slaves of Spiegel by Daniel Pinkwater
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" 23, which is better than I'd have thought. There's actually a few on here that I read and really disliked, which is fascinating (and how lists like th ...more "
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Say it with me, "Fahrenheit 451 is NOT a book about censorship."
There is censorship as an element, but it is a book about the isolating influence of television and the tyranny of the majority. As Beatty, the fire chief, points out repeatedly, t
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Paul Park
“So maybe it wasn’t even true that I could choose to share in the world’s future. It wasn’t a matter of simple nostalgia. For a long time, for many people and certainly for me, the past had taken the future’s place, as any hope or sense of forward progress had dried up and disappeared. But now, as I aged, more and more the past had taken over the present also, because the past was all we had.”
Paul Park, All Those Vanished Engines

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“Such grave uncertainty, whenever the mind feels overtaken by itself; when it, the seeker, is also the obscure country where it must seek and where all its baggage will be nothing to it.”
Marcel Proust

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“Everything that is not as it appears, I think it is from your country.”
Paul Park, The Tourmaline

Marcel Proust
“This water lily was the same, and it was also like one of those miserable creatures whose singular torment, repeated indefinitely throughout eternity, aroused the curiosity of Dante, who would have asked the tormented creature himself to recount its cause and its particularities at greater length had Virgil, striding on ahead, not forced him to hurry after immediately, as my parents did me.”
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

Marcel Proust
“Facts do not find their way into the world in which our beliefs reside; they did not produce our beliefs, they do not destroy them; they may inflict on them the most constant refutations without weakening them, and an avalanche of afflictions or ailment succeeding one another without interruption in a family will not make it doubt the goodness of its God or the talent of its doctor.”
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

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