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The Flood by Émile Zola
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Close to the Machine by Ellen Ullman
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Written before 1997, this is part musings on contract work and ad-hoc teams, part breakdown of the phases of a project, and mostly memoir. That last bit is the least readable, with little direction or focus. I think she tries to connect her relations ...more
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True Grit by Charles Portis
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First off, if you haven't read this, go add it to your reading list now. This short tale is every bit as good as To Kill a Mockingbird or Huckleberry Finn. If you are into audio books, this one is read by Pulitzer prize winning author Donna Tartt, wh ...more
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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by David Stuart Davies
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This book is one of fifty put out by Titan books in an extended line of Sherlock Holmes adventures by different authors. It contains a mystery within a mystery, and the pace is quite good. Davies has written five of the fifty books, and I plan to rea ...more
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The Spire by William Golding
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Unreliable narrator (and Dean of the church) drives all around him to build a spire on the cathedral which has no foundations. As the plot unfolds, we catch glimpses of the actual story, and symbolism gives us clues also. It was easy to get lost in t ...more
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The Pitch That Killed by Mike Sowell
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A very thorough book about the 1920 season and one fatal incident, along with its impact on several lives. The level of baseball detail may be too high for the casual reader. Unlike many baseball books, the umpires perspective is also utilized.

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The Flood by Émile Zola
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This novella takes the reader from the height of joy to the depth of sorrow in under an hour. Based on around a real event (Toulouse, France, in June of 1875), this tells the story of a flood that wipes out a farm and a future in the hours of darknes ...more
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The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
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Vivid descriptions of locations and classic banter define this complex crime mystery within a mystery. I read the annotated version, which pointed out not just common definitions of the day, but also where Chandler borrowed from his earlier pulp stor ...more
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The oldest book I read this year was A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (1889). The most recently published book read this year was Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion by Gina Mc ...more
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V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
V for Vendetta
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"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

A government leader, obsessed with power, turning to fascism and white male power. Where have I seen that recently?

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Albert Einstein
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

John Waters
“You should never read just for "enjoyment." Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends' insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick "hard books." Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god's sake, don't let me ever hear you say, "I can't read fiction. I only have time for the truth." Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of "literature"? That means fiction, too, stupid.”
John Waters, Role Models

Thich Nhat Hanh
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

John von Neumann
“If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.”
John von Neumann

Patricia A. McKillip
“It’s an odd thing, happiness. Some people take happiness from gold. Or black pearls. And some of us, far more fortunate, take their happiness from periwinkles.”
Patricia A. McKillip, The Changeling Sea

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