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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
"I was expecting feminist bullcrap going into this book. What I got instead was a thoughtful look on what role gender plays in our society, and how a genderless society would function. The worldbuilding of winter was also just awesome: never has co..." Read more of this review »
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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
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Um holy fuck this was the best thing I've ever read. Incredible characterization, clear yet undeniably powerful emotional threading, engaging POV switching, kick-ass action sequences. Every single part of this book matters and now I hear it's a 10-bo ...more
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
"Ya, know it was okay. The first 2/3 were pretty riveting, and there were some moments I really liked in the third act, but this was very trope-y and the driving action of the last part felt like some real contrived bullshit for there to be some ki..." Read more of this review »
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A beautifully written powerhouse of a novel that starts to fall of the rails with familiar plot theatrics and "shocking" twists as it chugs along, but the novel is so winningly addicting as a fast-paced, grandiose vehicle of action and philosophy tha ...more
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Brisk, hysterically irreverent, and uniquely Carrie, I loved this memoir start to finish. Not much substance but it's a fun, breezy read that shows off the full beauty of Ms. Fisher's delicious wit.
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J.R.R. Tolkien
“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

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“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”
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Sheila Hancock
“It’s lovely loving, isn’t it? In fact, I find it almost better, because being loved sometimes embarrasses me, but loving is a gift.”
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“Sam was the only member of the party who had not been over the river before. He had a strange feeling as the slow gurgling stream slipped by: his old life lay behind in the mists, dark adventure lay in front.”
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Earl Lovelace
“I was thinking that if what distinguishes us as humans is our stupidity, what may redeem us is our grace.”
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