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Astral Weeks by Ryan H. Walsh
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This is a somewhat schizophrenic book. It drew me in due to part of its subject matter: the great Van Morrison and his masterpiece album, “Astral Weeks.”
It attempts to tie in the genesis of this album with the Fort Hill Community(an experiment in com
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Artemis by Andy Weir
Artemis
by Andy Weir (Goodreads Author)
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A quick and fun simple summer read. I assume the science is correct since that seems to be the author’s “thing.” Will make a great popcorn flick somewhere down the line. This isn’t art but it is kind of fun.
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The Outsider by Stephen King
The Outsider
by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)
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Not his best but not his worst either. A good solid summer page turner. A pleasant surprise was the return of a character from his previous Bill Hodges trilogy. A bit of an anti-climactic ending but overall a satisfying read.
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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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A fun read. Definitely some heavy 1980’s nostalgia going on here. I can see why Spielberg made the film. Light reading and quick.
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Moonglow by Michael Chabon
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This novel is definitely a labor of love for the author and one of his most engrossing stories. Chabon has taken the stories told to him by his grandfather on his deathbed and turned them into a nostalgic, historical and downright enthralling complet ...more
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Dreaming the Beatles by Rob Sheffield
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A fun read and great to finally see a book from someone of my generation about the band that started it all for so many of us. Roughly chronological in nature, the book is more about certain points in Beatles history as viewed from a point after they ...more
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Reckless Daughter by David Yaffe
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Not an exhaustively researched biography such as the Neil Young biography, “Shakey,” but rather a reflection on a musical life as reflected by her albums and their songs and players. Great analysis of Joni’s albums/songs and unique insight into some ...more
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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
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Elements of science fiction, religion, with apocalyptic underpinnings. A strange hybrid of a story but compulsively readable. Open-ended conclusion.
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