The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

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{4.5/5} “Plus, I’ve never really liked babies. I like Maya, but… Conversation with her lacks to say the least. We talk about Elmo, and I can’t stand him, by the way, but other than that, it’s mainly about her. She’s totally self-centred.” The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, published in 2014 […]

The Lake House

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{5/5} “All families were a composite of stories, and yet her own, it seemed, comprised more layers of tellings and retellings than most. There were so many of them, for one thing, and they all liked to talk and write and wonder. Living as they had at Loeanneth, a house rich with its own history, […]

Fiction books

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s my list of best fiction books that aren’t science fiction or fantasy. Best of the best Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown Shogun – James Clavell Tai-pan – James Clavell Gai-jin – James Clavell Noble House – James Clavell Whirlwind – James Clavell Generation X – Douglas Coupland […]

Generation A

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{4.5/5} “How can we be alive and not wonder about the stories we use to knit together this place we call the world? Without stories, our universe is merely rocks and clouds and lava and blackness. It’s a village scraped raw by warm waters leaving not a trace of what existed before.” Generation A by […]

The Gum Thief

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{4.5/5} “I think if human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn’t life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don’t they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of […]

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff

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{4.5/5} “It’s wildly irritating to have invented something as revolutionary as sarcasm, only to have it abused by amateurs.” Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore, published in 2002 It’s been decided that it’s time for Biff to tell his story — he was a friend of Jesus when they […]

Shaman

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{4.5/5} “Bad things don’t just grow on one path, they’re everywhere. So don’t blame yourself when those things happen. Don’t let yesterday take up much of today.”” Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson, released in 2013 Loon is in training to become the next shaman. Before that he has to go on his wander — starting […]

Shampoo Planet

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{4.5/5} “If you ever have a free moment, you might consider checking out the travel brochures for the town in which you live. You might be amazed. You might not want to live there any more.” Tyler is obsessed with hair care products and is hoping to get a great job and make lots of […]

The Distant Hours

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{4.5/5} “All things considered, I think I was doing pretty well: only occasionally did I allow myself to slip deep inside the pool of my own most maudlin imaginings. At these times I’d find a quiet, dark corner — all the better to give myself over fully to the fantasy — and picture in great […]

Codex

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{4.5/5} “But there was something magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of wood pulp and ink, leather and […]