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The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

The last Discworld book by Terry Pratchett. Book Number 41 is about Tiffany Aching and the Discworld Witches. While we get a few flashes of the larger Discworld, Death, Hex, Vetinari, etc – this is mainly a tale of Witches and Elves and the

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It Doesn’t Suck. Showgirls

A book that explores the deeper meaning of Showgirls.  is what the hero of says whenever she likes something, such as a sports car or a bottle of champagne. The title should not be taken to mean that Showgirls doesn’t

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The suspense is terrible. I hope it lasts. ~Willy Wonka is a deep novel. It has many layers. We start off following two main characters. We hear about their work, their passions, their hopes. One is a writer and there

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The Ghost in My Brain

Ain’t that a kick in the head? starts off with Dr Clark Elliott coming close to freezing to death. This happens as he makes the two hour trek from his office to his car in the college parking lot. He

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Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

The Beatles-The Early Years. follows in the footsteps of James A. Michener, we start the story of the Beatles in the 1840s or so. I’ve never been that into the whole Roots thing and have little interest in what John,

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Between The World and Me

 Morpheus: The body cannot live without the mind. lays his book out as a letter to his son. He talks about race, life, death, and how the world he grew up in and the world where his son now lives

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Dead Wake by Erik Larson

The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Erik Larson writes dense books filled with minutia that somehow always feel poignant and relevant. This time the story is about World War I u-boats and the end of the great age of Ocean

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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

A Trigger Warning is something designed to keep people from being upset by what they read or see. I agree with Neil when he says if you’re warned about something, you pretty much take the fun out it. I’m not

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The Last Train to Zona Verde

John McDonough, the narrator here, sounds like a man standing on a bridge, killing the last couple of hours before he jumps to his death. His deadpan delivery of Paul Theroux’s Last Train to Zona Verde seems a little morose.

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Caffeinated

A few years back I went on The UltraMind Solution Diet. Among the things forbidden on this diet, was caffeine. I went six weeks without drinking coffee, sodas, or anything else that had caffeine added to it. After the diet

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