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Breakfast of Champions
Breakfast of Champions
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4.0 out of 5 stars What is madness?, January 26, 2016
Only in a Vonnegut novel would a crazy-looking hack writer of sci-fi be the sane character and the relatively normal-appearing Pontiac dealer be the character who is actually the mental ill one. How fitting that the crazy person takes the crazy stories of the writer as truth and ends up being the one going on a violent rampage. Just to keep things interesting, Vonnegut once more inserts his authorial voice into the story. Though his style is simple, the implications of the story's jittery structure is anything but. The author really makes the reader wonder just exactly that madness is in a world where everything can be considered mad.


Why I Travel and Why You Should Too!
Why I Travel and Why You Should Too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Making the Case, January 7, 2016
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This is a good collection that will make anyone who reads it feel like striking out on their own and having adventures.


The Creative Zone: An Adult Coloring Book Inspired by Stained Glass
The Creative Zone: An Adult Coloring Book Inspired by Stained Glass
by Kathy Andrew
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Designs, December 31, 2015
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The intricate designs in Andrew's book practically beg to be colored in as page after page reveals such visually fascinating designs. I gave this book to three people as Christmas presents and all were excited and other family members wanted to be allowed to color at least one picture form the book as well.


Slaughterhouse-Five
Slaughterhouse-Five
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5.0 out of 5 stars On and on it goes..., December 31, 2015
I was too young to fully appreciate this book when I first read it a couple of decades ago. The nonlinear postmodernist structure allows a freeform way for Vonnegut to comment on life's meaning (or lack thereof). At first disorientating, Billy Pilgrim's becoming unstuck in time provides the perfect structure for commenting on existence, especially given the refrain "so it goes" which is repeated over a hundred time in the course of this short novel. It's a crazy story that just may be the most sane commentary on life written. The narration by James Franco is excellent as well. I can't wait to read this one again and again and again now.


A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Clever than Entertaining, December 8, 2015
Different isn't always necessarily good. While there's a lot to like like about the societal themes that drive this book, in the end it struck me as being the type of book that's more clever than it is truly entertaining. The sum of its admirable parts not as great as the sum of its whole. The made-up dialect added an important other worldliness to this dystopia and becomes an integral part of what makes the book unique. Undoubtedly, I missed some story nuances due to listening to the Audible version and will probably read the print version at some point as well.


The Martian: A Novel
The Martian: A Novel
Offered by Random House LLC
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yay! Science!, December 2, 2015
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The protagonist's humor in a dire situation is what makes this story truly come to life. At its heart, the book is a survival story albeit one that falls in the genre of science fiction. Mark Watney is a study in tenacity. The plot can feel a bit too structured at times, but I still held my breath at every pickle he got himself into. Many of the lines were laugh-out-loud funny, and the humor helped to balance the detailed sections on the math and science problems he needed to solve to keep himself alive. It's a shame the movie didn't bring his constant calculations to the forefront. Overall, the book strikes an admirable balance between character, plot, and genre.


Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed, November 30, 2015
I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did, but unfortunately could not. If taken on it's own, the characters fall a bit flat and the amount of backstory and telling (rather than showing) that comprise a good portion of this short novel make it not nearly as engaging as its predecessor. It's a worthwhile read to anyone who enjoyed the first book, but just read it as a book that isn't truly finished and could have undergone more revision to make it truly shine.


Blue Highways: A Journey into America
Blue Highways: A Journey into America
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roads Less Traveled, October 7, 2015
Any seasoned traveler knows seeking the road less traveled can make all the difference, and William Least Heat-Moon does just that in his bestselling travel memoir from the early 1980s. He avoids the red main roads of maps and travels the lesser blue highways instead to towns with off-the-wall names. He expertly captures the cadence and rhythm necessitated by such writing as he weaves the narrative to reflect the marriage of person and place. The prose paints and intimate portrait of those he encounters on his journey. Yet, those character sketches add up to a larger commentary on who we are as a nation. It's amazing what a person will tell a stranger when they strike up a conversation.


Middlesex
Middlesex
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4.0 out of 5 stars Structural Concerns, September 8, 2015
This review is from: Middlesex (Audible Audio Edition)
The amount of craft that went into writing this novel is undeniable, and its structure is at once its triumph and Achilles heel. In order to convey the full history of hermaphroditic Calliope's transition to Cal, Eudgenides takes the long road. Having Cal narrate the story of his family's immigration and the subsequent marriage of siblings works well for the most part. The issue is how the novel reads like two books in one, and I found the first half more engaging than the second because the overall characterizations seemed stronger and subsequently more engaging. Many have deemed this a Great American novel. I can't say I'd disagree, but it's one of those stories where all of the elements of craft will strike readers in various ways. The audiobook narration by Kristoffer Tabori brought great nuance to the humor and simultaneous earnestness of the subject matter.


It's a Long Story: My Life
It's a Long Story: My Life
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4.0 out of 5 stars A True Artist, August 18, 2015
What's not to like about Willie Nelson? He's a true artist in every sense of the word, not to mention a unique individual who stands his ground when it comes to his liberal views. This memoir will fill readers in on just how long it took to establish himself as a singing star after his initial success as a song writer and fairly long career as a radio DJ. The story about Nelson and President Carter on the roof of the White House is priceless. Alas, the audio book was not narrated by Nelson himself. To hear the man's story in his voice would have been something indeed.


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