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Interesting Books, Part Five

J. Conder "favored by the gods"
The list author says: "And so the list continues. See Interesting Books, Part One through Four for background. These books have little that binds them together, except their influence on my thinking."
Riddley Walker, Expanded Edition
Riddley Walker, Expanded Edition
"Hoban's post-apocalyptic language and culture is haunting and believable."
The Emperor's Handbook: A New Translation of The Meditations
The Emperor's Handbook: A New Translation of The Meditations
"If it is good to say or do something, it is even better to be criticized for having said or done it."
A Game of Thrones/A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire)
A Game of Thrones/A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire)
"Post-Tolkien fantasy warfare and politics.  Great characters."
Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile
Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile
"Great series, as deserving of praise as Sandman."
The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic
The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic
"Sure, they do voodoo, but they do it so well."
The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold
The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold
"The novelty isn't that they were killing the king. . . it's that they had no replacement planned . . ."
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
"Agree with his conclusions or not, Diamond's arguments certainly have given a fresh perspective on why some societies have "succeeded" more than others."
Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography
Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography
"The godfather of the modern comic strip."
Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight
Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight
"Ray and Beef vs. the world.  A 21st century bildungsroman."
Woman: An Intimate Geography
Woman: An Intimate Geography
"I love you, science."
Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer
Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer
"A time capsule of an amazing era in football."
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
"A must-read survival story, along with Aaron Ralson's "Between a Rock and a Hard Place.""
Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time
Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time
"James takes a look at 20th Century players in history and the humanities. . . from obvious choices like Charlie Chaplin and Mao, to lesser known figures like Sophie Scholl and Paul Muratov.  He is unflinching in his resolve to let no villain off the hook."
The Liar's Tale: A History of Falsehood
The Liar's Tale: A History of Falsehood
"A pervasive and often adaptive trait.  Not a book for the morally queasy."
The Chocolate War
The Chocolate War
"Don't disturb the universe.  Seriously, how much more clear do we have to be!"