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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

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Despite the Falling Snow by Shamim Sarif
Despite the Falling Snow

jai41004, March 16, 2012

This is a really great book. The story goes back and fourth between current day in Boston and post-Stalin Russia really seamlessly. The way that the characters meet and continue the story together you get to know different sides of each of them. I definitely was wanted all of them to get the things they want and are trying to achieve through out the book, even though it's complicated. When the grown children go to Moscow together to learn the truth about what happened the story goes in a direction that I didn't expect. Overall this was a really great read.
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I Can't Think Straight by Shamim Sarif
I Can't Think Straight

jai41004, March 16, 2012

This book is a love story about two women, one from Jordan the other from London. It's loosely based on how the author and her wife got together. I found the characters really likable and engaging. Both main characters do some growing throughout the book. It is also pretty funny in some spots. It's very similar to the film, I do still like the book better because I liked Leyla better in the book than in the film.
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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)

jai41004, March 12, 2012

This book was excellent, I read it in two long sittings.
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The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
The Lover's Dictionary

jai41004, March 10, 2012

I love the uniqueness of this book. The author describes the narrators relationship and the course it takes through dictionary entries. You understand the course of the relationship and the meaning it has even though there is no sequential telling of events. He is very honest and describes the highs and lows in the relationship, he describes love with words you wouldn't usually associate with love. By incorporating words that aren't usually a part of the way we talk about love he expresses some of the complexity of love.
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Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho
Eleven Minutes

jai41004, March 10, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. It's about a woman who gives up on love very early in life and seeks out fortune by traveling to Sweden to become a dancer. She eventually becomes a prostitute. Throughout the book she is exploring her feelings about love and sex in her journal. She ends up meeting someone and struggling to decide how to handle the feelings she has for him. Some of the passages from her journal are really insightful and others are just beautiful. My favorite quote from the book is: “Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they’re not. When two bodies meet, it is just the cup overflowing. They can stay together for hours, even days. They begin the dance one day and finish it the next, or--such is the pleasure they experience--they may never finish it. No eleven minutes for them.”
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