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His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
His Majesty's Dragon

wurdnurd, January 1, 2012

I finally started reading this series this year, and am absolutely in LOVE with Temeraire and Laurence. They are the perfect odd couple, both are intelligent and well-spoken, but Temeraire has that childlike insolence that contrasts beautifully against Laurence's British rigidity. A perfect read for history buffs and fantasy fanatics alike!
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Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different by Gordon S Wood
Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

wurdnurd, July 13, 2011

Instead of the usual dry and academic examination of the Founding Fathers, Wood writes brief sketches of some of the more influential men, examining their motivations, desires, conflicts and personalities, and how these "characters" came to (sometimes unwillingly) create the basis of American politics. It's odd to read this book, written and published before Obama ran for President, before the rise of the Tea Party and before our current contamination of contrary politics; so many of today's more heinous political treachery would fit in nicely during Colonial and Revolutionary America. And that many of the founders genuinely felt that a government "by the people, for the people" really meant "by the will and grace of the educated, wealthy white male, for the benefit of everyone else, as we see fit." One strange item of note: Wood really, really doesn't seem to like the role of the Vice President in contemporary politics, taking numerous digs throughout the book, so if you're a fan of the guy in the #2 spot, consider yourself warned.
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Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
Armageddon in Retrospect

wurdnurd, June 13, 2011

Tragic. Hilarious. Touching. Gruesome. Heart-breaking. Each of these stand-alone essays and short stories ruminates on the perils of war, mostly from the soldier’s point of view. There are few writers who are so imaginative, so eloquent and so talented, yet so thoroughly knowledgeable of the brutality and unfairness of war. Each of these essays elicits a keen emotion, whether it be joy, amusement, bewilderment or depression.
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Scream Queen by Brendan Hay
Scream Queen

wurdnurd, March 18, 2011

NOT for the faint at heart, this is a book full of violence, gore and other unpleasantness. The story is a whole lot of nonsense (beautiful girl-next-door-type becomes the unwitting object of affection of a completely psychotic, mentally disabled serial killer) with extremely detailed, graphic artwork. There is a slightly jarring dichotomy between the misogyny of the artwork (all the women are stick figures with giant boobs) and the feminism of the storyline (the heroine is a strong, kind, independently-minded woman who sticks to her principles), but the story wins out almost completely. A silly little book that passes the time quickly, without provoking any serious thoughts.
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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

wurdnurd, January 1, 2011

An absolutely devastating book on the brutality of war. If the previous books can be likened to Battle Royale and Ben Hur, then this one is All Quiet on the Western Front. A relentlessly brutal and bloody story about war and losing one’s sense of humanity, Katniss must battle her own demons while slogging through a mind-numbing amount of violence and pain. While not as explicitly gory as, say, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the extremely high body count and the creativity applied to murder mechanisms still provide reason to give pause to those with more gentle sensibilities.
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