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Joined May 2018

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A Princess of Mars (Barsoom #1) | EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
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“I understand that you belittle all sentiments of generosity and kindliness, but I do not, and I can convince your most doughty warrior that these characteristics are not incompatible with an ability to fight.”

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“Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.” - quoting John Locke‘s Second Treatise of Government

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A Theory of Justice | John Rawls
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"Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override"

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Sabbath | Nick Mamatas
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Surprise book mail is the best mail. #bookhaul #tor #arc

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It‘s remarkable how few of the writers in this volume I have read. I haven‘t read Locke, Smith, Rousseau, Marx, Hume, Schumpeter, Nock. The only writers I‘ve read are Charles Taylor, Hayek, Thaler, and Sunstein.

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Warrior of the Altaii | Robert Jordan
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“He was less than a year past his warrior brand, and he‘d asked to come for the glory of being one of the first to enter Lanta. Instead I held him while he died. There‘s little in the life of a warrior. Only blood and steel, that and no more.”

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Warrior of the Altaii | Robert Jordan
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Me: I have lots of work to do
Also me:

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Warrior of the Altaii | Robert Jordan
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Where's the Dog? | Nosy Crow
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I would say she is a chip off the ol‘ block, but last night when I was trying to read to her she threw it on the ground. When I said, “Lady, we don‘t throw books in this house” she head butted me. #NationalDaughtersDay

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I found out I will be going to China for work so obviously the first thing I did was buy a book.

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Dark Forge | Miles Cameron
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“In storybooks, soldiers love a rash leader. But in the trenches, they like an old man who knows their names and doesn‘t get them killed.”

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Dark Forge | Miles Cameron
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“Can we even resist this enemy?” she asked.
Qna Liras sighed. “I do not know if we can,” he said. “I only know that we must.”

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The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger
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I think we have a bookworm on our hands!

CarolynM So cute! 2mo
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The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places and History of the Bestselling Series | Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, Maria Simons
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My earlier post on my #MountTBR progress was mistaken, or at least incomplete. I actually have finished 6 books in the last 6 days. Still probably won‘t hit 7.

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Reading material/michelada holder.

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I was seriously backsliding down #MountTBR but I‘ve been turning it around with a Herculean end-of-month effort. I finished 5 books in the last 5 days. Probably won‘t be able to make it 6 today.

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The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places and History of the Bestselling Series | Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, Maria Simons
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I finally finished the #WheelOfTime Companion—and it only took me eight full months!

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Me: I absolutely cannot buy any new books until I read some of the books I already have and whittle down #MountTBR
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TrishB But this series is so worth it! 3mo
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Mehso-so

It was good motivation, but ultimately “write one hour every day” isn‘t enough grist for a full book. There are a lot of other tips, but I generally found them to be too specific to academic psychology to be of real use to me.

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The Administrative Threat | Philip Hamburger
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Hamburger‘s book is a short (it‘s a pamphlet, really), highly accessible, and persuasive argument that much of American administrative law is politically and legally illegitimate. He convincingly ties modern administrative law to the sort of royal absolute power (prerogative) that the Framers (and the English before them) expressly repudiated.

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Before I finished The Smallest Minority last night, I was concurrently reading 11 books. That is a tad excessive.

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Lest Darkness Fall | L. Sprague deCamp
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A lovely setting to read on this brisk 94 degree evening.

DrawingSustenance Beautiful 3mo
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Donnybrook: A Novel | Frank Bill
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Me: I‘m going to the bar.
Also me:

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I have a lot in common with Vance. We‘re about the same age, we both grew up poor hillbillies, we both wound up going to elite law schools. I‘ve read Hillbilly Elegy twice now. It is so poignant and familiar. Full review at Hillbilly Highways (with pictures from my trip to Jackson and Middletown) - https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/nonfiction-hillbilly-elegy-jd...

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This is an excellent book. It‘s a dog book. It‘s emotional beats poignant and rich. I loved, loved the hauntingly empty post-apocalyptic world. I have one serious quibble. Too many heavy-handed hints and bits of foreshadowing strongly suggest a different kind of book. The writer wants their cake and to eat it too. Full review - https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/a-boy-and-his-dog-at-th...

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no-angel says it needs more pictures and textures.

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Very Narrator Voice: There was not peace in the Middle East (Bobos in Paradise was published in 2000)

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I had a net negative change in #MountTBR for the year for all of two days. One Amazon delivery later and my TBR pile is growing again. #bookhaul

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Riding the Rap | Elmore Leonard
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Hit the used bookstore today (a bittersweet experience for a claustrophobic reader). “Sold” many books (allegedly a check will be in the mail at some future date). Two of the five books I bought were on my list walking in, which is a pretty good ratio, tbh. #bookhaul

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One statement that hasn‘t held true over the last 20 years...

“Bobos are not anxious because there is an angry mob outside the gates threatening to send us to the guillotine. There isn‘t.”

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Jirel of Joiry | C.L. Moore
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C.L. Moore is hugely underrated. She is incomparable as a stylist. Nobody did creeping, cosmic horror better. The first story, Black God‘s Kiss, gives us the first great sword & sorcery heroine and is just incandescently brilliant. The rest, though, are great but derivative. Full review - https://www.google.com/amp/s/everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/th...

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Kings of the Wyld | Nicholas Eames
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Kings of the Wyld is tremendous, pulpy SF fun, although it stops short of being great. The highlight is taking adventuring bands to their logical conclusion. And it has rabbit-eared elves. Full review - https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/2019/07/16/kings-of-the-wyld-is-a-...

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Once Upon a River: A Novel | Bonnie Jo Campbell
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Robert Heinlein would have approved. #SpecializationIsForInsects

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Finally some decent outside reading whether for my Canadian vacation. Although Hiero‘s Journey would be the more appropriate post-apocalyptic choice.

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Texas ftw

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Once Upon a River: A Novel | Bonnie Jo Campbell
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“You‘ve got every right to try to live any goddamned idiotic way you want to.”

This is the core of my philosophy.

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Once Upon a River: A Novel | Bonnie Jo Campbell
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What better setting to read Once Upon a River than the Kalamazoo River?

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Once Upon a River: A Novel | Bonnie Jo Campbell
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Check out my June 2019 Month-in-Review and Mid-Year-in-Review. Many books were read and reviewed (not Once Upon a River, though—I started that yesterday). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/june-2019-month-in-revi...

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Well that scared the s___ our of me. Sciutto builds a compelling case of how both Russia & China have moved aggressively against the USA via unconventional means. We are unprepared & our presidents have proven feckless (Obama gets the worst criticism, but really this is a failure from W thru Trump). Depressing, but it needs to be said and even more importantly heard (I was gratified to see signs of hawkishness toward China in the first Dem debate)

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The True Queen | Zen Cho
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I had a backlog of reviews, so I decided to do an omnibus post with 5 short reviews. Curiously, each book disappointed me b/c I came in with expectations too high. Reviews of The Dragon Waiting by John Ford, Vita Nostra by the Dyachenkos, Monster Hunter Int‘l by Larry Correia, Raid by K.S. Merbeth & The True Queen by Zen Cho here - https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/short-review-roundup-fa...

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I try to read a book on SE Asia every year (my wife has Burmese heritage and her brother lives in Singapore). This year I read China‘s Asian Dream, which is partly about SE Asia, mostly about China. I read about China on a regular basis too, and I might start traveling there for work, so I went ahead and picked up another China book. #bookhaul

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Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense: Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer 2019) | EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, Harold R. Thompson, Xavier Lastra, Michael Tierney, Jeff Stoner, Kenneth R. Gower, D. M. Ritzlin, Barbara Doran, Gary K. Shepherd, W. L. Emery, J. Manfred Weichsel, Jim Breyfogle, Michael Wiesenberg
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Most notable for featuring a newly-finished, never-before-seen ERB Tarzan fragment, more interesting is the turn from heroic fantasy toward good, old-fashioned adventure SF. Another more than solid collection of stories, and the diversity among adventure, fantasy & scifi provides nice balance. #Pulp Full review - https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/2019/06/13/throwback-sf-cirsova-ma...

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“Novelists and poets are the landscape artists and portrait painters; academic writers are the people with big paint sprayers who repaint your basement.”

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Post-yard work book and beer.

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So I was inspired by Console Wars to turn on some quality Saturday morning television for the baby girl.

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Jirel of Joiry | C.L. Moore
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My To-Review stack. I should probably get on that... #bookbloggers

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Crowfall | Ed McDonald
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This evening‘s reading view.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwwww ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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Did a little exploring in J.D. Vance‘s hometown.

MelKelsey Super cool! 4mo
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Brb, updating my Goodreads.

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Crowfall | Ed McDonald
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Excellent reading conditions this fine evening.