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It’s a strange feeling. Everywhere I go, I’m the first. Step outside the rover? First guy ever to be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill!

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Book Quotes

Swamplandia!, Karen Russell

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

First Published: 2011

Pages: 316 (Paperback)
Form: Novel

In the Florida Everglades, gator-park Swamplandia! is in trouble. Its star performer, the great beauty and champion alligator-wrestler Hilola Bigtree, has succumbed to cancer, and Ava, her resourceful but terrified 13-year-old daughter, is left in charge with her two siblings.

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Another PAT CONROY MONTH!!!! Bites the Dust: Final Thoughts on South of Broad (by Bethany)

If it weren’t for this blog and its tradition of celebrating PAT CONROY every September, I would never have reread South of Broad. When I read it for the first time in 2009, I was highly attuned to its flaws. 1,265 more words

Fiction - General

The New Yorker Stories -Andy and Ann share a moment (48 moments, to be precise)

So here we are in October, about to discuss August’s book, which was supposed to be some other month’s book, while December’s book is now September’s book because – nevermind. 765 more words

Short Stories

Company of Liars by Karen Maitland

In 1348, a group of people, strangers, come together in an attempt to out run the plague as it spreads across England.  Nine strangers in all, each with a secret, something they can only reveal at the risk of losing their lives. 518 more words

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“What a fucking bitch…” you mumble as you hang up the phone, in a sad kind of anger. You are frustrated; because you want her to feel remorse. 1,520 more words

Short Stories

Humpty Dumpty in Oakland by Philip K. Dick

Long before he became Science Fiction’s best know paranoid, Philip K. Dick wrote several mainstream novels.  Long overlooked and forgotten, they were finally published in England several years after his death and in the United States in 2007. 472 more words

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