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Astro City, Vol. 16 by Kurt Busiek
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This one started off in a hole for me, because of all the Astro City characters — of which there hundreds — the Broken Man is my Lear’s favorite. Mostly that’s down to the breaking of the fourth wall, something that I absolutely loathe in comics. Hot ...more
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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
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Dick’s usual exploration of “what is real?” is front and center here. And in the background. And off to the side. This may be his most well-integrated version of this theme.

First, the world, an alternate history where the Axis powers won WWII. yet we
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Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
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To be frank, I’m grading this on a curve. Delaney was only 22 when he wrote this, which is pretty impressive given its big ideas. The execution leaves a bit to be desired, but then again he was only 22.

The movie Arrival, based on Ted Chiang’s short s
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Astro City, Vol. 15 by Kurt Busiek
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Can we just admire this cover for a minute? It so perfectly encapsulates everything about the title of this collection as well as the overall ethos of Astro City. Jack-in-the-Box at a urinal. So simple, so great. On Twitter the other day Kurt Busiek ...more
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Half-Earth by Edward O. Wilson
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This book is half terrifying and half tedious. Raising the alarm over the coming crash of biodiversity is all well and good, but when you sound like Ben Stein from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (“Something-dee-oh-oh economics. Voodoo economics.” http://y ...more
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Kevin Hearne
“Yer a good lad, Atticus, mowin’ me lawn and killin’ what Brits come around.”
Kevin Hearne, Hounded

Jim Butcher
“Last year in the U.S. alone more than nine hundred thousand people were reported missing and not found...
That's out of three hundred million, total population. That breaks down to about one person in three hundred and twenty-five vanishing. Every year....
Maybe it's a coincidence, but it's almost the same loss ratio experienced by herd animals on the African savannah to large predators.”
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Sarah Vowell
“Robert Todd Lincoln, a.k.a. Jinxy McDeath.”
Sarah Vowell, Assassination Vacation

Joe Abercrombie
“I’ve fought in three campaigns,” he began. “In seven pitched battles. In countless raids and skirmishes and desperate defences, and bloody actions of every kind. I’ve fought in the driving snow, the blasting wind, the middle of the night. I’ve been fighting all my life, one enemy or another, one friend or another. I’ve known little else. I’ve seen men killed for a word, for a look, for nothing at all. A woman tried to stab me once for killing her husband, and I threw her down a well. And that’s far from the worst of it. Life used to be cheap as dirt to me. Cheaper.

“I’ve fought ten single combats and I won them all, but I fought on the wrong side and for all the wrong reasons. I’ve been ruthless, and brutal, and a coward. I’ve stabbed men in the back, burned them, drowned them, crushed them with rocks, killed them asleep, unarmed, or running away. I’ve run away myself more than once. I’ve pissed myself with fear. I’ve begged for my life. I’ve been wounded, often, and badly, and screamed and cried like a baby whose mother took her tit away. I’ve no doubt the world would be a better place if I’d been killed years ago, but I haven’t been, and I don’t know why.”

He looked down at his hands, pink and clean on the stone. “There are few men with more blood on their hands than me. None, that I know of. The Bloody-Nine they call me, my enemies, and there’s a lot of ’em. Always more enemies, and fewer friends. Blood gets you nothing but more blood. It follows me now, always, like my shadow, and like my shadow I can never be free of it. I should never be free of it. I’ve earned it. I’ve deserved it. I’ve sought it out. Such is my punishment.”
Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

Sarah Vowell
“Like Lincoln, I would like to believe the ballot is stronger than the bullet. Then again, he said that before he got shot.”
Sarah Vowell, Assassination Vacation

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