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« on: December 30, 2011, 10:30:36 PM »

Books read in 2009.
Books read in 2010.
Books read in 2011.

I've been reading the Song of Ice and Fire series, and loving it.  Hoping to finish that up this year.

July 15th, 2012 A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011, 10:35:20 PM »

reserving my space for how many books I don't read this year.

Finished
Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Darth Plagueis by James Lucerno
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Redshirts by John Scalzi
Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson
Flood by Stephen Baxter

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The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2011, 10:39:32 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011, 10:51:31 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011, 11:14:36 PM »

This space reserved:  
  Hopefully I will keep up better this year.  I read so much more once I purchased an ereader that I kind of lost track.

Finished:   King of Plagues by Mayberry
                Ready Player One by Cline

currently reading:  The Colour of Magic
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2011, 03:06:51 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2011, 03:22:13 AM »

What are these ...b ook things?
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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2011, 07:01:56 AM »

2011 was my first time participating in one of these threads, and I think it was a pretty successful year...read 16 novels, two biographies, the first 84 issues of The Walking Dead, and a 1400-page anesthesiology text from cover to cover while studying for my board exams.  I've really gotten back into reading for leisure over the last year and a half after quite a few years of being focused on school and am looking forward to another book-filled year icon_cool

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Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins - January 3
Among the Living - Timothy Long - January 13
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - January 23
Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman - February 14
Coraline - Neil Gaiman - February 23
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith - March 6
Badass Zombie Road Trip - Tonia Brown - March 16
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks - April 7
The Magicians - Lev Grossman - July 4
The Magician King - Lev Grossman - October 23
The Strain - Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan - October 28
The Fall - Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan - November 14
The Night Eternal - Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan - December 7
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkein - December 14
Blaze of Glory - Sheryl Nantus - December 25


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Ghosts in the Wires - Kevin Mitnick
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2011, 03:01:53 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2011, 05:36:17 PM »

Last year's list, all 31 of 'em.

Books read (all on Kindle unless otherwise noted):

1. Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
4. Run by Blake Crouch
5. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
6. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
7. Gideon's Corpse by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
8. Sanctus by Simon Toyne
9. Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley (book)
10. The Hanging Tree by Bryan Gruley (book)
11. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
12. Shopgirl by Steve Martin
13. Sleepwalk With Me: And Other Painfully True Stories by Mike Birbiglia
14. Ghost Story by Peter Straub
15. The First Rule by Robert Crais
16. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (AWESOME)
17. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
18. Hannibal by Thomas Harris
19. Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
20. Meg by Steve Alten
21. The Basement by Stephen Leather
22. The Sentry by Robert Crais
23. 61 Hours by Lee Child
24. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
25. Already Dead by Charlie Huston
26. No Dominion by Charlie Huston
27. A Sight for Sore Eyes by Ruth Rendell (book)
28. The Vault by Ruth Rendell (book)
29. The Haunted by Bentley Little (book)
30. A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (book)
31. The Worst Thing by Aaron Elkins (book)
32. The Skeleton Box by Bryan Gruley (book)
33. Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham (book)
34. Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
35. Broken Harbor by Tana French (book)
36. The Black Box by Michael Connelly
37. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins (book)

Now reading:
Phantoms by Jo Nesbo

On Hiatus:
Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson
14 by Peter Clines
Walking the Amazon by Ed Stafford (book)
Trapped by J.A. Konrath and Jack Kilborn
Dream Team by Jack McCallum
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2012, 02:45:57 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2012, 04:12:50 PM »

I managed to finish 26 books this year-27 if I count the one I'm half finished right now.  That was a little below my goal of 30 but still not too shabby.
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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2012, 05:00:37 PM »

Starting things off with Ready Player One due to all the positive reactions.  Soon after I want to get back to my re-read of the Game of Thrones series. I think I left off midway through book 3.

Simultaneously I'm making my way through Dear Mr Rogers, Does It Ever Rain in Your Neighborhood?  It's a collection of letters to Mr Rogers from children, as well as a bunch of Rogers' replies. It's amazingly touching, thoughtful, and inspiring, and I'm already recommending it to everyone I know who has kids or works with kids.
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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2012, 02:01:35 PM »

Just started Run, by Blake Crouch and it is quiet the page turner so far.

Here is the blurb:


PLOT SUMMARY: Picture this: A landscape of American genocide...

5 d a y s a g o A rash of bizarre murders swept the country... Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected. A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state.

4 d a y s a g o The murders increased ten-fold...

3 d a y s a g o The President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace...

2 d a y s a g o The killers began to mobilize...

Y e s t e r d a y All the power went out...

T o n i g h t They're reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System. You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they've just read yours.

Your name is Jack Colclough. You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son. You live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People are coming to your house to kill you and your family. You don't know why, but you don't have time to think about that any more.

You only have time to...

R U N
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« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2012, 03:58:08 AM »

It's been so long since I've posted in one of these threads that I honestly can't be bothered to list the 30 or so books I've read since then.

What I'm wondering, is if anyone here could recommed some works of fiction set in medieval Japan. I've been reading about the history from the Heina period to the rise of the Daimyos (roughly 800-1500 CE). I'm intererested in either historicaly based fiction or historical fantasy. I read Clavell's Shogon eons ago, so I'm not looking to reread that. Other than that though, the only thing I ever read was Jessica Amanda Samuelson's Tomoe Gozen series.
If anyone can recommend anything I'd appreciate it.
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« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2012, 03:41:41 PM »

I just finished Run by Blake Crouch and definitely recommend it if you're looking for a quick thriller that is fun all
the way through.  It's kind of like a mix between The Road and The Stand, on a shorter scale.

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« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2012, 04:17:21 AM »

Just finished The King of Plagues, by Mayberry  ( A Joe Ledger book )

Definitely superior to The Dragon Factory, though not as compelling as Patient Zero.  Some old "friends" are back and the dynamics have changed but Ledger is back and stiil kicking big time ass.  Good read.  I also saw that the 4th Ledger novel is in the works.  The first Ledger book was Science/Horror, the 2nd one was Mad scientists in a 007 type setting, the 3rd was Meglomaniacal New world Order terrorism.  Im real interested in what direction Mayberry takes book 4 as it seems hes not locking in on one specific theme for the Ledger series.
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« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2012, 07:41:48 PM »

I also can't wait for the next Ledger book!

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« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2012, 10:43:43 PM »

Quote from: Eco-Logic on January 24, 2012, 07:41:48 PM

I also can't wait for the next Ledger book!

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I'm currently flying through The Hunger Games series, having finished the first right after New Year's, finished Catching Fire a few days ago, and am now just starting Mockingjay.  It's easy reading and goes pretty quickly, but my only gripe so far is the way the author finished Catching Fire.  She seemed to keep a fairly reasonable pace through the story, but her writing got so jumbled and haphazard in the last chapter of Catching Fire that it made little sense and was just all over the place.  Other than that I'm surprised at how much I've enjoyed the stories.
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« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2012, 02:19:05 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on January 24, 2012, 10:43:43 PM

I'm currently flying through The Hunger Games series, having finished the first right after New Year's, finished Catching Fire a few days ago, and am now just starting Mockingjay.  It's easy reading and goes pretty quickly, but my only gripe so far is the way the author finished Catching Fire.  She seemed to keep a fairly reasonable pace through the story, but her writing got so jumbled and haphazard in the last chapter of Catching Fire that it made little sense and was just all over the place.  Other than that I'm surprised at how much I've enjoyed the stories.

Just finished Mockingjay last night. Overall, I really enjoyed the trilogy and am very surprised I did. My only real gripe is how whiney Katniss comes across from beginning to end. I guess that's one of the pitfalls of writing a series like this using first-person perspective...
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« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2012, 04:00:38 PM »

Quote from: rickfc on January 25, 2012, 02:19:05 PM

Just finished Mockingjay last night. Overall, I really enjoyed the trilogy and am very surprised I did. My only real gripe is how whiney Katniss comes across from beginning to end. I guess that's one of the pitfalls of writing a series like this using first-person perspective...

Her tone reminded me of Harry Potter's whining in Order of the Phoenix, but at least Harry's was limited to only one book.  Katniss seems to whine throughout the series.  However, if you're ever read Anne Rice's vampire series (Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, etc.), Katniss whines nowhere nearly as much as Lestat.  He was a horribly whiny bitch.  But I consider that a product of the female author trying to make him emotional.  Unfortunately her attempt failed as it only made him one of the whiniest characters I've ever read.
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« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2012, 04:52:23 PM »

I always felt she had plenty of reason to be whiny. 

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« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2012, 05:25:19 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on January 25, 2012, 04:00:38 PM

Quote from: rickfc on January 25, 2012, 02:19:05 PM

Just finished Mockingjay last night. Overall, I really enjoyed the trilogy and am very surprised I did. My only real gripe is how whiney Katniss comes across from beginning to end. I guess that's one of the pitfalls of writing a series like this using first-person perspective...

Her tone reminded me of Harry Potter's whining in Order of the Phoenix, but at least Harry's was limited to only one book.  Katniss seems to whine throughout the series.  However, if you're ever read Anne Rice's vampire series (Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, etc.), Katniss whines nowhere nearly as much as Lestat.  He was a horribly whiny bitch.  But I consider that a product of the female author trying to make him emotional.  Unfortunately her attempt failed as it only made him one of the whiniest characters I've ever read.

I agree. Other than the incessant whining, I read all three books in less than a week. I now have to read Battle Royale, which some have claimed Suzanne Collins blatantly ripped off with The Hunger Games.

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I always felt she had plenty of reason to be whiny. 


I agree that she had plenty to be whiny about, which is why I think a third-person point of view would help alleviate this. While it's completely understandable that a normal human being would feel as dejected and utterly destroyed as she does, it's not something I want to read constantly throughout the span of three novels.
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« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2012, 02:08:30 PM »

Battle Royals is pretty good too, and definitely similar.   I liked Hunger Games more though.

I just finished Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.  Highly recommended.

Here is the blurb:

In the 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pals in a small town in rural Mississippi. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry was the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, black single mother. But then Larry took a girl to a drive-in movie and she was never seen or heard from again. He never confessed . . . and was never charged.

More than twenty years have passed. Larry lives a solitary, shunned existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has become the town constable. And now another girl has disappeared, forcing two men who once called each other "friend" to confront a past they've buried for decades.

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« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2012, 05:12:49 PM »

Eco, sounds right up my alley. Will check it out.
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« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2012, 08:31:15 PM »

Just finished reading Ready Play One.   Fun book, lots of cool 80's references.  Some interesting concepts regarding the future of gaming and humanity.  You can clearly tell this was his first book as it is a bit unrefined but he tells a good story and does a good job of keeping the plot moving.  If you like the 80's, old school gaming, virtual reality and a dystopian future, this book is for you.
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« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2012, 05:40:24 PM »

I just finished Catching Fire, now on to Mockingjay.

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« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2012, 06:20:28 PM »

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 01, 2012, 05:40:24 PM

I just finished Catching Fire, now on to Mockingjay.

Did you also feel that the final chapter of Catching Fire was written in the voice of a 10-year-old rapidly rambling a story as if they were trying to relay their entire trip to Disney World to their grandparents in 4.2 seconds?  A minor gripe, but one that I can't seem to shake.  Not sure how I feel about Mockingjay yet as it seems to take a little while to pick up, but I'm only early on.
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« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2012, 07:22:01 PM »

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Did you also feel that the final chapter of Catching Fire was written in the voice of a 10-year-old rapidly rambling a story as if they were trying to relay their entire trip to Disney World to their grandparents in 4.2 seconds?  A minor gripe, but one that I can't seem to shake.

Yes.

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Once it picks up, she hardly ever steps off the gas, and you won't want to put it down after that.
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« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2012, 09:25:22 PM »

Yeah, the ending did seemed rushed Pete.  I still enjoyed it though. 
Going to start Mockingjay tonight.


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« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2012, 05:05:43 AM »

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The book covers some of their training and chapters about responses to polio, West Nile, smallpox, listeriosis, AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, MRSA, anthrax, and SARS, as well as the troubles to be found in refugee camps from a war torn area.
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« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2012, 02:49:20 PM »

Completed:

A Storm of Swords 5/5
Unbroken 3/5
The Hunger Games 4.5/5
The Things They Carried 5/5
A Feast for Crows 4/5
Catching Fire 4.5/5
Ready Player One 4.5/5
Tooth and Nail 2/5
Cannery Row 5/5
Wool: Omnibus Edition 4.5/5
The Slab 4/5
No Easy Day 3.5/5
Dance With Dragons 4/5
The Hobbit 5/5
If I die in a combat zone, box me up and ship me home 3.5/5
Artemis Fowl 5/5
All the Shah's Men 4.5/5
Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident 4/5
Triple Agent 4/5
Mockingjay 1/5: Quit at 40%
Drift 1/5: Quit at 52%
Fellowship of the Ring 4/5

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« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2012, 03:04:26 AM »

Acceptable Loss by Kregg P. Jorgenson

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« Reply #33 on: February 29, 2012, 08:05:29 PM »

SKYJACK: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper

A bit of a disjointed ride.  To me, some of the suspects began to run together, and the narrative jumps around so frequently, that I had a hard time remembering who was who.

It's as much a look at the people that become obsessed with the case as it is with the suspects in the case.
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« Reply #34 on: February 29, 2012, 10:30:01 PM »

I finished Mockingjay and The Child Thief by Bromley.

Here is the blurb for The Child Thief:

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Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief--and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his friend for life, but his promised land is "not" Neverland.

Fourteen-year-old Nick would have been murdered by the drug dealers preying on his family had Peter not saved him. Now the irresistibly charismatic wild boy wants Nick to follow him to a secret place of great adventure, where magic is alive and you never grow old. Even though he is wary of Peter's crazy talk of faeries and monsters, Nick agrees. After all, New York City is no longer safe for him, and what more could he possibly lose?

There is "always" more to lose.

Accompanying Peter to a gray and ravished island that was once a lush, enchanted paradise, Nick finds himself unwittingly recruited for a war that has raged for centuries--one where he must learn to fight or die among the "Devils," Peter's savage tribe of lost and stolen children.

There, Peter's dark past is revealed: left to wolves as an infant, despised and hunted, Peter moves restlessly between the worlds of faerie and man. The Child Thief is a leader of bloodthirsty children, a brave friend, and a creature driven to do whatever he must to stop the "Flesh-eaters" and save the last, wild magic in this dying land."

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« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2012, 08:58:58 PM »

Finally finished the Hunger Games trilogy with Mockingjay.  I really enjoyed The Hunger Games, and felt that Catching Fire was also a fun read, but Mockingjay seemed to be the weakest entry in the series.  And I was pretty disappointed with the storyline's closing.  Overall it was a great journey but Harry Potter brought things to closure much more effectively. 
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« Reply #36 on: March 06, 2012, 04:08:32 PM »

A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy by Robert Moore

This book takes a look at the tragedy of the Kursk sinking and the struggles that occur in attempting to rescue those that survived the initial accident.  It covers the attempts by the Russians with their aged, poorly maintained equipment, as well as the political struggles to allow the Western world to offer assistance.
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« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2012, 10:32:44 AM »

Books Finished
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
Reamde by Neal Stephenson
The Seance by Heather Graham
First Family by David Baldacci
Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline


Currently Reading
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The Courts of Chaos by Roger Zelazny
Sandstorm by James Rollins
The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2012, 11:14:54 AM »

Finished:

1.  Lord of Emperors -  Kay
2.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
3.  The Hunger Games
4.  Catching Fire
5.  Mockingjay
6.  The Throne of Fire - Riodan
7.  The Skin Map - Lawhead
8.  The Bone House - Lawhead
9.  X Stands For Unknown - Asimov
10.  Rendezvous With Rama - Clarke
11.  The Tragedy of the Moon - Lawhead
12.  Patrick - Lawhead
13.  Constantinople - Asimov
14.  The Dark Ages - Asimov
15.  The Serpent's Shadow - Riodan
16.  The Shaping of England - Asimov
17.  The Knights of Dark Renown - Gemmell
18.  The Sun Shines Bright - Asimov

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« Reply #39 on: March 09, 2012, 12:56:07 AM »

The Things They Carried is a masterpiece.
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