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Spring

Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring Your Winter Garment of Repentence fling. The Bird of Time has little way To fly–and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing! ~The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam We’ve been penitent; … Continue reading

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RIP Remainders

I let the end of October whoosh right by without comment, and with it, the end of RIP VI. Before we get too much further down the road, I want to take a minute to review. It was a great … Continue reading

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Magic shall be written upon the sky by the rain but they shall not be able to read it; Magic shall be written on the faces of the stony hills but their minds shall not be able to contain it. … Continue reading

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Horns

“Ignatius Martin Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things.” Most of which he can remember the next morning, though one thing eludes him. He remembers visiting the shrine at the site of his girlfriend’s horrific murder a year … Continue reading

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The Dark Room

Jane “Jinx” Kingsley emerges from a coma in an exclusive private clinic, unable to remember the previous two weeks. She doesn’t believe the doctor when he tells her she attempted suicide–twice–after her fiancĂ© announced he was canceling the wedding and … Continue reading

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Lying Dead

The silence of the deep forest is broken by the insistent ring of a cell phone. The forester who investigates is horrified by the discovery of a dead woman–not only because she’s been murdered, but also because he knows her, … Continue reading

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Camp Confusion

“When a thing such as wax, or gold, or silver, turns liquid from heat, we say that it has fused,” Eliza said to her son, “and when such liquids run together and mix, we say they are con-fused.” “Papa says … Continue reading

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Camp Quicksilver

When I posted my discussion of Cryptonomicon, the comment I got from Ken was, “I can’t tell if you said too much or not enough.” Which was funny, because that was my feeling about the thing, too. I really struggled … Continue reading

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The Sisters

“Sisters are a shield against life’s cruel adversity.” –Nancy Mitford “But sisters ARE life’s cruel adversity!” –Jessica Mitford Imagine there were six Hilton sisters, instead of just two, and the Hilton family were English Peers, cousins to the Churchills. Now … Continue reading

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Basecamp Crypto

We are well underway in our attempt to scale Mt. Stephenson–i.e., read Neal Stephenson’s massive, approximately 3600-page Baroque Cycle in one long go. Strictly speaking, The Baroque Cycle is eight novels printed in three volumes: Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The … Continue reading

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