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Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

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I don't remember where I got this book but it and "Smiles" were a very positive influence and a young kid. These two books helped me through some rough times.
Peeps

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I enjoyed every thing except the ending. it was a light, entertaining read with a SciFi/supernatural twist and some great gross out chapters about parasites. Then there was the ending. It was an obvious tie to a future episode and the trouble was that I didn't want a future episode.
Cujo

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When I finished Cujo It was dark in the house and my girlfriiend was asleep. I remember being very concerned about the possibility of a large dog coming through the window. A great book and I loved that there was nothing explicitly supernatural in it.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change

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I normally just leave comments on books and skip the "review" section. As I got this through LT's Early Reviewers I'll leave my comments here.Very informative and interesting I thought it was great except for two issues. The first is that the author, presumably in a misguided attempt to build suspense, never tells a story straight through. Every story or anecdote has to be interrupted by more stories and anecdotes that are tangentially related but that feel more like distractions. This isn't a book that required any suspense. It had interesting things to say and just needed to get to them without the annoying topic changes.The second problem is that mine is an advanced reader copy that doesn't have the how-to-apply-this section. For this book that's critical enough that I knocked off an entire star because I haven't seen that section.
The Silmarillion

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I tried to read this three times in High School, when I was really into LotR, and never made it through the whole thing. The style is just too dry and archaic and it just didn't make for a compelling read.
Forever Man

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2012-12-03 - I came into this with really low expectations and the first page where the bus "shrugged" to a stop and the landscape was "prosaic" had me dreading going any further. But that was yesterday and today I'm about 75% of the way through it. It not world shaking, and there are a few rough sports, and annoyances (Remington 700P "assault rifle") but it's well done and it's got me turning pages.2012-12-04: Annoyances seemed more frequent at the end. Odd word choices and bits of hyperbole, characters making odd choices. Nothing horrible, but kept breaking my suspension of disbelief. Overall, it was a good read, but it didn't generate any interest in following what I assume will be a series.
Damned If I Do: Stories

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I LOVED the first story. The rest were good, worth reading, thought provoking in some cases, odd in others. The author frequently just jumps into the middle of someones life, gives us a little glimpse and then ends the story without really getting into much depth. The stories are so well written that these brief glimpses are interesting, even if they just feel like part of a story. It's as though we came into a movie late and left early, but the middle was really well done.
Skinny Dip

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Not really a mystery as we know whodunnit but it reads like one. An entertaining book, well written though you need be a little fogiving of the plot.
Try Me

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I've made three attempts and I don't think I've finished chapter two. Nothing feels original and the dialog and writing in general aren't working for me.
Peculiar, MO

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I purchased this because I have family that lives in Peculiar, Mo it was a scifi and getting good reviews and it was under $2. I was somewhat disappointed as it didn't live up to the four star rating but it wasn't all bad. The story was pretty good until the alien developed magic powers but that just killed it for me. I liked it much better when the science was believable. It was still readable but not very compelling. All the characters felt more like stereotypes rather than actual people. The military types didn't seem real to me (former military though not combat arms). I'm very ambivalent about the ending as the main characters were just a side show and the whole thing was kind of anti-climatic.Also needs some editing as there were a bunch of typos, double double words, etc.I'm don't want to be totally negative, it was good enough to finish and it did leave me curious to find out where it was going.
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