Review: A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

“Death is a pleasure. The big D is the world’s most powerful narcotic, the ultimate anaesthetic.”
~Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War

Plot summary

“In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history’s ugliest wars, he returned home — physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone.

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Review: All Tomorrow’s Parties by William Gibson

“‎Now the deer moved through snow, snow that blew sideways, frosting the perfectly upright walls of Detroit’s dead and monumental heart, vast black tines of brick reaching up to vanish in the white sky. They made a lot of nature shows there.”
~William Gibson, All Tomorrow’s Parties

Plot summary

“Colin Laney, sensitive to patterns of information like no one else on Earth, currently resides in a cardboard box in Toyko [sic!]. His body shakes with fever dreams, but his mind roams free as always, and he knows something is about to happen. Not in Toyko [sic!]; he will not see this thing himself. Something is about to happen in San Francisco…

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Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

“Tune your television to any channel it doesn’t receive and about 1 percent of the dancing static you see is accounted for by this ancient remnant of the Big Bang. The next time you complain that there is nothing on, remember that you can always watch the birth of the universe.”
~Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

Plot summary

“In Bryson’s biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us.

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Story time: Once Upon a Time in Africa

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Getting Away With Nothing

This is a story on a brief moment in my life when I found absolute coolness and got away with something. Read on!

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Review: The Captain of the Steppe by Oleg Pavlov

‘It was easy to fall into Karabas, as easy as falling down a hole, but it was hard, to put it bluntly, to get out again.’
~Oleg Pavlov, Captain of the Steppe

Plot summary

“In the beginning of this short novel, Captain Khabarov, commander of Sixth Company in Karabas, Kazakhstan, embarks on a seemingly straightforward mission: he will order his men to plant, rather than eat, their meager potato rations.

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