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TH3F4LC0N

Joined May 2021

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Untitled | Unknown
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So my new year‘s resolution is to try to grow my booktube channel as much as I can. I ❤️ Litsy, but it only lets you type like 451 characters & that just ain‘t enough for me! 😂 So if you‘d like to hear some really in-depth discussion of some great (and not so great) books, come on over to my YouTube channel, TH3 F4LC0N. I do other stuff too, like philosophy & film & stuff, so there‘s a variety of content. Tryna hit at least 500 subs this year. 🤞

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So I don‘t read too much nonfiction, nor am I much of a sports fan, but this was a phenomenal book! Eye-opening and really quite disturbing. Not so much a book about football as a book about the practically religious role that football plays in a town whose priorities are direly skewed. Informative, but also heartbreaking at times. Really good book; would definitely recommend.

Full review here:

https://youtu.be/ST4j74iHlRU

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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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Thnx so much to @DrexEdit for tagging me for the top 21 of 2021! 🤗 Cant do 21, but here‘s my top 5. So, here are the 5 best books I read in 2021, with links to the respective reviews on my YouTube channel. ☺️

5. Grendel
https://youtu.be/zNms2ED1Bcc

4. To the Lighthouse
https://youtu.be/k2U_tF32kUw

3. Wizard‘s First Rule
https://youtu.be/sh4JHRH8et8

2. The Outsiders
https://youtu.be/udvjzRTUNvE

1. Moby Dick
https://youtu.be/NxWyTM1fAcI

DrexEdit Wow! That's a terrific list! I'm looking forward to listening to more of your reviews. I agree completely with your assessment of To the Lighthouse. I read it once in college and then again in the last couple of years and I think it reads better the older you are and have experienced time and thoughts of legacy the way Ms. Woolf writes about them. 1mo
TH3F4LC0N Thnx so much! 😊 To the Lighthouse really was a fantastic book! It was also more readable than I was anticipating! I also have a copy of Mrs. Dalloway I‘m looking forward to reading, but I‘m gonna save that for 2022! 😁 1mo
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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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Finally read this book and oh man, this was a flat out masterpiece! 🤤 Very rarely do I come across a book that I can say is truly perfect, but this is one. Well written, great characters, important messages, and deep emotionality. Truly one of the best books I‘ve read this year. If you‘ve never read this book, definitely check it out. And give the movie a view if you haven‘t. It‘s really good too! 🙂

CogsOfEncouragement I read this during a readathon because it is the favorite of a friend. I understand why it is her favorite. 1mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Well, I finished my yearly Christmas tradition! 🥳 I know everyone prolly knows this story, but if you haven‘t read the original novella, please do yourself a favor and do so. It‘s a 10/10 book. Literally perfect. Humorous, heartwarming, and uplifting; one of the greatest stories ever imo, and I‘m not even a big fan of Dickens. Love revisiting this little story every Christmas.

And remember: “God bless us, every one!” 😘

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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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My first Agatha Christie book! 😛 This was a great little read! It kept me riveted, it kept me on the edge of my seat, and it kept me guessing. Admittedly it requires a great degree of suspension of disbelief, but the effect was still fantastic. The characters weren‘t great, but they were good enough I suppose. The writing was a little simplistic, but the story was mostly well told. I can see why this is one of the bestselling books ever. 😮

LibrarianRyan This was my first Christine as well. It was so long ago, I was reading my gramps copy and it still had the 10 Little Indians title. 1mo
TH3F4LC0N Hey, still better than the original title, amirite? 😂 1mo
BookDragonNotWorm My all time favorite of hers! 1mo
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American Rust: A Novel | Philipp Meyer
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This was a really good book! Written in a Faulknerian manner heavy with stream of consciousness, it was never hard to read. It dealt with the Great Recession and the decline of the steel industry and the local middle class without ever getting preachy or too political. The characters were great, but the ending was not so much an ending as just an abrupt stop. Really left too much hanging. Still, a well written and enjoyable book about hard times.

Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
TH3F4LC0N Thnx so much! 😊 1mo
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Full review here:

https://youtu.be/6yspJr9s2oQ

In short, the movie was better.

That last handshake... (You know what I‘m talking about.)

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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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My first Virginia Woolf book! 🥳 This was...stunning. One of the best books I‘ve read this year. I was worried that it might be kinda hard to read or something, but I was happy to find that it was actually very readable. The writing was gorgeous, the characters were excellent, and its philosophical insights were very profound. Woolf really knew how to draw the transcendent from the mundane. One of my first exposures to Modernism, and it was great!

batsy "to draw the transcendent from the mundane"... Beautifully put. I love this book ? 2mo
TH3F4LC0N I love it too now! 😀 I also bought a copy of Mrs. Dalloway at the same time I bought To the Lighthouse, so I‘m actually really excited to see what that book‘s like! 2mo
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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So I read “the book that defined a generation”. And yeah, that generation was horrible! Honestly, anyone who thinks millennials are bad really ought to read On the Road. The Beat Generation were apparently a bunch of douchebags, or at least Jack Kerouac and his friends were. They gave no shits about anything but themselves, they stole, and they treated people (especially women) like shit. So yeah, Jack Kerouac was an ass. The writing was good tho

BarbaraBB Just read this and unexpectedly liked it. The book, not Kerouac per se. 2mo
TH3F4LC0N I liked it well enough, don‘t get me wrong. The writing was very evocative and I kind of admired Kerouac‘s passion and intensity. But yeah, I‘ve never read a book where I‘ve hated the characters as much as in On the Road. 😂 Awful, awful people... 2mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Finally read this book! 😃 Overall I thought it was pretty good, though not nearly as Earthshakingly awesome as everybody else seems to think it is. I admired the narrative voice in which the story was told, although the way the plot develops was...questionable, to say the least. But still, it was a fun book, though not one that I‘ll probably reread anytime soon.

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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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Finally read this beast of a book! This space here is far too small to tell what I thought of this book. Suffice it to say, Moby Dick truly is probably one of the five greatest books ever written, and almost assuredly the greatest written by an American. If you wanna know my full thoughts on this masterpiece, you can check out my in-depth review/analysis of it at:

https://youtu.be/NxWyTM1fAcI

In closing, read this book if you haven‘t! 🤯

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Thought I‘d try the Witcher series since it‘s so popular. Having read The Last Wish, I‘m really scratching my head. Like, what the heck do people see in this book? The writing isn‘t really bad, but it‘s not that good either. The characters weren‘t that memorable or fleshed out. And you can really tell he hadda work to make make these stories into a semi-coherent whole. Just not that impressive. Will I continue with the series? Yeah, not likely. 😕

RamsFan1963 I felt the same way. I don't get the hype at all. 3mo
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Flesh | Richard Laymon
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Another Halloween read. If you‘ve ever read a Laymon, you pretty much know what this book is like. Perpetually horny characters, over the top violence, women who get naked at the drop of a hat, etc. All in good fun though.

“Jake looked at his wristwatch. For a moment, he couldn‘t remember why he was looking at it. Then he realized it was because he wanted to know what time it was.”

That is an actual line from this book! 😂

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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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Finally read this book! Such a wild ride! There‘s a lot that goes on in this book to say the least. It really has something for everyone; there‘s comedy, tragedy, philosophy, etc. Really just a blast to read as well. Did a more in-depth review on my booktube channel which can be found at:

https://youtu.be/M0Zl8VQ02S4

Anyway, this book was fun but also profound in many ways. Would definitely recommend. 🙂👍

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Coldbrook | Tim Lebbon
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So this was my big Halloween read for this year. This book was surprisingly good! It was pretty much Stargate meets 28 Days Later, but it was pretty well written and the characters were pretty good. There‘s a portal, there‘s some zombies, mayhem ensues. All good fun. Lebbon also surprised me with the ending as well. Would definitely recommend! 👍

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So this is where it all started; the oldest story in the world. It was repetitive as hell, wildly contradictory at times, had a very loose continuity, and plot holes galore. And yet, somehow it was actually kind of fun to read, though perhaps more so in an anthropological kind of way than a literary one. (And btw, this Penguin Epics edition, which was a whopping 63 pages, cost 12 f*cking dollars!!! Just another reason why I hate Penguin Books. 🤬)

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Inferno | Dante Alighieri
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Well, I finally read the Inferno, part 1 of Dante‘s epic Divine Comedy. Not gonna lie and say I really understood a lot of it, (I would need to take a whole course in Italian history for that), but overall it was actually surprisingly readable. So much so in fact that I‘m actually tempted to go ahead and read Purgatorio and Paradiso, even though I‘ve heard they‘re a lil more difficult. But either way, I enjoyed this more than I expected to. 🙂

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Happy Banned Book Week everybody! The week in which we lovers of literature celebrate those works which are or have been verboten. Let‘s all be thankful for our ability to read what we want when we want (assuming you live somewhere that‘s the case). And let‘s spare a thought for those who don‘t have that right. Made a more in-depth video on this topic on my YouTube channel. You can check it out if you want at:

https://youtu.be/e70ayMG9SNM

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My fourth go with Delillo, and definitely my favorite. This book was genuinely great! A meticulously written fictional autobiography/secret history speculation, Libra details the life of Lee Harvey Oswald and the events which put him on the fast track to infamy. Didn‘t expect Oswald to be such a sympathetic protagonist, but Delillo surprised me. The writing was great and there was an appropriate sense of tragedy. I prefer this over Underworld, tbh

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The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka
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Finally read The Metamorphosis. My second exposure to Kafka after The Trial. I enjoyed this one much more. Short, sweet, though very opaque. Nonetheless enjoyable though. I think it was about society‘s abandonment of those who can‘t contribute...or something, but hell, I don‘t really know. Made a more in-depth review of it on my YouTube channel which you can watch at:

https://youtu.be/y2EhK7_hunY

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A little late to the party with this one, (although it sounds like the party is actually still going on), but I finally got around to reading this book. I though it was pretty good. Great descriptive writing, and an earnestness that really shone thru. The characters could have been better, and the dialogue was honestly pretty bad - like, some parts were Harlequin romance level bad. But overall, I enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend. 👍

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Counter-Clock World | Philip K. Dick
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So, for those who don‘t know, I LUV Dick! 😆 That being said, this was not one of his finest outings. The premise was intriguing but was ultimately handled very stupidly. However, this is definitely one of his most explicitly philosophical/theological works; lots of musings on time, life & death, and religion. All you really need to know though is that in this book people eat with their asses and defecate with their mouths.

RamsFan1963 I wonder if the creators of South Park read this book, because they did an episode where Cartman did the same reverse eating and started a craze. 5mo
TH3F4LC0N Lol, maybe so! 😅 5mo
vivastory PKD was so prolific he seemed bound to publish a dud or two. I've only read a handful but have loved those that I have read 5mo
TH3F4LC0N The Man in the High Castle is one of my 10 favorite books! I usually love Dick‘s stuff, and this had its moments, bu t overall it was too absurd. 5mo
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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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So I bought this on a whim, cuz I heard it was a mashup of Scooby-Doo and H. P. Lovecraft and I‘m a fan of Lovecraft (and Scooby-Doo! 😅). It was pretty good. Characters were pretty well rendered; story took some interesting turns. The writing was pretty awful, if I‘m being honest, but the story was still unique enough to get a pass. So yeah. Ok book overall. A good fun light read.

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The Call of Cthulhu | H.P. Lovecraft
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Been working my way thru Lovecraft‘s works for a couple months now. Just finished probably his most famous story last nite. Really enjoying myself so far (mostly). Love the archaic writing style, and Lovecraft‘s imagination was truly remarkable. I know he‘s controversial now, and rightly so, but still, dude‘s work was amazing. Probably one of the best short stories I‘ve read in a while. Really looking forward to his longer works.

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This was a neat little book! Really showcased a decidedly Lovecraftian bent before Lovecraft even got going. My biggest complaint is that he just abandons the weird, macabre “King in Yellow” motif halfway thru, so it feels ultimately disjointed; like he was originally writing something akin to a mosaic novel but then just lost interest and padded it out with unrelated material. Still, it‘s all well-written and I enjoyed it. Would recommend. 👍

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Wool | Hugh Howey
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Now reading. So I actually bought all three of these Silo books several months ago, and I‘m just now getting around to reading them. 😁 I hear they‘re really good though, and I‘m hoping that‘s the case!

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Wizard's First Rule | Terry Goodkind
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So I‘m not really a huge fan of fantasy, but this book absolutely blew me away! Legitly one of the best books I‘ve read this year. And yes, I know Goodkind was kind of an ass and is one of the most divisive authors in the fantasy genre, but speaking strictly for this book, he killed it. I ADORED this book. Will I read the sequels? Dunno. I‘ve heard they devolve into a mixture of Objectivist diatribes and bondage porn, so 🤷‍♂️. But this book is 🔥

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Well, it‘s finally here; the thing into which I‘ve poured every ounce of my being. My book, at last! Did a video on it on my booktube channel (TH3 F4LC0N) entitled “So I wrote this book...” if anybody wanna know more. But, long story short, I‘ve got 2 remaining author copies here ripe for giveaway. 😁 Would love to get some feedback. If you‘re interested in a free book, just contact me at:

carrollwainwright@yahoo.com

Also on Amazon.

✌️

GondorGirl Congratulations! 6mo
llcoolnate Awesome! 5mo
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The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum
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This was the single most disturbing and upsetting book I‘ve ever read. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Brutal beyond belief. Very well written though. Made a video review on my booktube channel (also TH3 F4LC0N) where I really break it down, but it‘s enough to say here that this book will f*** you up. It‘s a pick, although I can‘t really recommend it since it‘s so extreme. Truly just a stomach-churning book. 😰

Reggie Totally felt the same way. This was the first book where I actually felt complicit in the murder just by witnessing/reading it. 5mo
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The Little Prince (Illustrated) | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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It‘s been a long time since I last wept - not cried, but wept - but this book fixed that real quick. It took me half an hour to read the last 10 pages, because of the tears. Literally just sat and sobbed after finishing it. This book needs to be read, because it reminds us what‘s really important in life. So I‘d just like to say thank you, Mr. Saint-Exupery. Your book truly brightened my life. (And broke my heart!)

Cathythoughts 💔 6mo
WJCintron Your review of the book is so relatable. I read this one in school. It was mandatory. I LOVED it, and also cried. I need to re-read it, now that I'm an adult, but because I know I'll cry a LOT, I've been avoiding it. lol
I'm glad you loved it so much. I can't agree more with what you said at the end.
Did you watch the TV show? It was a cartoon. Not the movie, but the old TV show. Beautiful work that stays with you for a lifetime.
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TH3F4LC0N Thnx! I‘m glad to see this book seems to have the same effect on everyone who reads it! And no, I haven‘t seen any of the adaptations of it; I‘ve heard the Netflix movie is good tho. I‘ll have to check out the tv show. 5mo
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The Little Prince (Illustrated) | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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Just bought this the other day. I‘ve heard it‘ll make you cry. Can anybody verify? Really looking forward to reading it! 🙂

GondorGirl I cry every time I read this one. 🧡 6mo
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Flint | Louis L'Amour
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So I read another of my L‘Amour books. The man never fails to surprise my with just how simply elegant his writing can be. Yes, they‘re just pulpy westerns from a simpler, bygone time, but damn could L‘Amour write! Flint is about a dying (or so he thinks) dude who goes west to die in solitude, only to get caught up in a range war fighting for a pretty rancher lady. Shakespeare it ain‘t, but I‘d be lying if I said it didn‘t kick ass! 😅

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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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OMG this book was so cool! 😀 It was kinda like Percy Jackson for grownups, a lil bit. Why did I wait so long to read this? 😭 The “Coming to America” short stories were so neat! Shadow was such a good protagonist; tough but oddly sweet. ☺️ I will say that I was unprepared for just how...explicit Gaiman took things in certain parts. 😬 But that‘s minutiae. This book was SO good! Definitely one of the best fantasy books I‘ve read. 10/10 recommend.

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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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Now reading. My first Gaiman. Hear it‘s pretty good. Definitely is so far. I don‘t read a lot of fantasy, but this one seems promising. Here‘s hoping it delivers! 🙂🤞

ErinSueMreads This is one of my all time favorites. It was my first gaiman too and now he's my favorite author 7mo
TH3F4LC0N Yeah, I‘ve heard he‘s great! I‘m liking the book so far; hope it keeps going well. Maybe I‘ll be a convert after I finish! 😊 7mo
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Ghost Story | Peter Straub
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Finished this thing yesterday. Ehh... 😒 It was reasonably well-written, and it had some definite intrigue, and Straub took things in an interesting direction, but overall I wasn‘t that impressed. Stephen King says this book is terrifying, and now I think Stephen King is just easily scared, because it was most decidedly NOT scary. So yeah, kind of underwhelming.

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Lightning | Dean Koontz
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Made a new booktube video yesterday. Been wanting to make this one for a while now. Come on over to YouTube to watch my video “Lightning, by Dean Koontz; or, How Not to Write a Book”. In which I explain why Dean Koontz‘s Lightning my in fact be the worst book you‘ll ever read. 😀

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Here‘s a picture from my new booktube video. It‘s a doozy. If you‘ve got time, come on over to my YouTube channel (TH3 F4LC0N) to watch my latest video “Unpopular Literary Opinion: Why Go Set a Watchman is Better than To Kill a Mockingbird”. In which I explain why the beloved American classic was actually surpassed by the rough draft which was published half a century later. Bring your hate; I know this book is sacred. I give no 💩.

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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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Finished In Cold Blood. It was alright. A tad underwhelming. The writing was kind of shockingly plain. The early portion of the book which detailed the lives of the victims was necessary but ultimately failed to create any real empathy. The psychological profiles of Smith & Hickock were excellent though. It kinda dissolved into nothing by the end & there were loads of characters I couldn‘t keep straight. Pretty good book, but all tell & no show.

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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This is it. The thumbnail to the very first booktube video I ever made, entitled: “Dune is the Adolf Hitler of Science Fiction Novels”. I wanted to start things off rather...contentiously, cuz I know this book is practically considered holy. 😈 😂 Seriously though, if you‘re up for it, head on over to YouTube and hear why I think this classic, idolized book is actually a steaming pile of 💩. 😘

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The Last Child | John Hart
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So I just finished this book recently (actually a reread), and it really cemented itself as one of the best of its kind. Just an absolutely top-notch thriller. If you‘re looking for something hella gripping, you could do a lot worse than this little gem.

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Macbeth | William Shakespeare
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Picked this up for 25 cents the other day at a secondhand store. It has “Teacher Copy” written on it and it‘s full of annotations, so that‘s a plus. I‘ve got other things to read before I get to it though, so I guess I‘ll have to put it off until “tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow”. 😅

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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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Check what just came in the mail! 🥳 Science fiction haul, anybody? 😍 Anybody read any of these? I‘m really looking forward to reading them; would love to hear some opinions on ‘em! 😉

rwmg Have a box of tissues at hand for The Sparrow, and if you want trigger warnings, consider them given 8mo
TH3F4LC0N 👍 Gotcha. I‘ve heard it‘s not really a happy book, but that it‘s very moving. Really looking forward to it! 8mo
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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Now reading. My first Capote. Pretty good so far. A little dry in places, but the sequences with the killers are fairly riveting. The writing is a little too convoluted for my tastes; (one sentence had 10 commas in it!!! And more semicolons than I‘ve ever seen!) But on the whole, it‘s a pretty good book. 🤓

Cathythoughts One of my favorites! I hope it continues to go well for you 8mo
TH3F4LC0N Thnx! I actually own a copy of Other Voices, Other Rooms too, so I‘m hoping I end up liking In Cold Blood enough to dive right into that one! 8mo
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Aight, so I finished the series yesterday, and now I‘ve got my in-depth review of it up on YouTube, if anybody wanna check it out. My channel is TH3 F4LC0N and the review is “The Dark Tower: A Flawed Masterpiece”. 😗

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At last...finished the series! Took me roughly 7 weeks but I did it! There are no words. Literally none. 🤯

Bookwormjillk Wow, you read all of them in 7 weeks? 8mo
TH3F4LC0N Yep, I did one a week. (Well the first one I actually did in one Sunday, cuz it was so short.) Definitely the most I‘ve read in that amount of time I think. It was a gauntlet, but it was well worth it! 😊 8mo
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Got this for a quarter today. I love bargains. 🤑

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Who else is getting blue balls waiting for The Passenger to come out? 🥴

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The Stand | Stephen King
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Come on over to my YouTube channel (TH3 F4LC0N), or just type in “Why I Can‘t Stand The Stand” to hear me rip into this overrated doorstop of a book. And yes, I know how beloved this book is, but it really doesn‘t need to be. But hey, bring your hate if you wanna. Like I give a f***! 😘🖕

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Intensity: A Novel | Dean Koontz
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“There are no explanations for human evil. Only excuses.”