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Review time! with The New Deal

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“Grab hold of me ’cause I’m your favorite fella; all they got inside is vacancy”
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Review time! with Super!

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“Everyone’s a superhero, everyone’s a Captain Kirk”
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Review time! with That Bulletproof Kid #1-5

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“I looked in the mirror what did I see? a nine stone weakling with knobbly knees; I did my knees bend, press ups, touch my toes, I had another sneeze and I blew my nose; I looked in the mirror at my pigeon chest, I had to put on my clothes because it made me depressed”
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Review time! with Dreamnasium Tales #1

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“Though the dawn may be coming soon there still may be some time; fly me away to the bright side of the moon and meet me on the other side”
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What I bought – 23 September 2015

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Fat Charlie tried to remember what people did in prison to pass the time, but all he could come up with was keeping secret diaries and hiding things in their bottoms. He had nothing to write on, and he felt that a definite measure of how well one was getting on in life was not having to hide things in one’s bottom. (Neil Gaiman, from Anansi Boys)
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What I bought – 9 September 2015

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“I suppose one could say that Hitler didn’t betray his self.”

He turned.

“You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.” (John Fowles, from The Magus)
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Review time! with Return to Rander: The Lone Savior

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“Sometimes I sleep, sometimes it’s not for days and the people I meet always go their separate ways; sometimes you tell the day by the bottle that you drink, and times when you’re alone all you do is think”
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What I bought – 2 September 2015

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After a gloomy silence, he told me a story: “I was sitting in a taxi, and the driver said to me, oh, we have to thank the whites for many things. They brought roads, bridges, tall buildings, things we didn’t know how to do. Before, we lived very poor lives. Well, I didn’t argue with him. What’s the point? That would be an argument without end. I mean, it is now dogma in all our schools that the African people lived in mystic harmony with nature, that they somehow intuitively understood the interdependence of ecological systems, without ever having to articulate them. As well articulate the air you breathe, when it is merely self-evident! Huh! I come from such a village. Perhaps some people can watch someone smearing dung on a floor and talk about the sophisticated reuse of materials, but I tell you, once they try concrete they never go back to dung. Live in natural harmony with the African wildlife, did they? Didn’t kill all the game? They would have if they could. They didn’t because they couldn’t. Look what happens when you give them AK-47s! No more elephants!”

“What did you say to the cab driver?” I asked when he’d wound down.

“Oh, I didn’t argue,” the professor said. “I just asked him where he lived. He lived in a slum in Harare. I asked him if he preferred the village. He said he did. But he can’t make any money there. So that what I told him. That’s what the white man really brought to Africa. The idea of money. The rest is all frills.” (Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle, from Into Africa)
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July and August 2015

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I do these fairly haphazardly, don’t I? Oh well – that’s the way it is!
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What I bought – 26 August 2015

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“Wherever you will find empty land, there are men who try to get closer to God.” (Don DeLillo, from The Names)
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Review time! with Ares & Aphrodite

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“Two young lovers with nothin’ better to do than sit around the house, get high, and watch the tube, and here’s what happened when they decided to cut loose”
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Do You Know Who Would Have Made a Good Captain Marvel Writer?

Let me open up by noting that I totally get why Marvel would go with Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters for the new Captain Marvel series launching after Secret Wars. They showrun a great comic book related TV show that also features a strong female lead, Agent Carter. So they are fine choices. This is not a “boo that choice!” thing. This is only to note that if you have been reading Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps so far (the third issue is out this Wednesday) you would know that Marvel had a really good option on their hands already for a good Captain Marvel writer, namely Kelly Thompson, who is co-writing the series with the departing Captain Marvel writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick.
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What I bought – 19 August 2015

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“I knew it,” Landsman says. “The minute I walked into the room and saw Lasker lying there, I said to myself, Landsman, this whole case is going to turn on a question of pie.” (Michael Chabon, from The Yiddish Policemen’s Union)
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Review time! with The Adventures of the 19XX Book Three: Shining Skull 1936

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“Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded and that heaven is overrated?”
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Review time! with Girlfiend

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“Who is the fly in your champagne? / Who’s got the body and who’s got the brain? / Let me taste your blood ’cause I’m in pain / You are the one that I desire”
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