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Reading dangerously

The year of reading dangerously : how fifty great books (and two not-so-great ones) saved my life

Title: The year of reading dangerously : how fifty great books (and two not-so-great ones) saved my life
By: Andy Miller

I, too, dislike "Year of Reading This, Year of Reading That" memoirs. This one is actually good. It's hard to resist a literary tour guide who pits Moby-Dick against The Da Vinci Code (in the chapter "Whale vs. Grail"). Also, one has to like an author who includes the titles ... [Read more]


non-fiction, biography
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Fading majesty

Dark souls II: collector's edition guide

Title: Dark souls II: collector's edition guide
By: Bruce C. Byrne

Do you know where you stand on perhaps the most urgent question of our troubled modern age: "Are video games art"? (Remember that movies were first regarded as mere popular entertainment, and novels once dismissed as a woman's leisure activity.) This lavishly illustrated volume can help. Video games, at their ... [Read more]


non-fiction, fantasy
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Sublime entertainment

The Legend of Korra. Book One: Air

Title: The Legend of Korra. Book One: Air
By: Joaquim Dos Santos

Rare is the sequel that can equal the original, yet The Legend of Korra continues and deepens the alchemy of Eastern mythology, intriguing characters and spiritual adventure that made its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender perhaps the greatest show of all time. As the avatar, headstrong Korra must bring about ... [Read more]


video, teen video
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Clarity and wit

Pawn Structure Chess

Title: Pawn Structure Chess
By: Andy Soltis

In 1749, Philidor called pawns "the soul of chess." Andy Soltis heeded this wisdom and organized his book not around the bewildering variety of openings, but around the handful of pawn structures that the openings reach at the mid-game. Here are archetypal positions to suit many temperaments: pugilist, assassin, architect, ... [Read more]


non-fiction
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