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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Music choice: Panic! at the Disco, Cirque du Soleil soundtracks, VNV Nation

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Admittedly, that review was a bit of a copout because now I'm writing book reviews for school. But hopefully soon it'll be easier to use this sort of tone for a school assignment, so it'll read less like that.

Next up: Ilse Witch by Terry Brooks
[So far, it's better than the other eight.]
Dexter in the Dark
Jeff Lindsay

Rating: 4 / 5

Music choice: VNV Nation, Nightwish

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Next up: World War Z by Max Brooks
Mrs Dalloway
Virginia Woolf

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Music choice: ...Honestly, this book is so strange that this is one of the times I'll agree that listening to music is detrimental to reading. ^^;;

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Next up: The library, after two months and change on the holds list, has been kind enough to let me borrow Dexter in the Dark, which is the third [...possibly final? I'm not sure] book in the series begun with these two books, and promises to be just as good if not better. [Honestly, I also just watched the movie Mindhunters and loved it to death, partly because it reminded me of a not-as-funny, more horror-like version of the TV series. It was grand.] And remembering things from Dearly Devoted Dexter as I currently am, I'm hoping that season two of the Dexter TV series follows that book fairly closely, because it was absolutely fascinating. Possibly a tad too gory even for Showtime, but still.
I've been rather remiss in writing these reviews. Since that's so, I'll be including a bonus blurb about Good Omens in this one, mainly because it was great.

Books contained: Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Music choice: VNV Nation, Nine Inch Nails' "Year Zero" album, Muse

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Good Omens is by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the latter of who I've read a few books by, and the former has been recommended to me a whole bunch of times. The literary styling is such that if you're familiar with their writing styles, you'll be able to tell which scenes were written by which authors, but in such a manner that it really doesn't matter that you're able to do that, because it doesn't detract from the quality of the book. A little previous knowledge of how the Apocalypse goes down in the Bible is a good thing to have, but I'm not sure it's absolutely necessary; though a good sense of humor to put up with the puns and various blasphemies is a very good thing to have. [As it is in most cases.] This is one of those books that would go under the heading of "wonderfully absurd"... Because why else would the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse come riding up on motorcycles with four ordinary motorcycle gang members fancying themselves the other Four Horsemen?

[You also shouldn't read this book if you have the requisite sense of humor but hate it when people give you funny looks for laughing at, of all things, a book.]

...Seriously, it's a great book. Go out and read it.

Next up: Since I consider Lord of the Rings to be untouchable, I may very well be doing one about another Terry Brooks series--the Ilse Witch trilogy, if you happen to be familiar with it. I'm hoping that enough time has passed since I was irritated with the others so that I might be pleasantly surprised, but if not, that's what the Lord of the Rings is for. It also might be a while, because I've got to read a whole lot for school, and that takes precedence over pleasure reading, though I think it would be great if I could read Lord of the Rings for credit in British Literature. Heh.

A few quickies

...Or, what I'd either been loaned or had checked out of the library in the last couple weeks of summer.

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Next up: Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, and Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
Cirque Du Freak
Darren Shan

Books contained: Cirque Du Freak [Book 1], The Vampire's Assistant [Book 2], Tunnels of Blood [Book 3], Vampire Mountain [Book 4], Trials of Death [Book 5], The Vampire Prince [Book 6], Hunters of the Dusk [Book 7], Allies of the Night [Book 8], Killers of the Dawn [Book 9], Lake of Souls [Book 10], Lord of the Shadows [Book 11], Sons of Destiny [Book 12]

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Music choice: Muse, Mew, t.A.T.u.

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Dexter series
Jeff Lindsay

Books contained: Darkly Dreaming Dexter [Book 1], Dearly Devoted Dexter [Book 2], Dexter in the Dark [Book 3--not reviewed; release date: August 14, 2007]

Music choice: VNV Nation, Cirque du Soleil soundtracks [Alegría, Quidam, Varekai]

Rating: 5 / 5

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Next up: The Cirque du Freak series, by Darren Shan
The Harry Potter Series
J.K. Rowling

Books contained: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's [Philosopher's] Stone [Book 1], Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [Book 2], Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Book 3], Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [Book 4], Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [Book 5], Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [Book 6], Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [Book 7]

Music choice: Chocolat soundtrack [Rachel Portman], Arcade Fire, Panic! at the Disco

Rating: 4 / 5

WARNING: Review may contain spoilers. I haven't decided yet. does indeed contain spoilers.
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Next up: Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay [Also Dexter in the Dark if it comes out soon and I can get a copy of it from the library.]
A World Lit Only By Fire
William Manchester

Rating: 4 / 5

Music choice: Bach's harpsichord suites, Chopin

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Next up: The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling--including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Don't Panic.

The Increasingly Misnamed Hitchhiker's Trilogy
Douglas Adams

Books contained: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Book 1]; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe [Book 2]; Life, the Universe, and Everything [Book 3]; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish [Book 4]; Mostly Harmless [Book 5]

Music choice: Massilia Sound System, BT's "Emotional Technology" and "Movement in Still Life" albums

Rating: 4.5 / 5

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Next up: A World Lit Only By Fire by William Manchester.


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