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    A collection of 8 Manga stories by Japanese artists written in French published to benefit the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Each manga is preceded by a series of questions posed to the authors/illustrators giving insight into what they felt and experienced when the earthquake hit. The stories themselves vary in tone and focus providing different perspectives and insight into a disaster that still affects thousands of people.

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    Book 2 of Scanguards Vampires (I have not read the first), it dispenses with implied sexual connotations in a vampire tale. The sex is front in center from beginning to end, with a little romance and action thrown in for good measure. The plot, and the characters, are interesting enough to make it an enjoyable read otherwise, if you don’t want to admit that you like to read romance novels.

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    Book 4 of The Hunt For Jack Reacher Series, it engages you right from the start and keeps you interested even if, like me, you know nothing of this Jack Reacher character that is hinted to throughout. There are a lot of mysteries that are never quite revealed which does make the story a little less satisfying than otherwise although the main plot is resolved satisfactorily at the end. The novel has certainly made me consider finding other by the same author and on the same subject, but then again, I like spy/mystery novels.

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    A collection of thoughts? Essays? Ideas?, none of those descriptions quite fit what is included in this book that challenges you to reshape how you think about life, the universe and everything. Not by trying to make you believe anything in particular, but instead suggesting strategies on how to deal with how you perceive life. Instructive and informative certainly something to help you keep your mind active and who knows maybe improve your thinking.

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    The story of a young woman and her personal struggles with relationships and life, Finding Lucas is a well written and entertaining story. It is interesting with a sprinkling of humor that does not turn the whole plot into a comedy of errors. With a main character that is complex and endearing, the novel keeps you engaged throughout until it reaches a satisfying conclusion.

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    A series of 5 stories dealing with people living in a world with a zombie apocalypse, it gives different perspectives on how different people would deal with it. Although I am not a fan of zombies or horror in general, the way the different scenarios were constructed and presented kept me thinking about how I would react and the different type of people there are in the world and how they would deal with such a challenging problem of survival.

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    If you think you know why some people perform better than others in different fields, this book will either confirm your belief or give you insight into what is behind the success of many well known people. Although geared for business, it speaks to everyone who is trying to accomplish something great or encouraging someone else to be great.

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    The first book in the Exilon 5 series, it has everything needed to start a good science fiction story. Plenty of plot threads that can be developed, an imagining of a future which could be very well an extension of our own, characters with differing though not necessarily conflicting motivations and an overarching mystery that is not hinted throughout. As a Science Fiction fan, Becoming Human hits a lot of points in what I look for in such a story, being engaging while at the same time exploring one of the facets of all science fiction, the what if or a changed environment, time, and society.

    Also, being self-published, it proves again that you need not go through a publisher to produce high quality work.

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    An approachable biography of Voltaire that focuses not on his works, nor on their immediate effects on him, but on how he lived along with his foibles and strengths. As a writer in this modern age where word processors and easy ways of writing exists, reading about the voluminous amount of correspondence he wrote is doubly impressive when you consider that it had all to be done longhand without the benefit of white-out. The book tells the story of Voltaire without examining his ultimate impact on thought and literature, which allows you to see him as a flawed man who did amazing things giving hope to all of us who aspire for more than just the ordinary.

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    An introduction to probability and statistics, the author tries to help the reader understand how much of an effect randomness has on our lives. Accessible, entertaining, and a little disheartening, it raises the readers awareness on the topic but fails to provide a way of dealing with that knowledge although concluding that it is important to be aware.

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