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100 Word Book Review – Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
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100 Word Book Review – Reading this book was like reading an alternate universe version of the To Kill A Mockingbird.  This makes sense since this book is essentially the first draft of that classic novel.  I’m not going to weigh in on whether or not this book should have been published because I don’t think we’ll ever know the full story behind that.  I will say that To Kill A Mockingbird is a much better book.  While this one has glimpses and flashes of Mockingbird, it’s not nearly as good.  There are some touch and truthful passages and I am glad I’ve read it.

Favorite Quotes:

If you did not want much, there was plenty.

She was easy to look at and easy to be with most of the time, but she was in no sense of the word an easy person.

Love’s the only thing in this world that is unequivocal.

The one thing she liked most about Henry Clinton was that he let her be silent when she wanted to be. She did not have to entertain him.

Time stopped, shifted, and went lazily in reverse.

They…found the rest of the morning lying emptily before them.

She looked up at the sky. “You can almost reach up an touch it, it’s so close.”

“Anybody with eyes that good was up to no good.”

“Don’t you study about other folks’ business till you take care of your own.”

She touched yesterday cautiously, then withdrew.

It was not because this was where your life began.  It was because this was where people were born and born and born until finally the result was you, drinking a coke in the Jitney Jungle.
Now she was aware of a sharp apartness, a separation…

Now we are both lonely, for entirely different reasons, but it feels the same, doesn’t it?

“Remember this also: it’s always easy to look back and see what we were, yesterday, ten years ago. It is hard to see what we are.  If you can master that trick, you’ll get along.”

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100 Word Book Review – To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird br Harper Lee
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100 Word Book Review – I was extremely tempted to write the word ‘perfection’ 100 times to review this book.  To me, reading this book is the equivalent of falling asleep in your own bed after a long day of work. It’s like visiting with old friends who know you so well. I loved every page of this book and was glad to read it again after so many years. I don’t think I can say much more than has already been said about this novel except to say, “Perfection.” I read this before diving into Go Set A Watchmen which is my current read.

Favorite quotes:

Shoulder up, I reeled around to face Boo Radley and his bloody fangs; instead, I saw dill ringing the bell with all his might in atticus’ face.
The moon was setting and the lattice-work shadows were fading into fuzzy nothingness.
Jem waved my words away as if fanning gnats.
Soft tafata-like sounds and muffled scurrying sounds filled me with helpless  dread.
I watched the spark of fresh adventure leave his eyes.
“‘s what everybody at school says.”
“From now on it’ll be everybody less one-“
Talking to francis gave me the sensation of settling slowly to the bottom of the ocean.
“Looks like he’d be proud of it,” I said.
“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents,” said Miss Maudie.
“Whatever she says to you, it’s not your job to let her make you mad.”
“Jem’s got the look-arounds,” an affliction Calpernia said all boys caught at his age.
“I ain’t cynical, Miss Alexandra. Tellin’ the truth’s not cynical.”
“The way you tell it, it is.”
Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.
I came to the conclusion that people were jus peculiar, I withdrew from them, and never thought about them until I was forced to.
“Hiya, Boo,” I said
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100 Word Book Review – Say Kids! What Time is It? Notes From the Peanut Gallery by Stephen Davis

Say Kids! What Time is It? Notes From the Peanut Gallery By Stephen Davis
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100 Word Book Review – This is a decent book that takes a look behind the scenes of The Howdy Doody Show. While it does a great job of giving the reader a glimpse behind the scenes, it did rub me the wrong way in two ways.  One, the constant repeating of how talentless Bob Keeshan was.  The author can barely go two pages without mentioning it.  He was Captain Kangaroo!  He had some talent!  Also, the author cannot stop repeating how in love he was with Princess Summerfall Winterspring.  We get it, you liked her, no need repeating it.  Otherwise, it’s a great book.



Years later he (Bob smith) told a reporter, “I could have jumped and kissed the moon!” – Buffalo Bob on getting his first job in entertainment.
It was a rousing good adventure! Let’s not worry about whether it was a dream or not. – Phineas T. Bluster
Goodbye, kids. – Clarabell the Clown
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100 Word Book Review – Reader’s Block by David Markson

Reader’s Block by David Markson
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100 Word Book Review – From the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, people really love this book. It’s often called an ‘anti-novel’ in that it isn’t written with a traditional narrative. It’s more a list of weird facts and trivia with a little bit of story about ‘Reader’ and ‘Protagonist’ mixed in every now and then. That’s said, it just wasn’t for me. I’m all for putting a spin on traditional writing but this was not as compelling to me as some reviews make it out to be. The blurb promises us a ‘shattering’ conclusion. For me, it ended with the whimper it began with.


Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the.
Horseflies that keep the horse from plowing, Chekhov called critics.
When I could have used a wife, I could not support one, when I could support one, I no longer needed any.
Said Kant
There is no death and art can prove it.
According to legend, Li Po drowned when he fell out of a boat, drunk, leaning to kiss a reflection of the moon.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
Even in the solemn moments of the mass, when prayer should be the purest…when I should groan for what I have done, I sigh for what I have lost.
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Why do you always wear black?
I am in mourning for my life.
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