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When they were seven, right after T.C.'s mom died, T.C. and Augie decided they were brothers. Both families went along, and the boys now have three parents and are established in both houses.

When they are fourteen, T.C. falls in love with new girl Alé and meets a deaf kid, Hucky (?), who he can't help getting attached to. Meanwhile, Augie is just figuring out he's gay. Seems like Augie is the last to know.

One of the things I love about this book is that it addresses serious issues without getting so heavy-handed about them I start to cry OR being so unconcerned with them I feel insulted. It's a funny book. It's a sweet book.

And yes, "Hucky" is a stupid name.
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In the last installment of the Engineer Trilogy, Ziani Vaatzes is on the verge of getting his revenge.

The theme of this series seems to be that while you can do horrible things to get what you want, you will probably find that you can't have it or that you have changed so much that you no longer want it.

A hell of a read.
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As the exiled engineer works on his plan for revenge he meets an unexpected obstacle in the form of a strange dude who insists on working for him. There is a lot of treachery and death. It is really hard to stop reading about it.
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Ziani Vaatzes is an engineer. Sentenced to death for creating an abomination (he made a toy that deviated from the sacred specifications), Vaatzes escapes. Once safe, he begins to work on his plan for revenge. This plan is full of intrigue and betrayal.

This book is the first in a trilogy, and it is amazing. I can't believe I only stumbled across this author by chance. That is not hyperbole, by the way. I was at a library sale, I glanced at the romance section and saw some horror and fantasy I might sell, picked up the pile, thought The Company looked interesting and threw it in my bag.

Why had I never heard of this author before?
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Being at loose ends now that the war is over, General Kunessin's men gladly follow him to this island where he wants to build a utopia. Things keep going horribly wrong, but the general doesn't ever consider leaving. So neither do his men.

This book is sold as fantasy, but doesn't really read like it. It is a pretty damn good story.
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Okay, I read this series backward. I didn't write about the second book because I would have said the exact same thing I did about the third, mainly: "I love these strips! Why didn't I discover them sooner? Shit!"

This is the big collection of Kochalka's diary strips, previously collected under other titles and starting with the first one. American Elf volume one is HUGE! It's bigger than the next two combined. It took me about three days to read it, and it was really expensive.

This book is also totally worth it. The strips are funny, weird, disturbing and sometimes dull, but together they're just.. I forgot how I was going to end this sentence.

Here, see what I'm talking about:
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[Translated from the German by John E. Woods]

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born in the middle of a stinky mess with a very powerful nose and no odor of his own. His whole life is spent in the pursuit of odors, and when he smells a particularly wonderful-smelling woman, he kills her to possess her scent.

This obsession leads him to learn how to make perfume out of people.

Perfume is a strange and captivating novel.


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