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A guide for people who despise social events (especially school dances)

Do you hate social events?

Well, that’s one thing we have in common! Lucky for you, I’ve created a handy five-step guide on how to survive social events (especially school dances–yuck).

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Author: Philip K. Dick

Rating: 5/5

After World War Terminus, Earth is pretty much ruined. Animals have gone extinct, there’s harmful dust everywhere, most of the human civilisation have moved to Mars and bounty hunters are sort of the norm. Rick Deckard is one such bounty hunter, intent on “retiring” runaway androids. But that’s harder than it sounds especially when those androids look exactly like humans.

Spoilers ahead.

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Being Mortal (medicine and what matters in the end)

Author: Atul Gawande

Rating: 5/5

Call it whatever you want–fate, destiny, curse–dying is inevitable. Yet we spend hours and billions of whichever currency you’re most comfortable with ( 🙂 ) developing cures and treatments for illnesses and in this way, medicine has found a way to triumph over nature. Well, almost. Death is inevitable and sometimes, medicine can get in the way of what it is to be human.

Spoilers ahead.

(Not really–it’s a non-fiction book so there aren’t any plot twists or anything.)

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The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion Cantos #4)

Author: Dan Simmons

Rating: 4/5

After four years on Old Earth, Raul Endymion goes on a journey across the River Tethys to find the Consul’s ship. Aenea, meanwhile, prepares her students and herself for the inevitable facedown with the Pax.

Spoilers ahead 🙂 .

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Endymion (Hyperion Cantos #3)

Author: Dan Simmons

Rating: 5/5

It’s been two hundred and seventy-four years since the events that took place in The Fall of Hyperion i.e. the Hegemony being destroyed along with the WorldWeb and all that stuff. Brace yourself for another action-packed adventure with new heroes: Aenea, Raul and A. Bettik! And they’re being pursued by followers of the Pax.

So yes, it’s very hectic, adventurous and–dare I say it–light (the adventure, not the book itself).

Spoilers ahead.

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The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)

Author: Dan Simmons

Rating: 4/5

The Fall of Hyperion picks up right where Hyperion finished up, with our friends skipping down a road having a Wizard of Oz moment. Okay, that’s kind of a lie. It starts with Joseph Severn and slowly, but steadily makes its way back to our beloved yet flawed pilgrims, tieing the whole story arc up with a nice bow.

Spoilers ahead.

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Things Only My Sister Understands

So it’s my sister’s birthday today (at least in my timezone). So in honour of her getting a year older because apparently, that’s how we measure age, here’s a list of things only my sister understands.

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