Deep thoughts on great literature

I was reading about authors and the books that changed them or if not changed them, then at least stayed with them over the years, captured some part of their imagination and wouldn’t let go. I have many books like that. Many of them look like this:

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I loved this book. Polaris. And I don’t remember a single thing about it aside from the cover and the title. Before I wrote this post, I hadn’t seen the cover since probably 1984 and yet I could conjure it very clearly in my mind. I felt very comforted when I went searching for the image and found it quite easily. I’m sure the book–5 & Dime Sci-fi at its finest–is no great shakes. But I bet I’ll remember that cover until I’m old & demented.

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