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"I want to perform an unnatural act."

- Lenny Bruce

"I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative. I don't like anything in the mainstream and they don't like me."

- Bill Hicks

"I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant."

-George Carlin

"The more I see, the less I know for sure."

- John Lennon

Girl of Nightmares - Kendare Blake Ever been hanging out with your group of friends and one of them - a sort of outsider - keeps trying to make jokes and fit in, which only makes you and your friends smile uncomfortably at each other?That's what I felt while reading this book.I read this after being happily surprised with Anna Dressed in Blood (although I never once bought the romance angle), but also read it while reading Game, Barry Lyga's sequel to I Hunt Killers. This ended up being sort of a mistake, as I couldn't read Girl of Nightmares without yearning for Game, or comparing GoN to it incessantly. GoN seems to stumble along lack of action, with a few plot points that reminded me of Indiana Jones movies and Harry Potter (although I wouldn't say this came close to anything like theft, or "pastiche" - Blake is indeed a talent in her own right). I failed to connect with anyone or anything, except Cas's mother. I wanted to read more about her, but only her. Everyone else was boring or predictable, and in Carmel's case, had a name so insipid that it was distracting every time I saw it on the page. Then there were the odd descriptions. A few examples:"Irritation creeps up my arms, staring in the hot dishwater and ending in my clenched jaw.""We go down the stairs, making as little noise as possible. But I suppose that's not necessary, considering the rukus we made at three in the morning. I expected all the lights to come on and for the innkeeper to bang down the door and rush in holding a baseball bat. Except they don't play baseball in this country. So maybe they would have been holding a cricket bat, or just a big stick, I don't know."My tepid response to GoN doesn't have me writing off Blake, but if there is a third installation to this series, it's going to take a lot of gushing from my GR buddies for me to be interested. At the end of the day, I just didn't care.