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The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Exit Kingdom - Alden Bell I just fall for Alden Bell's writing. His way with words, his descriptions of landscapes, his morally grey characters - it just strikes a chord with me.

I loved the depiction of Moses in [b:The Reapers are the Angels|8051458|The Reapers Are the Angels (Reapers, #1)|Alden Bell|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317066698s/8051458.jpg|12707063], and this book confirmed a lot of things that I guessed about his character in Reapers, as well as bringing up some interesting new tidbits about his past that make me continue to wonder and speculate. For example, the fact that he was married and had a daughter that he lost brings up some new ideas about his connection to Temple in Reapers. One thing that surprised me in this book was, well, how old he was, and his age difference with Abraham. They have a fifteen-year age gap between them, and in this story he is approximately forty years old, making his age in Reapers about forty-five. While reading that book, I think I always pictured him to be around thirty or so, I don't know why. But this brings some new perspective to his character, because he was about twenty when the "meatskins" first came about, and so he has spent half his life in the "normal" world, and half in the "new and desolate" one.