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Johann Thorsson

Johann Thorsson is a native of Iceland, but spends much of his time in Bookland. He has lived in a few parts of the world but currently lives in Iceland with a pretty woman and a mischievous son who resembles Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes fame) more each day. He has a complicated but ultimately useless degree in bioinformatics from a very pretty college in England. His favorite books are 1984, Flowers for Algernon and The English Patient. He hopes one day to call himself a writer without feeling like he's just fooling himself. Blog: Johann Thorsson - On Book and Writing Twitter: @johannthors

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10 Recent Google Trends in the World of Books and Reading

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15 Books Famous Authors Give Five Stars on Goodreads

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Reddit is the small dark corner of the internet. Every now and then, authors will answer any question the dirty undeserving ...

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There’s just no excuse: if you are not reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in December, you are plain missing out ...

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