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The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)
4.11
A really hit and miss book, with some terrific ideas and terrible plotting.

The main character, Matt, is a clone of the world's biggest drug kingpin, t...more
Oct 06, 2008
Oct 02, 2008
 
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
3.59
Sadly, this book never really took off for me. I liked the subject (it's about an Ethiopian immigrant living in a gentrifying neighborhood in DC), but...more
Mar 21, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
 
Scalped, Vol. 4: The Gravel in Your Guts
4.33
The Scalped crew does it again! Moving, violent, epically tragic. The story grows here to encompass more characters, and give you more insight into so...more
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
 
Towing Jehovah (Godhead, #1)
3.91
God is dead, and his two-mile long corpse is floating in the Atlantic, right around the equator. Anthony van Horne, a disgraced oil tanker captain is...more
Feb 2008
Mar 01, 2008
 
Fables, Vol. 10: The Good Prince (Fables, #10)
4.38
It's been a long time since I've had a freshly unread Fables trade and I was really looking forward to reading this. Sadly it wasn't all that great, b...more
Jan 12, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
 
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
4.12
Everything about this was incredible, and I really couldn't stop reading it. Bechdel's comic memoir focuses on her relationship with her family, and p...more
not set
Mar 02, 2008
 
X-Men: The Day After
3.72
I was excited when I found this cheap at the used book store and was looking forward to finding out what happened after the cataclysmic events at the...more
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
 
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street (Transmetropolitan, #1)
4.22
Don't know what took me so long to read this, but glad that I finally did. Read this volume on an airplane, which is not necessarily advisable as bein...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 18, 2009
 
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
4.10
For some reason, this didn't resonate when I first read it, shortly after its publication in 2003. I really couldn't tell you why because after re-rea...more
Dec 2007
May 28, 2007
 
Swordfishtrombones
3.66
Good addition to the 33 1/3 series examining Tom Waits' classic album Swordfishtrombones as a turning point in his career. The author, David Smay, dis...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
 
Thirteen Reasons Why
4.07
I blew through this dark but moving novel in roughly 24 hours, and I'm glad I did read it that way. I -- like the narrator, Clay, who has just receive...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.40
A shocking concept. A great adventure. A strong, capable, emotional, honest main female character. A "romantic relationship" that was complex and trag...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
Joseph
3.94
I wanted to give this a five star review. Really. The premise and was promising, but I had to knock off one star for a terrible, repetitive, and uncon...more
Dec 23, 2008
Nov 18, 2008
 
145th Street: Short Stories
3.81
Award-Winning author Walter Dean Myers offers a multi-faceted view of urban life in this collection of ten loosely-connected stories, all of which tak...more
not set
Sep 21, 2008
 
The Disappeared
3.50
A real mixed bag. On the one hand, this story sheds light on the terrifying subject of political violence through imprisonment and torture. It takes p...more
Oct 26, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
 
Twisted
3.82
Read this one in a single morning. I thought Tyler was a really interesting and compelling narrator, put in a situation that would have been impossibl...more
Oct 02, 2008
Jul 05, 2008
 
Batman: Snow
3.49
Interesting early Batman story, with terrific art by Seth Fisher who gives us a very human looking (and occasionally downright dumpy) Batman -- much d...more
May 07, 2009
May 11, 2009
 
Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations
4.18
I really don't like Jeffrey Brown most of the time. He's in that school of comix artists who write uncomfortable strips about their uncomfortable live...more
Dec 25, 2008
Jan 14, 2009
 
Hero
3.88
I'm not sure whether this gets 3 or 4 starts. Probably 3.

I liked this book and thought that it was very brave for taking on all that it was taking on,...more
Jan 06, 2009
Dec 27, 2008
 
Batman: The Killing Joke
4.35
A great, classic story in its own right, this 20th Anniversary Edition is worth picking up simply for the fact that it is gorgeously recolored by the...more
not set
Oct 04, 2008
 
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the Universe (Scott Pilgrim, #5)
4.31
First of all, why does it take O'Malley A YEAR to write a book that it takes me TWENTY MINUTES to read?! Cripes, it went so fast that I barely even no...more
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
 
Batman: Ego and Other Tails
3.89
Thank you mysterious library benefactor for dropping all this new batman into my life!

One of the coolest things about my job is that there's some kook...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
 
Black Hole
3.83
A deeply unsettling but intriguing horror comic. In 1970's Seattle, a sexually transmitted disease spreads among a group of teenagers, causing them to...more
not set
Dec 22, 2008
 
You Don't Love Me Yet
2.79
A disappointing outing from the normally transcendent Jonathan Lethem, clever (oh is it clever!) but never actually engaging. It's about a bunch of tw...more
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 16, 2009
 
One Hundred Demons
4.21
Read for my comic book club and really enjoyed it! Barry has an artistic style that initially put me off but that I grew to really admire. I think I d...more
Apr 20, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
 
Messiah Complex
4.02
Hurm. While I don't doubt the assertion that this is the best X-Men X-over in years and years, that also doesn't say all that much about the state of...more
Jul 2009
Jun 29, 2009
 
I Kill Giants
4.15
A really compelling read with a pretty typical storyline but great style and believable characters. Barbara is a weird but badass kid who is plummetin...more
Jun 03, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
Spider-Man: Reign
3.71
Basically The Web Knight Returns -- the premise, the tone, and even the artistic style are cribbed directly from Frank Miller's classic Batman: The D...more
not set
Jan 04, 2009
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
Almost succeeds in being the book we're all waiting for. I was a little bit dubious at the beginning; the first half of the book feels like a big long...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
 
Road to Perdition
3.81
I got this book as one of ten in a "Book Group in a Box" kit from the California Center for the Book. Sadly I won't be able to read it with the group...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
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