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The Best Laid Plans
Ah, I loves me some Canadian political satire. Don't think I've had this much fun since King John of Canada (Scott Gardiner - go read it).

A young poli
Aug 25, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
Stone Mattress
Sharp. It's a word that gets used a lot in association with Atwood. Not sure I can describe precisely how her writing is "sharp", but it is. The chara ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 11, 2014
Smiley's People
Just re-read this one after many years. I forgot how awesome this book is. Le Carre was at the top of his game.

First, there's Smiley, his heavy-lidde
Jan 1979
Oct 26, 2011
The Rude Story of English
There are two problems with the story of the English language, according to Howell: no hero, and not rude enough.

Then he sets off to remedy both.

Nov 2013
Dec 07, 2013
The Love Monster
Once again, I find a wonderful first-time novel. I should get paid for my radar.

Margaret H. Atwood (no, not that one) is in a rough patch. Her loveles
Aug 2012
Aug 12, 2012
All the Broken Things
Bo lives in a rental house with his Mom, Rose, with sponsorship from a church and a group of people who helped them when they escaped VietNam after Ag ...more
Jul 2014
Aug 31, 2014
The Empathy Exams: Essays
I had to take a step back to decide what I really thought of this collection.

There are moments of strength and narrative awareness. But in the end, I
Sep 2014
Oct 11, 2014
It should be no surprise that Tina Fey is good at writing the anecdote. But the book club was not convinced this was a "memoir" in the classic sense.

Jun 2011
Jul 30, 2011
Lock In
On his first day at work as an FBI agent, Chris and his partner catch a murder. It's complicated.

Chris grew up as the poster boy for Haden's (or rathe
Sep 2014
Oct 11, 2014
The Girl with All the Gifts
I'll tread carefully since this is such a new release. First off, getting a book jacket testimonial from Joss Whedon: booyah!

Melanie knows the routine
Jul 2014
Aug 10, 2014
All Those Things We Never Said
Writing level at "learn to become a writer at home" quality and the plot twist is rather absurd.

I hate it when I accidentally stumble into Harlequin t
Oct 20, 2010
Nov 01, 2010
For Today I Am a Boy
Another awesome debut novel.

Peter is the son that arrives at last in a family of daughters, the awaited "king" in his father's mind, as revealed in hi
Mar 2014
Mar 29, 2014
Shovel Ready (Spademan, #1)
In this near future, the rich people stay tapped in to the high test matrix full time, with servants and nurses to care for their withering bodies. Ev ...more
May 2014
May 18, 2014
As She Climbed across the Table
I have a bit of a crush on Lethem's brain. He makes a love story out of a self-deprecating academic in love with a physicist, with a null space (known ...more
Jun 2014
Aug 08, 2014
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
Great science writers make me so happy (and jealous). Quammen explores what we know so far about zoonosis (infectious disease transmitted between spec ...more
Jan 2014
Feb 01, 2014
The Grand Design
Hawking and Mlodinow take on the big questions: Why are we here? How did we get here? What is the nature of reality? Do we need a god to explain how i ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 11, 2012
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery
This book is hard to read. Not because it's written poorly, but because the subject matter is hard to face.

Westoll, who has a background in primate an
May 2013
May 28, 2013
Mortal Fire (Secret of the Journal, #1)
Where to start? Professor from Cambridge takes a one-year teaching assignment at an American school so she can study a early American journal in their ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 26, 2013
Sweet Tooth
As much as McEwan writes a lot of female characters, I'm still not sure he wants them to be their own women.

Serena goes to Cambridge and becomes the l
Feb 2014
Mar 16, 2014
The Martian
Mark Watney is pretty much fucked, by his own admission. Part of a mission team to Mars when something goes horribly wrong, he wakes up to find that h ...more
Feb 2014
Feb 16, 2014
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
I'm fascinated by the history of encryption, so this book was up my alley. Singh traces the evolution of encryption techniques using stories from hist ...more
Jan 2014
Feb 16, 2014
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Finally got round to reading this, and have no interest in seeing the movie, for the record.

The narrator tells us a collection of stories gathered aro
May 2013
May 26, 2013
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
For the first time, I actually get how and why physicists are hot for multiverses and string theory. Greene is a very accessible writer, and he has a ...more
Oct 2011
Nov 04, 2011
The Best of Men (Laurence Beaumont, #1)
642 pages. Historial fiction. Usually, that means a hard slog, but Letemendia has a good hand when it comes to dialogue with the result being that it ...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
The Wasp Factory
I first read this book years ago, but went back to it after Banks' death. Such a chilling book. It's a violent book, though the violence in it is ofte ...more
Jun 2013
Aug 11, 2013
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I had the pleasure of seeing/hearing Gaiman read from this book, so now it's infused with the authentic Gaiman voice in my head.

The narrator tells us
Jul 2013
Aug 11, 2013
It Takes All Kinds
Local Bob Green writes his second "memoir", which is really a collection of anecdotes and vignettes of people and buildings no longer here. It's a hum ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 24, 2013
Not one of my favourite Palahniuk books in that it doesn't have a lot of plot to hang onto - other than an aging porn star who wants to set the world ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 19, 2009
City of Ice
Written before "River City" (which is actually a prequel to this one and getting a lot of buzz these days), Cinq-Mars has an Anglais partner not by ch ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 28, 2011
The Remorseful Day (Inspector Morse, #13)
I haven't read the whole series but I'm familiar with the tv show, of course.

This is the last Morse novel, and there are some really poignant moments
Oct 2012
Dec 09, 2012
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