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Shantaram
4.24
The New York Times nailed Shantaram when they said that it is "nothing if not entertaining." The problem is trying to find what else it is. Nine hundr ...more
Sep 16, 2008
Sep 02, 2008
 
The Alchemist
3.76
Watered down, pseudo-philosophy that made me want to put my eyes out with a fork. I can see how this book could function as a way of introducing a chi ...more
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May 15, 2008
 
Pedro Páramo
4.02
This is perhaps the finest example of magical realism I have read. They say Gabriel Garcia Marquez has it memorized. I guess I would call it a reflect ...more
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May 14, 2008
 
The Road
3.94
**spoiler alert** Easily the worst of McCarthy's works. I'm a little heartbroken that this is the one the modern reader is most likely to pick up of h ...more
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May 23, 2008
 
The White Tiger
3.69
I just finished White Tiger about an hour ago and I was prepared to write a negative review of it. I can't. Although the first half of the book leaves ...more
Oct 29, 2008
Sep 09, 2008
 
Against Nature (A Rebours)
3.92
One of the most disturbing and intriguing characters I have come across in literature. At times, you find yourself indulging in his misanthropic take ...more
Jan 2006
May 15, 2008
 
2666
4.18
I finally bit the bullet and bought my much anticipated copy of this big, beautiful beast. I'm afraid I've been reading too much fluff lately and Bola ...more
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Feb 16, 2009
 
The Master and Margarita
4.33
A burning indictment of Stalinist Russia that is approachable for even those who know little to nothing about Russian history. Also a fantastic and hi ...more
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May 14, 2008
 
No One Belongs Here More Than You
3.81
An entire book of manipulative, uninspired keening from a writer who affects a persona somewhere between an emotionally retarded soccer mom and a chil ...more
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Feb 09, 2009
 
Motherless Brooklyn
3.91
My first Lethem novel turned out to be pretty much what I thought it would be. A good time, a page-turner, sure, but also hard to separate stylistical ...more
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May 14, 2009
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.85
Although I've been leery of Pulitzer winners for some time now, I decided to pick up Oscar Wao by weight of its subject alone. I have spent a good dea ...more
Oct 27, 2008
Aug 20, 2008
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
There isn't anything specific that I didn't like about this book, but nonetheless I was hovering between three and four stars when I went to rate it. ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Aug 07, 2008
 
House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories
3.85
This is the book that Gabriel Garcia Marquez based his latest novella, "Memories of My Melancholy Whores", on. In fact, both works use basically the s ...more
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May 14, 2008
 
The Secret Lives of People in Love
4.04
This was a recommendation that I found to be compelling in a highly manipulative way. The language is pretty but in some cases redundant and whereas i ...more
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Mar 24, 2011
 
Tales for Great Grandchildren
3.67
Won this from goodreads and have to say, I am impressed. Nice, old style children stories with a macabre twist. I would give my edition to my nephew b ...more
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Jan 02, 2012
 
Perdido Street Station
3.95
Oh my. What a little gem this was. I have to say, I don't generally expect such eloquently turned phrases in sci-fi, which I tend to think of as a fun ...more
Feb 09, 2009
Aug 14, 2008
 
The Raw Shark Texts
3.87
Similar to House of Leaves in many ways. Sort of attempts to be a sprawling 'idea novel' and a tightly wound horror novel at the same moment. It's rea ...more
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Sep 02, 2008
 
Crime and Punishment
4.15
Potentially the greatest Russian novel ever written and maybe one of the top five books of all time. So deeply has it wedged itself in my heart that I ...more
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May 15, 2008
 
The Graveyard Book
4.09
I just finished listening to this as read by Neil Gaiman himself, available for free on his website at: http://www.mousecircus.com/default.aspx and it ...more
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Oct 25, 2008
 
The Secret Life of Bees
3.97
I found this book abandoned in a public place and picked it up. Mistake. Wish I could go back in time. Yack. Whole lot of saccharine melodramatics cen ...more
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May 26, 2008
 
Dead Funny
4.40
I recently saw a production of this play at Third Rail Repertory Theater here in Portland and thought it was brilliant. I always have a hard time rati ...more
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Oct 24, 2008
 
Autobiography of Red
4.36
This little gem starts slow (in fact you could even skip the first section), but makes up for it. Anne Carson is first and foremost a poet and it show ...more
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May 15, 2008
 
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
4.20
This first contemporary novel to knock me off my feet in years. Every line is so well phrased and so well thought out that you can literally flip to a ...more
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May 15, 2008
 
Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1)
3.90
It's too early to say how I will eventually feel about Neal Stephenson, but even if I should some day decide that I don't think he's worth his salt, I ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Sep 21, 2008
 
Hopscotch
4.27
Right up there with Ulysses, Bleak House and Gravity's Rainbow as far as giant monsters of books go, but well worth the time it takes to read it. It's ...more
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May 15, 2008
 
The Stranger
3.93
I came across this book before I had read much existentialist literature and was blown away by it. Now that I have tempered that impression by many ye ...more
Jan 2001
May 15, 2008
 
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
4.10
A beautiful and compelling graphic novel that deals wonderfully with themes of isolation and absence using sparse but poignant phrasing and wide scope ...more
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May 14, 2008
 
The Passion
4.12
This is the book that introduced me to Jeanette Winterson, whose books read like some kind of mythical fairy tale. She always seems to be prodding com ...more
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May 14, 2008
 
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
4.33
Certainly the best book on the subject of the Rwandan genocide and an out and out good book in general. Before I read it, I wasn't really interested i ...more
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May 15, 2008
 
Being Dead
3.69
A surprising book about death. You would never imagine that the topic of decay could provide such a fertile ground for ruminations on the purpose of l ...more
Sep 02, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
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