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Las muertas
Novel based on a true story about an investigation into a shooting in a bakery that just grows into a complex story. A brothel is shut down for politi ...more
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Dec 18, 2012
Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories
Eli, the Fanatic, is one of the five short stories in this book. I think it is a riot of a story that mocks the different degrees that a single commun ...more
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Aug 22, 2010
The Summer Without Men
One of the best books I have read in a long time. The story line is great, but the narrator's thoughts are so deep and funny that I could focus o that ...more
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Nov 05, 2012
Birds of America
I heard the story Dance in America on a New Yorker Mag podcast and thought it was great. The other stories in the collection are just as funny, deep, ...more
May 29, 2008
May 10, 2008
Estrella de La Calle Sexta
Very close to a fourth star, but the characters and narrator would need to go a little deeper for my taste. I'm going to keep reading this author. For ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
The Last Night I Spent with You
I hope midlife crises are not all like this. I found this very entertaining, but a little frustrating with the amount of actual scenes and their brevi ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
Jesus' Son
A collection of short stories with the same narrator. Not your typical story arc with an epiphany at the end. I would fit this in the category of a mo ...more
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Apr 21, 2010
Murder On The Orient Express   And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie: Curriculum Unit
I had never read anything by Christie. I heard a critic raving about "And Then There Were None" as her best book so I gave it a chance. It felt like I ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
The Dwarf
Best novel I have read in a while. Piccoline plays the role of advisor and self-appointed conscience/ambition to a prince of a city state. He is ruthl ...more
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Jun 17, 2012
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)
Big disappointment. I am a loyal fan of the TV series, so I thought I was going to enjoy the book. There aren't any of the twists or seemingly impossi ...more
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May 21, 2010
A Jury of Her Peers
The husbands investigating a murder are incapable of seeing the clues that are obvious to the wives. This is a short story that is easily read in an h ...more
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Sep 08, 2010
The Girl with the Golden Eyes and Other Stories (Chef-d'œuvre inconnu-Sarrasine-Fille aux yeux d'or)
Almost noir in style, these stories don't give you time to make a connection with the characters. The stories claim to represent the darker side of Pa ...more
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Jan 19, 2013
After the Plague: and Other Stories
I hold Boyle to a higher standard than most writers because he has written some outstanding stories in the past. I really liked Termination Dust and T ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
Slow at first, but the story became complex and unpredictable as layer after layer of plot was added. Toward the middle of the story I was absolutely ...more
Apr 30, 2010
Apr 27, 2010
Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
Great essays about the Woman writer and the Catholic writer in the south. Also, a clear explanation about the criticism that her work represented huma ...more
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Jun 01, 2013
The Volcano Lover: A Romance
**spoiler alert** Not a romance, more of a historical novel The Volcano Lover is one of those books where the characters live a happy life until every ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 09, 2008
This Is How You Lose Her
The first stories in this book were funny, but after the third story it got repetitive and predictable. The pay-off for reading to the end wasn't enou ...more
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
You can read Bernhard as a serious writer or as tragedy. I like to read him as tragedy, with some of the funniest observations of individuals and soci ...more
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Jul 19, 2011
The Inferno
Audio Book
Narrated by George Guidall
from audible

Not scary as it was twenty-five years ago when I first read this. This time it was even fun imagining
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Jul 08, 2010
Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides
Great, as expected. The four plays are Herakles, Hekabe, Hippolytos and Alkestis. Each play has its own preface, which is the reason for buying this b ...more
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Sep 24, 2008
The Things They Carried
I liked the unusual story structure and the sense that your perspective of the same event changes every time the author reveals a new detail.
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Jul 14, 2010
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
Unfortunately, this is an abridged version. I hope the other essays were better, but the essays selected here are not very interesting.
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Sep 09, 2010
Albert Camus: Elements of a Life
An amazing biography that goes into Camus' philosophical development. My only complaint was that it was far too short.
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Apr 21, 2011
The Crying of Lot 49
**spoiler alert** Tough little book with 'lot's of puns(like reading Joyce without the epiphanies). Oedipa, the protagonist, goes on an adventure to u ...more
Jun 2008
May 29, 2008
Story Patterns In Greek Tragedy
Excellent, short summary of basic concepts in Greek tragedy. Wish I read this years ago.
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Jul 14, 2010
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy #1)
Beautiful, deep and complex. Another great novel by a great writer.
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Aug 22, 2010
How to Build a Time Machine
Easy explanations of some tough subjects in physics.
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Feb 11, 2011
Bubu of Montparnasse
A story that has been told many times.
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Dec 30, 2012
The Easter Parade
Beautiful story in the style of the picaresque novel. You get to see the lives of two sisters and eventhough the novel centers around Emily more than ...more
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Jun 09, 2010
The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
Interesting novel to draw comparisons with Robbe-Grillet's The Voyeur.
Aug 30, 2010
Aug 22, 2010
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