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By Night in Chile
What I have come to appreciate reading Bolaño's book is the fact that he takes you on several small journeys getting you from plot-point to plot-point ...more
May 2008
May 07, 2008
Our Town
Goodbye, Grover’s Corners

I saw a really terrible movie this weekend called "Stardust". I thought that it would be terrific since the cast is star-stud
not set
May 07, 2008
Generation Kill
There is something that Evan Wright was able to do in writing this book that the other authors, even the award winners like Dexter Filkins and Steve F ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
Alternate Titles for this book could have been:

1. How not to rebuild a nation you just bombed the sh*t out of
2. How to F*ck up everything you touch, t
Feb 02, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
Two words come to mind as I read this, fast and glib. I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It read like a tasty drink of mostly empty calori ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
WOW! Just freaking wow!!!

I picked this book up because I enjoyed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. When I started to read it, I thought that this
May 12, 2008
May 07, 2008
Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq
The remarkable thing about this book is that the author, Steve Fainaru, is able to move the focus off of the larger issues of the military's use of so ...more
Apr 09, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
The Taqwacores
Congratulations. You have just come across the most vital work of fiction of the new millennium.

But first, you are going to have to check your anti-Mu
Apr 15, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane
I've become a junkie for all the books about the recent economic crisis. For one reason, I think it largely defines (along with the wars in Iraq/Afgha ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire
I really tried to like this book (mostly based on the positive notes on it from Junot Diaz). But the deeper I got into it, the more it read like a con ...more
Oct 14, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
Suite Française
For some reason, as I read this, it reminds me of Raymond Carver's short cuts if only in the way that the book is actually a series of loosely connect ...more
May 25, 2008
May 07, 2008
The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008
This is an excellent review of the reasons why the American economy has turned into the debacle that is before us. Must read explanation at the end of ...more
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 29, 2008
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
I really loved this book, but that's probably more because I have been sucked into the serial now. I love the characters and want to know what happens ...more
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 29, 2013
A Bend in the River
I read an article somewhere about a man in Africa who made his living as a river guide. He was bemoaning the loss of the colonial days where as brutal ...more
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May 07, 2008
Dance Dance Dance (The Rat, #4)
I've read a lot of comparisons between Murakami and PKD and while I think that the two are comparable (Murakami even acknowledges this in the book), s ...more
Jun 05, 2008
May 07, 2008
The Comedy of Errors
After reading this in high school, I had the opportunity to see the National Shakespeare Company perform it at The Globe theater in Odessa, TX. which ...more
Jan 1988
Jun 12, 2008
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
More of the good pulpy, juicy goodness that is Game of Thrones.

Word of warning though, this book is a giant reset on the series. Whole new parts of We
Oct 04, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
The Flamethrowers
A lot has been said about this book, but let me just add that it is so beautifully well-crafted that it just amazes me. Every single chapter that I fi ...more
Sep 02, 2014
Oct 16, 2013
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Wow, what a cool book. I picked it up on a whim in Grand Central because I had a long wait for a train and nothing to read. I was very surprised with ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 19, 2009
The Handmaid's Tale
I pretty much adore anything and everything that Margaret Atwood writes, and this was no exception. It is a frightening tale of the hypocrisies at the ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Dec 01, 2008
Outliers: The Story of Success
I thought that this book was pretty spot on unlike the last Gladwell effort. Although, 290 pages to tell us that hard work pays off hardly seems like ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 01, 2008
While I enjoyed this book somewhat, I had a hard time deciding if Bukowski hates his protagonist Chinaski, or if by extension has written here a novel ...more
Feb 08, 2010
Feb 08, 2010
No One Here Gets Out Alive
I liked this book. But then again, I am a huge fan of this band, so my opinion should be discounted immediately. While Jim Morrison does tend to have ...more
Jan 1998
Jan 20, 2011
**spoiler alert** This book really deserves three and half stars. And while I understand why people like this book, I have a hard time calling it a gr ...more
Jul 09, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
Alas, Babylon
Kind of a right-wingy, Cold War, masturbatory, end-times fantasy complete with the sexism and subtle bigotry found in polite, Southern society of the ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Sep 17, 2010
Street Fighters: The Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street
Kind of a Cliff Notes version of William Cohan's book, House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street. But what I liked about it ...more
May 27, 2009
May 28, 2009
City of Thieves
**spoiler alert** I really loved this book, and would give it another half star if the rating system here allowed it. As I was reading, it reminded me ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 01, 2010
Jihad vs. McWorld
What a phenomenal book, takes on the unforeseen results of globalization that have brought about such significant change in the world for the past 20 ...more
Dec 18, 2009
Dec 18, 2009
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy
In the interest of complete disclosure, I have to say that I am one of the biggest fans of the NBA that you will find. I have been since about 1980 an ...more
Feb 13, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
An interesting case study in what happens to young men from small-city America once you remove all the consequences from their actions.

The results are
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 15, 2010
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