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Three Bags Full
3.61
it was ok
It's a cute premise: a dead shepherd is discovered by his flock of sheep with a spade sticking out of his chest, and the sheep then set out to solve t ...more
Jun 28, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
 
The Abstinence Teacher
3.24
liked it
I really enjoy Tom Perrotta's writing style, and this book is no exception. His prose is smooth and easy, the kind of writing that pulls you into the ...more
Aug 07, 2008
Jul 28, 2008
 
The Soul Thief
2.89
it was ok
Quite disappointing. This whole novel (perhaps more a novella) essentially breaks down to a story of one man screwing with another man's life, ostensi ...more
Jun 11, 2008
May 13, 2008
 
Me of Little Faith
3.57
it was ok
I'm a huge fan of Lewis Black: I think he's very funny but also very smart, even (especially) when taking on some of stickiest issues. That is why I w ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
 
Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1)
3.79
it was ok
The basic concept of this book is genius: we're in Victorian London, in an alternate reality where Count Dracula was not fended off but survived to be ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
The Servants
3.32
it was ok
An ultimately cutesy story but emotionally very immature. Some might say that's because the main character is 11; I won't allow the author to hide und ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
 
The Snake Stone (Yashim the Eunuch, #2)
3.74
it was ok
I really enjoyed The Janissary Tree, so I was very excited about the release of the follow-up mystery, The Snake Stone. But, sadly, I found it terribl ...more
Nov 27, 2008
May 13, 2008
 
Obabakoak
3.89
really liked it
Though tagged a novel, Obabakoak is better described as a series of fictions, tied together only by their setting in the village of Obaba. But each se ...more
Feb 27, 2011
Oct 04, 2010
 
The Cheese Monkeys
3.75
liked it
I just glanced at some earlier reviews from readers to make sure I didn't miss something on this one, and the second review I saw (from Billy) perfect ...more
Jun 02, 2008
May 29, 2008
 
Atmospheric Disturbances
3.13
it was ok
Atmospheric Disturbances is the story of Leo, a psychiatrist who comes home one day to find that the woman in his home--though she looks almost exactl ...more
Jul 25, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
The Wishbones
3.48
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Tom Perotta is a very good storyteller. He writes in a voice that is easy to read and effortlessly draws you in to his novels. But t ...more
Jan 31, 2009
May 13, 2008
 
Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)
3.84
really liked it
Thanks Goodreads for sending me a free copy of this book through First Reads...

I should know better than to read books that are the first in a series
...more
Apr 27, 2016
Mar 30, 2016
 
Bill Bryson's African Diary
3.40
it was ok
Unlike most people, I guess, I had no idea that this book was little more than a 49-page pamphlet for CARE, a group doing international aid work, incl ...more
Jun 26, 2008
May 13, 2008
 
Love and Other Near-Death Experiences
3.64
it was amazing
This is a jolly good read. One part romance, another part action/suspense, almost all very funny comedy. And it has an ending which makes you happy be ...more
Jun 30, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
Double Tap (Paul Madriani, #8)
3.89
it was ok
This is a legal thriller that rolls along well and is set up nicely for a fantastic ending. A wealthy CEO of a tech company repsonsible for critical D ...more
Jun 25, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
 
The White Tiger
3.71
really liked it
Very well done. The concept is this: The White Tiger, aka Munna, aka Balram, is an Indian man writing a letter to the premier of China, who will soon ...more
Jun 05, 2008
May 29, 2008
 
Now You See Him
3.06
liked it
**spoiler alert** The writing in this book is, for the most part, wonderful. It was the great writing--evocative descriptions of relationships and act ...more
May 08, 2008
May 13, 2008
 
Things My Girlfriend And I Have Argued About
3.70
really liked it
I quite enjoyed this book, though be warned: if you care about plot, this is not a book for you. The book does make some vague effort to come up with ...more
Jul 14, 2008
Jun 30, 2008
 
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
3.94
did not like it
I regret to say that I read all 640 pages of this book. That's time taken away from something that might have been more engaging. But morbid curiosity ...more
Jan 25, 2016
May 06, 2014
 
People of the Book
4.00
liked it
This is an interesting concept for a book and certainly well-written. The basic premise is this: the Sarajevo Haggadah is a 500-year old work that is ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Mayor's Tongue
3.12
did not like it
This book opens up with a great deal of promise. We are quickly introduced to two stories. In one, we meet Eugene (probably the protagonist, though I' ...more
Jul 12, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
Almost Interesting
3.65
really liked it
Really interesting (and generally funny) insights into a rough road getting started in comedy, the backstage shenanigans and stress of SNL, and the di ...more
Jan 05, 2016
Dec 22, 2015
 
Last Days of Summer
4.40
it was amazing
I just read this book for the second time, and I enjoyed it just as much as I remembered (partly because it's a great book, and partly because my memo ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
 
The Genesis Secret
3.58
did not like it
The characters were unbelievable and there were far too many deus ex machina plot devices for this to be a compelling story. On top of that, there was ...more
May 05, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
 
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
3.75
it was amazing
This is really more like a 4.5 for me, but I'll go ahead and give it the benefit of the doubt because the history is fascinating and eye-opening.

I rea
...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
 
The Associate
3.64
it was ok
This one was a real disappointment. I've read several books by Grisham, and I've founnd them uniformly entertaining. And The Associate is written with ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
 
Twice a Spy
3.71
liked it
I have happily recommended to my friends that they read the first in this apparently emerging series: Once a Spy. The premise of an aging spy struck b ...more
Mar 13, 2011
Mar 09, 2011
 
Death With Interruptions
3.97
really liked it
Saramago's best books, in my view, are the result of his ability to take an extraordinary premise and then describe the very human reactions to that p ...more
Jan 2009
Dec 09, 2008
 
Yes is Better Than No
4.17
it was amazing
A must-read for anyone living in Tucson. A definitely-should-read for anyone living anywhere else. With its descriptions of the cultural clashes betwe ...more
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
His Bloody Project
3.97
it was ok
I was disappointed by this. It got good ratings on Goodreads, and sounded like a historical crime thriller that would be up my alley. But I finished a ...more
May 28, 2017
May 28, 2017
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