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The Book Thief
4.36
I am apparently one of the few people who just do not see what all of the hype is about on this one. I was really excited to read this after all of th ...more
Jun 24, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
Three Bags Full
3.60
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
3.23
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
 
Indecision
2.86
The real indecision here comes in how long you waver before finally giving up on this book. The story meanders aimlessly in a pseudo-philosophical fog ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
 
Me of Little Faith
3.55
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
 
The Cheese Monkeys
3.74
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
 
The Servants
3.35
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 Sot-Weed Factor
4.08
I appreciate what Barth does in this novel, essentially riffing on the 18th century historical novel (I believe the Sot-Weed Factor was published arou ...more
Jun 05, 2008
May 13, 2008
 
Atmospheric Disturbances
3.13
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 White Tiger
3.69
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
 
Love and Other Near-Death Experiences
3.61
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
 
The Soul Thief
2.88
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
 
Things My Girlfriend And I Have Argued About
3.71
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
 
People of the Book
3.97
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
3.06
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
 
Now You See Him
3.05
**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
 
Last Days of Summer
4.44
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
3.52
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
3.72
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.

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Jan 25, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
 
The Associate
3.61
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
 
Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1)
3.82
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
 
Twice a Spy
3.66
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
3.95
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
4.30
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
 
The Eagle's Throne
3.78
I got through about 50 pages before putting this one down. I'm sure Fuentes has some fascinating lights to shine on the area of Mexican politics (whic ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 01, 2008
 
The Lazarus Project
3.55
I feel like this is a book I should have liked, dealing as it does with the immigrant experience in America (one of my favorite topics). But as hard a ...more
Jul 27, 2008
May 13, 2008
 
Obabakoak
3.89
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
 
Interred with Their Bones (Kate Stanley, #1)
3.43
I looked at this book several times in stores but always passed it up: it seemed to be another Da Vinci Code look-alike, except this time with Shakesp ...more
Jul 10, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
 
The Somnambulist (Domino Men #1)
3.22
Well-written and highly engaging, this book would easily have rated five stars for me had it not petered out so feebly. Barnes certainly has a sense o ...more
Jun 15, 2008
May 13, 2008
 
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
3.66
Fantastic: this book should be required reading for everyone who drives, bicycles, or walks anywhere near the road. I could not seem to finish a page ...more
Dec 2008
Aug 17, 2008
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