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My Father's Wives
3.80
I gave The Book of Chameleons 4 stars because I thought it was incomplete. I got the same feeling here though the book was twice as long. I think mayb ...more
Apr 30, 2010
Apr 21, 2010
 
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
4.02
I expected much more. I dont know why. Have never read anything by James Dasher but I thought the concept was intriguing. But I struggled with the voi ...more
Oct 27, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
 
The Name of the Rose
4.08
Umberto Eco's genius can only be understated, which is exactly what I've done here, right now, despite my attempt not to, but whatever...go read the b ...more
Oct 23, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
 
Falling Man
3.19
my first delillo. was okay. flashes of insight here and there, on memory, perception, words, repetition, but only fragments and not enough to sustain ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Oct 05, 2008
 
Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1)
3.85
a very modern book. Modern here being its usual connotation and not the English Lit one. The book doesn't immediately read like a 'Classic' which is a ...more
Nov 25, 2009
Jul 12, 2008
 
Unknown Soldier, Vol. 2: Easy Kill
4.20
There's something going on here that was what I thought lacked in the very first issue (chapter) in Vol. 1. It felt rushed--the first issue-chapter di ...more
May 27, 2010
May 25, 2010
 
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
3.95
just started. too much 'splaining. Hope it stops on page 30 or so.

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I came this close to giving this book a single star. How close? This close.
...more
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 20, 2008
 
Anathem
4.17
4.3

so I started reading this and I hated it! Completely. This other language sounded so juvenile, I couldn't stand it. (It doesn't help that Fraa Eras
...more
Jan 07, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
 
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
3.81
words flitter off the page, images hover on the edge of vision, shadows, and still the portrait - Mantel's Cromwell's - is realized, solid, ever prese ...more
Mar 12, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
 
Invisible Cities
4.21
brilliant.
brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Kublai Khan and Marco Polo!

a description of the human condition through the eyes of the traveler and the ci
...more
Jul 29, 2008
Jul 29, 2008
 
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
3.94
Un-be-lievable

A review would do no justice.

Here's a sample from the first page

"As he turned to go he heard the train. He stopped and waited for it. He
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Mar 06, 2009
Jul 08, 2008
 
Baudolino
3.67
4.4 rounded down.

fantastic. in every sense of that word

a quote:

"As soon as the sound of the royal visitors' footsteps had died away, Zosimos heaved a
...more
Oct 23, 2009
Oct 23, 2009
 
The New York Trilogy: City of Glass / Ghosts / The Locked Room
3.93
Best when read all together, I think.

The last story (The Locked Room) is the strongest of the three but it also links to the previous stories, which m
...more
Oct 04, 2012
Nov 13, 2009
 
Grendel
3.68
Fun read!
Funny and clever (and possibly true).
Highly Recommended.

'"I know everything, you see," the old voice wheedled. "The beginning, the present, t
...more
Feb 23, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
The Zahir
3.56
Didn't really expect to like this as much as I did. A little too didactic/ on the nose, but thought-provoking and infinitely quotable whether or not y ...more
Feb 08, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
 
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
4.19
Important read. For everyone in the world. This is who we are and this is what we do to each other. I cannot tell you how sad I am. It is a sadness th ...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
 
White Teeth
3.71
It is funny and it is clever. Maybe a bit too clever at times, but I like my books clever like this. Worth a read, and a definite joy for me.
Nov 09, 2014
Nov 09, 2014
 
Freedom
3.69
"The personality susceptible to the dream of limitless freedom is a personality also prone, should the dream ever sour, to misanthropy and rage."
Sep 12, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
 
How to Talk to a Widower
3.97
I thought the ending was beautiful. Like most of the book.
Recommended.
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
 
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
3.79
Fun.
Probably hooked to the series!
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
 
Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)
4.19
Fun read. Going to be a hit.
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
 
Embers
3.87
Brooding. Passion, delicately told. Was a surprise. Didn't expect to like it this much.
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
High Fidelity
3.95
Funny.
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
 
Brodie's Report
4.03
the stories and structures and themes &c felt repetitive (like Borges work mostly since he revolves around the same themes over and over). Some in ...more
Jun 06, 2009
Jun 06, 2009
 
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
3.96
Fun
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
 
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
3.62
Not a fan of the conceit employed in the book, would have worked better in a short story (or was simply not done well; I like conceits like these, I l ...more
Dec 08, 2011
May 07, 2010
 
Possession
3.87
Book started out (for me) at a rating of around 3.8, but ended on 5.

This is a HUGE book. Or this book is a HUGE thought. And by huge thought, I mean i
...more
Feb 07, 2013
Sep 18, 2012
 
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-5 + short story)
4.36
The sentences hang on the page much like bricks don't hang from the sky.
Quite possibly my favorite book of all times

Anything that happens, happens. An
...more
Jul 03, 2008
Jul 03, 2008
 
The Savage Detectives
4.05
anyone else feel heartbroken at the end? anyone? no? Beautiful ending.

Felt too close at home sometimes. Youthful dreams, loves somewhat dashed, somewh
...more
Jul 27, 2011
Nov 30, 2009
 
Count Karlstein
3.46
I liked this. Quick and fun.
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
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