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Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
Before I get too deep into my review, let me just say this: "Angela's Ashes" is one of the most depressing books I have ever read. That said, it is al ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 27, 2007
Sense and Sensibility
Hmmm, how to critique one of the most revered writers of romance literature? Now, before all of your Jane-ites get on my case for being unromantic or ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 09, 2007
2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1)
Subversive, mysterious, incredible, mind-boggling, and ultimately hopeful, Arthur C. Clarke's "proverbial good science-fiction" novel--written concurr ...more
Nov 1991
Aug 15, 2007
The Prince
I will go out on a limb to say that second only to the major religious works (the Bible, the Koran, etc.), Nicolo Macchiavellie's "The Prince" is the ...more
May 2000
Aug 15, 2007
All cliches were once new. Yet even in Bram Stoker's day, vampire lore had already been around for centuries (indeed, Stoker plundered earlier, though ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 27, 2007
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
A fascinating history lesson for buffs or novices alike, "Paris 1919" recounts--in always interesting but sometimes overly exposed detail--the Paris P ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 29, 2009
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
No one in the hospital has met anyone quite like R.J. McMurphy, the roughneck Irishman who fakes mental illness in order to be transferred from a work ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 09, 2008
The Dead Zone
While Stephen King has rightfully garnered a reputation as a horror writer, some of his best fiction revolves around stories of everyday humanity affe ...more
Jun 1992
Aug 15, 2007
I Am Legend and Other Stories
The short story that became last year's film (and, in an earlier incarnation, "The Omega Man") is here along with some of Matheson's other sordid tale ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 30, 2008
American Pastoral
Seymour "Swede" Levov has it made--a beautiful wife, the family glove business in his capable hands, wealth, a house in suburbia. He was his high scho ...more
Sep 2006
Jun 19, 2007
About a Boy
Will Freeman has some growing up to do. At 35, he lazes around all day listening to his CDs, watches "tele," dates serially and by nature keeps himsel ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 22, 2007
Hmm, what to make of "Zeroville," a novel that seems trapped between the lead characters's (and, by extension, the author's) infectious obsession with ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 02, 2008
Love Me Anyway: A Novel
For KC and Emily, young women in their early twenties, the life of a flight attendant represents many things: adventure, escape, opportunity, an attem ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Dec 19, 2013
The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" is a harrowing, affecting and effective anthology of the impressionist churnings of a brilliant mind, forever ...more
May 2007
Jun 08, 2007
I'm of the opinion that most rock musician's stories are, by virtual necessity, identical. Young up-and-comer has a passion for playing, scrapes by, r ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 22, 2007
Brain Droppings
With a career length approaching a half-century, the most consisent standup still working here "drops" many of his musings into book form. In this bri ...more
Apr 2007
Aug 07, 2007
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned (Y: The Last Man, #1)
How many times over the years have I endured the following statement?

(in whiny voice)

"Well, when women rule the world..."

"Y: The Last Man" poses such
Nov 2007
Nov 06, 2007
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Europeans conquered the world, yes, but why? In his exhaustively researched, unsparing look at the history of civilizations’ rises and falls, Jared Di ...more
Apr 28, 2014
Jan 24, 2012
Lonesome Dove
The word "epic" gets tossed around rather liberally, but in the case of "Lonesome Dove," Larry McMurtry's elegiac portrait of a dying frontier and the ...more
Jun 2008
May 07, 2008
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (Tucker Max, #1)
Tucker Max is not the kind of guy you hope your daughter will bring home. By his own admission, the dust jacket (and his website) proudly proclaims: " ...more
Feb 2007
Jul 05, 2007
The End of the Affair
Graham Greene, that tortured, drunken Catholic author, delivered this masterwork of melodrama in the post-War years, fictionalizing his wartime affair ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 12, 2007
You know him best as the father of "Fight Club," that fiendishly nihilistic modern tale of materialism and machismo run awry. "Survivor" is a differen ...more
Feb 2007
Jul 16, 2007
The Road
Try it out for yourself and see what you think, but the author's prose is both spartan and florid without the story ever being preachy or overly clich ...more
Dec 2007
Jun 27, 2007
No One Here Gets Out Alive
I am of the opinion that most rock biographies are identical: From humble beginnings, the talented-though-unstable musician rises through hardship and ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 29, 2009
Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams
The man behind Freddy Kruger gives a recap of his life and career, offering some interesting showbiz backstage anecdotes and tales from behind Freddy' ...more
Oct 2009
Nov 04, 2009
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
This is one the best books I have EVER read! Like Stephen King, John Grisham is often labeled as a pop hack, but "The Firm" being one of my other favo ...more
Sep 2009
Nov 02, 2009
Life of Pi
Hmm. In the intro, the author proudly proclaims that this is a story that will make you believe in God. Strong words, and a tall order. But that's onl ...more
Mar 10, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
The Control of Nature
The rivers WILL rise, the lava WILL burn, the mountains WILL crumble. So sayeth author John McPhee in his three-part reportage of man's attempts to co ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Jan 26, 2010
Never Let Me Go
Well written and suspenseful, in a mysterious story that asks very difficult yet pertinent questions about bioethics and the nature of what constitute ...more
Dec 03, 2009
Nov 16, 2009
The English Patient
I'd heard ever since the film came out how "difficult" and "complex" this book is. Having now read it, my hat is off to the late Anthony Minghella; I ...more
Jan 14, 2010
Dec 29, 2009
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