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Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)
I bought this book because I wanted to read something by Connie Willis, and then it sat on my shelf for a few years. When a friend recommended it, I f ...more
Sep 06, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
The Sot-Weed Factor
This is a virtuoso performance. John Barth is a born storyteller, and The Sot-Weed Factor makes full use of his talents. There are tales within tales, ...more
Nov 15, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife
Caitlin Flanagan writes about motherhood without the sentimentality. In this book she covers every aspect of modern womanhood from overblown wedding c ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 23, 2008
Lionel Asbo: State of England
Martin Amis has been in my top five since I discovered London Fields in a coffee shop in Norfolk, Va. It was one of those reading experiences where yo ...more
Sep 24, 2014
Sep 03, 2012
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
Wow. It took me a long time to read this. I blame parenthood and our summer move.

Having said that, I continue to marvel at the world spinning inside M
Aug 07, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
I read this book very quickly because I had to know how the story would end, but I almost wanted to read it more slowly just so I could inhabit the wo ...more
Aug 13, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
The Zenith Angle
The Zenith Angle was disappointing. I ignored other reviews that said as much because I'm a fan of Bruce Sterling's work. Ah, well.

The ingredients of
Dec 09, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
Read this. It will make you mad.
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
DMZ, Vol. 1: On the Ground
This is the first comic/graphic novel I've read in a long time, and it's really good. Added bonus: I got it from the library. It was the expensiveness ...more
Apr 07, 2011
May 13, 2011
The Leftovers
Tom Perrotta took a chance with The Leftovers (which I received through the Goodreads Firstreads program). The setting and characters are familiar (su ...more
May 19, 2011
May 13, 2011
The Stand
Great book. King knows how to write a very good yarn: his characters are well-defined, sympathetic, and believable.
He also knows how to draw you into
Jul 10, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World
Pretty entertaining book. It's a collection of essays, basically, about Frauenfelder's efforts to get more connected to the things in his life. He gar ...more
Aug 09, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
State of Wonder
State of Wonder is a fever dream of a book. The story carries Marina Singh, a pharmaceutical researcher, along, against her will, from Minnesota to Br ...more
May 18, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
The Pale King
If you're a fan of Wallace's stuff, I highly recommend The Pale King, even unfinished, which it definitely is. It's still a joy to read. However, it's ...more
May 03, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
World of Wonders
I loved--LOVED--the first two books in this trilogy, Fifth Business and The Manticore, but I was a bit underwhelmed by this final installment. I think ...more
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
Revival, Vol. 3: A Faraway Place
This series just keeps getting better and more intense. Now that we know the characters, the horror and drama are even more gripping. Great writing, a ...more
not set
Jun 15, 2014
Pretty Monsters: Stories
Loved it. Absolute story-telling magic.

I'm usually, at best, an occasional short fiction-reader. I can dip into a collection for one or two stories, a
May 09, 2011
May 03, 2011
The Soul of a New Machine
This book is a classic. If you're interested in the history of the computer business, you'll really enjoy it.
Kidder follows a team of engineers at Dat
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Another great story from Michael Lewis. With The Big Short, he has made the task of understanding our current economic state enjoyable. This book tell ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 02, 2010
The Last Samurai
Let me start off by saying, because I'll be posting this to my blog, that this book has nothing to do with the film starring Tom Cruise. The film was ...more
Aug 24, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety
Judith Warner is a good writer. The problem with this book is its lack of ideas. She writes about middle- and upper-middle-class mothers and their unh ...more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 23, 2008
Home Land
Meh. I had high hopes for this book, but it felt insubstantial as I approached the end. It was funny, but that's all it was. Every time it approached ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 27, 2010
Girl With a Pearl Earring
I grabbed this book off the shelf after watching the documentary "Tim's Vermeer." I was hoping for a portrait of the artist, and Chevalier definitely ...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
Spook Country (Blue Ant, #2)
Spook Country was not my favorite Gibson novel, but I still love walking through his worlds more than just about any other contemporary writer's. Patt ...more
Sep 2007
Jul 12, 2010
Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1)
I knew I would enjoy this book from page 1. It's fast-moving, muscular, and funny. I won't get into summary, here, beyond the fact that it's about a d ...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
Madame Bovary
What could I possibly say about Madame Bovary that hasn't been said? It's a classic. As the preface of my edition puts it, it's the 'first sex and sho ...more
May 05, 2010
Feb 12, 2010
Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
If you're looking for some hard-edged, well-written science fiction, you'll like Iain M. Banks. This was my first Banks novel. He showed up on my rada ...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 17, 2010
I Am Legend and Other Stories
I made sure to give myself some time between seeing the film version and reading the book (I always prefer to see the movie first; novels always add t ...more
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
Anathem is the ass-kickingest piece of science fiction I’ve read since William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition.

Stephenson doesn’t call his work 'science
Oct 10, 2008
Sep 06, 2008
Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice is Pynchon at his most accessible. It's about a private detective living in the L.A. of 1970. It's just a fun read, an indulgence of ima ...more
Nov 2014
Oct 03, 2014
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