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The Prophet
Verily I say unto you that
you will find no profundity here
unless, perhaps, you take up that bong
or eat that mushroom.
Nor will you find anything that t
May 21, 2009
May 20, 2009
The Black Spider
Deliciously creepy little Christian allegory. 21st-century readers will have to ignore all the typically Christian sexism, though, in order to enjoy t ...more
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 24, 2009
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Normally, I'm one to pooh-pooh any books with endorsements that compare them to Jane Austen. There was and always will be only one Jane Austen. Noneth ...more
Apr 27, 2011
May 26, 2011
Ross Macdonald
One would think that Macdonald's biographer might be a little more poetic, but this is all very matter-of-fact. Nonetheless, it's absolutely fascinati ...more
Sep 18, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
Throw everything supernatural and supernatural creature-y into a huge cauldron and stir. I'm not kidding. This book has it all: witches, vampires, gho ...more
Sep 27, 2011
May 28, 2012
Eustace and Hilda
An old-fashioned novel in the very best sense of the word: psychological, philosophical, funny, and heartbreaking. It's slow-moving, as these types of ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2008
The Storm in the Barn
The majority of the panels in this work have no written words in them, which made it a challenge for me, because I'm not really very good at reading p ...more
Apr 25, 2011
May 26, 2011
The Twilight of the Gods and Other Tales
Appollo's lyre has been pawned? A dumb oracle? The Devil becomes pope? Oh, what fun! If Terry Pratchett had been around in the 19th century, I know wi ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
Cross Channel: Stories
What an extremely compelling little collection of stories. Actually, "addictive" would be a better word. I picked it up thinking I'd read one or two s ...more
Jul 04, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
The Bonesetter's Daughter
Amy Tan proves to me yet again that I love her clear, precise, but poetic writing and her fascinating characters, both of which grab me from the start ...more
Mar 31, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
Gone Away Lake
Although I was disappointed by this one as a child and never finished it, (much preferred Enright's Melendy family stories), I decided to revisit it. ...more
Apr 17, 2011
May 26, 2011
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Sometimes, one doesn't like a book, not because it is not well written or not an important work, but because one has read all kinds of other books and ...more
Jun 13, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
The Fiend
I have long been a fan of Ross Macdonald's. If this book is any indication, I am definitely becoming a fan of his wife's. Obviously, dysfunctional fam ...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
Sophie's World
Started out listening to this one, ended up having to read it. Loved it! It's much more than a novel about the history of philosophy. It's a brief his ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2008
Eight Cousins
(I actually listened to the version downloaded from I loved this book when I read it as a pre-teen, but it didn't quite hold up as well ...more
May 31, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
Shouldn't have been written in the present tense, and it needs a little more editing, but finally, finally, finally a page-turning, plot-driven book w ...more
Aug 19, 2015
Aug 19, 2015
Acres and Pains
Not a word is wasted when Perelman (whom I love) decides to put pen to paper. This tale of moving from the city to a farm is no exception. His self-de ...more
May 11, 2011
May 26, 2011
The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 1: Tintin in America / Cigars of the Pharaoh / The Blue Lotus
I hadn't read Tintin since I was fifteen. I understand now why I graduated from this to James Bond (although Bond's outrageous adventures and good for ...more
Aug 02, 2009
Aug 06, 2009
Asterix and the Magic Carpet
It's been years since I've read any Asterix and Obelix comics (I'm afraid to say that I learned quite a lot of my ancient history from these guys). I' ...more
May 10, 2011
May 26, 2011
My Reading Life
This is a little gem of a book that helps fill in the colors in the line drawing those of us familiar with Conroy's novels have of his life. I was hap ...more
Apr 28, 2011
May 26, 2011
Ludie's Life
I'd never heard of Cynthia Rylant until I found this on the shelves at the library. Now I know I'll have to read more by her. This is the sort of book ...more
Apr 25, 2011
May 26, 2011
Tender at the Bone
I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but this book wasn't it. Maybe I was looking for something more about food and less "all-about-my-family." ...more
Jul 30, 2011
May 28, 2012
The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Third Edition, New Revised Standard Version
April 11, 2011 The Book of Luke from this edition of the Bible

I love Luke, because of its equal treatment of men and women and also because it's the G
Apr 11, 2011
May 26, 2011
Heart-Shaped Box
Somebody has most certainly inherited his father's imagination. I think, though, that if he continues, he might be better than King. This book had so ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
On Chesil Beach
Finally: an Ian McEwan that I can genuinely say I liked, well if "like" is the right word for a work that very nearly led me to the farthest depths of ...more
May 12, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife
You have to read this book if you are someone who cannot walk by a bookstore without walking through the doors, because it is all about you, the book ...more
Jun 18, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
The Woods
Leave it to Coben to take two worn out clichés -- someone's-gone-missing-in-the-woods and something-horrific-happens-at-a-summer-camp -- and put new t ...more
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You
I'm a sucker for anything illustrated by Edward Gorey. This is not an exhibit of some of his finer illustrations, but those that work happen to work i ...more
Apr 16, 2011
May 26, 2011
The Falls (Inspector Rebus, #12)
Loved John Rebus, loved the descriptions of Edinburgh, loved Rankin's nod to the masters of the genre who came before him, and the mystery was a good ...more
Nov 23, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)
Somewhat at a loss as to what to say about this one. I suppose I'm learning, as I've always suspected, that graphic novels are not really my cup of te ...more
Jul 31, 2009
Aug 06, 2009
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