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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
Stieg Larsson's Millennium books are like crack. I gotta jones for the gaddamn things. I pick them up, I don't put them down. I don't sleep, I don't b ...more
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Feb 08, 2010
The Power of the Dog
Damn, Don Winslow's The Power of the Dog is one hell of an ambitious novel. And it came out in 2005 – why haven't I heard about it until now? Obviousl ...more
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Mar 02, 2011
The Night of the Gun
The first half of the book was hard to read. Not because of the drug use, or the insanity that any human being's downward spiral consists of - dope fi ...more
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Jan 27, 2009
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
This is the book that made me want to be a writer. I read it while incarcerated, doing time on armed robbery charges. It was handed to me by a rather ...more
May 15, 2013
Jul 10, 2008
Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling With D.H. Lawrence
Geoff Dyer’s Out of Sheer Rage is about neurosis, inertia, obsession, apathy, introversion, extroversion, incongruity and instability. In other words ...more
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Jul 22, 2008
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Everyone I know who reads a lot or considers themselves writers has told me to read Joan Didion. I always cringe and go the other way when too many pe ...more
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Aug 28, 2008
The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye is Raymond Chandler at his best. Beautifully bleak, blatantly noir, a sense of impermanence, with an underlining need to create justi ...more
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Jun 15, 2010
I am trying to read this book. But I can't help but wonder why. It sits under my bed with the other six books I am "trying" to read, although I've rea ...more
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Aug 10, 2008
The White Trilogy (Inspector Brant, #1, #2, #3)
I had a hard go starting Ken Bruen's The White Trilogy. The writing felt clunky, and rough, spit out in bits, and slung at my head like a fishmonger t ...more
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Apr 20, 2011
Beautiful, Naked & Dead
Suicidal tough guy, dead stripper, lap dances, cute dog, drug use, heavy drinking, awkward sex scenes, and thugs of all persuasions – what more could ...more
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May 15, 2014
Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir
I might be being a bit picky here. Being a dope-fiend memoir elitist and all. Yet, one would think if an author was writing their "tell-all-drug-addic ...more
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Aug 22, 2009
Sweet Charlotte's Seventh Mistake
Memories. What we know. What we think we know, and the reality of what actually occurred. Childhood memories. Those vague dream like senses of the pas ...more
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Dec 22, 2008
Excavation: A Memoir
I’m not a read the “classics” kind of guy. I need a newer voice, one that speaks my language, not outdated prose from before I was born. So as you can ...more
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Apr 23, 2014
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
All right, I read George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and if you know anything about who I am and what I read you may be asking why. Well, even if ...more
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Jan 02, 2012
The Thing Around Your Neck
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes of displacement. Of loss, of dysphoria, and of strange new begins for disseminated people in strange lands - which is ...more
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Sep 08, 2009
Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life
Rob Roberge writes of broken people, with broken dreams, living broken lives. They've got broken teeth, broken bones, and they're flat broke destitute ...more
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Sep 25, 2010
The Los Angeles Diaries: A Memoir
For his prose alone I'd recommend James Brown's The Los Angeles Diaries. It is so beautifully written: the sentence structure sparse, the rhythm quick ...more
Apr 14, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk
Tony DuShane's Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk is hilarious, sad, highly perceptive, and at times painful – in all it's an amazing bit of writing. ...more
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Oct 07, 2010
The Cost of Living
On the plane, heading back from NYC, five hours into the flight and I hit "St. Jude's," the stunning last chapter of Rob Roberge's latest novel, The C ...more
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Dec 22, 2012
Reading in the Dark
If you’re Irish, then you’ve probably got a crazy uncle who occasionally comes home from the pub singing “The Boys of 98” at the top of his lungs at t ...more
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Sep 01, 2008
In Case We Die
Stick around long enough you're going to hear someone tell your story. Uh huh, that's what they say, and yeah, Danny Bland's In Case We Die isn't exac ...more
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Dec 12, 2013
Faceless Killers (Wallander, #1)
Ok, so I'm off on this Nordic detective binge. I'm blaming Stieg Larsson for starting me on it, but really it's probably due more to my recent Jo Nesb ...more
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May 22, 2013
Nick Pizzolatto's Galveston is dark, and moody, and noir-ish in that nihilistic: no-one-gets-out-of-here-alive sort of way. Yet, there's a southern go ...more
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Jun 20, 2014
American Junkie
There's nothing glamorous about American Junkie. It starts out an oozing abscess and it just gets darker and darker. Tom Hansen isn't trying to make t ...more
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Aug 17, 2010
Jar City (Inspector Erlendur #3)
Murder, genetic disorders, pilfered human organs, disgruntle cops, an old and out of shape protagonist, drug-addicted daughter, dysfunctional families ...more
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May 18, 2013
I was in New York, on 6th Ave, over by the Village, and my girl friend Jennifer was, well, she was shopping because… ahhh, because it's New York and t ...more
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Jan 05, 2013
Rumble Fish
Recently, having been somewhat forced into YA literature (see my review of The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors ) - a genre I've never really explor ...more
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Mar 18, 2010
Spent: A Memoir
Antonia Crane strips, lap dances, executes hand-jobs, and grieves over the death of her mom like a real pro in her debut memoir Spent – which is absol ...more
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Apr 29, 2014
Junkie Love
Love be a motherfucker. Uh huh. And there's no love that hurts worse than Junkie Love, which is the title of Joe Clifford's novel/memoir (you'll have ...more
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Jan 05, 2014
This River: A Memoir
Sequels are tough. The reader has expectations, a preconceived idea as to what the author has to achieve, and a need for the book to be as good, if no ...more
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Jun 06, 2011
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