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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 explore...more
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Mar 18, 2010
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
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
Vice: One Cop's Story of Patrolling America's Most Dangerous City
There are two problematic and unforgivable issues with Vice: One Cop's Story of Patrolling America's Most Dangerous City.

One: a craft issue. Stephen...more
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Mar 27, 2011
The Rag, Issue 5: Winter/Spring 2013
When is a magazine not a magazine? When it's on my iPad, and I'm on the go? Nah, that's not it. I just don't really do magazines. I think of them as s...more
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Jul 07, 2013
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
You Can't Win
I didn't know before I starting reading You Can't Win that this was supposed to be William S. Burroughs' favorite book, or that he admired it, or... w...more
May 26, 2010
May 20, 2010
Panserhjerte (Harry Hole #8)
I've been reading Harry Hole novels for months now. Literally. I started with Phantom (#9) and have been working my way backwards ever since. Unfortun...more
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Dec 05, 2012
The Savage Detectives
Like I was saying to a friend: "I'm stuck on page 208. It sits on my shelf and mocks me. I can't seem to pick it up, and I want to, really I do. I wan...more
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Dec 27, 2009
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