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The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis
3.66
it was amazing
THE FANTASTIC LABORATORY OF DR. WEIGL. (2014). Arthur Allen. *****.
Much of the material in this book I’ve seen before, though certainly not all of it,
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Aug 03, 2014
Aug 03, 2014
 
Fancies and Goodnights
4.13
really liked it
FANCIES AND GOODNIGHTS. (1951). John Collier. ****.
Sometimes I come across books that I’ve never heard of by authors I’ve never heard of either, and
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May 25, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country
3.78
really liked it
McCartney, Laton. THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country. (2008). ****. I remember zipping ...more
Aug 23, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
 
The Illustrious Dead: The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army
3.61
really liked it
THE ILLUSTRIOUS DEAD: The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Naoleon’s Greatest Army. (2009). Stephan Talty. ****1/2.
The extended title of this boo
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Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013
 
The Unbearable Bassington
3.81
it was amazing
Saki (H.H. Munro). THE UNBEARABLE BASSINGTON. (1912). *****. I’ve read some of Saki’s short stories, but this is the first novel I’ve read by him. I t ...more
Nov 02, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
 
Man in the Dark
3.57
it was ok
Auster, Paul. MAN IN THE DARK. (2008). **1/2. I read and collect Auster’s books, but this one leaves me non-plussed. When I got to the end of the book ...more
Nov 20, 2008
Nov 20, 2008
 
A Sentimental Education: The Story of a Young Man (World's Classics)
3.83
really liked it
Flaubert, Gustave. A SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION. (1869). ****. After last reading this novel over fifty years ago, I was prodded into re-reading it to see ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
 
The Stone Wife (Peter Diamond, #14)
3.47
liked it
THE STONE WIFE. (2014). Peter Lovesey. ***.
Lovesey typically writes a very good police procedural featuring Peter Diamond of Bath as his protagonist.
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Jun 28, 2015
Jun 28, 2015
 
The Ghost in the Machine
4.00
liked it
Koestler, Arthur. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE. (1967). ***.
Koestler was born in Budapest in 1905 and spent his early career as a journalist. In the ear
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May 25, 2011
May 25, 2011
 
Much Ado About Me
4.36
really liked it
Allen, Fred. MUCH ADO ABOUT ME. (1956). ****. This is the second book that Mr. Allen wrote. In this one, he provides a history of his career and life ...more
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
 
The Intercept (Jeremy Fisk, #1)
3.80
liked it
THE INTERCEPT. (2013). Dick Wolf. ***.
It seems as if everyone knows of Dick Wolf except me – but then, I don’t watch TV. He was the creator of the TV
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Nov 24, 2012
Nov 24, 2012
 
Satantango
4.14
liked it
SATANTANGO. (1985; Eng. trans. 2012). Kaszlo Krasznahorka. ***.
This was the author’s first book, though it has only recently been translated into Eng
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Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
The Big Knockover: Selected Stories and Short Novels
4.18
really liked it
THE BIG KNOCKOVER. (1969). Dashiell Hammett. ****.
This is a collection of short stories and short novels (including Hammett’s unfinished novel, “Tulip
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Mar 29, 2016
Mar 29, 2016
 
Cover Her Face (Adam Dalgliesh #1)
3.94
it was amazing
James, P. D. COVER HER FACE. (1962). *****. This was James’ first Detective Chief Superintendent Adam Dagliesh mystery, and marked her entrance into t ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
 
Butcher's Crossing
4.09
really liked it
Williams, John. BUTCHER’S CROSSING. (1960). ****. Williams (1922-1994) has become one of my favorite authors. It’s unfortunate that this is the last b ...more
Jul 13, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
 
Nothing If Not Critical: Selected Essays on Art and Artists
3.98
it was amazing
Hughes, Robert. NOTHING IF NOT CRITICAL: SELECTED ESSAYS ON ART AND ARTISTS. (1990). *****. I’m always amazed at what you can find on the remainder sh ...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 14, 2010
 
The Moor's Account
3.96
liked it
74. THE MOOR’S ACCOUNT. (2014). Laila Lalami. ***.
If you have read “The Conquest of Mexico,” you will recognize the roots of this historical novel. I’
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Sep 21, 2014
Sep 21, 2014
 
Never Let Me Go
3.80
it was amazing
Ishiguro, Kazuo. NEVER LET ME GO. (2005). *****. It is difficult to write about this novel without producing a spoiler review. It is much like Ishigur ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
 
Collected Stories and Other Writings
4.27
it was amazing
Cheever, John. COLLECTED STORIES AND OTHER WRITINGS. (2009). *****. Timed to come out at about the same time as the biography written by the editor of ...more
Mar 18, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
 
Some Tame Gazelle
3.97
it was amazing
SOME TAME GAZELLE. (1950). Barbara Pym. *****.
This was Ms. Pym’s first novel, and clearly showed the talent that was to flow from her pen in succeedi
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Apr 16, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
 
The Dark of Summer
3.68
really liked it
Linklater, Eric. THE DARK OF SUMMER. (1957). ****. Eric Linklater (1899-1974) was born in Wales and educated in Aberdeen. His family came from the Ork ...more
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 24, 2009
 
Rules of Civility
3.98
really liked it
Towles, Amor. RULES OF CIVILITY. (2011). ****.
This is an excellent first novel by this author, whose day job is at an investment firm in New York. It
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Aug 24, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
 
The Secret Garden
4.12
really liked it
THE SECRET GARDEN. (1911). Frances Hodgson Burnett. ****.
I know...this is a children’s book. The problem is that I never got to read it as a child, s
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Nov 04, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
 
Ransom
3.27
it was amazing
McInerney, Jay. RANSOM. (1985) *****.
This was the author’s second novel, and came out as a paperback original. It is the story of Chris Ransom, a you
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Sep 20, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
 
Lock 14
3.62
really liked it
Simenon, Georges. LOCK 14. (1931). ****. As you may have guessed by now, I came across a real treasure trove of Simenon novels in a used bookstore. Th ...more
Jan 08, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
 
The British Museum is Falling Down
3.67
really liked it
Lodge, David. THE BRITISH MUSEUM IS FALLING DOWN. (1965). ****. Adam and Barbara Appleby are happily married and have three young children. They are b ...more
Jun 13, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
 
A Time of Gifts
4.08
really liked it
A TIME OF GIFTS. (1977). Patrick Leigh Fermor. ****.
It must be my advancing age, but only five pages into this and I realized that I had already read
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Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
 
The Wind in the Willows
3.98
really liked it
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. (1908; this ed. 1995). Kenneth Grahame. ****.
The edition I read was published by The Folio Society in 1995, with marvelous il
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Jan 28, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
 
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It
3.90
liked it
THE NIXON DEFENSE: What He Knew and When He Knew It. (2014). John W. Dean. ***.
I’m not sure what I expected to learn from this book. Whatever it might
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Aug 07, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
 
Laura
4.00
really liked it
LAURA. (1943). Vera Caspary. ****.
I’ve seen the movie at least twice, but never read the book. Frankly, I had never seen it on any of the shelves of t
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Sep 09, 2015
Sep 09, 2015
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