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A Man of Affairs
3.74
A MAN OF AFFAIRS (1957). John D. MacDonald. ****.
We meet Sam Glidden, the President of The Harrison Corporation. He worked his way to the top, but wit
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Jun 12, 2014
Jun 12, 2014
 
Flowers for Algernon
3.98
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON. (1959). Daniel Keyes. ****.
This long short-story was first published in “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction” of April,
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Aug 22, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
 
Redeployment
4.09
REDEPLOYMENT. (2014). Phil Klay. ****.
Right out of the box, this author won the National Book Award for this, his first book; a collection of short st
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Nov 30, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
 
Border Town Girl
3.81
BORDER TOWN GIRL. (1950) (reprinted as “Five Star Fugitive”). John D. MacDonald. ****.
This Fawcett Gold Medal edition contains two novellas: “Border T
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May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014
 
The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
3.69
THE ZHIVAGO AFFAIR: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book. (2014). Peter Finn and Petra Cauvee. ****.
It’s hard to believe that a
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Jun 22, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
 
The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel
3.53
THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE. (2014). Benjamin Black. ****.
This is not one of Black’s series novels featuring his character Quirke. Instead, Mr. Black (pseud
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Mar 18, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
 
Across the Street
3.64
ACROSS THE STREET. (1945). Georges Simenon. ****.
This is one of Simenon’s “psychological” novels. There are quite a few in his list of publications. A
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Feb 07, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
 
The Thin Wall: A POW/MIA Truth Novel
4.12
THE THIN WALL. (2014). R. Cyril West. ****.
Based on the cover art, I was expecting a novel about POWs and MIAs. This was not the case. Although there
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Oct 07, 2014
Oct 07, 2014
 
Nightmare Range: The Collected Sueno and Bascom Short Stories
3.87
NIGHTMARE RANGE: The Collected George Sueno & Ernie Bascom Stories. (2013). Martin Limon. ***.
These short stories of the two army MPs, based in Ko
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Feb 09, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
 
The Moor's Account
3.95
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
 
Graham Greene (Studies in Short Fiction Series)
3.50
GRAHAM GREENE. (1984). Richard Kelly. ****.
Published by Ungar Press, this is one in their extensive series on world authors. Each volume is devoted to
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Jan 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
 
Mrs. Dalloway's Party: A Short Story Sequence
3.93

MRS. DALLOWAY’S PARTY. (1923-1025). Virginia Woolf, Stella McNichol (ed.). ***.
I have no skill in reviewing short stories, especially short stories wr
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Jan 28, 2015
Jan 28, 2015
 
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)
4.03
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. (1902). Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ****.
I first read this when I was a young lad – which came perilously close to its orig
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Dec 27, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
 
The Virgin And The Gypsy
3.36
THE VIRGIN AND THE GYPSY. (1930; this ed. 1955). D. H. Lawrence. **.
This is a strange novella from Lawrence that was published after his death from t
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Aug 30, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
 
The Return
3.75
Nesser, Hakan. THE RETURN. (1995; U.S.-2007). *****. This was the second in the Inspector Van Veeteren mystery series published in the States. This ti ...more
May 10, 2009
May 10, 2009
 
The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (Commissaire Adamsberg, #9)
3.89
THE GHOST RIDERS OF ORDEBEC. (2013). Fred Vargas. **.
About two-thirds of the way through this most recent Commissaire Adamsberg mystery, I looked at m
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Feb 04, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
 
The Devil's Star (Harry Hole, #5)
4.01
Nesbo, Jo. THE DEVIL’S STAR. (2003; Eng. Ed. 2010). ****. This is another fast-paced crime novel from this Norwegian author who seems to be gathering ...more
May 19, 2010
May 18, 2010
 
Muriel Spark: The Biography
3.77
Stannard, Martin. MURIEL SPARK: THE BIOGRAPHY. (2009). Ms. Spark is one of favorite writers, though as I read over the list of her publications I real ...more
Nov 12, 2010
Nov 12, 2010
 
Napoleon's Russian Campaign
4.02
NAPOLEON’S RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN. (1824; Eng. trans. 1958). Philippe-Paul de Segur; translated into English by J. David Townsend. ****.
This is an excellen
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Jun 06, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
 
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
4.18
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. (2000). Nathaniel Philbrick. ****.
In 1819, a whaling ship set out from Nantucket with a
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Mar 10, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
Les Enfants terribles
3.82
LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES. (1929; Eng. Trans. 1955). Jean Cocteau. **.
This is the only work I have read by Cocteau, and might very well be my last. It is
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Aug 24, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
 
What Comes Next
3.81
WHAT COMES NEXT. (2012). John Katzenbach. **.
There’s a good reason I tend to avoid best-selling ‘thriller’ novels. They try to reach further and furth
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Aug 19, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
 
Never Let Me Go
3.79
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
 
Winter's Bone
3.93
Woodrell, Daniel. WINTER’S BONE. (2006). ****1/2. This is Woodrell’s most recent novel. I don’t know how I missed it this long, but I did. It’s the ki ...more
Oct 31, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
 
Spartina
3.83
Casey, John. SPARTINA. (1989). ****.
Spartina is the name of a type of marsh grass that thrives in salty or brackish water, mostly on the East Coast o
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Sep 13, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
 
Dust (Richard Jury, #21)
3.60
Grimes, Martha. DUST. (2007). ****. Grimes delivers a skillfully plotted mystery in this one, featuring Superintendant Richard Jury from Scotland Yard ...more
Jun 08, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
 
A Quiet Life
3.64
A QUIET LIFE. (1990). Kenzaburo Oe. ****.
Mr. Oe was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994. He has written an extensive body of work, th
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Jul 02, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
 
The Warden
3.71
THE WARDEN. (1855). Anthony Trollope. *****.
I last read this novel (ready?) fifty years ago. I remembered liking it at the time, but it was probably
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Jul 16, 2012
Jul 16, 2012
 
A Diary from Dixie
3.82
Chesnut, Mary Boykin. (1823-1886). A DIARY FROM DIXIE. (1905; this ed. 2006). *****. The rest of the title was: “As written by Mary Boykin Chesnut, wi ...more
Sep 16, 2010
Sep 16, 2010
 
Penrod
3.92
PENROD. (1914). Booth Tarkington. ***.
Tarkington (1869-1946) was a very popular writer at the beginning of the 20th century. He was from Indianapolis
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Dec 10, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
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