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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
 
Poet's Pub
3.44
Linklater, Eric. POET’S PUB. (1930). ****. This was Linklater’s early breakthrough novel that was extraordinarily popular in its day. It holds up very ...more
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
 
A Quiet Belief in Angels
3.81
Ellory, R. J. A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS. (2009). *****. I believe that this is one of the best-written books I have read in years. Although it is a cri ...more
Nov 26, 2009
Nov 26, 2009
 
Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
4.05
Fortey, Richard. LIFE: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth. (1998). **. My rating of this heavy book in no way should r ...more
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
 
Once Were Cops
3.81
Bruen, Ken. ONCE WERE COPS. (2008). **1/2. Bruen is often hailed as the “King of Noir.” That may have been true of most of his earlier books, but this ...more
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Dec 22, 2008
 
Where Angels Fear to Tread
3.56
WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD. (1905). E. M. Forster. ****.
This was Forster’s first novel, and remains, in my view, the most accessible of all the ones I
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May 28, 2014
May 28, 2014
 
The Widows of Eastwick (Eastwick, #2)
2.91
Updike, John. THE WIDOWS OF EASTWICK. (2008). ****. Back in 1984, Updike published “The Witches of Eastwick,” the story of three women who lived in a ...more
Nov 21, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
 
The Beast of the Haitian Hills
3.44
THE BEAST OF THE HAITIAN HILLS. (1946). Philippe Thoby-Marcelin & Pierre Marcelin. ****.
These two Haitian men, brothers, burst on the literary sc
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May 02, 2012
May 02, 2012
 
Biography of a Germ
3.59
Karlen, Arno. BIOGRAPHY OF A GERM. (2000). ****. Karlen is a psychoanalyst, and has written books on history and biomedical science. He is a thoughtfu ...more
Dec 03, 2009
Dec 03, 2009
 
The Wrecking Crew (Matt Helm, #2)
3.93
Hamilton, Donald. THE WRECKING CREW. (1960). ****. This is the second in the Matt Helm series, and continues his adventures as an assassin for some un ...more
May 26, 2009
May 26, 2009
 
The Good Soldier
3.72
THE GOOD SOLDIER. (1915). Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939). *****.
This is the first novel I’ve read by Ford, but was so impressed with his narrative skill
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Oct 10, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
 
Penrod
3.94
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
 
The Return
3.76
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
 
Appointment in Samarra
3.83
APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA. (1934). John O’Hara. *****.
I like to go back and re-read books that I have read years and years ago that I only remember as be
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Jun 22, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
 
The Admirable Crichton
3.73
THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON: A Comedy in IV Acts. (1902). J. M. Barrie. ****.
Barrie (1860-1937) is best known for his series featuring Peter Pan, but he w
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Dec 13, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
 
The Rainbow (Brangwen Family, #1)
3.65
THE RAINBOW. (1915). D(David) H(Herbert) Lawrence. **.
I remember that this was one of the assigned novels for my class in English Lit. back during my
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Jan 24, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
 
Oscar Wilde Short Stories
4.20
OSCAR WILDE: Stories – I. (var.). Merlin Holland (ed. & intro.). ****.
This is the first volume of Wilde’s stories issued by The Folio Society in
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May 08, 2012
May 08, 2012
 
The Lighthouse at the End of the World
3.64
LIGHTHOUSE AT THE END OF THE WORLD. (1905). Jules Verne. ***.
This was a new translation from Verne’s manuscript by William Butcher, published by the U
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Jan 15, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
 
Difficult Loves
3.93
Calvino, Italo. DIFFICULT LOVES. (1949; this ed. 1984). ****. This is a collection of short stories by Calvino, originally published in Italian as “Gl ...more
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 19, 2010
 
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
 
The Bell Jar
3.94
Plath, Sylvia. THE BELL JAR. (U.S. ed. 1971; first pub. in GB 1963). ***. I remember that this book was on the best-seller list in the 1970s when almo ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Dec 27, 2010
 
Trouble is My Business
4.10
TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS. (various; this ed. 2006). Raymond Chandler. ****.
This is a collection of twelve short stories by Chandler that had previously
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May 16, 2013
May 16, 2013
 
Growth of the Soil
4.24
GROWTH OF THE SOIL. (1917). Knut Hamsun. *****.
The plan is that I will ultimately read all of Hamsun’s novels in translation; my Danish isn’t good en
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Jan 06, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
 
The Greengage Summer
3.98
THE GREENGAGE SUMMER. (1958). Rumer Godden. *****.
My experience with Rumer Godden’s writings has been limited. I’ve read two of her works: “Black Nar
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Feb 12, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
 
The White People and Other Weird Stories
4.03
THE WHITE PEOPLE and Other Weird Stories. (1904-1925; this ed. 2011). Arthur Machen. ***.
I’ve given this collection three stars not because I liked i
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Dec 23, 2012
Dec 23, 2012
 
A Man Without Breath (Bernard Gunther, #9)
4.03
A MAN WITHOUT BREATH. (2013). Philip Kerr. ****.
This is the latest episode in the life of Bernie Gunther. This time, Bernie is now a member of the War
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May 12, 2013
May 12, 2013
 
The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (Commissaire Adamsberg, #9)
3.90
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
 
All the Stories of Muriel Spark
3.97
Spark, Muriel. THE GO-AWAY BIRD and other stories. (1958). ****. Muriel Spark was born Muriel Camberg in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1918. She was a prolif ...more
Nov 30, 2009
Nov 30, 2009
 
Without Feathers
4.03
Allen, Woody. WITHOUT FEATHERS. (1975). *****. I’m a big fan of Woody, and was glad I read this one again. The plan is to reread all of his writings. ...more
Nov 16, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
 
The Way West
3.94
THE WAY WEST. (1949). A. B. Guthrie, Jr. ****.
If one were able to have read this novel in the year of its publication, he would have been amazed at t
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Jun 30, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
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