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Bright Futures (Lew Fonesca, #6)
3.66
Kaminsky, Stuart M. BRIGHT FUTURES. (2009). **1/2. Here’s another installment in the Lew Fonesca series. In this episode, Lew is hired by two teenaged ...more
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
 
Spartina
3.84
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
 
Nothing If Not Critical: Selected Essays on Art and Artists
3.92
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
 
Archangel: Fiction
3.71
ARCHANGEL. (2013). Andrea Barrett. ****.
This is a collection of short stories from this National Book Award winning author that address the significan
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Oct 11, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
 
Fado
3.93
Stasiuk, Andrzej. FADO. (2006; Eng. trans. 2009). ***. I had to look it up. “Fado” is a kind of mournful Portugese song. At first I thought it might b ...more
May 22, 2010
May 22, 2010
 
Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs #10)
3.98
LEAVING EVERYTHING MOST LOVED. (2013). Jacqueline Winspear. ****.
This is the latest adventure for Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator. She is
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Apr 07, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
 
The Last Dickens
3.54
Pearl, Matthew. THE LAST DICKENS. (2009). *****. Pearl manages to provide us with an intelligent – but rip-roaring adventure at the same time – myster ...more
Apr 18, 2009
Apr 18, 2009
 
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
 
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
 
Ibn Fadlān and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North
3.86
IBN FADLAN AND THE LAND OF DARKNESS: Arab Travellers in the Far North. (932 A.D.). Ibn Fadlan. ****.
In this new translation from the Arabic, we are i
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Feb 25, 2012
Feb 25, 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
 
Oscar Wilde Short Stories
4.23
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
 
Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War
2.00
MR. DOOLEY IN PEACE AND WAR. (1898). Finley Peter Dunne. ***.
This book, first published in 1898, was a collection of newspaper columns by the author
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Mar 08, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
 
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
 
Tell Me a Riddle
4.08
Olsen, Tillie. TELL ME A RIDDLE. (This ed., 1964). ****. This collection includes three short stories and the title novella by this author. Although t ...more
Dec 08, 2009
Dec 08, 2009
 
Nights of Awe
3.32
NIGHTS OF AWE. (2004; Eng. trans. 2012). Harri Nykanen. **.
The author is a successful Finnish writer with a prior series of books featuring his chara
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Nov 19, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
 
Novels and Stories
4.12
Jackson, Shirley. THE LOTTERY: or, The Adventures of James Harris. (1949). ****. “The Lottery,” was Jackson’s only collection of short fiction, twenty ...more
Sep 30, 2010
Sep 30, 2010
 
The Empty Mirror
3.38
Jones, J. Sydney. THE EMPTY MIRROR: A Viennese Mystery. (2009). **1/2. The author is an expert on Vienna and things Viennese. He has written guidebook ...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
 
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
 
The Complete Poems
4.10
Catullus. THE POEMS OF CATULLUS. ****. This was an edition published by The Folio Society in 1981, ably translated by James Michie. What’s particularl ...more
Dec 16, 2009
Dec 16, 2009
 
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 Rottweiler
3.39
THE ROTTWEILER. (2003). Ruth Rendell. ****.
This is a psychological suspense story from Ms. Rendell, typical of what she is best known for in the trade
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Dec 21, 2013
Dec 21, 2013
 
Not Quite Dead Enough and Booby Trap: Two Nero Wolfe Mysteries
3.98
NOT QUITE DEAD ENOUGH. (1942). Rex Stout. ***.
This volume was actually a collection of two novellas, the title story and another called, “Booby Trap.
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Oct 26, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
 
The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
3.70
THE CASE OF THE GRINNING GORILLA. (1952). Erle Stanley Gardner. ****.
This is another case featuring Perry Mason, the incomparable lawyer. This case s
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Jan 16, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
 
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
 
The Flowering Thorn
4.39
Sharp, Margery. THE FLOWERING THORN. (1934). ***. A friend of mine recommended this book to me, though she warned me that it might be hard to find. No ...more
May 30, 2010
May 30, 2010
 
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
 
The Vault (Grens & Sundkvist #2)
3.62
Roslund, Anders, and Hellstrom, Borge. BOX 21. (2009). **. Hailed by many critics as the new thriller-blockbuster from Sweden, I got the feeling that ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 27, 2009
 
The Information Officer
3.22
Mills, Mark. THE INFORMATION OFFICER. (2009). ****. This is the first of Mr. Mills’ books that I have read, but I will certainly look up his others. I ...more
Mar 19, 2010
Mar 19, 2010
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