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The Man in the High Castle
High-concept, low return what-if alternate history. The idea is interesting, if a little tired: what if the Axis won World War II and divvied up the w ...more
Nov 20, 2008
Oct 31, 2008
V for Vendetta
**spoiler alert** A tiresome, preachy, meandering dystopian fantasy, thinly disguised as a personal diatribe by a bitter Alan Moore against a real-lif ...more
Mar 2008
Aug 12, 2008
House Harkonnen (Prelude to Dune, #2)
I got a hundred pages in before saying to myself, "What was I thinking?" Brian Herbert's half (what there was of it that was detectable; I severely su ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 13, 2008
Godless: The Church of Liberalism
I read this book specifically because I disagree so strongly with some of the things that come out of Coulter's mouth, and I wanted to know why I felt ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 12, 2008
Accordion Crimes
Proulx proves beyond a shadow of a doubt (whatever that means) that a best-selling novel can be bereft of plot, transformative characters, evocative p ...more
Aug 1999
Aug 13, 2008
Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter, #3)
When Thomas Harris took Hannibal Lecter out of his cage and put him center stage, he demonstrated the existence of two new universal truths. First, Le ...more
not set
Aug 14, 2008
Lulu in Hollywood
Louise Brooks was a dancer-turned actress during Hollywood's silent era, and helped to make the bobbed haircut an iconic fashion statement in the 1920 ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 12, 2008
Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1)
I've followed the progression of Gibson's books ever since I got Neuromancer for Xmas in 1984, and have enjoyed each one immensely. I can especially a ...more
Sep 2006
Aug 12, 2008
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
It's been a long time since a book made me laugh, literally and consistently, out loud. Not even books emblazoned with blurbs stating this fact from b ...more
Nov 2006
Aug 12, 2008
Memoirs of a Geisha
I concur, for the most part, with what everyone else I know has said about this book; it's depressing and boring and deliberate, and the movie, despit ...more
Sep 2006
Aug 12, 2008
Everville (Book of the Art #2)
Everville is less of a sequel to Barker's The Great And Secret Show than it is another story set in the same split-down-the-middle universe. The chara ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 12, 2008
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Not a terrible book, but also certainly not deserving of the majority of the blithering lauds it's received, either. Even if you haven't seen the movi ...more
Jun 05, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
Trial of Flowers  (City #1)
Bizarrely if florally written, this Tale Of The City Imperishable" follows the paths of three denizens of the aforementioned metropolis in their combi ...more
Jul 2008
Aug 12, 2008
The Ruins
As the reviews say, "un-put-down-able," even if it's in the strictest beach-bag-book/Oprah-Book-club/Stephen-King-fanboy sense of the word. To its cre ...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World
An eye-opening series of accounts of the secret history of your favorite museum installations. In addition to tracing the path that antiquities take f ...more
May 06, 2009
Jul 05, 2009
M*A*S*H is one of those rare cases where the film and/or TV show is an improvement on the source material.

While Hooker's roman à clef about meatball
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
Less Than Zero
In the praise section for the 1998 printing of Less Than Zero, the Los Angeles Times lauds it as "an updated Catcher In The Rye," which is more or les ...more
Feb 21, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Spark (Sky Chasers, #2)
"Lord Of The Flies In Space" continues, now with more torture!

Less "90210" than Glow and with less time spent on the Empyrean's sister ship the New Ho
Sep 08, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
Bourdain is always a pleasure to read, and he has no shortage of interesting stories to tell, but Medium Raw is less the cohesive whole that its indir ...more
Sep 08, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
The Ruby In The Smoke (Sally Lockhart #1)
While not nearly made of the same stuff that made the His Dark Materials books so fresh and memorable, Pullman's young adult series featuring perpetua ...more
Aug 10, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
So silly. So stupid. So slam-bang, so summer-blockbuster, so style-over-substance.

So good.

No, not really. Not that terribly good at all. The meat of t
Aug 08, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
American Gods
I got the same feeling after finishing this book as I did after finishing my first Terry Pratchett book: why did I wait so long to read this?

I've neve
Sep 03, 2009
Aug 29, 2009
One Point Safe
The events detailed in this book were adapted and simplified into the script for the movie The Peacemaker. (1997)

Still, the underlying idea and situat
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
Foundation (Foundation, #1)
Back in 2001, when "The Fellowship of the Ring" was about to be released to theatres, I thought it would be a good idea to reread the Tolkien books, a ...more
May 21, 2011
May 15, 2011
Pacific Vortex! (Dirk Pitt, #1)
Clive Cussler's brand of pulp fiction falls somewhere inbetween the realistic grit of Dell potboilers and the ridiculosity of more over-the-top techno ...more
Sep 12, 2009
Sep 06, 2009
Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)
**spoiler alert**
A passable post-millennial political techno-thriller, being sold under the umbrella of zombie apocalypse fiction; the only thing mis
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)
The book that broke me. I retroactively gave every other entry in Jordan's series two stars because I honestly can't recall any deviation from the sta ...more
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Aug 06, 2011
Feet of Clay (Discworld, #19)
Not quite on the level of the mind-bending and genre-twisting shenanigans of The Colo(u)r Of Magic, but then again, there's very little you can possib ...more
Sep 05, 2009
Aug 22, 2009
Trinity, Vol. 1
Despite its reputation for being the CBS of comic book houses; establishmentarian, fusty, dotty, etc.; DC continues to push the envelope of creativity ...more
Nov 28, 2009
Nov 15, 2009
After Dark
This "night in the life" narrative reads a bit like a displaced mash-up of The Ring and the old Griffin Dunne movie After Hours. Seemingly unrelated i ...more
Aug 14, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
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