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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Now listen, I loved "Jitterbug Perfume". I love Tom Robbins' twisted sense of humour, I love his philosophical meanderings and smatterings of bizarre...more
Oct 28, 2009
Dec 27, 2008
I should have liked this more than I did, truly. I mean, I get that this is a play about how one goes about mapping emotional and physical complexity...more
Dec 28, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
The End of Mr. Y
What a bloody waste of a good idea! First off, the concept behind this book is brilliant. An eighteenth century writer and metaphysicist writes a book...more
Dec 17, 2009
Aug 16, 2008
Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell
Most of this book I didn't like. Why, then, the four stars? Well, two of the stories in here are so good that I would pay the purchase price of this b...more
not set
Sep 05, 2008
The Brontes Went to Woolworths
This was an extraordinary book. But first the bad news. The language is archaic, the context dated, and the modern reader -- even one well versed in t...more
Jun 23, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
The Owl Service
The best thing about this book is the elliptical strangeness of it, the odd otherworldly language and broken narrative structure yet... the worst thin...more
Apr 10, 2009
Dec 27, 2008
The Neverending Story
**spoiler alert** My new favourite book of all time?

The film was my favourite movie of all time when I was four or five. Perhaps it still is. My mom u...more
not set
Aug 20, 2008
Particle Horizon
I am what you might call a "lapsed sci-fi" fan. In high school, my shelves were full of Asimov and David Brin, Nancy Kress and Frederik Pohl, Stanisla...more
Jul 27, 2012
May 08, 2012
The Master and Margarita
I'm sorry, but I just didn't like this book.

I really tried. I know it's a classic and anyone with intelligence is supposed to proclaim it the best boo...more
Nov 02, 2011
Aug 16, 2008
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
My only previous encounter with the Stephen King ouevre was the kings-n-castles fantasy "Eyes of the Dragon" at age 12. I thought it was boring and tr...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
I think it would take me a long time to describe how much I loved this book and why, because there are so many reasons - but suffice to say, this is t...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
First 10 pages: wow! So inventive and avant garde!

Next 30 pages: hm, this isn't really all that funny and is kind of just as trashy as the stuff it's...more
Mar 2013
Mar 02, 2013
One Day
Last weekend I went into the small bookshop here in Beckenham on a whim and absently thumbed through a copy of this on display atop the "Recommended R...more
Sep 2011
Aug 30, 2011
Paradoxes from A to Z
When I picked up this book from BookMooch, I suppose I was hoping more for math and/or science paradoxes -- I wouldn't even have minded a philosophy-t...more
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
Introducing Jung
I have been interested in Jung since first reading "Modern Man In Search of a Soul" back in high school, a good twelve years ago now. I had hoped this...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
Collected Stories
Marquez is the David Lynch of fiction - these stories read like dreams and every one is shot through with death. Beautiful corpses, drowned travelers,...more
Sep 03, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
Thirteen Reasons Why
This was lying around at the book cafe by the river and I picked it up to accompany my tea & cake. Nothing beats a good teen book with tea and cak...more
Mar 31, 2010
Apr 02, 2010
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
- transcendent prose!
- like poetry
- aesthetic philosophering
- spiritual ecstasies
- spiritual conundrums
- Cranly

- Stephen Dedalus
- scho...more
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
On the Road
Dean is something of a sociopath, isn't he? Still, I get the point. Freedom isn't a political quality, it's a spiritual one -- and the road is its man...more
Jun 11, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
Make Do and Mend
Gosh, we are so wasteful with our clothes these days! Reading this book makes me want to learn to knit and sew a little better as there are all kinds...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 27, 2009
Twenty-One Letters of Ambrose Bierce
A collection of letters that seems a desperate attempt by Loveman to capitalise on Bierce's death in order to gain wider recognition of his lukewarm p...more
Feb 13, 2009
Feb 13, 2009
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
Enid Blyton + Roald Dahl + Lemony Snicket = Trenton Lee Stewart.

Were the four characters symbolic of the different aspects of human intelligence? Stic...more
Jan 22, 2009
Aug 21, 2008
Les Enfants Terribles
I get the feeling that Cocteau started with one idea in mind and it slowly transformed, like the visions in his films, into something else.

Still, this...more
Jul 14, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
The Sense of an Ending
This is the achingly beautiful, perfectly observed prose of a master storycrafter. More importantly, it's a treatise on aging, time, and the significa...more
Jun 21, 2012
Dec 17, 2011
Oh, the beautiful language! Oh, the metaphors that scrape at the skin of reality!

Russell is clearly a bubbling cauldron of natural talent with a Wes...more
Feb 16, 2012
Sep 09, 2011
Some of Carver's best stories are in here, and I'm happy to say, all of them post-Gordon Lish. (Lish you might know as being the editor who is sometim...more
Oct 12, 2008
Oct 04, 2008
Tidewater Dynasty: A Biographical Novel Of The Lees Of Stratford Hall
I think I learned more about the early history of America in this one book than I did in 11 years of American public education. Strangest of all, I wa...more
Dec 07, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
Little Black Book of Stories
Byatt writes beautiful prose, brisk but voluptuous in all the right places. This book is also full of masterful storytelling of imagination and pyscho...more
Oct 19, 2010
Aug 16, 2008
The Raw Shark Texts
An amazing idea, a heart thumping start, and really a lot better than The End of Mr Y - which has a similar plot (about creatures who live in semiotic...more
Oct 10, 2012
Aug 16, 2008
Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics
ah, I liked the article in Utne Reader. I really wanted to like the book, but I'm sorry, it just seemed like the publishers said to Sasha Cagen - "Hey...more
Jul 29, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
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