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Lord of the Flies
3.60
BOYS WILL BE BOYS THERE'S A PIG'S HEAD.
not set
Aug 28, 2008
 
Left Behind (Left Behind, #1)
3.76
I'd totally forgot that my mom actually paid me 50 dollars to read this book when I was about 11 or 12. Yeah, she's pretty religious. She wanted me to...more
not set
Apr 18, 2009
 
American Psycho
3.80
Revision: I think the comments section of this review is better than the review.

So I find myself writing much more in comments sections than I do in m...more
Apr 1999
Sep 20, 2008
 
Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac
3.74
I had a Beat phase in high school that I'm mostly embarrassed about by this point. Though I'm ever so occasionally able to look back fondly on some of...more
Mar 2000
Aug 22, 2008
 
Love You Forever
4.32
I don't know how to rate this star-wise because I really can see how creepy (a common word in reviews for it I've noticed) and over-sentimental it is,...more
not set
Oct 02, 2009
 
On the Road
3.66
My ratings for several books are based on how I felt about them when I read them. Several books that I loved/"really liked" I don't feel similarly abo...more
not set
Aug 21, 2008
 
Burning in Paradise
3.92
This was a book a got for free while working at Crown Books in Gurnee, Illinois in high school. It was a national chain store that went bankrupt after...more
Jan 2000
Sep 15, 2008
 
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories #1)
4.00
I got a chill just remembering how much these books managed to frighten me as a child. It was largely (I'd say 90%-95%) about the illustrations. Even...more
not set
Feb 14, 2009
 
Big Sur
3.86
My ratings for several books are based on how I felt about them when I read them. Several books that I loved/"really liked" I don't feel similarly abo...more
not set
Aug 21, 2008
 
A Father's Story
3.75
The most interesting and emotionally challenging book I read during my bygone period of fascination with the sorts of issues that delve into the supre...more
Jan 1999
May 04, 2009
 
My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)
3.98
I read this a long time ago. I used to be really interested in the idea of surviving in the wild with very few tools, etc. This book was a great read...more
not set
Aug 29, 2008
 
Brave New World
3.93
The first "intellectual sounding" book I probably ever read. My friend Mike H. lent me a beat up copy from the 60's while we were lurking/hiding in th...more
Apr 1996
Aug 21, 2008
 
Lynch on Lynch
4.19
I enjoy his films much more than his (understandably) dodgy "explanations." But he's just fascinating and perplexingly hilarious to listen to or read...more
not set
Mar 09, 2009
 
The Waste Land
4.09
I read this a decade ago. It didn't do much for me. I think I enjoyed Four Quartets more, but I'm not much of an Eliot fan on the whole.

Oh, and an ann...more
not set
Sep 23, 2009
 
Tristessa
3.70
My ratings for several books are based on how I felt about them when I read them. Several books that I loved/"really liked" I don't feel similarly abo...more
not set
Aug 21, 2008
 
The Shining
4.09
One of those rare cases when the film adaptation is better than the original material.

R.I.P. Kubrick

UPDATE:

Also, Mr. King will never pay enough for h...more
Nov 1998
Sep 13, 2008
 
Sexual Behavior in the Human Female
3.60
I didn't read the whole incredibly lengthy thing but I did read the majority of it over the course of several months (along with the prequel/companion...more
not set
Nov 14, 2008
 
Pinocchio
3.83
Unsurprisingly this is darker and even more surreal than the cultural touchstone left in Walt's Studio's wake. Interestingly, reading this years after...more
Feb 2000
Dec 01, 2009
 
A History of Civilization: Prehistory to 1715 (Vol I)
3.00
Found this amongst a stack of books in our basement as a kid. Nerrrrddded out on it. You fill in the blanks.
Jan 1995
Sep 16, 2009
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.77
Teenage...loved it...like many...and so forth.
Jan 1997
Aug 21, 2008
 
The Dharma Bums
3.93
My ratings for several books are based on how I felt about them when I read them. Several books that I loved/"really liked" I don't feel similarly abo...more
not set
Aug 21, 2008
 
The Portable Jung
4.19
I feel rather differently (far less convinced of its truth and usefulness) about Jung (along with Freud and Lacan) than I used to, but this was still...more
Oct 1998
Sep 22, 2009
 
Delerium Tremens
3.44
Read this back when I was about 16 and working a slack off job at Bargain Books in the mall. I read a lot of books there that I otherwise may have not...more
not set
Sep 03, 2008
 
Trapped!
3.83
I've been trying to find this book for months and finally did. It's weirdly exhilarating when that happens with books I read so long ago that all I ca...more
Jan 1994
Sep 17, 2009
 
American Skin
3.78
Read this over the course of a shift at Crown Books one day in high school. Don't remember a whole lot other than that a lot of it was centered in the...more
not set
Apr 02, 2009
 
The Filmmaker's Handbook
3.38
Another rather technical book, but one I found palatable enough at a time when the possibilities of filmmaking really seized me by the proverbial lape...more
Oct 1998
Sep 16, 2009
 
After the First Death
3.73
Ceridwen wrote: "I've noticed there's a whole sub-genre of young adult fiction that sort of the kiddie fiction of miserablism: heart-rending tales of...more
Sep 1995
Sep 13, 2008
 
Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth
4.10
This blew my mind when I was 10 years old. The artwork was amazing. This was perhaps one of the first discoveries I'd made of the "dark and serious" v...more
Sep 1993
Apr 11, 2009
 
The Z Was Zapped
4.05
I loved these books as a kid. I think the imagery may have led me by the hand to my teenage and present love of the paintings of Rene Magritte and sur...more
not set
Apr 30, 2009
 
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
4.28
More sentimentality from my bookshelf while flipping through this battered, pocket-sized copy (circa 1932) that I've had since a child. O, bittersweet...more
Jan 1986
Sep 16, 2009
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