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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
I didn't enjoy this book, simply because it didn't inspire me to write. I got the strong impression that Ms. Lamott has horrible self-esteem issues, a ...more
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Oct 26, 2009
The Help
Honestly, this is a good book. It reads very well, it has a lot of tension, and the tension is meaningful. The pacing is very well laid out, the chara ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
This is the only book I've read that compares to the greatness of Moby-Dick. The prose are unmatched, the violence is brutal, and the depth of this st ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Selected Poems and Prose of Paul Celan
Celan is a great wordsmith, though I think my rating of this collection is lower for two reasons. First, certain nuances of the prose are lost in the ...more
Apr 06, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
The Wilding
Benjamin Percy's writing style is both beautiful and visceral, which makes for a great read on every page. He builds tension slowly and ominously, suc ...more
Jul 07, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Stalking Mary
The trouble with writing a book in the same vein as In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences is that it will inevitably ...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Miles from Nowhere
Nami has the rare ability to produce writing that reads urgently while conveying depth and power. This story, about a young Korean American girl named ...more
Aug 09, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Spoilers ahead.

I was asked to read this book as a possibly helpful reference for a writing project of my own. There were a few things I liked about th
Sep 29, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
Lonesome Animals
Every once in a while I get a yearning to read a graphically violent western novel that explores the indescribable nature of men who build their lives ...more
May 18, 2013
May 09, 2013
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
The first half of this book is great, an extremely intriguing memoir of Stephen King's life. The second half - the part where he gives writing advice ...more
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Oct 22, 2009
Willow Springs 70
As with many literary journals, Willow Springs offers quality writing and an eclectic assembly of writers.

The most interesting part of this volume, ho
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy
This book is great if you've never read any other book on writing before. If you have, then this book is probably worse than that one you read. It is ...more
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Dec 11, 2009
The Tallest Tower: Eiffel and the Belle Epoque
Having been to the Eiffel Tower last year, I figured I'd read this cool book about the tower, which was given to me by my wife as a souvenir from our ...more
May 09, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
Something Happened
This is a classic novel that has somehow fallen through the cracks of American remembrance. One of the best books I have read in my life.
Nov 2010
Apr 06, 2011
The Sword of Truth Gift Set (Sword of Truth, #1-5)
The first two books in this series were great, as was Faith of the Fallen, book six. Books 3-5 were mediocre in plot and impact, and everything after ...more
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Oct 26, 2009
The Surrendered
There are aspects of this novel that are extremely well done, and there are aspects I am still thinking about, trying to decide if they feel right or ...more
Jun 14, 2011
Dec 22, 2009
Train Dreams
This was a surprisingly engaging read for me. One of the few books I've ever read in a single sitting. Johnson's main character Bob Grainier lives a l ...more
Feb 16, 2013
May 24, 2012
Unknown Book 7302240
A couple of really nice pieces in this issue. My favorites were "Persistent Views of the Unknown," "Kissing," and the poems of Jeffery Schultz. What h ...more
Dec 16, 2009
Dec 10, 2009
No Country for Old Men
This book has everything I want out of good fiction. A page-turning plot, conflicted characters, pure evil and the threat of massive loss, high stakes ...more
Jun 19, 2012
Nov 25, 2011
Melville: His World and Work
Delbanco does a great job of placing Melville in the time and place in which he lived, and shows how his personal milieu contributed to his ideas and ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
Mrs. Dalloway
This book is so unique in the way the language flows and how the words shift from one scene to the next without traditional chapter or section breaks, ...more
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Oct 28, 2009
The Crossing (The Border Trilogy, #2)
As always with McCarthy, the prose were amazing, though I will say that at times I couldn't translate enough of the Spanish to know exactly what was s ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Nov 25, 2011
The Things They Carried
This book shows better than any other I've read just how important fiction is in relating to and dealing with life. O'Brien's descriptions of war in V ...more
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Oct 22, 2009
I got this book as a gift from a buddy. This is my first venture into anything by Vonnegut, and I was very impressed with the immense readability of t ...more
Aug 23, 2012
Sep 11, 2011
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
This is a really beautiful novel. As always, McCarthy's prose are phenomenal and engrossing. In all honesty, Blood Meridian is a far superior novel to ...more
Jan 19, 2012
Jul 20, 2011
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
One of the worst books a person could possible allow their eyes to behold, this "journal" of Rubin's year-long project to make herself happier is just ...more
Dec 2010
Apr 06, 2011
The Waves
This book was somewhat difficult to follow. Woolf is using her narrative form at its strongest levels, and sometimes she seems to overdo it, to the po ...more
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Oct 28, 2009
The Most of It
Ruefle ignores the things that make great literature great (compelling characters, plot, style, prose, punctuation) and leaves us with this abdication ...more
Mar 07, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Blood Dazzler
Really great collection of poems about Hurricane Katrina and the devastation in New Orleans. The only negative aspect of it for me was the political a ...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
The Road
This is writing on another level. It's almost disheartening to read, simply for the fact that as a writer I don't believe this type of literary achiev ...more
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Jul 22, 2011
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