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Go Tell it on the Mountain
First, this book feels like an epic and it's only two hundred and fifty pages. Second, it hurts like hell, and this is because it's too real. One line...more
Dec 09, 2008
Jan 09, 2008
The Sweet Hereafter
I first read Russell Banks because I found out that he wrote the books that two great movies are based on, "The Sweet Hereafter" and "Affliction." The...more
Nov 09, 2008
Nov 05, 2008
White Oleander
This book is the tale of a girl with a warrior poetess for a mother. When her mother kills a boyfriend and is imprisoned the girl is thrown into Calif...more
Sep 02, 2008
Sep 03, 2008
No Longer at Ease
So this is a book that anybody who has had to split two cultures or mesh them should read. It is about a young man who gets an English education and r...more
Jan 2003
Oct 13, 2007
The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
So this book is by an American trained Marxist and it about the new Ghana with Nkrumah as president. It traces the sad move from idealistic and hopefu...more
May 2004
Oct 13, 2007
The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle, #3)
People like to talk about "The Golden Compass" as the athiestic answer to C. S. Lewis' Narnia series. However Ursula Le Guin's series has a far better...more
May 13, 2011
May 16, 2011
A Prayer for Owen Meany
So I found this book hard to get into, but it wasn't bad enough to stop. I was reading the hardback though, and they look really big. I kept thinking,...more
Nov 03, 2008
Oct 18, 2008
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
I picked this book up and read ten pages. I was shocked, because it was witty the way "My So Called Life" is witty. I decided that, despite the rumors...more
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
I was not disappointed by Marilynne Robinson's third book. When one reads good literature, for instance, Cormac McCarthy, one is often struck by a tur...more
Nov 16, 2008
Sep 06, 2008
A Raisin in the Sun
I didn't finish this. It was good writing. It had okay characters, a bit typish, but whatever.

The reason I didn't finish it is because even if the ti...more
Feb 2012
Oct 30, 2007
Tenth of December
Writers that are literary have stopped writing in the seventies and eighties boringly born of Joyce- moments of realization- genre. They have stories...more
Jan 2014
Jan 09, 2014
Hoops is the best thing I've read by Walter Dean Myers yet.

It has a great caste of characters, but the foremost, laconic, tough, and funny Lonnie lov...more
Feb 12, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
Northanger Abbey
Northhanger Abbey doesn't measure up to Pride and Prejudice. The heroine, Catharine is one dimensional bundle of virtue, and desire for companionship....more
Feb 26, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
Prep is about a mid western girl who gets a scholarship to a New England prep school. Rather than rebelling against the system, and stealing the rich...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
This is a love story, a story about two cultures, and a story about faith, set in late eighteenth century Japan's border island, where the Dutch are a...more
Jun 08, 2011
Jun 08, 2011
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
I have until now, enjoyed Michael Chabon's books with a mixed enthusiasm. In the "Kavalier and Klay" I was disappointed by the Dickension myopia of th...more
Feb 28, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
**spoiler alert** I couldn't put it down. The voice of Sam, the protagonist narrator, was fun, honest, and humorous. The story was well paced. So why...more
May 25, 2013
May 27, 2013
Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
Christopher Moore's talent for whimsy makes his books read like plot mad libs. His books are hilarious, and inherently random. Sometimes this is not g...more
Mar 24, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
This was a borderline four. It could have gone with three. The reasons it gets four is that it has about three of four storylines, intertwining, with...more
Apr 02, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
**spoiler alert** It's fun to read if you like fantasy. You've got the rebirth of dragons, the girl in a wild rugged group of scoff laws who passes as...more
May 19, 2014
May 24, 2014
The Other Wind (Earthsea Cycle, #6)
Upon reading this sixth in the Earthsea cycle, I realized that I have committed a librophile's sin and gone out of order in a series I love. I will re...more
Nov 02, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Magic for Beginners
I wish I could give "Magic for Beginners" both 2 and 5 stars but this is not a goodreads option. It reads likes Jorge Borges teamed up with the Brothe...more
Nov 04, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
So Junot Diaz writes some raw stuff, and the time he must have taken to distill his life and write these few short stories that feel completely natura...more
Oct 2007
Nov 22, 2007
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
George R. R. Martin closes this book with a two page personal note explaining why most of his best characters aren't in this book. If he knew that's h...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
Benito Cereno
So this is one of the first treatments of slavery by a white man in America that is willing to totally subvert the whole tradition. Melville is relent...more
Jan 2001
Aug 25, 2007
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
Hard to put down, it reads like a good thriller. One of the main detectives of is a chauvinist's dream, having little personality, but somehow attract...more
Aug 2011
Aug 29, 2011
Jitterbug Perfume
Hey. Witty as hell. In this particular novel Pan shows up, dances a little, shtups some more, and has a Dionysian old time. And the motto of the book...more
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 22, 2009
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
This book is as slick as Chandler, and the tone is reminiscent of a crime thriller, with choppy professional relationships defined by jaded yet witty...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis, #2)
Octavia Butler continues the story of Dawn. Here the protagonist is Akin, the son of Lilith, a construct, or half human, half alien child. He is male,...more
Dec 2012
Dec 10, 2012
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
Here is a book by someone who read Harry Potter, thought to themselves, hey, this makes money. I can do this. And The Lightning Thief has many of the...more
Dec 2009
Dec 08, 2009
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