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The Lovely Bones
3.72
**spoiler alert** One book, two rapes. How's that for a bargain? (The book only advertises one.) Yuck.

The book in question is Alice Sebold's The Lovel
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Jan 2007
Jun 28, 2007
 
Never Let Me Go
3.79
I'm always excited when I run across a novel that is, so far as I can tell, essentially perfect. Never Let Me Go is one of those. There is not a singl ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Oct 13, 2009
 
Blankets
4.06
Craig Thompson, for all the lack of works in his bibliography, is one of the best creators working in comics today. Apart from Blankets, he has only r ...more
Jan 2003
Jun 28, 2007
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.18
Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is actually probably the best novel I've read in a long time. Granted, many of the novels I've read over the las ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 10, 2008
 
Franny and Zooey
3.98
I am the luckiest person in the world. The last few months have led me through an unbroken string of good books. I have had so much fun reading that I ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 30, 2008
 
Olive Kitteridge
3.71
I'll begin with my finale, so those who don't want to take the time to read several paragraphs will get the gist of it upfront: Elizabeth Strout strik ...more
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 15, 2010
 
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)
4.21
The problem with The Shadow of the Wind is that it tricked me into believing it was a great book by being so freaking fun. It is only now, after a mon ...more
Jul 24, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1)
3.47
I had the vaguely unique opportunity to approach MacGuire's most famous work without any immediate familiarity with his source material. I had neither ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 27, 2009
 
And the Ass Saw the Angel
3.90
While not the worst book I've every had the displeasure of reading*, Nick Cave's work here may be the worst that I've both read and finished. Eragon ? ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 07, 2007
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
The chief tragedy in reviewing David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas is that readers are not going to want to know how well Mitchell explores the central tenet ...more
Sep 30, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
 
A Fraction of the Whole
3.98
To begin with, a poorly-devised haiku review:

Stained honour, dented ego,
As we bury up our dead.
Smiles can last for miles

________________

I had better
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Apr 2009
Apr 20, 2009
 
Suite Française
3.78
Recognizing beforehand that this wouldn't be a complete story arc, I had to try to approach the book without any prejudice toward it for having a weak ...more
Feb 28, 2008
Feb 29, 2008
 
The Cleft
2.82
I did not finish this book. In fact I could not. It was my taste as a consumer of books that prohibited me.

Oh sure, I've set aside books before. I've
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not set
Aug 19, 2010
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.70
Early in Barbery's novel, one of Hedgehog's two protagonists name-drops one of my favourite Japanese comic creators, Jiro Taniguchi. Granted, she refe ...more
not set
Oct 18, 2010
 
A Spot of Bother
3.45
I'm not really sure what to say about this one. I really can't generate strong feelings one way or another on its behalf. It wasn't bad but it wasn't ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 23, 2008
 
What is the What
4.14
Apart from a sometimes painfully awkward framing device and a style of writing that is dull enough to actively distance readers from emotionally conne ...more
Aug 23, 2008
Jul 25, 2008
 
Johnny Mad Dog
3.87
Emmanuel Dongala crafts something that is in several ways important, even if its not great literature. Johnny Mad Dog is the tale of two teenagers par ...more
May 2007
Jun 28, 2007
 
Life of Pi
3.86
It's been three years since I first read Life of Pi. My book club is reading it for the month of June, so I thought I'd freshen up by giving it the ol ...more
Apr 2004
Jun 28, 2007
 
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
3.61

Generally speaking, Moshin Hamid's slight novel is a brisk, enjoyable, and largely compelling read. And one that, when finished, fails to satisfy in a
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Mar 2010
Aug 11, 2010
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.91
This review is more experimental than most because it's about a book I read four months ago and essentially remember not at all. In the strictest sens ...more
May 2010
Aug 24, 2010
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.89
(This fits within the scope of my review of the full series)

A third of the way into Pullman's first installment of His Dark Materials, I was excited.
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Dec 2007
Dec 05, 2007
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