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A Tale of Two Cities
3.77
A Tale of Two Cities holds the dubious honor of being the first book I ever picked up and failed to finish. The very first.

From there, it's all gone d
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Feb 16, 2010
 
The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
4.05
I really need a 2.5 stars option, though I would end up using it on three-fourths of everything. As a generic, I can neither recommend nor disavow thi ...more
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Nov 27, 2009
 
The Book of Illusions
3.89
Paul Auster, you bastard!

The man writes such depressing stuff. As with the other Auster I've read (I know I've only read 2 Austers, I am such a failur
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Dec 28, 2009
 
The Picture of Dorian Gray
4.03
Plot summary: Dorian Gray is a beautiful, wholesome young man. He begins with two friends, one of whom paints the titular picture, while the other is ...more
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Dec 27, 2010
 
A Pale View Of Hills
3.69
Pale View of the Hills is a short, easy read that is spooky in a way that I could never quite put my finger on. Much is suggested, little is told.

It i
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Dec 27, 2010
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.71
This is a New York Times best-seller? Granted, you can go down an entire shelf of the fiction books at Barnes n Nobles and have every single one be a ...more
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Jan 25, 2010
 
To the Lighthouse
3.75
To the Lighthouse is a book best read in relaxing, desultory circumstances - perhaps on the beach, while the waves gently nibble on your toes, or atop ...more
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Mar 27, 2011
 
The Blue Sword (Damar, #2)
4.25
This book is better than it ought to be, and I'm honestly a bit bamboozled why I received it as well as I did (or why it has such a good rating here o ...more
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Sep 12, 2011
 
The Invisible Man
3.59
Wells is famous for changing the course of science fiction. Up to the time of his writing, science fiction was more about the science than it was abou ...more
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Jan 07, 2011
 
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
4.19
**spoiler alert** So I picked this book up in order to do research on what the current successful YA fantasy novel was about, and I have to say that, ...more
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Feb 16, 2010
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.83
In simple terms, this is a book told from the point of view of a fifteen year old Autistic boy and deals primarily with family drama. There's also the ...more
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Jan 22, 2011
 
Beloved
3.72
Just, ah, terminated Beloved by Toni Morrison and oh how I was disappointed by it.

Now I am faced with the daunting task of writing a negative review f
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Jan 30, 2013
 
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
4.02
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is basically a book in which two men sit in a room and talk with each other. Really, that's it. And while John le Ca ...more
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Nov 16, 2011
 
The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #5)
4.15
Once upon a time the greatest novels of the day were about ideas. These books were not meant to entertain, but illuminate.

Those days are no more. Now,
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Jun 23, 2011
 
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
4.00
I wonder what it is about dream sequences in stories that makes them so dissatisfying. There is the obvious sense of feeling cheated; the reader/viewe ...more
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Nov 22, 2012
 
Rainbows End
3.74
Essentially every review for this book says the same thing, so I'll state it plainly and simply: This is an "ideas" sci-fi book. The ideas are fascina ...more
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Mar 24, 2014
 
Blackout (Oxford Time Travel, #3)
3.81
I can't do it anymore. I made it to page 250, but I can't read another page. I just can't do it - I refuse to subject myself to its badness anymore. W ...more
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Oct 21, 2012
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
All too often high-end literature (i.e. Literature) suffers from a minuscule sense of scope. Take Woolf's To The Lighthouse. Certainly it is well writ ...more
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May 03, 2011
 
It
4.12
Pull up a chair, my fellow bibliophiles, for this will be a long review for a long, sometimes controversial novel written by a sometimes controversial ...more
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Sep 11, 2014
 
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
4.25
Miller's Dark Knight is rather iconic. I enjoyed it.

But honestly I just find that reading comic books leaves me feeling... dissatisfied. Pages turn to
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Dec 11, 2012
 
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
4.16
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress begins, promisingly enough, with a conversation between a newly self-aware computer called Mike and the mechanic Mannie, ...more
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Apr 06, 2015
 
The Troupe
3.82
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Though the overlying prose is clean and efficient, if not as beautiful or sharp as I would’ve liked, the u ...more
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Apr 29, 2015
 
Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1)
4.10
I wish I had written this book. In fact, I *have* written a hard-boiled near-future novel, and I wish it were as good as Altered Carbon.

AC, which amaz
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Nov 18, 2014
 
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
4.19
Macbeth might very well have been referencing this book when he bemoaned that life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying noth ...more
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Nov 11, 2014
 
Woken Furies (Takeshi Kovacs, #3)
4.09
The third in Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs series and my least favorite.

Somewhat paradoxically, however, I also found it the most complex. This book
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Mar 18, 2015
 
Infinite Jest
4.33
Fifty pages in, I hated this book. Not just those fifty pages, mind you. The entire book. Just as the homeostatic behavior of an electron is a microco ...more
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May 26, 2015
 
The Martian
4.37
It could have been more.

The plot basically consists of: "Oh God I'm going to die." "No wait, I know what to do." Cut to other points of view for fifty
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Jun 20, 2015
 
Starship Troopers
3.97
Basically this is a book about the main character becoming a marine. And then a marine officer. Except it's in the future so the marines (aka Mobile I ...more
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Sep 24, 2014
 
Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs, #2)
3.99
An entertaining, fun read - though not as good as the first in the series, Altered Carbon.

While AC was a postcyberpunk detective fiction murder myster
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Mar 18, 2015
 
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1)
3.96
Nobody writes quite like Douglas Adams. His style is inimitable, filled with irreverence, comedy, and a willingness to write things as they ought to b ...more
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Feb 06, 2011
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