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The Abstinence Teacher
3.23
JESUS WANTS YOU ........ TO GROW A PAIR.

Tommy, Tommy, Tommy! How did such a promising young literary stud like yourself turn out to be such an emasc
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Feb 25, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
 
The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
3.91
FUTURE SCHLOCK

(If you loved "Future Shock", and "The Celestine Prophecy" changed your life, this is the book for you)

But, wait! All those 5-star revi
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Jan 21, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
 
Don Quixote de La Mancha, Vol 1
3.80
Quijote lookalike

First, an organizational note. I actually read this in parallel, in the original Spanish, and in the Penguin Classics English translation by J.M. Cohe
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Apr 08, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
 
A Little History of the World
4.07
I can't bring myself to jump on the warm and fuzzy bandwagon of approval of this deeply flawed book. It is what it is - a condensation of all of human ...more
Jan 31, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
 
The Ambassadors
3.65
“The Ambassadors”, by Henry James

This is Daisy Fuentes Miller, reporting to you live from the set of MTV’s “Real World Gay Paree”. Six strangers, from
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Jun 29, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
 
Brooklyn
3.62
OK, Man Booker award people, listen up! If this book doesn't win this year, you are dead to me, you hear?

I've said it elsewhere on this site, but it b
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Jul 20, 2009
Jul 05, 2009
 
No, David!
4.09
Oh yes. I've read other people's reviews of this book. I understand that it's pure catnip to Jasons, Ethans and Rebeccas throughout the land. But unti ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
 
Deaf Sentence
3.72
David Lodge is not a flashy writer, but he is an extremely good one. Superficially, his predilection for working the same, relatively narrow, ground ( ...more
Jan 27, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
 
Sharp Teeth
3.90
Los Angeles has always disturbed me. All that sunshine. Those über-toned bodies. Packs of werewolves roaming the canyons and arroyos. It's enough to m ...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 05, 2009
 
Nothing to Be Frightened Of
3.82
MASSIVE FURBALL ALERT!!!!

In this massive eructation of self-indulgent, rambling, repetitive prose, Julian Barnes contemplates his mortality. At cons
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Jan 24, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
 
Shakespeare's Sonnets
4.23
SHAKESPEARE WANTS YOU TO BREED!!!!

The first 17 or so sonnets in the series left me taken aback. It's right there in the first line of Sonnet #1:

1. Fr
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Nov 16, 2009
Nov 16, 2009
 
The Crow Road
4.06
Damn, this book was terrific! I don't know why I didn't stumble across it earlier, given it was published in 1992 and was adapted by the BBC as a mini ...more
Jan 16, 2009
Dec 15, 2008
 
The Northern Clemency
3.42
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: IF YOU LOVED (HATED) "THE CORRECTIONS", YOU'LL LOVE (HATE) THIS.

OK. Let's get the whole rating thing out of the way right now. Obje
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Jan 09, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
 
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
3.61
Damn! This book just confirms my desire to have Alain de Botton as a friend. What a smart, erudite, witty, unassuming mensch this guy is. With a quirk ...more
Jun 11, 2009
May 22, 2009
 
The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense
3.39
Dear Ms Oates:

WHY DO YOU LIKE SERIAL KILLERS SO MUCH? You don't know me, but I've been aware of you for years. I knew that you were out there, amassin
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Jun 17, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
 
Mrs Dalloway
3.77
In a remote region of my mind there exists a bookcase. It’s labeled “authors I really should read more of”, and it is – as you might imagine – giganti ...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 05, 2009
 
The New Spaniards
3.84
If you’re interested in Spain, and it’s a country that certainly deserves your interest, then there are several books I’d recommend. This is the first ...more
Sep 08, 2009
Sep 04, 2007
 
Geography of Bliss
3.81
This is a late entry in the glut of “science of happiness” books that peaked a couple of years ago. The best among those books was Daniel Gilbert’s “S ...more
Feb 13, 2009
Feb 13, 2009
 
In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language
4.06
Initially this book was fairly amusing, but somewhere around the half-way mark its charms began to fade, and by the end it was just plain exhausting. ...more
Jun 10, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
 
The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire
3.77
Full disclosure: I am a gay man. I enjoy opera, find certain operas to be truly sublime. But I am not an opera queen

Koestenbaum writes with a kind of
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Jun 02, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
 
The Steep Approach To Garbadale
3.63
This was basically a considerably inferior version of "The Crow Road".

* Dysfunctional Scottish family, with impossibly large cast of characters, and a
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Feb 03, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
 
The Scarlet Pimpernel
4.05
I read this concurrently with Victoria Woolf's "Mrs Dalloway". Mrs D. has no plot to speak of -- its virtues are in the characterization and the writi ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 05, 2009
 
The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith
4.10
DEPRAVED, DISTURBING, AND ODDLY DELECTABLE

This book contains roughly sixty stories, representing five previously published collections, spanning Hig
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Feb 12, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
 
Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid
4.12
This slim collection (roughly 100 pages) of ten essays by Virgina Woolf, published as part of the "Penguin Great Ideas" series may be the best book I' ...more
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
 
The Master
3.82
Colm Tóibín is a genius. In this novel, he explores the life and work of Henry James, spanning the period from 1895 to 1900. His characterization of J ...more
Jun 06, 2009
Jul 03, 2007
 
The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
3.98
To be uninterested in the public toilet is to be uninterested in life.

OK, folks. 2009 is over, and the results are in. There were plenty of honorabl
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Oct 31, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
 
Breve historia de Chile
2.94
Who knew jellyfish could write? I'd use the word "emasculated" to describe the author of this pathetic "short history of Chile" if it weren't obvious ...more
Aug 06, 2009
Jul 31, 2009
 
Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages
3.66
Ammon Shea read the OED "so that you don't have to". This account of the experience has one chapter for each letter of the alphabet; each chapter is r ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Nov 26, 2008
 
As I Please: 1943-1945 (The Collected Essays, Journalism & Letters, Vol. 3)
4.44
Orwell continues to astonish me with

(a) his extraordinary - what's the word I'm looking for - "prolific" doesn't seem to have an associated noun. Fecu
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Jan 07, 2009
Dec 05, 2008
 
Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes
4.06
I just came across this online (it's downloadable at googlebooks). D. Streamer was a pseudonym for Harry Graham, who originated the form of the "Littl ...more
Feb 07, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
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