Having seen the movie, and as a big fan of Murakami (not to confuse him, in any way, with Haruki Murakami, of whom I'm also a big fan), I was very cur ...more
Dec 2010
Oct 08, 2010
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Volume Two (Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson, and Cardinal Chang #1.2)
Being the second part of a single book, this volume finishes the first installment of this series, which continues with the Dark Volume. Given that th ...more
Sep 03, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
Ready Player One
This was great fun -- a very nicely done projection of the future in which a massive, immersive online game/world is where everyone spends their time. ...more
Nov 02, 2013
Nov 02, 2013
The Celestial Globe (The Kronos Chronicles, #2)
I'll have to keep this review fairly short, but it pretty much suffices to say that if you've read The Cabinet of Wonders and enjoyed it, then you nee ...more
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 16, 2010
Marquee Moon
I enjoyed this one, though about one-third of it's about the album, one-third is about the band, and one-third is about the NYC 70's scene centered ar ...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
Implied Spaces
An interesting twist-up of styles, Williams starts this book with a deceptive sword-and-sorcery section, before pulling the covers off a very complex ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
Lush Life
From the descriptions I wasn't necessarily expecting this book to focus on the police, as a sort of crime novel. But in fact, it's not at all a classi ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Jul 24, 2009
Kamikaze Girls
Well, let's try this again since apparently changing the edition while writing a review winds up having your review lost (even though there's a link r ...more
Oct 12, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
A Tree of Bones (Hexslinger, #3)
The end of the trilogy, and rather difficult to review thoroughly without giving things away. So I'll keep this brief, I guess -- what a wonderful tri ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
The Rainbow Stories
Mainly after reading this, years back, I wished that someone else had read it. There's good potential for interesting observations, but Vollmann's too ...more
not set
May 11, 2009
Into the Wild (Warriors, #1)
I read this one to see if it would be good for our 7-year-old girl. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure whether our daughter would like it quite yet. The c ...more
Nov 19, 2010
Nov 19, 2010
The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1)
A fun read and seemingly a good start for the series. It reminds me a bit of the graphic novel series Fables, in that it asks the question what if the ...more
Nov 20, 2010
Nov 19, 2010
Henry Rollins
I enjoyed this pocket book from Re/Search -- it's a long interview of Rollins by Vale, and reads like a conversation between the two. It's a casual re ...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
Jeff Smith is most well-known for his fabulous Bone series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. RASL has some very interesting concepts, but ultimately winds ...more
Sep 23, 2014
Sep 07, 2013
Snow Country
I might have had expectations for this book that were too high; it's a celebrated novel, and Kawabata is one of Japan's most highly-regarded 20th Cent ...more
Oct 26, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Volume One (Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson, and Cardinal Chang #1.1)
It's a bit hard to review this book, because it's incomplete. I just started the second volume, so it really makes sense to wait until I finish it (an ...more
Aug 26, 2010
Aug 18, 2010
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Philip K. Dick consistently wrote acceptably well, put together plots that don't always follow but get the job done in an entertaining way, and came u ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
xxxHOLiC: AnotherHOLiC
This is a very odd one. It feels sort of incomplete, as though not all of the story's being told. Not a problem exactly, but you're left to your own d ...more
Dec 08, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
Travels in the Scriptorium
I have to admit that Auster has yet to equal "In the Country of Last Things", as far as my taste is concerned. I enjoyed the New York Trilogy a lot as ...more
Apr 30, 2009
Apr 14, 2009
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, probably more than I expected. When I started it I felt it was too bald a ripoff of the great "Battle Royale", and in ...more
Dec 16, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
InterWorld (Interworld, #1)
Good quick fun read, nothing particularly special or deep, just a nice adventure story. Standard boy-discovers-he's-special plot, with an imaginative ...more
Sep 22, 2010
Sep 22, 2010
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
While not an essential book by either Kerouac or Burroughs, this is an interesting read. It will be especially so to those who are already familiar wi ...more
May 24, 2009
Nov 10, 2008
Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
This YA novel is a fairly quick read, but it has a nicely complex world, with some very good ideas stirred around inside. The idea of an intelligent p ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Nov 13, 2011
Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel
I'm biased about this book, but given that it's a collection of essays about visiting cemeteries around the world, how could it not be good anyway?
Jun 04, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec
This book is still in-progress, but so far so good. I've worked with Rails testing using RSpec, so I'm not a real newcomer, but this was a good refres ...more
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
This is a pretty essential read for anyone involved in early-stage startups. If you want to know many of the details involved in getting things starte ...more
May 04, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Scam #9: DAMAGED - The Story of Black Flag's Classic First Album
Short, to the point reporting about the circumstances surrounding the recording of Black Flag's "Damaged" album, in zine form. Fun stuff, like a mini- ...more
Jun 06, 2013
May 30, 2013
Devil in the Dollhouse (Sandman Slim, #3.5)
Just a little taster, while we wait for the next full installment. This was a fun romp, but I found that at this length it doesn't feel as complete or ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
Watership Down
I hadn't read this since I was a kid, and you just never know how a book will age with you, but happily I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading Watership Down ...more
Nov 27, 2012
May 04, 2009
These Dreams of You
not set
Apr 21, 2014