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White Light: Or, What Is Cantor's Continuum Problem?
3.84
a really fun book, less science fiction than a kind of mathemagical fantasia on the concept of infinity, probably closer to Alice in Wonderland than a...more
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Sep 05, 2012
 
The Burning Court
3.91
found this on the karl edward wagner 3x13 list:

http://miskatonicbooks.wordpress.com/...

it's basically a 3-star locked room / impossible crime-type mys...more
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Oct 21, 2014
 
Diary of a Mad Old Man
3.62
well, i was expecting "a rather shocking world of sexuality and destructive erotic obsessions," but actually i found this book rather sweet. perhaps t...more
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Oct 01, 2012
 
در رؤیای بابل
3.83
private detective has a hard time with his case because he's constantly daydreaming. only it's not as funny as that makes it sound. this is late-era b...more
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Nov 17, 2008
 
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
3.81
It's like a Sebald book by someone not as interesting as Sebald. Made me want to read Austerlitz again.
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Dec 15, 2013
 
Life During Wartime
3.86
shepard is a stylist, a visionary, a dramatist, and a philosopher; he's got it all and it's all incredible. the only thing wrong with this book is tha...more
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Oct 20, 2014
 
Lion Of Boaz-Jachin And Jachin-Boaz (Bloomsbury Paperbacks)
3.98
funny and sad, realistic and supernatural, a fable about fathers and sons and the existence of non-existent things...

'Empty space,' said the driver....more
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Nov 07, 2010
 
The Little Disturbances of Man
4.13
i'd read and loved paley's story "wants" in an anthology somewhere and so i figured i'd try this collection of hers a try. unfortunately, this collect...more
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Dec 25, 2009
 
Et Tu, Babe
3.79
just as much fun as My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist-- in fact, maybe even more so-- but as a novel, it actually has a structure and therefore (after...more
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Apr 08, 2012
 
The Ethical Assassin
3.47
it's like elmore leonard giving a sermon on animal rights in the midst of a screening of the maysles brothers' salesman. witty, vivid, fast-moving, va...more
Mar 30, 2009
Mar 29, 2009
 
The Thirty-Nine Steps (Richard Hannay, #1)
3.58
a fun thriller, very readable (1915!?), also very different from the hitchcock film it inspired (there's no "handcuffed to the pretty girl" subplot, a...more
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Sep 11, 2011
 
The Magic Mountain
4.12
surprisingly fun for a 700 page book about illness and philosophizin'.
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Aug 07, 2014
 
The Passion According to G.H.
4.17
A world wholly alive has a Hellish power.

i am giving this book five stars, because five stars means "it was amazing," and this book was definitely ama...more
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Mar 09, 2009
 
The Turn of the Screw
3.45
**spoiler alert** the story is so ingenious, and the ending so shockingly perfect, that i'm giving it 5 stars even though the writing is definitely ha...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery
3.84
most brautigan books are about 70% funny/joyous, and 30% heartbreakingly sad. this one flips that around to 80% heartbreakingly sad and 20% life-is-ut...more
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Nov 26, 2008
 
The Nature of Things
4.21
i was about halfway through this, and really liking it, when i got to "notes for a sea shell" and was hit by the sudden realization that THIS BOOK IS...more
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Feb 24, 2009
 
The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
3.43
i have to admit, when i started reading this, my first thought was: "oh god, this shit again???" because really, on the face of it, does the world rea...more
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Feb 26, 2009
 
An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Poetry
4.00
good stuff and bad stuff. nothing absolutely mind-blowing (maybe because it's in translation), but lots of good stuff. Joao Cabral de Melo Neto is obv...more
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Mar 02, 2009
 
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
3.61
**spoiler alert** oh ha ha, he died halfway through writing it, ha ha, we'll never know how it turns out, ha ha ha.

NOT FUNNY!

this is gonna drive me...more
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Mar 04, 2009
 
Sagarana
4.23
okay, so... it's not magical-realism, but everything talks... frogs, birds, cows, oxen... everything... the grass waves and fruit grows and trees slee...more
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Mar 30, 2009
 
Revenge of the Lawn
4.10
some of the early stories in this collection-- the ones that really come together at the end-- are among the best i have ever read. "1/3, 1/3, 1/3" an...more
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Nov 30, 2008
 
Mother's Milk (Patrick Melrose Novels, #4)
3.69
He closed his eyes and let the pool-side inferno dissipate. After a few hours of other people, he had to get the pile-up of impressions out of him one...more
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May 17, 2013
 
There Is No Year
3.54
there was a period many years ago where i had a manic episode and didn't sleep for a week. during that time i became paranoid and depressed and delusi...more
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May 14, 2011
 
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody
4.11
this is one of the favorite books of Andrew Ramer, who wrote one of my favorite books, Little Pictures: Fiction for a New Age, a collection of minute...more
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Dec 17, 2009
 
Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet
3.33
When I was in elementary school, and in the Gifted-and-Getting-Made-Fun-of-for-It Program, the best thing we ever did was study advertising. We had to...more
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Nov 07, 2009
 
Pilgrimage to Earth
3.99
apparently sheckley wrote over 400 stories. which is good news, seeing how i can't stop reading them. they're really just so wonderful. it's kind of l...more
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Jun 30, 2012
 
Poemscapes
4.43
55) WHAT DESTINY DESIRES
Destiny is the music of the improbable. Were it otherwise, almost anyone could exist.

94) AN HONEST POLITICIAN
Himself he hired
...more
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Nov 27, 2011
 
Prisoner of Sex
3.02
well, after that Gospel According to the Son debacle, i decided to channel my norman mailer thing into his non-fiction for a while... and i'm very gla...more
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Aug 31, 2011
 
In a Lonely Place
3.96
it's nice to read a pulp crime novel that is very much its own thing, no visible influence from chandler or hammett or cain or any of the usual suspec...more
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Apr 07, 2012
 
Morte D'Urban
3.96
whoever it was who put the huge b&w early-60s italian-glamour photo of the beautiful woman on the cover of this book was a genius, and i want to t...more
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Oct 21, 2009
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