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Good Neighbors
3.61
it was amazing
though loosely based on the famous real-life murder of kitty genovese, this is actually a conceptual novel with a dark conceit at the heart of it... b ...more
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Sep 26, 2011
 
Complete Shorter Fiction
4.17
really liked it
i don't think i've ever used the word "exquisite" before, especially in relation to anyone's writing, but the writing in these stories really is exqui ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
 
Danse Macabre
3.62
really liked it
a really fun book even though it doesn't tell you anything new about horror. i mean unless you've never thought about horror at all. king is just such ...more
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Apr 16, 2015
 
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight
3.74
really liked it
Really loved "Hippocampus," by Adam Nevill. Fantastic story. Like Robbe-Grillet recapping the opening of a forgotten 1930s Val Lewton version of an Al ...more
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Nov 24, 2016
 
Cruel Shoes
3.73
really liked it
i remember finding this book in a friend's house in 1979. i was 8 and it was very confusing. it was much much better this time around. the book remind ...more
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Apr 21, 2011
 
A Kiss Before Dying
3.92
it was ok
somewhere between Jim Thompson and An American Tragedy... minus the fun and terror of the first and the weight and scope of the second. i don't really ...more
Aug 2010
Jul 31, 2010
 
Eileen
3.39
really liked it
Enjoyed this quite a bit on a sentence by sentence basis. Read it all in one sitting, smiling much of the time at all the vomit and piss and shit and ...more
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Feb 27, 2017
 
The Language of Cats and Other Stories
4.21
really liked it
Someone on Goodreads recommended this to me and I'd never heard of it. Then a few days later I randomly saw it in a pile of old books in my girlfriend ...more
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Dec 31, 2016
 
Beowulf
3.42
it was amazing
i was feeling kinda down so i read beowulf again. still about the best thing of all time. heaney's translation is so fucking awesome, it's like scream ...more
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Jun 06, 2011
 
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four
3.74
really liked it
Favorite stories: NUMBER ONE "You Become the Neighborhood" by Glen Hirshberg, which is just great, and then "Dermot" by Simon Bestwick, "In Paris, in ...more
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Dec 06, 2016
 
Magnetic Field(s)
3.79
really liked it
wow, fascinating, mesmerizing book. postmodern in conception, but laserbeam storytelling in action. absolute crystal prose, fun and funny and sad and ...more
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Dec 15, 2009
 
Mythago Wood
3.83
liked it
there was a lot in this book i really loved. my favorite was the part where the forest seems to reach out to subsume the house and the oaks start to s ...more
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Oct 26, 2014
 
The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #1)
4.42
it was amazing
Unbelievably great. One of those books that makes you want to knock every other book you've read down a star or two. A "I didn't know books could be t ...more
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Jan 20, 2017
 
Wolf in White Van
3.72
really liked it
Read directly on the heels of his more recent Universal Harvester, which I did not like nearly as much. This one is much better, mainly I think becaus ...more
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Apr 29, 2017
 
The Queen's Gambit
4.11
really liked it
An hour later she drew Goldmann and Board Three. She walked into the tournament room at exactly eleven, and the people standing stopped talking when s ...more
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Sep 21, 2013
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.93
really liked it
masterfully done. not sure how i never read it before. pullman's imagination is marvelous. i only wish his characters were a little more engaging. but ...more
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Sep 26, 2012
 
The Hustler
4.10
it was amazing
so far i've read three walter tevis books: this, Mockingbird, and The Man Who Fell to Earth, and i don't think there's been a word out of place in any ...more
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Jun 23, 2013
 
The Fisherman
4.08
really liked it
Langan has such a great voice-- fluid, naturalistic, understanding, and commanding-- and on top of that, in every story, a singular, coherent vision. ...more
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Dec 13, 2016
 
The Fight
4.08
it was amazing
exhilarating and damn near perfect. less about the fight (though very much about the fight) than about mailer's own crazy-making demons. builds to an ...more
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May 10, 2013
 
The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western
3.92
it was amazing
i can't even really begin to think about understanding why this book is so great. on the one hand, it's simplicity itself; on the other, it's a big sh ...more
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Feb 03, 2008
 
My Lord Bag of Rice: New and Selected Stories
4.28
it was amazing
Not sure where the world has been hiding Carol Bly; I never even heard of her until I found her story "Talk of Heroes" quietly nestled inside The Vint ...more
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Jan 29, 2016
 
The Pastel City
3.76
really liked it
harrison is a wonderful writer-- evocative, sweeping, musical, and strange-- and this is the best book i've ever read about knights in the far future ...more
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Oct 28, 2014
 
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
4.06
liked it
i really enjoyed this in the beginning; mckillip writes simply and beautifully and there is mystery and space to her fantasy world-- it's more vance t ...more
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Sep 23, 2015
 
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
4.14
it was amazing
this book is probably the single largest influence on my own writing.

strange, but true.

never far from my mind.
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Mar 11, 2009
 
The Trouble with Being Born
4.23
it was amazing
Years and years to waken from that sleep in which the others loll; then years and years to escape that awakening...
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Sep 12, 2013
 
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century
3.94
it was amazing
Thanks Patty (like 9 years later)! What a great anthology. I liked every story in it except one or two, and I don't even feel like pointing those out, ...more
not set
Jan 25, 2016
 
Another Country
4.30
really liked it
I'm glad I don't live in a James Baldwin book; I'd be dead in a few hours from the stress.
not set
May 09, 2016
 
Varamo
3.75
it was amazing
god i love this guy. nothing is anything. it's all just movement, and a twirl.
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Aug 11, 2012
 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.86
it was amazing
Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods require blood.
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Oct 22, 2013
 
The Fountains of Paradise
3.95
liked it
I never really like Arthur C. Clarke books, but I always like Arthur C. Clarke. There's a warmth and a hope to his relentless rationality, a kind of c ...more
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May 09, 2016
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