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Le Petit Prince
The next asteroid the Little Prince came to was inhabited by a Quiz Addict. He sat hunched in front of his laptop, and barely looked up when the Littl ...more
Jan 1966
Dec 20, 2008
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
"Good gracious!" said Alice, "I do believe I'm inside a review!"

She turned to the Hatter and the March Hare.

"Well, let me see. Here is the title, and
Jan 1966
Apr 14, 2009
The Devil's Dictionary
goodreads, n. Website designed to prevent people who enjoy books from finding time to read them.

review, v.i. Demonstrate, through a short essay, appre
Jan 2006
Dec 20, 2008
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
I somehow ended up reading them both simultaneously. So I couldn't help wondering

What Madam Bovary Might Have Thought Of Good Omens

Three days later, a
Apr 2010
Mar 30, 2010
No Country for Old Men
So are we gonna talk about No Country For Old Men, he said.

Why not, she replied.

Then we gotta do it like McCarthy, he said. Short sentences. Southern
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
Pale Fire (Twentieth Century Classics)

I¹ liked² this book³, especially the poem⁴.

¹ When I use the first-person singular pronoun, I am here referring to
Jan 1998
Nov 20, 2008
En attendant Godot

VLADIMIR: They've called us back.

ESTRAGON: For an encore?

VLADIMIR: No, we're supposed to say what it means.

[A pause]

ESTRAGON: What what means?
Jan 1992
Dec 20, 2008
À la recherche du temps perdu
When you read Proust, and learn to appreciate his extraordinary, dreamy, hypnotic, truly inimitable style (this review is a mere shadow on the wall of ...more
Jan 2004
May 25, 2009
Exercices de style

From what point of view should I review the book? Evidently: from all possible points of view.


Needless to say, I am reading the original F
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
Min kamp 1
I sat, leaning slightly forward, and continued to stare at the screen, but I could think of nothing to say. I shifted my weight, trying to find a more ...more
Jun 10, 2014
May 29, 2014
What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations
Praise for What Pooh Might Have Said To Dante:

"...would make a great present for somebody who's never heard of GoodReads before, like maybe a caveman
Feb 2012
Mar 12, 2012
Excession (Culture, #5)

- Hello? This is Kin
Jan 2006
Nov 21, 2008
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning?

A: Actually, less than you'd think.

First, a little backgro
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
The Hydra
I am trying to learn the currently approved style of reviewing. So far, my grasp of the idiom is still weak, so please let me know if I'm doing someth ...more
not set
Oct 14, 2013
The Picture of Dorian Gray
"My dear Jordan!" said Lord Rayner expansively, as the butler discreetly closed the door behind his young visitor. "Really, it is too good to see you ...more
Aug 18, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Shakespeare's Sonnets
Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII (abridged)

You're hot.
But not as hot as this poem.

Shakespeare's Sonnet CXVI (abridged)

I'll love you even when you are sixty
not set
Jan 19, 2009
The Demolished Man

So too?
what telepath
do a
are think fun
Oh of
kind the
It's Demolished
Jan 1974
Mar 05, 2009
The Trial
The tortured bureaucratic world described in The Trial always strikes me as startlingly modern. I wondered

How The Trial might have started if Kafka ha
Aug 10, 2006
Dec 20, 2008
Fear of Flying
iw69: hello. i want you now

mannyrayner: do we know each other?

iw69: not at all, that's the point. i thought we could just have a completely no-strings
Jan 1976
Dec 01, 2008
Heretics of Dune (Dune Chronicles #5)
The guards ushered Frank into the office. As usual, the Reverend Publisher was seated at her desk, writing.

So many lives touched by her decisions, he
Jan 1986
Jun 30, 2009
The Godfather
"Come in."

"Ah, Don Corleone, I'm sorry to trouble you -"

"Sit down."

"Thank you, Don Corleone -"

"Where is your mother from?"

"I'm sorry?"

"Your mother, sh
Jan 1982
Dec 20, 2008
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
This is so much fun. I want to play too! And, as it happens, I have a surprisingly good opening. So, with the usual perfunctory apologies, may I prese ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Apr 18, 2009
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
94. Goodreads

Goodreads combines many of the things white people like. They can hang out on the internet, talk to people who have similar views on Sara
Aug 09, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
Oryx and Crake
Snowman has spent a terrible night, full of confused, whiskey-sodden dreams, and when the Children of Crake call to him from the bottom of his tree he ...more
Apr 05, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1)
In which the animals meet a Hostile Reviewer, and Pooh invents a New Breakfast

One morning, Pooh and Piglet were walking through the Hundred Acre Wood,
Jan 1965
Nov 25, 2008
"Pray tell me your story," I said, "if it will not weary you overmuch."

He fixed me with an eye still firm of purpose. "I had long been fascinated by t
Jan 1982
Dec 20, 2008
The History Boys
IRWIN: So, what do we think of The History Boys then?

RUDGE: It's a classroom drama, sir. Set in Yorkshire during the early 80s. Features a clash betwe
Jan 2006
Dec 06, 2008
The novel is completed. He has posted the bulky typescript to his publisher - old-fashioned, he prefers this unnecessary gesture to the casual economy ...more
Jun 25, 2012
Jun 23, 2012
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Letter 94. Viscomte de Rayner to the Goodreads Community

This morning, I thought of M. de Laclos's charming novel for the first time in years, when an
Jan 1987
Dec 01, 2008
(Geneva, late 2012. Plainpalais market, a riotous display of phallic vegetables, ill-smelling cheese and trash literature. THE REVIEWER and his GIRLFR ...more
Nov 28, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
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