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About Grace
3.47
About Grace is beautifully crafted. Doerr has a command of cadence and language that is unparalleled but the book otherwise leaves much to be desired. ...more
Apr 19, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.92
I read this book as a bit of a trade with a friend and while it had its moments, The Time Traveler's Wife is very much a book I would recommend to no ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
Ready Player One
4.30
"Ready Player One" is a book that I would call "fun" if its writing and plotting were tighter. Eventually, I found the mediocre writing got in the way ...more
Oct 18, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
 
Water for Elephants
4.05
I've been told my reviews can be somewhat negative. So I've struck that through.
Water for Elephants was somewhat enjoyable but its excessive tidiness
...more
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
 
Zero History (Blue Ant, #3)
3.91
I normally love William Gibson's writing and I suppose here I still do, but even Gibson isn't good enough to cover this story's utter lack of a meanin ...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
 
Pale Fire
4.19
My dislike for mostmodernism stems from a deep dislike for using the wonderful as an ingredient in the putrid. Why write a perfectly lovely book only ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
 
Earth Abides
3.96
I am not normally a fan of anything approaching the post-apocalyptic. Civilization, on the whole, is kinda cool, and its destruction as the starting p ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
 
Kill Decision
3.93
Kill Decision is a technothriller/present day science fiction piece about the move from soldiers, to drones, to autonomous combat robots. The story is ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
 
Childhood's End
4.06
After some reflection, I feel that Childhood's End is the best science fiction book I have yet read. It both projects into a future past without datin ...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
 
All the King's Men
4.07
All The King's Men subjects itself to something I call the narrator paradox which happens when the writing is so skillful it tries credulity that the ...more
Oct 12, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
 
The Bonfire of the Vanities
3.76
I have been to the where of this book but never the when and for this I am glad. The New York City of the 1980s is so utterly alien to the one I've ex ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 01, 2011
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.87
A Confederacy of Dunces hit my radar when I was about 6. My local library had a copy of it on cassette tape and I found this fascinating. Later I re-e ...more
Nov 05, 2014
Nov 07, 2014
 
Green Mars (Mars Trilogy, #2)
3.89
Green Mars extends the narrative of Red Mars with previously introduced characters driving the narrative. These characters show the effects of extreme ...more
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
 
The Scarlet Pimpernel
4.05
The Scarlet Pimpernel fits into a rare niche in my reading that is the overlap of "things that were written a century ago" and "things that are fun". ...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
Cloud Atlas is quite simply one of the best fiction books I've ever read. David Mitchell creates six connected narratives of varying degrees of tightn ...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
 
Lucifer's Hammer
3.96
Lucifer's Hammer is an amazingly well-written piece of science fiction that borders on literature. Unlike most science fiction, the characters are not ...more
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
 
Robopocalypse (Robopocalypse, #1)
3.66
My review of this book is entirely anchored in my recent consumption of World War Z, a book that covers essentially the same topic (humanity threatene ...more
Sep 18, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
 
Life of Pi
3.86
I very much enjoyed most of The Life of Pi, an exploration of how we consume and convey the experience of life and alternate ways in which we humans c ...more
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
 
The Stranger
3.92
The Stranger by Albert Camus was the book that made me give fiction a chance again after I had eaten my fill of supposed literature in 12th grade. Eve ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 29, 2011
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
The audio version of this text is done with an ensemble cast that is simply exceptional. All parts are done by skilled voice actors who do wonderful j ...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
 
A Passage to India
3.62
EM Forster is a beautiful painter of scenes and commentator on the human condition albeit with weakly drawn characters in a non-compelling narrative. ...more
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 25, 2012
 
Redshirts
3.81
Redshirts started out fast and fun but had a mediocre finish. When a book descends into mediocre metafiction I call shenanigans. The first third of th ...more
Dec 24, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
 
The Satanic Verses
3.71
The Satanic Verses is beautifully written. Salman Rushdie strings words together with a fluidity that should make most writers envious and most reader ...more
Feb 2014
Mar 21, 2014
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