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The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
From a hole in the ground came one of my favorite characters of all time, the very reluctant and unassuming hero, Bilbo Baggins.

As a child, The Hobbi
Jan 1982
Nov 22, 2008
Charlotte's Web
I don't give a fig if it is a kid's book, Charlotte's Web is one of the most well-crafted stories ever written. This classic children's tale deserves ...more
Jun 07, 2011
Aug 15, 2010
Robinson Crusoe
I understand it's an early novel and should be respected as a pioneer of the craft, but dang it, this is the most boring pioneer ever! Reading Robinso ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 22, 2008
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
Give me a few friends,
a stretch of pleasant hills and an ominous wood.
Let us romp in the remnants of innocence,
free of the fear coursing through the v
Jan 1983
Nov 22, 2008
My Name is Red
My Name is Red is as gorgeous as these illuminations.


The narrative flows with the weight of such a lush artistic style.


It is a dazzling brilliance tha
Nov 09, 2010
Nov 01, 2010
All Creatures Great and Small
Oh dear heavens, a cow is having a difficult birth! A cat's sick! The local lord's thorough bred has skinned its knee! To live in a world where these ...more
Jan 1999
Jun 27, 2009
Pride and Prejudice
Will I read Pride and Prejudice again? Yes, a thousand times, yes!

Near perfection! P & P is one of those rare gems that weds character, plot and l
Jan 2008
Nov 22, 2008
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Oh man, I wanted to like this soooo bad! So many people complained about it, but I misconstrued their complaints for prudishness or lord knows what. ( ...more
Jan 27, 2015
Aug 27, 2011
The Diary of a Young Girl
Ya gotta hand it to this teen girl who was writing about her life with such clarity and eloquence when her life was hanging by a thread.

I've read revi
Jan 2008
Nov 22, 2008
The Graveyard Book
I've got a doctor's appointment scheduled for Monday. Maybe I'll ask what's wrong with me, I mean, why don't I love Neil Gaiman as much as everyone el ...more
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
If the total output of your entire career should include only one thing, make it something special.

Not only was To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee's on
Jan 1986
Nov 22, 2008
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read the monumentally huge book The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done you w ...more
Dec 23, 2010
Nov 29, 2010
A Tale of Two Cities
Hands down my favorite Dickens' I've read yet! It's got love, sacrifice, revenge, revolt and other exciting verbs! I'm a big fan of a solid marriage b ...more
Dec 2008
Nov 22, 2008
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
A Game of Thrones is really good. You may not think so after reading the rest of this review, but yes, I enjoyed this book. I liken it to Tolstoy's An ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Dec 15, 2008
The Red Pony
A story about a pretty, pretty precious pony? Hurray! This is going to be giggly-joyous, laughy-good pony times!...What? It's written by John Steinbec ...more
May 22, 2014
Oct 03, 2013
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
A collection of slice-of-life short stories that mostly go nowhere and end ambiguously, and for some damn reason I loved them.

Carver gets mileage out
Jan 1994
Nov 23, 2008
Little Penis:  A Finger Puppet Parody Book
When I took Little Penis in my hands I was surprised at how hard it was. Sure it's little, but it's also thick. I'm talking about the pages, which wer ...more
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
No One Here Gets Out Alive
In the age of flower power, the Summer of Love and an era in which a generation sought peace not war, The Doors came out of the darker corners of man' ...more
Jan 1989
Nov 29, 2008
I Could Pee on This And Other Poems by Cats
This really makes you think...and wanna smoosh fuzzy faces!!! Yes, these cat-penned poems are structurally unsound (The iambic pentameter is a mess!), ...more
Sep 30, 2012
Aug 25, 2012
War and Peace


That was the one thing I thought was missing from Leo Tolstoy's title, War and Peace. I was wrong. Love is in the title, you just have to look fo
Oct 2013
Aug 27, 2011
The Swiss Family Robinson
More appropriate title suggestion: SHOOT TO KILL! A less catchy but even more precise title would be We Killed a Lot of Animals: The Story of a Family ...more
Apr 07, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
The Moon Is Down
Short and bitter sweet, The Moon is Down shows what becomes of docile countryfolk when they are invaded and subjugated.

Not sure what to expect from th
Feb 10, 2014
May 15, 2012
The Joy Luck Club
Why read The Joy Luck Club? Because sometimes one needs to get in touch with his inner Chinese feminine side.


Amy Tan's most famous book offered ample
Aug 26, 2014
Feb 22, 2012
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
David's mah dawg, yo! I love this little guy!

I always listen to him read his own stuff in audiobook form, as opposed to reading it myself. I can't do
Jul 23, 2013
Mar 28, 2013
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Don't you love it when something you've heard about for ages turns out to be really good, but in a delightfully different way than expected? ...What d ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Apr 11, 2013
Bernard Cornwell, that bastard, has written a goddamn straightforward story just enjoyable enough to get me through to the goddamn end. The bastardly ...more
Jan 06, 2010
May 17, 2009
No Country for Old Men
Wanting to give up...
Refusing to give up...
Not knowing the meaning of giving up.

When drugs and money come to a small Texas town, sheriff-about-to-reti
Jun 02, 2014
Feb 13, 2012
I thought I was going to be sick a time or two while reading, well done by you Nabokov, well done indeed!

When the reader gets so wrapped up
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 27, 2011
Go Set a Watchman
Spoiler coming up right here, so stop reading >>> Now that I know Atticus Finch turns into a racist in a book Harper Lee didn't intend to hav ...more
Jul 14, 2015
Jul 14, 2015
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
WARNING: Jennifer Lawrence is NOT in this book!


....Yah, I know, right?! What a rip-off! That delightfully precocious pixie of a full-grown girl who ma
Apr 15, 2012
Aug 29, 2011
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