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God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Let me begin this review by telling you that I'm an atheist. In fact, I'm with Douglas Adams in calling myself a "radical atheist", just to make sure...more
Sep 20, 2009
Sep 16, 2010
American Gods
"Read Gaiman!" they say. "I can't believe you've never read Gaiman! You have GOT TO read Gaiman!" "Gaiman is SUCH an important part of popular culture...more
Sep 2007
Jul 01, 2008
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impres...more
Jun 2006
Jul 14, 2007
The Brief History of the Dead
Here's the story how I came by the best book I read in 2007:

So I'm standing at King's Cross station, waiting for a friend of mine to arrive by train....more
Jun 08, 2007
Mar 01, 2008
Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
**spoiler alert** This is one of the handful of books I have read where I have read the ending first. See, Marley and Me is a book about a dog. And bo...more
Jun 2006
Jul 14, 2007
The Catastrophist
First I'm going to tell you what the Financial Times has to say about this book:

"Bennett's writing is as lush and sensual as ripe mangos... The tone,...more
Feb 14, 2008
Feb 12, 2008
The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific
Ah, Theroux! How much do I love Theroux?

This is one of my favourite books by him, not only because of where he is traveling. I know, many readers don...more
Sep 2005
Jul 01, 2008
The Coma
The Coma was on the bargain table at Chapters when it caught my eye. Alex Garland, I said to myself. Isn't that the guy who wrote The Beach? Yes, he i...more
Mar 2006
Jul 14, 2007
Origins (Supernatural Graphic Novel, #1)

Ok, so I'm not a comics fan. I like exactly three kinds of comics: Donald Duck, Peanuts and Calvin &...more
Apr 27, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
Der mit den Pferden spricht
As a horse owner, I have a HUGE problem with so-called "gurus". I've seen to many people who follow one guru this week, the next one next week, all wi...more
Jan 1997
Jul 01, 2009
Moon Palace
So there is that guy who grows up, moves to New York and then ends up living in Central Park for a while.

Doesn't sound interesting? Yep, I admit I wou...more
Mar 2007
Mar 02, 2008
Die Vermessung der Welt
Daniel Kehlmann's Measuring the World was one of my birthday presents last year, and I waited almost a year to finally read it. Even though it had bee...more
Jan 2008
Feb 01, 2008
It Must've Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything
It Must Have Been Something I Ate is another typical case of me being left unattended in a book store. It, too, was on the bargain table. It had a dog...more
Feb 2006
Jul 14, 2007
An Accidental Cowboy
If you've been following my reviews for a while, you might have noticed that I'm a huge fan of tv shows. All sorts of tv shows, old and new ones.

Feb 07, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
So, me and Paul Theroux, we have this thing going on. He writes, I read, and I love what I read. It's a love affair, really, albeit a very one-sided o...more
Dec 28, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
Bruce Chatwin
Nicholas Shakespeare's biography of Bruce Chatwin, praised as "one of the most beautifully written, painstakingly researched and cleverly constructed...more
Jun 2005
Jul 14, 2007
Sniper One: On Scope and Under Siege with a Sniper Team in Iraq
Oh, what to say, what to say?

I'm sure by now you've figured out that I'm in one of my "military book" phases. It'll pass, don't worry, but for now thi...more
Jan 20, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal
Yes, I'm a rabid fangirl, and yes, I completely loved this book. Hell, I'll take every bit of additional canon that I get my hands on, because this sh...more
Apr 30, 2009
Apr 26, 2009
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)
I don't think there's anything left to say about this book. Yes, I read it, too, (more than once), and yes, I loved it, and yes, I can quote huge part...more
Jan 1995
Jun 28, 2009
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Now, this was a strange book. It is told by a first-person narrator who is autistic. Christopher, 15 years old, one night finds his neighbour's dead d...more
Jun 2005
Jul 14, 2007
Jihad!: The Secret War in Afghanistan
So, this was funny.

I was going to write a review that something like this:

"Carew starts off with an insightful, yet not in any way new, essay about th...more
Jul 21, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
High Season in Nice: How One French Riviera Town Has Seduced Travellers for Two Thousand Years
Since I spent a few weeks in Nice every summer, I'm always looking for "new" books about the city or the region ("new" obviously refering to books I h...more
Sep 15, 2010
Sep 15, 2010
Der Klang der Zeit
Important Service Announcement:

I read the first 100 or something pags of this yesterday and decided not to continue.
*does not panic*

Yes, I...more
Jul 10, 2008
Jul 06, 2008
Weißes Wasser
I'm sure this novel was aiming for something deep. Psychological conflict, small groups of strangers in dangerous situation yada yada. Whatever it was...more
Oct 29, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
Gebrauchsanweisung für Nizza und die Cote d'Azur
Ok, who allowed that guy to write?

This is easily one of the worst books I've ever read. Mr. Rosteck can't write. There's no way of saying this nicely,...more
Sep 2009
Jul 01, 2009
Die unendliche Geschichte
It's hard to describe what this book meant to me. I was in third grade when I first read it, and from then on, I continued to read it at least once a...more
Jan 1987
Jul 01, 2009
Madame Bovary
I spend a summer in France once, taking private French lessons (and I only wish they had been as dirty as what you are thinking now), in a desperate (...more
Jan 1993
Jun 28, 2009
Miss Elva
This was a strange book. I honestly don't know what to say about it, because I still don't really think I know what's going on. Yes, of course I under...more
Feb 2008
Feb 18, 2008
The Places in Between
After I read quite a few negative reviews of this book, I really wanted to like it. I tend to be a bit critical towards other people's opinions of tra...more
Oct 08, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
Canal Dreams
Another 1 Euro book that I bought because of the cover and because I cannot resist bargain books.

I practically inhaled the first half of this book, ma...more
Jan 2008
Feb 01, 2008
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