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A Widow for One Year
3.72
The first couple hundred pages of the book, before it jumps forward several decades, are the most even, and it is this part of the story that is most ...more
Jul 03, 2008
May 29, 2008
 
Ron Carlson Writes a Story
4.00
A very helpful account of Carlson's writing of one of his (real, published) short stories ("The Governor's Ball"). He largely takes a play-by-play, se ...more
Jul 07, 2010
May 11, 2010
 
Batman: Dark Victory
4.11
Might have bought Robin's origin story a bit more if he stood higher than Batman's pelvis, but aside from that I enjoyed this tale of a mystery serial ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
 
Tintin in America (Tintin, #3 )
3.75
Certainly not one of the best Tintin adventures, but a fun read nonetheless. The book is essentially one long game of cat and mouse--Tintin comes to C ...more
not set
Dec 30, 2009
 
Ubik
4.09
This isn't your Grandmother's 1992. Nor is it yours.

Difficult to discuss this one without veering into spoilers. Really, your working theory of the bo
...more
Apr 29, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
 
Bright Lights, Big City
3.71
This book was much lighter in tone than I expected, but I think my expectations were probably misinformed. I mean, they did turn this into a Michael J ...more
May 06, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
 
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
3.62
Consider this 4.5 stars--loved this book. Highly recommended.

Read the book's Entertainment Weekly review after finishing this yesterday, and it compar
...more
May 18, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
 
The Sun Also Rises
3.82
Aside from The Old Man and the Sea, this is the only Hemingway novel I've read. (Never finished For Whom the Bell Tolls after starting it several year ...more
Mar 09, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
 
Just After Sunset
3.83
I'd been curious to try some of King's short fiction, so I picked up this title at the Minneapolis airport after Christmas. It was by and large a disa ...more
Feb 03, 2010
Dec 28, 2009
 
The Violent Bear It Away
4.15
The life of Francis Marion Tarwater certainly takes some monstrous, dark turns throughout the course of this novel. I can't claim to walk away from th ...more
Jun 18, 2010
May 17, 2010
 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
4.49
Out of the Harry Potter books I've read thus far, I definitely enjoyed this one the most. The third book may have been a better self-contained novel, ...more
Aug 27, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
 
Say You're One of Them
3.46
Part of me was admittedly skeptical going into this book, a recent pick for Oprah's book club, but I'm stepping away very glad to have read it. There ...more
Feb 18, 2010
Jan 04, 2010
 
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
4.15
Murakami's crafted an intriguing thought piece here, but the proceedings are overly drawn-out, and the overall novel suffers as a result. The alternat ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Dec 28, 2010
 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
4.50
Pretty much any review of this book will discuss the fact that it's mostly made up of backstory and set-up for the seventh and final book; furthermore ...more
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
 
McSweeney's #38
3.81
A lot of good content in here! I enjoyed most of the included pieces quite a bit.

Some highlights:

*Chanan Tigay's lengthy article on Arab soliders ser
...more
Dec 21, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
 
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
3.75
This was a wonderful little memoir. An easy read, so to speak, but filled with Grade-A reflections on running, writing, struggle, excellence, pain, pr ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Jun 14, 2010
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
4.43
This book ends really well, and I almost bumped my rating up to 4 stars to acknowledge that portion of the book. However...the first half of this 870- ...more
Jan 06, 2011
Nov 11, 2010
 
Woody Allen: A Biography
3.71
A thorough and fun read for any fans of Woody Allen and/or his work. Lax's writing is witty and engaging--appropriate to the subject matter at hand. H ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Oct 10, 2011
 
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores (Y: The Last Man, #10)
4.35
A powerful ending to a very worthwhile series. I found some installments of Yorick Brown's 10-volume journey to be more compelling than others, but th ...more
Dec 10, 2010
Oct 18, 2010
 
Lolita
3.87
This was a pretty incredible piece of writing, but if I'm honest...I had some trouble getting into it. Certainly one of those consistently lauded nove ...more
Apr 20, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
 
Anna Karenina
3.99
I guess I just have to admit failure with this one. This is sad for me to admit, but there's no use denying it any longer: I did not finish this book, ...more
Jan 11, 2010
Oct 08, 2008
 
Cigars of the Pharaoh (Tintin, #4)
4.03
In a lot of ways a very classic Tintin adventure--poison darts, a buried Egyptian tomb, trouble on the high seas, secret passageways, a strange cult, ...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
 
Reasons to Live
4.16
I can begin to see what the fuss is about: Amy Hempel can write.

Slowly working my way through her Collected Stories volume, and this was an amazing fi
...more
May 04, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
Pastoralia
4.12
Woah. Reading is fun again.

I'm not sure I have anything to say about Saunders that hasn't already been said, but this book was very funny, very tragic
...more
Aug 02, 2010
Nov 30, 2009
 
Life After God
3.81
That should maybe be more like 3.5 stars. There were a lot of emotions in this book, sometimes probably too many (or at least too many soggy, brazen o ...more
Jul 12, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
 
All-Star Superman, Vol. 2
4.33
A wonderful piece of work. Issue #10 is one of the best single comic issues I've ever read.

There's a remarkable sense of wonder and discovery woven t
...more
Dec 02, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
 
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
3.93
I got more out of this book when I dipped into it in small servings. Reading a marathon of chapters causes Miller's kick-back observations to fall tog ...more
Feb 15, 2009
Nov 17, 2008
 
Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted
4.17
fun.
not set
Apr 21, 2009
 
Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 4: Unstoppable
4.34
This
not set
Apr 21, 2009
 
Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 3: Torn
4.25
was
not set
Apr 21, 2009
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