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Tanuki Tango Overdrive
really liked it
I received this book almost a month ago. It landed in my mailbox wrapped in brown paper. No return address was written, however, it had my correct add ...more
Oct 05, 2016
Sep 18, 2016
The Order of Odd-Fish
it was amazing
I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into with this one, but I ended up throughly enjoying it, and now I want to meet other people who enjoyed this ...more
Feb 03, 2011
Jul 13, 2009
Written on the Body
it was amazing
This book was my first introduction to Jeanette Winterson's work. I read it in college for a class on contemporary fiction. I have to admit, I was blo ...more
Sep 2004
Feb 25, 2009
Sex Dungeon For Sale!
it was amazing
Dear Patrick Wensink -

You made me spit grape juice out of my nose on Public Transportation on the way to my day job because your short stories are so
Apr 11, 2010
Dec 02, 2009
HELP!  A Bear is Eating Me!
it was amazing
This book is rawr!

More comedy than tragedy, the main character Marv Pushkin is the biggest douche nozzle this side of the apocalypse has ever seen and
Jan 18, 2010
Oct 23, 2009
really liked it
Jeanette Winterson came to Chicago during the tour of this book. It was a very exciting reading that I will never forget. I brought my books to be sig ...more
May 2005
Feb 25, 2009
Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Volume One
it was amazing
These tales thrizzled ma nizzle fo' shizzle!


This great piece of literature is highly contagious and very humorous. I thoughly enjoyed Michael
Feb 2010
Jan 07, 2010
The Time Traveler's Wife
it was amazing
I laughed. I cried. I LOVED this book.

I'm not one for love songs or any kind of mooshy romance novels but the way Audrey Niffenegger portrays Henry an
Oct 09, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
it was amazing
Amelia Gray makes every word count. There is no filler. It's writing on a strict diet and she packs dessert into every single sentence, paragraph, pag ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 25, 2009
The Doom Magnetic! Trilogy
it was amazing
A must read.

This book was so good that I want to tell you every single little detail about why I enjoyed this book so much, but I'm not going to becau
Jul 19, 2010
Jul 01, 2010
Black Hole
it was amazing

Read this gem of a book in a little under two hours. I throughly enjoyed how Charles Burns blurs the lines between the real and the Black Hole o
Nov 21, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
You Can Make Him Like You
it was amazing
Ben Tanzer = pop culture
Ben Tanzer = PopRocks! of literature
Ben Tanzer = rock star

Ben Tanzer is all these things but most importantly a phenominal wri
May 13, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
Bite Me (A Love Story, #3)
it was amazing
I heart Abby Normal (which of course is not her real name but the one she gave herself after watching "Young Frankenstein") However, she is the most b ...more
Apr 23, 2010
Nov 06, 2009
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
liked it
This isn't the best of David Sedaris, but it also isn't his worst by a long shot.

I enjoyed how he takes the mundane every day details and spins them i
Jul 31, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability
Well researched, wonderfully poetic, and at times (the essays on Sex and Dirt) quite fierce and funny all at the same time. Even if you don't agree wi ...more
Mar 08, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
really liked it
Re-read in April 2013 for Open Books book club discussion in May.

This was my second time reading this book and again, I felt that it was very well re
not set
Jun 10, 2009
boring boring boring boring boring boring boring
it was amazing
Beautifully written, wonderful illustrated this hybrid typo-graphic novel isn't like anything I've ever read or seen before and I loved it! I would al ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
The Middlesteins
really liked it
This book is about a very flawed midwest Jewish family. The book hinges on two events; the twins b'nai mitzvah, and Edie and Richard Middlestein's thi ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
A Bomb Built in Hell: Wesley's Story
really liked it
"Andrew Vachss makes other crime novels/shows look like Teletubbies." ~ Kevin Elliot introducing Andrew Vachss at Open Books

Ok, so for two weeks leadi
Dec 07, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
The House on Mango Street
it was amazing
Beautifully written, artfully described this small book of vignettes or snapshots of Esperanza Cordero's adolescence is filled with beauty and heartac ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
Broken Bulbs
really liked it
Eddie Wright is another up and coming writer that you should keep your eye on.

This book turned out to be a wild and bizarre ride through an addicts mi
Jul 15, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
Tender as Hellfire
really liked it
Joe Meno is an amazing author. You can tell a lot about how good an author is by reading his or her first book and Tender As Hellfire has all the elem ...more
Jun 10, 2009
May 08, 2009
Follow the Money
really liked it
Raunchy, bizarre, and plain ole absurd. Follow The Money was like a gritty train wreck that you want to look away from but just can't, into the minds ...more
Aug 26, 2010
Aug 11, 2010
Death by Zamboni
really liked it
Private Eye Satan Donut goes on a treasure hunt to solve a mysterious disappearance. While he's on this fantastic voyage, a lot of very strange things ...more
Jan 26, 2010
Dec 18, 2009
The Kickstarter Letters
it was amazing
A very meta book that features a collection of 52 letters that David David Katzman wrote in stream of consciousness form, as a reward for his Kickstar ...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
How to Be Inappropriate
it was ok
I kept waiting for this book to get funny and inappropriate, but then it just ended.

My favorite essay from the book was Mooning: A Short Cultural Essa
May 02, 2012
Dec 30, 2009
This is Not a Flophouse
really liked it
This is the second book I've read from K.I. Hope and I must admit I really love the way she just serves the story up - all political, in a gritty, una ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
The Great Perhaps
liked it
Let me preface this review by saying I'm a huge fan of Joe Meno and I think it's admirable that one author can write so many different kinds of books, ...more
Jan 20, 2011
May 08, 2009
The Fifth Floor (Michael Kelly, #2)
it was ok
Ho hum, just what I was worried about, this one didn't even compare to the first book in the series. Here's why:

- There was something really off about
Apr 30, 2012
Sep 15, 2010
Miles Away... Worlds Apart
liked it
"There's the law and then there's doing what right."

Alan Sakowitz did what was right by bringing Scott Rothstein and his fraudulent practices down.

Jan 11, 2011
Nov 08, 2010
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