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Oh goodness. I feel like Dismantled is intrinsically flawed. Which is sort of a shame, because it’s a strong concept, with much potential for strong c ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
Daniel Martin
John Fowles is one of my favorite contemporary writers, and now--having read Daniel Martin--I almost regret not saving it for my last read of his. It ...more
Jun 2009
Apr 14, 2009
The Snow Garden
I want Christopher Rice to be better than he is. And really, from what I've read of his trashy bestsellers, he knows how to crank out a page turner. A ...more
Jul 05, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
Delta of Venus
I was near ready to give up on Nin's erotica about halfway through, rife though it was with the sort of kink and taboo I can almost always get behind. ...more
Jun 02, 2009
Apr 14, 2009
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
I probably need to read this again and get over myself, but as I rushed through it in a two-day period, I fell in love. I am a sucker for 1) self-abso ...more
not set
Jul 03, 2009
King John
The thing about King John that I'm not finding overtly discussed in the criticisms of the play (that I've read) is that it's essentially a comedy. Sha ...more
Mar 02, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
The Day of the Locust
I've been craving period Hollywood stories; Day of the Locust left me cold. It's clearly an outsider text: faceless failures approaching a horizon of ...more
Feb 12, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Invisible Cities
I can't say I got what I was expecting from Calvino. Based on Invisible Cities, he's not as profoundly, earth-shatteringly, achingly beautiful as ever ...more
May 22, 2009
May 15, 2009
Giovanni's Room
I had no problem being sucked in emotionally by Baldwin's tragic gay novella, but it moves so quickly to despair that it almost seems to rule out the ...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
Dubliners was the kickoff to my James Joyce summer. I'd always ignored it as a work because I'm (irrationally) biased against collections of short sto ...more
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 15, 2009
Henry VI, Part 2
2 Henry VI is too packed by far. It's dense with characters, plot, and little miniature sequences of events that could do well with the kind of expans ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2010
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I feel unqualified to comment on The Hunger Games. The franchise has reached fever pitch ubiquity this fourth week of March 2012, and I'd only chosen ...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
Henry VI, Part 1
1 Henry VI is completely ridiculous. But it shouldn't seem as daunting as it does, being as it is a populist crowd-pleaser about England's noble trium ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2010
Henry VI, Part 3
Characters finally start developing personalities in 3 Henry VI. The basically exiled King, useless even on the battle-field, where his wife and son d ...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
Love's Labor's Lost
I like Love's Labour's Lost a good deal, but it is a slog. It's full of outdated puns and wordplay and plays on wordplay and satire on rhetorical form ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2010
Richard III
Richard III elevates itself higher than the previous installments in the first tetralogy precisely because it escapes the binding vise of history. The ...more
Mar 02, 2010
Feb 26, 2010
Under the Dome
So this was actually pretty awesome. I read the last 500 pages in like a two-day period. And that's what Stephen King is good for: the well-manufactur ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 18, 2010
Okay, so I won this in the First Reads giveaways, and I was pretty excited about it because free things are ten times better by virtue of free, and I' ...more
Jun 12, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Proteus could not have been better named. Is The Two Gentlemen of Verona a sly comment on how stupidly changeable young lovers can be? If it is, Julia ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2010
The Comedy of Errors
What do I like about The Comedy of Errors It's mercifully short, economical, and works very well on the stage. Lots of farcical laughs, though the shi ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2010
Portnoy's Complaint
I hadn't read much early Roth, and was mostly struck by monologue nature of Complaint. It's one long rant, essentially. Or a joke (with one stinger of ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
The Line of Beauty
I felt a burden of self-inflicted pressure to love The Line of Beauty, and Hollinghurst largely did not disappoint. The truth is: there's a sad dearth ...more
Nov 08, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
Worth the slog. And by "slog" I mean Book II of Fire and Ice, not the one at hand, which is rich with payoff, sadism and revelation. And if you happen ...more
Jun 10, 2011
May 20, 2011
White Noise
I really do love DeLillo. And White Noise is just as eerily prophetic as everyone would have you think: as an American society, we're absolutely cresc ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
What Makes Sammy Run?
Schulberg hits on something really archetypal here. He chronicles the rise of fictional film mogul who's part C. F. Kane and part Howard Hughes, from ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
This book is always going to feel like a piece of me. It has a very particular resonance, of course, for artists and agnostics, being primarily about ...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 15, 2009
Solar Lottery
Fairly decent early PKD. I don't find the philosophy behind this particular world entirely convincing; social positions are semi-feudal, benefits and ...more
Aug 17, 2014
Aug 17, 2014
The Ebony Tower
I don't know what my issue was here, but reading this felt like a plodding chore. Fowles' prose is still a delight, but I don't know if his storytelli ...more
Jul 02, 2009
May 24, 2009
The Taming of the Shrew
Whatever. The Shrew is totally great. But everyone has a different reading of this play, and you see what you want to see and ignore the rest. I look ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2010
The Book Thief
my friend Lisa left this in my hands before she took off for Orlando. she'd just finished it and was wildly enthusiastic. we shall see.

okay, so I had
Oct 16, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
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