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This is Where I Leave You
Tropper is a talented writer. His previoous books prove that. Unfortunately, in this book, you can see him trying to prove it. There are some passages ...more
Aug 29, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
I, Lucifer
Very funny, very intelligent and very original! The tag-line for this book (when did books start having tag-lines, anyway?) is "Finally, the other sid ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Feb 27, 2009
One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie, #2)
Atkinson uses the same story telling technique that worked so well in "Case Histories" - several mysteries unravel at the same time with characters sl ...more
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 12, 2010
Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry
A very good set of short stories with a terribly incorrect description here on Goodreads. The idea of "romantic love" enters into a couple of the stor ...more
Jan 05, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
The 19th Wife
I wanted to like the mystery/contemporary half of this story as much as I enjoyed the historical fiction, but as the pages turned, I found myself more ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
The Bird Room: A Novel
(Discosure: I received this book for free through the Goodreads First Reads Program)

What started out as a really good dark humor story devolved into a
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
Duma Key
Audiobook read by John Slattery - First, the negative. Stephen King still suffers from what I call SKS, a malady I named for him because he was the fi ...more
Apr 15, 2008
Feb 27, 2009
Kill Your Darlings
A one hit wonder author plagiarizes a student's work to put himself back on the publishing A-List. That's the short summary. To include every thing el ...more
May 2006
Mar 01, 2009
The Echo Maker
Part medical mystery, part thriller, part (very) contemporary literature, and 100% metaphor for how much 9/11 changed the world means there is a lot ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 01, 2009
Gods Behaving Badly
It's a setting that just full of possibilities: the Greek Gods of Olympus are still around and most of the principles are living in a rundown house in ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 27, 2009
The Year of Living Philosophically
Quick fun read that relies a little too heavily on the serendipity of the Dave Gardner, the main character, meeting up with a retired philosophy profe ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
You Are Not a Stranger Here
All of the stories in this collection deal with characters that are suffering emotionally. Sometimes, it is because of psychosis - in The Volunteer a ...more
Mar 2006
Mar 01, 2009
This is a novel with a great idea for a plot suffering from multiple genre disorder. Is it farce? Comedy? Literary fiction? It's possible for a book t ...more
May 15, 2008
Feb 27, 2009
Speaking With the Angel
A collection of short stories written by friends of Nick Hornby at his request to raise money for an autism education program in England (and in the U ...more
May 2008
Feb 27, 2009
I was hoping for something beyond a "coming of age" plot from this winner of the 2008 LAMBDA Fiction for Young Adults, and I wasn't too disappointed. ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 27, 2009
Waking the Dead
Now I understand why so many people appreciate Scott Spencer's work. Thanks to a user on LJ for recommending I try again after my disappointment with ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 27, 2009
Specimen Days
audiobook read by Alan Cumming - What a magical thing it would be to spend a day inside Michael Cunningham's head as he observes the world around him ...more
Jun 2008
Feb 27, 2009
Light at Dusk: A Novel
Set in a Paris, populated with Americans, this is a story about what the word home can mean to different people. There is the French Front, so intent ...more
Sep 2008
Mar 09, 2009
The Guardians
Whenever I read a story told in the form of characters getting their own chapters to tell their versions of overlapping events, I hold that story to a ...more
Jan 15, 2008
Feb 27, 2009
A Prisoner of Birth
Audiobook read by Roger Allum - The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books of all time. I re-read it every couple years, and if I stumble a ...more
May 2008
Feb 27, 2009
Carrying the Torch: Stories
I knew Brock Clarke was a better writer than one would think from reading An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England! This collection of sho ...more
May 14, 2009
May 14, 2009
Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
This time around, Dresden goes in search of a very well known and very investigated sacred relic of the Roman Catholic church. That means Michael and ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 27, 2009
The Gathering
When any group of adult siblings reunite, for any reason, wounds are reopened. When it's a very large family (in this book, eleven brothers and sister ...more
Oct 15, 2007
Feb 27, 2009
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
What impressed me most about the book was the author's ability with first person narrative. The entire book is a one sided dialog between a young Paki ...more
Oct 19, 2007
Feb 27, 2009
The Ruins
I wanted to like this book as much as I liked Smith's A Simple Plan, but this book simply isn't as well written, imo. The setting is interesting, the ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 03, 2009
Blue Shoe
Having recommended Lamott's Bird by Bird Some Instructions on Writing and Life to just about every person I've ever spoken with about writing, I reali ...more
Sep 10, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
On the surface, this is a novel about a man who sees something unusual at his new job in a funeral home and the turmoil it causes for people in his li ...more
Dec 2007
Feb 27, 2009
The Secret Miracle: The Novelist's Handbook
This is as much a book for fans of writing as it is a book for aspiring authors. A series of questions are posed to a large (unwieldy if you don't rec ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
The Columbus Affair
There's multiple plot lines woven together to make a rich and fascinating story, and then there's multiple plot lines knotted and twisted in a snarl t ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
Vernon God Little
A very dark comedy about the fallout from a high school massacre in a small town in Texas. The narrator, a witness and the only friend of the shooter ...more
Aug 2006
Mar 01, 2009
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