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I, Lucifer
it was amazing
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
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)
it was ok
Interesting and fun setting, described by an author who obviously knows his subject. That's the end of my positives. In fact, some of the negatives ar ...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 26, 2013
This is Where I Leave You
it was ok
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
it was amazing
There is a line near the end of this book that will stick with me the rest of my life. It not only describes the entire journey of this masterpiece, b ...more
Mar 03, 2010
Feb 07, 2010
liked it
This book brought an interesting question to my mind: Do you blame bland story telling on the writer or the character when the book is told in first p ...more
Feb 24, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
Cup of Gold: A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to History
liked it
To be a fair critic of this book, you'd need to not know who the author was before you started the book. As a first book, it doesn't deserve to carry ...more
Feb 03, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses
really liked it
Do not underestimate the importance of the word "skeptic" in the title of this book. Ms. Trubek makes it very clear from the beginning of this book th ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 17, 2010
2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
it was ok
So many good plot devices, wasted on such weak characters! "Near future" science-fiction is a risky setting for any writer because so much of that fut ...more
May 17, 2011
May 15, 2011
The Outcast
it was ok
If Ian McEwen had ever been a sixteen year old girl, this is the book he would have written. A young boy loses his mother, and no one around him has ...more
Sep 2008
Feb 27, 2009
Cheri and The Last of Cheri
really liked it
On the surface, this is the melodramatic love story of a boytoy and the woman who turned him out. But go deeper, and you see that the characters are ...more
Apr 2008
Feb 27, 2009
Teleny or the Reverse of the Medal
really liked it
Did Oscar Wilde write it? Who cares? You don't read this book because you want to check another title off your "I've read everything Oscar Wilde wrote ...more
Aug 2005
Mar 29, 2009
Breaking the Chain: How I Banned Chain Restaurants From My Diet And Went From Full To Fulfilled
it was ok
Once the author has covered how difficult it is to avoid what she has defined as chain restaurants (definitely a YMMV definition), the book becomes st ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
The Alexander Cipher (Daniel Knox, #1)
it was ok
If it weren't for the very well written setting of this book, I don't think I would have finished it. But I'm a sucker for "sense of place" and Adams' ...more
May 16, 2009
Apr 24, 2009
The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear
liked it
This is the book to turn to when that little voice inside your head begins to whisper (and then shout if you let it get away with it) "You? A writer?? ...more
May 2008
Feb 27, 2009
One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie, #2)
it was ok
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
really liked it
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
liked it
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
liked it
(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
Then Came the Evening
liked it
The opening chapter for this book is a masterstroke of what I think of as "immersion fiction". The reader is dropped into the middle of a big scene wi ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
Second Star (Star Svensdotter, #1)
liked it
Stabenow builds a very interesting world where this planet has reached its sell by date and off earth stations are being built for colonization. The r ...more
Jun 25, 2012
Nov 29, 2011
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories
it was ok
audiobook read by Grover Gardiner - I'd like to be more positive about these stories, but as the collection progressed, a single, sad thought kept com ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 27, 2009
liked it
How do you judge a book that was unfinished at the time it was taken over by the editor? A book that was 40 years in the making, likely to have been p ...more
Aug 10, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
Just an Ordinary Day: The Uncollected Stories
liked it
This collection is all over the place in content and quality. It's a posthumous publication, so it's quite likely that Ms. Jackson herself would have ...more
Sep 2010
Jun 22, 2010
The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi's Venice
it was ok
I'm taking away a whole star for using Vivaldi's name in the title when he's only a reoccurring supporting character in the story. The theme of the st ...more
Jul 22, 2010
Jun 21, 2010
The Devil Amongst the Lawyers (Ballad, #8)
it was ok
So little story, so much cynicism! A young woman in a small 1930's mining town is accused of murdering her father, and reporters from "the big city" d ...more
Sep 07, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
Lake Overturn
it was amazing
Vestal McIntyre is a master of character driven fiction. I suspected as much when I read his short story collection, [You Are Not The One:], and this ...more
Nov 17, 2009
May 07, 2009
Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
it was ok
Daum writes about her escapades as a home shopper and home buyer and why that hardly ever leads to her being a home owner. The premise is interesting ...more
Jul 11, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
The Other
it was amazing
1) Actually a reread but Goodreads has simple way of recording that
2) Not true Southern Gothic because it doesn't take place in the South, but it has
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
The Stranger's Child
it was ok
Hollinghurst's ability to immerse a reader in time and place is all that kept me going to the end of this book. The selective omniscient point of view ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
Duma Key
liked it
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
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