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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
Crazy Rich Asians
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 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
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
Cup of Gold
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
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
The Outcast
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
2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
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
Breaking the Chain: How I Banned Chain Restaurants From My Diet And Went From Full To Fulfilled
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
Teleny or the Reverse of the Medal
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
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
The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear
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
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
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories
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
Then Came the Evening: A Novel
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)
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
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 Devil Amongst the Lawyers (Ballad, #8)
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
The Other
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
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
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
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
A historical fiction cozy with a child sleuth who doesn't have any special powers beyond her own intellect - now that's an original idea for a book! B ...more
Apr 20, 2010
Apr 04, 2010
I liked the canon that Bear created for this long bit of science fiction, and that's what kept me reading despite the too obvious attempts to write an ...more
Oct 2007
Feb 27, 2009
I loved this book! It's funny but not fluffy, smart but not academic, and full of interesting characters and details. A slightly geeky but very endea ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 03, 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
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
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
City of Thieves
A coming of age historical fiction set during the siege of Leningrad (late 1941). Lev, the young man (who we know lives through his ordeal because the ...more
Jul 11, 2010
Jun 17, 2010
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