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Cold Copper Tears (Garrett P.I., #3)
Jacob convinced me to give the third book in the series a shot, and I'm glad that I did because it is better than the first two and gives Garrett some ...more
Feb 2014
Mar 02, 2014
Cruel Zinc Melodies (Garrett P.I., #12)
The extra star is because this culminates in an amazing moment, which really hit me -- and probably did harder than most because all the previous book ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 13, 2014
Whispering Nickel Idols (Garrett P.I., #11)
One of the best so far. Cook is smoothing out some of the rougher, sillier edges and going for a little more depth, and that's working for me.
Apr 2014
Apr 10, 2014
The Warden
It's a slim little novel that is bound to seem weird to modern readers what with its authorial interjections, and made up names (Sir Abraham Haphazard ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 09, 2010
Something Fresh (Blandings Castle, #1)
Delightful. I suppose that's a cliched adjective to describe Wodehouse's work. And, you know, it wasn't quite as witty as I thought it would be. The f ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 08, 2009
The Route
Note: this is one of the novels I'm reading as a voter for the Whitney Awards. My rating and review may or may not be indicative of how I will cast my ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 23, 2010
The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
Excellent reporting, but genius writing. A truly gripping read that ends being somehow more important and more affecting than would think, considering ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 21, 2011
Garrett For Hire
Uneven, which means I'm not going to attempt to assign stars.

Deadly Quicksilver Lies features one of the more intriguing villains of the series; howe
Apr 2014
Apr 05, 2014
The Ask
It is what the reviews say it is: a darkly funny albeit profane, vulgar and very, very bitter tour de force satire. There are lines that are hilarious ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 02, 2011
Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)
Having all the short Jeeves and Wooster stories together means that you notice the formula more as you get to the end. On the other hand, the resoluti ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 16, 2011
Thank You, Jeeves (Jeeves, #5)
It's unfortunate that so much of the plot (and a little bit of the humor) relies on the use of blackface. And that's all there really is to say -- it' ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
Piccadilly Jim
Most excellent and one would guess that it's a major favorite of George Will what with all the baseball love and the presence of the word pugilism in ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 23, 2009
The Death of a Disco Dancer
Perfectly captures what it's like to be an almost-12-year-old Mormon boy in the American West of the late 1970s/early 1980s. A very good first novel, ...more
Jan 2012
Dec 23, 2011
Raising Steam
I had to sit on this one for awhile because of its unusual structure and plot shape. It relies heavily on us bringing our existing knowledge of the ch ...more
Mar 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Quite charming and funny. I think it confuses people who either want it to be more shallow or dark or jokey. But for those of us who appreciate down-t ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 18, 2012
Gilded Latten Bones (Garrett P.I., #13)
Probably problematic if you had to wait awhile for it come out and read it without the previous books fresh in your mind, but because I had read all o ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 21, 2014
Snuff (Discworld, #39)
It's Vimes. It's funny. It's trenchant cultural commentary. It's a rollicking plot. It's cameos. It's a solid Discworld book and those who say otherwi ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Sweet Silver Blues (Garrett P.I., #1)
Entertaining and funny. Very noir in its approach to female characters. Fairly intricate plot.

Not as delectable a combination of fantasy, mystery, no
Feb 2014
Feb 24, 2014
Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (Jeeves, #11)
Although the plot twists don't delight in quite the same way as other Jeeves and Wooster stories, the use of language is so delightful and cunning and ...more
Jun 2011
May 30, 2011
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
I liked the first 20%. But I'm afraid this falls exactly into that category of "on the surface right in my wheelhouse, but in execution exactly what I ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 21, 2014
Attempting Normal
I enjoyed Attempting Normal. But I also think it's hard to see who this book would be of interest to. Fans of Maron's stand up and podcast already kno ...more
Jun 2013
Mar 10, 2013
I have waited awhile to see if I truly wanted to give Sharps five stars. I do. For me, it was the perfect blend of dark humor, action, characterizatio ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 30, 2012
First Among Sequels (Thursday Next, #5)
The premise hasn't yet worn thin for me, but it does take more to surprise. I like the aging of Thursday, the idea of locating this novel within the d ...more
Aug 28, 2008
Aug 15, 2008
The Outsorcerer's Apprentice (YouSpace, #3)
It gets much better towards the end, but it takes much too long to get there. I also think that Holt should have dialed back the number of POV charact ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 07, 2014
Bitter Gold Hearts (Garrett P.I., #2)
I'm starting to buy that the sexism is intentional.
Mar 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Do Butlers Burgle Banks?
Amusing with an appropriately complicated (yet simple) plot, but a bit lacking in wit and I wasn't really charmed by the main characters. Probably wou ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 15, 2009
Red Iron Nights (Garrett Files, #6)
Some great the Dead Man moments in this one.
Mar 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Dread Brass Shadows (Garrett Files, #5)
Some really great converging plot lines in this one.
Mar 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Some very funny moments. Love some (but not all) of Sedaris' use of language. Discovered that I don't like essays that are as tidy as these (and most ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 09, 2012
Angry Lead Skies (Garrett P.I., #10)
I know that it's the point, but so, so silly.
Apr 2014
Apr 06, 2014
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