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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
3.77
The subtitle is "The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." Aslan's depiction of the life of Jesus is (and can only be, by his own admission) conjectur ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
 
Revival
3.81
Reading a lot of Stephen King is like watching someone blow up a balloon. Sometimes they begin with a huge breath that fills it up most of the way, fo ...more
Dec 2014
Nov 19, 2014
 
Gone Girl
3.95
If you really would have liked The War of The Roses (the Michael Douglas / Kathleen Turner tale of what marriage can become) but thought it was too op ...more
May 15, 2014
May 02, 2014
 
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
3.79
**spoiler alert** Two things disturbed me about the book:
1. Early on, Robin complains that she breaks a fingernail. The number of things wrong with th
...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
 
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)
4.11
When I started Doctor Sleep, I figured it would be like a lot of King's work: three-quarters of a fantastic book, wrapped up with an ending that didn' ...more
Oct 2013
Sep 24, 2013
 
The Devil All the Time
4.07
Remember my review of Crooked Little Vein, Warren Ellis' abyssmal attempt to capture the dark underbelly of America? Donald Ray Pollock's The Devil Al ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
The Unknowns
3.51
If you imagine Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy, only with an actual nerd as the protagonist instead of Ben Affleck, and a much more nuanced and less chauvin ...more
Jul 22, 2013
Jul 17, 2013
 
NOS4A2
4.04
All the build-up tension and terror of your normal Stephen King novel, with an ending that doesn't involve a Deus Ex Machina of space aliens or psychi ...more
Apr 29, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
 
Saga, Volume 1 (Saga #1-6)
4.39
It's always hard to rate graphic novels--do you compare them to other graphic novels (this is light years ahead of your ordinary "let's solve our prob ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 31, 2014
 
X-Men: Days of Future Past
4.15
The book comprises several stories: 1. The entire history of the X-Men from inception to the 1980s, which is unnecessary, repetitive, and culminates i ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 06, 2014
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.40
It's interesting to see themes as complex as media culture, propaganda, and commercialism put into a young adult novel. It's not perfect, but in terms ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.01
You know how in Michael Crighton's work, there's a cool (if implausible) scientific setup, a load of action set pieces, and then towards the end a com ...more
Dec 22, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.72
In which Dan Brown teaches us the heartwarming lesson that even people with severe mental disabilities can become professors of symbology at Harvard.
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Apr 16, 2009
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.04
By turns horrific, hilarious, and profoundly moving, The Orphan Master's Son is both an expansive novel of adventure and a meditation on the transfor ...more
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
 
Basic Training
3.46
Reading this very early Vonnegut piece gives one hope: The writer who turned out this mediocre-at-best novella full of stock characters, cliched situa ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
 
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
3.80
Spot-on evocations of the troubles of a post-segregation south and what it's like to be a nerd (a real nerd, not someone who likes that movie everyone ...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
 
Live and Let Die
3.62
It was $1.99 on Amazon a couple of weeks ago, and since I'd never read an actual Ian Fleming James Bond novel, I figured it was a reasonable way to br ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
 
To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure
4.03
It's no small feat to turn what's arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy (though my preference is for King Lear) into a sprawling adventure, but To B ...more
Aug 15, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
 
A Voice in the Box
3.48
A Voice in the Box has plenty of fun and interesting anecdotes, but there are two things that bother me:
Edwards has an axe to grind with NPR. It's ju
...more
Mar 2012
Sep 04, 2011
 
Under the Dome
3.89
As metaphor for the US under the Bush administration, with manufactured threats and vast, tragic loss of innocent life, Under The Dome mostly succeeds ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
 
The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)
4.09
If you crossed X-Men with Harry Potter with Men in Black with Ghostbusters with Memento, you'd get close to the sum of the influences of The Rook. Wai ...more
Sep 07, 2013
Aug 28, 2013
 
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
3.94
You know the way Empire surpasses Star Wars, the way Spider-Man 2 surpasses Spider-Man? The Twelve doesn't do that.

At the same time, the book's got so
...more
Jan 10, 2013
Dec 22, 2012
 
The Goldfinch
3.88
The Goldfinch is a wonderful tale of intrigue in the art world, punctuated by long passages of the main character feeling sorry for himself over the c ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Dec 13, 2013
 
Salvage the Bones
3.78
This is a fantastic portrait of life among the gulf coast poor, beautifully written, and painstaking in its authenticity. The climactic hurricane (I'm ...more
Dec 13, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
The Sisters Brothers
3.83
It's by turns a dark comedy, a grand adventure novel, a treatise on technology and labor, with moments of lyric beauty. The comparisons to Portis' Tru ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
 
Redshirts
3.81
A really good book,with vestiges of Tom Stoppard and Charlie Kauffman's best-known works. It would have been great, only Scalzi writes each character ...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
 
Anathem
4.16
Anathema is in many ways a monomyth, like Harry Potter or The Matrix or Kung-Fu Panda or any of a thousand other stories, but it finds itself bogged d ...more
Mar 31, 2013
Apr 16, 2009
 
11/22/63
4.25
Like much of King's work, there's an excellent narrative, vivid (but not overblown) discriptions, and great insight into character. Unfortunately, lik ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
 
Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)
3.70
It was generally pretty good, until the line about how awesome James Bond felt about raping ladies. Look, I understand. Current literary theory paints ...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
 
Crooked Little Vein
3.82
Five years ago when Crooked Little Vein came out the internet was abuzz with folks tripping over themselves in order to praise Warren Ellis for his ed ...more
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Apr 16, 2009
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