cover title author avg rating rating my rating review Down arrow date read date added
 
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
3.91
De Bernieres style falls between Vonnegut and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and if that doesn't make your head spin and pants feel hot then I don't know wha ...more
Apr 08, 2008
Apr 08, 2008
 
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
4.10
I probably should have learned long before the ripe old age I was at when I finally picked up American Gods that when an army of fanboys and girls bar ...more
Jan 22, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
 
The Coma
3.30
It must be difficult for Alex Garland to see the majority of praise for this book pertain to "how fast of a read it was." This point is even emblazone ...more
Dec 23, 2008
Dec 25, 2008
 
Fraud: Essays
3.81
One thing needs to happen before I can say I like David Rakof without wincing:

Some kind hearted thief needs to steal the man's thesaurus. I'm all for
...more
not set
Dec 17, 2007
 
Demon Camp: A Soldier's Exorcism
3.41
Where George Saunders is a candidate for consideration as this generation's Vonnegut, so's Percy for Joan Didion after writing this one. Her observanc ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
 
House of Leaves
4.15
Like most instances of a work that's comprised of two narratives, there's one here that's more interesting than the other. In this case for me it was ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 25, 2008
 
Scorch Atlas
3.73
Imagine it's your first time at a broadway musical when the opening number goes off, overwhelming your senses with lights and music and lots of people ...more
not set
Aug 26, 2012
 
The Happy Mutant Handbook
4.04
Man, it's weird going back to publications that were all about how being technologically cutting-edge led to some kind of marginal anti-establishment ...more
Jan 1999
Dec 16, 2010
 
Madeleine is Sleeping
3.51
There were a thousand ways this book could have plunged into preciousness, and at times came dangerously close. The unfortunate regularity with which ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Sep 15, 2012
 
My Week at the Blue Angel: Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas
3.70
When a prostitute asks the author if he's lost, and he alleges to reply, "no more than most," the problem of the book starts to sound is name: insecur ...more
Aug 24, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
 
The Vietnam Wars 1945-1990
3.81
Some very interesting work here representing the conflicts from a political and policy perspective on both sides, but Young's voice had the snotty ind ...more
not set
May 29, 2012
 
It Chooses You
3.83
As big a fan of Miranda July as the next art fag, this was the first piece of expression she's made that's made me like her less. It's meandering and ...more
Mar 24, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
 
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
4.32
Beyond due diligence was paid here. The interview subjects' voices come through clear and full of the unintentional poetry the candid comment can carr ...more
not set
May 28, 2012
 
Dispatches
4.23
I've never read a memoir written in such an unrelenting, stream of conscious style before. It's like Kerouac on PTSD with no love or time for poetry. ...more
Apr 07, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
 
Pudd'nhead Wilson
3.74
Twain wrote a Shakespearian-esque tragedy for the 1800's, rich with dark humor, an abollitionist's contempt, and biting social commentary. His villian ...more
not set
Jan 11, 2012
 
What Dreams May Come
3.94
Throughout all the vague allusions to Dante mixed with early pop psychology, the most disturbing part of the book is the protagonist's savior complex ...more
not set
Nov 11, 2012
 
Super Sad True Love Story
3.44
Shteyngart has succeeded in writing the Brave New World for the Facebook generation, and done so with a horrifying clarity and plausibility. At the sa ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Dec 23, 2010
 
A Lie of the Mind
3.86
Out and out my favorite Shepard play, and I'm a big Shepard fan. He should be credited for coining the phrase, "lie of the mind," as this is the best ...more
not set
May 29, 2012
 
Watchmen
4.32
This is one of the most disturbing visions of humanity I have ever read, and it's because I can't think of any reason why it isn't accurate. Being Ala ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Cruddy
4.14
Cannot recommend the reading of this enough, if only because it's one of the works and collections of imagery that keeps coming back to me. It's a bra ...more
Jan 2002
Dec 02, 2011
 
Play It as It Lays
3.87
While the main character is just as unsympathetic as Joan Didion warns us she will be in the first pages, this book still shines as a pinnacle of conc ...more
Oct 14, 2008
Aug 20, 2008
 
Love Me
3.24
It's amazing what fame can do for an author. If an emerging writer debuted with a novel as frightened, indulgent, and often painfully cliche'd as this ...more
Aug 2010
Oct 17, 2008
 
Mark Twain's Burlesque Autobiography; and, First Romance
2.97
The fact people are out there who, "don't get it," is proof the story and its writer were ahead of their time to such a degree that we may still not h ...more
not set
Mar 30, 2014
 
Binary Star
3.42
A generational snapshot that has echos of Fight Club and Catcher in the Rye if they'd had female protagonists and an extreme endurance for self-examin ...more
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015
 
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
4.11
A beautifully performative piece of non-fiction that recreates the story of Oxycontin's epidemic spread and the corporate drug dealer's rise.
not set
May 31, 2015
 
Matterhorn
4.27
Naturalism applied to war results in one of the more accurate depictions of the moments that define a soldier's experience.
not set
Dec 19, 2013
 
Watership Down
4.03
This is a great example of how to write a philosophical epic without reminding the reader of it every other page.
Jan 2005
Dec 16, 2010
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.00
Totes fun, and I appreciated the historical / journalistic format. A unicorn in a sea of, well, zombies.
not set
Nov 18, 2012
 
When Gravity Fails (Marîd Audran #1)
3.96
An excellent and stand-out example of 1980's cyberpunk at its height.
Jan 1994
Sep 30, 2011
 
The Sound and the Fury
3.85
I hate to describe a book as being "difficult," but it's obviously part of the Faulkner plan with this four part / perspective story. It can't not be ...more
Jul 31, 2008
Jun 27, 2008
Rss
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8