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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
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)
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
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
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
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Dec 17, 2007
Demon Camp: A Soldier's Exorcism
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
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
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
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Aug 26, 2012
The Happy Mutant Handbook
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
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
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
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
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May 29, 2012
It Chooses You
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
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
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May 28, 2012
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
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
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Jan 11, 2012
What Dreams May Come
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
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Nov 11, 2012
Super Sad True Love Story
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
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
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May 29, 2012
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
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Feb 22, 2009
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
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
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
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
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Mar 30, 2014
Binary Star
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
A beautifully performative piece of non-fiction that recreates the story of Oxycontin's epidemic spread and the corporate drug dealer's rise.
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May 31, 2015
Naturalism applied to war results in one of the more accurate depictions of the moments that define a soldier's experience.
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Dec 19, 2013
Watership Down
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
Totes fun, and I appreciated the historical / journalistic format. A unicorn in a sea of, well, zombies.
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Nov 18, 2012
When Gravity Fails (Marîd Audran #1)
An excellent and stand-out example of 1980's cyberpunk at its height.
Jan 1994
Sep 30, 2011
The Sound and the Fury
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
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