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The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
4.42
I never read biographies and only read memoirs on occasion. Reading these letters I realize why: so much more interesting to read the story of a life...more
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Feb 02, 2011
 
Lives, Vol 1
4.05
I only read a little, was looking for myth of Isis and Osiris. What I found was also the insane 80 year saga of episodic battles between Horus and Set...more
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Apr 18, 2010
 
Desperate Characters
3.87
Just re-read this because I'll be introducing Fox at a reading during BEA week. I got to interview her when it was released in 1999. She is full of ki...more
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May 14, 2011
 
How Should a Person Be?
3.16
Really loved this. It's narcissistic, brutal, also charming. Such a terrific shame it's not yet available in a US edition. You can get it from the pub...more
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Feb 11, 2011
 
The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man
3.79
I read this every year for teaching. It is a delight and full of tricks you might adopt in your on efforts at scamming money out of strangers. Also, t...more
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Dec 05, 2010
 
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales
3.62
Poking around in this, really enjoying it so far. I like that each author explains the genesis of their story. I've been seeing this in anthologies la...more
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Dec 05, 2010
 
The Instructions
4.07
Terrific, weird. Written in the Messianic Tense. I am curious what other people think of this one. I've heard some scoffing, in the 'wanna-be-DFW' vei...more
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Nov 13, 2010
 
Finch (Ambergris, #3)
3.97
Went on a scifi tangent. This is weirdly compelling, for me, it's mostly the descriptions of the fungal nature of the ruined world.
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Apr 18, 2010
 
Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney
3.90
I am not sure this would get four stars in the abstract, but I read it in Orkney, and that changes everything. Viking drama.
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May 14, 2011
 
Jane Eyre
4.07
I have to admit that I pulled this off the shelf and read it after seeing the movie preview.
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Mar 10, 2011
 
Tinkers
3.34
It gets all gorgeous delusional surreal in the middle, just when I was about to put it down.
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May 16, 2010
 
The Success of Open Source
3.86
totally useful if you need to understand this stuff (not just software, whole ethos)
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May 16, 2010
 
Zazen
3.65
Some gorgeous writing in this. Vegans at the end of the world. With bombs.
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Mar 10, 2011
 
Averno
4.13
Stunning. Death and love. What else is there, really.
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Dec 05, 2010
 
Time Out of Joint
3.81
The ususal: fascinating ideas, painfully written.
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Dec 05, 2010
 
Burley Cross Postbox Theft
3.47
Very cool iPhone thing with audio.
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Nov 13, 2010
 
C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy
3.77
Hard hitting, scary.
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Nov 13, 2010
 
Invisible Man
3.79
Second read.
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Nov 13, 2010
 
Impostors: Six Kinds of Liar
3.14
Good stories
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Dec 05, 2010
 
Tales of Hoffmann
4.07
Wack. Wonderful.
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Dec 05, 2010
 
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (The Best American Series (R))
3.96
Great story by my college friend Brendan Matthews (also all the other ones too).
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Nov 13, 2010
 
No Lease on Life
3.61
I really love Tillman's detachment, both the narrator and the central character are deliciously clinical here.
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May 14, 2011
 
Going Down
3.58
strange how no one finishes their sentences. when the racy middle was over, i didn't care how it ended.
Sep 2007
Sep 10, 2007
 
Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century
4.31
brilliant. full of handy marginal notes like, "and that was innovative too."
May 2007
Sep 10, 2007
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
3.78
Terrific conceit. He's expanding this into a novel. Can't wait.
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Dec 05, 2010
 
The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses
4.29
total nonsense but full of evocative, useful phrases
Jul 2007
Sep 10, 2007
 
Ubik
4.09
i just read this again
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Sep 10, 2007
 
The Double
3.78
tedious, beautiful
Aug 2007
Sep 10, 2007
 
Twilight Sleep
3.52
at her snarky best
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May 16, 2010
 
Slouching Toward Bethlehem
4.26
None
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Sep 10, 2007
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