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The Invisible Bridge
I have a theory about why some people love this book and others, myself included, struggled to slog through it. First, I think it depends on your pers ...more
Apr 27, 2011
Jan 11, 2011
The Divine Comedy
I finished it! Someone, bring me my medal...

the Inferno is Hieronymus Bosch with words
the Inferno is Hieronymus Bosch with words

A few caveats to this review: I am not a theologian, philosopher
Sep 29, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
The Goldfinch
First, I just want to say I <3 all my GR friends! I know so many of you liked this. I read The Goldfinch and I can see the draw, but my cynical sid ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
"It was almost midnight when we reached the front door of Bea's house [...] The night porter hung about, smirking at us, obviously indifferent to my f ...more
Aug 09, 2013
Mar 06, 2010
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
I began this book because I liked the concept: a nurse in post-war 1945 warps backwards in time to 1743 Scotland where she finds love and adventure in ...more
Dec 11, 2006
Jun 27, 2009
Under the Volcano
Why am I here, says the silence, what have I done, echoes the emptiness, why have I ruined myself in this willful manner, chuckles the money in the ti ...more
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
The Club Dumas
This was a very odd book unlike anything I've ever read. Fortunately, it was a very intriguing odd book, but also a book that required a vast literary ...more
Dec 29, 2001
Jun 27, 2009

Diana looks so sweet. Just don't let her catch you looking, or she'll give you antlers and set your own dogs on you.

Between the ages of 8 and 10 I was
Jan 20, 2014
Jun 08, 2013
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
I wouldn't have picked this one up if not for the Bookish reading challenge (for the "epidemic task"...yes, we're crazy like that), and for the most p ...more
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Next spring marks ten years since my mother passed away from Ocular Melanoma, a lesser-known yet deadly cancer variant. I was in college at the time. ...more
Sep 16, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812 To Which Are Added an Account of the Resurrection Men in London and a Short History of the Passing of the Anatomy Act
Resurrectionsts, also called "resurrection men", "body snatchers" or "the sack-bag gentlemen" (which incidentally would make a decent name for a steam ...more
Feb 24, 2015
Feb 19, 2015
Oliver Twist
Oh Oliver Twist. I can't quite bring myself to love you, but I can't hate you either. (Same goes for you, Mr. Dickens.)

Oh paragon of the Victorian era
Mar 06, 2015
Jun 28, 2009
The Good Soldier Švejk
My initial reaction to this book after reading the first few chapters is that it reminded me of Catch-22. Sure enough, after some research, I found ou ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
Pale Fire
I moved through this one slowly because the story is told through footnotes on a poem. Lots of flipping back & forth, lots of poetic turns of phra ...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)
Last year I read Reading Lolita in Tehran and didn't much care for it. Persepolis covers very similar ground and delivered the gut punch I ha ...more
Jan 22, 2014
Jun 28, 2009
Never Let Me Go
I have an uncomfortable feeling that I missed something here. I REALLY liked Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day with all its understated, suppressed em ...more
Sep 22, 2014
Jun 28, 2009
Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived
*Note* I received an advanced readers' copy of this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

I first encountered Paleolithic humans and Neand
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 01, 2012
Battle Royale
"I can't believe this, I should have been jogging instead of learning tea ceremony if I'd known this was going to happen." (Battle Royale, p. 534)

So a
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 28, 2009
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life
Considering that this book inspired me to order a batch of rennet so I can make my own mozzarella, to *finally* reassemble my aerogarden with lettuce ...more
Aug 04, 2013
Sep 03, 2011
Breakfast of Champions
At the end of my audio version of Breakfast of Champions (expertly and sardonically narrated by my main man and possibly long-lost uncle Stanley Tucci ...more
Mar 18, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
I was looking for a clever retelling of this fictional American homegrown hero, something with an interesting feminine twist. What I got was indeed a ...more
Aug 15, 2007
Jun 27, 2009
Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
"In many ways, this book is about how we fail to reckon with the past, not so much as a historical reconstruction or morality tale, but as evidence of ...more
Jan 04, 2014
Dec 31, 2013
The Seventh Cross
Wow, I just got my hands on a first-edition English translation of The Seventh Cross, published in 1942. The inside flap says: "Readers today, in a wo ...more
Aug 18, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
Shōgun (Asian Saga, #3)
I was getting a very A Game of Thrones vibe from this one. I started asking myself "how has this not been turned into an HBO series?" Did a little dig ...more
Jul 13, 2013
Jun 28, 2009
If I hadn't been so crazy busy this week, I should have blown through this book in just a few days. I'm embarrassed that it took me an entire week, ac ...more
Sep 15, 2013
Jun 28, 2009
Some of the most fascinating books I've read recently have been criticisms of 1930's era Germany, written before any countries were invaded or any ins ...more
Aug 24, 2013
Jun 07, 2013
Blood Lure (Anna Pigeon, #9)
Park ranger/Law enforcer/sleuth Anna Pigeon is invited to Glacier National Park in Montana to help gather grizzly bear DNA for a research project. But ...more
Jun 26, 2002
Jun 27, 2009
The Sisters Brothers
I'm not very good at keeping up with the hot books on the contemporary literary scene. I've recently tried to remedy this, and have been swapping into ...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
A Maggot
This is my 3rd John Fowles book, and I never fail to find him interesting. He seems to like to take well-trodden genres (Victorian romance in The Fren ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery
If you are at all interested in biology, surgery, the Enlightenment, and aren't particularly squeamish, do yourself a favor and read this one. John Hu ...more
Mar 23, 2015
Feb 22, 2015
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