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Collected Fictions
it was amazing
Amazing, wonderful, fantastic, throw every positive superlative you can find at this collection. Borges is a marvel of a writer. This lovely deckle-cu ...more
May 29, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
t zero
did not like it
Unbelievably bad, the worst book I've read since joining Goodreads, and one of the worst books I've read in my life. I got suckered into this one beca ...more
Apr 09, 2014
Jan 17, 2011
The Name of the Rose
really liked it
It's a Sherlock Holmes story wrapped up in 14th-century Catholic Italy, starring a logician-detective and a bumbling romantic narrator sidekick. The H ...more
May 2007
Mar 12, 2007
it was amazing
In high school, like many other kids, I read "The Odyssey" as a staple classic on the English curriculum; if there's room for only one such book, I th ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
The Sixteen Satires
liked it
The conservative's lament. Juvenal, in his Satires, reminded me of nothing quite so much as an angry right-wing talk show host, feet firmly planted on ...more
Feb 14, 2012
Dec 26, 2008
The Cyberiad
really liked it
Think Borges-lite, with a sprinkling of Lewis Carroll-esque whimsy and a big sprinkling of robots. I picked this up because I enjoyed Lem's short stor ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Aug 14, 2013
Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm
really liked it
An enjoyable assortment of the Grimms' fairy tales with really wonderful illustrations. If you've never read the Grimms, their stories are often shock ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
Man, Play and Games
did not like it
I am a fan of all sorts of games, from sports to board games to imaginative free play (to me, the NFL and Settlers of Catan are two sides of the same ...more
Mar 09, 2016
Jun 13, 2016
Taras Bulba
did not like it
A ridiculous adolescent fantasy with nationalist and racist themes, it is unclear to me why this is considered a classic. The fighting spirit of the C ...more
Feb 15, 2010
Apr 29, 2008
Ghost in the Shell (Ghost in the Shell, #1)
really liked it
Cyberpunk, the Matrix, virtual worlds, science fiction at the fin de siècle (this past siècle). The themes that this book hit in particular are that r ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
really liked it
Short epic poem about a warrior's youthful exploits that brought him fame and, almost incongruously, his last days in which he foresees and then goes ...more
Oct 04, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic
liked it
A decent if unspectacular collection of Mexican fantasy/sci-fi short stories. They are in the vein of myths and legends, ghost stories, oddities and f ...more
Jun 2015
Jul 10, 2015
liked it
Despite being almost 100 years old at this point, We feels fairly modern. Its vision of a dystopia hasn't become too dated, which I felt was due to i ...more
May 20, 2015
Aug 21, 2012
The Master and Margarita
it was amazing
A wonderful, fantastic story. Satan (here named Woland) and some of his sidekick demons visit Stalin-era Moscow and wreak havoc on the city, terrifyin ...more
Sep 26, 2015
Feb 08, 2011
Shah of Shahs
really liked it
I picked up this book because of the rather striking epigraph in The Blind Assassin. This is a book about Iran during the last days of the Shah, befor ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Sep 02, 2011
The Soccer War
really liked it
This book is called The Soccer War, but it actually consists of Kapuscinski's diary-like firsthand accounts of several different Third World war zones ...more
Jul 26, 2009
Dec 26, 2008
The Canterbury Tales
liked it
This book hardly needs an introduction, so I'll dive right in and say that I found the stories to be very hit or miss. The Miller's Tale is terrific, ...more
Jan 13, 2010
Mar 29, 2008
The Odyssey of Homer
liked it
More of this than you remember is not actually about Odysseus's wanderings home. The first quarter of the book is the somewhat boring "Telemachy," in ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
The Plague
liked it
Some works of fiction make me think that someone has focused so hard on composing a great work of art that he has forgotten his role as storyteller. T ...more
Feb 11, 2016
Aug 20, 2012
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
it was ok
I'm not sure if I've ever read a book that started out so promising and wound down so badly. The first 100 pages were exciting and pleasantly weird, a ...more
Aug 30, 2008
May 25, 2008
The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories
did not like it
After reading this I couldn't figure out why there have so many plaudits for Schulz. To me, this book was a confused magic realist-mess, exerting itse ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Oct 30, 2011
The Trial
liked it
Very uneven, with some moments of greatness and some interminably boring segments. As with some of Kafka's other written works, this book was unfinish ...more
Oct 12, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
The Persian Expedition
liked it
The Anabasis, as it's more properly known, is, as I understand, very familiar to classics students as one of the standard beginner works that they are ...more
Jul 11, 2010
Nov 30, 2008
Invisible Cities
it was amazing
I recently re-read this book because I felt like I didn't have enough magic and enchantment in my literary life. What I wrote in my first review back ...more
Jun 05, 2012
Mar 14, 2007
really liked it
Eerie and unsettling novella about a group of scientists who visit a sentient planet that learns of their personal histories and sends them recreation ...more
Apr 10, 2016
Feb 10, 2013
Roadside Picnic
really liked it
As Le Guin points out in her foreword, this book's perspective is a refreshing counterpoint to the "boy of destiny" trope that appears a little more i ...more
Oct 11, 2016
Jan 03, 2016
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1)
liked it
A very mixed bag. There are some really bright, creative ideas in here. There are also many places where the plot feels labored and painfully explaine ...more
Aug 29, 2016
Nov 11, 2014
Medea and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics)
it was ok
I try to read classics from time to time, and sometimes I really enjoy them, and sometimes I feel like I'm eating my vegetables. This was a little mor ...more
Mar 08, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
really liked it
A novella incidentally about a man's murder, and more specifically about the residents of a small imaginary Latin American village. The death is discl ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jun 28, 2009
The Decameron
really liked it
A collection of 100 short stories written in the 14th century, written not in a "high" or scholarly manner but for everyday folk, and not in Latin but ...more
May 25, 2008
May 13, 2007
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