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Nov 2014
Oct 30, 2014
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
Jun 2014
May 29, 2014
My Friend Dahmer
Sep 14, 2013
Sep 13, 2013
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 04, 2009
Oct 02, 2009
Nov 02, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinary Creations from the Golden Age of American Cookery
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
You Remind Me of Me
I was moved, dismayed, and completely swallowed up. Highly recommended.
Aug 2009
Aug 25, 2009
Killing Kate: A Novel
Where's a good copy editor when you need one?

I read this for the Iowa City references, and now I feel dirty and shamed.
Sep 18, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
Here's a book you can sink into and inhabit for all if its 800 pages. Prior knowledge of Dickens' and Collins' work is not required, but does make eac ...more
Oct 31, 2009
Oct 23, 2009
Await Your Reply
I am now a dedicated Dan Chaon fan, though I'd be a much more convincing one if I knew how to pronounce his last name. You Remind Me of Me simply blew ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 02, 2009
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
Everyone was right. The second in this trilogy moves along thrillingly -- never a dull moment. Lisbeth kicks ass, and Mikael is not the goof he could ...more
Jan 02, 2010
Jan 01, 2010
31 Hours
I'm very impressed with this book. Hamilton is a sophisticated, talented writer who has created characters worth knowing, and whose inner conflicts dr ...more
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
There's so much hype with this title, I'm a bit nervous writing my less-than-raving review. When an author gets this much attention, I expect the book ...more
Dec 26, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
The Other
The best way to read this would be all at once, no interruptions, no breaks to remind you of your mundane existence outside your reading world. Tryon' ...more
Oct 07, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
Gone Girl
This was a great, quick, high adrenaline read, somewhat reminded me of Mr. Peanut -- dysfunctional relationship and creepy vibes all the way. Also, I ...more
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 16, 2012
The Pledge
It's rare to me to find a police procedural whose theme is fed by philosophy, not cheap thrills. I'll need to reread The Strangerto back-up this claim ...more
Aug 16, 2010
Apr 04, 2010
The Scent of Rain and Lightning
Don't judge this book by its cover! This is not a sweet domestic novel about a pretty girl in her negligee. This is a pretty dark, violent, sexy myste ...more
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 30, 2010
Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)
A young customer in my store recommended this book, and was there to buy the sequel. Her enthusiasm led to me read it myself. I really like the creati ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
The Ghost Writer
What the...?

Great atmosphere, lots of stealing from better gothic writers, interesting structure, but two things bug me:
The end doesn't make any sens
Oct 16, 2009
Oct 14, 2009
Half Broken Things
Compulsively readable and character-driven. Others have compared it to The Little Stranger, and I think that's an accurate comparison, as they both de ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Jul 30, 2010
John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)
To give this book four stars, just as I did for Caputo's The Voyage or Chute's Beans of Egypt, Maine, just doesn't seem right, but this book is great ...more
Oct 03, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
Defending Jacob
HELP, HELP!! All of you who have read this book -- Switter, Carol, you know who you are -- This is the Oakdale prison pick and, for the first time in ...more
Oct 20, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
The Terror
**This review may have inadvertent spoilers in my rush to say the million things that come to mind after this reading experience. I could try to use t ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
Haunted Iowa City
In contrast to the spook-kitsch cover, this is not the least bit scary; it's a nice, surfacey gloss of some minor local urban legends with a greater ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
The Pack
I'll come right out and say this, I'm not a paranormal reader. I'm sick to death of vampires, zombies, mermaids, whatever the current trend is in fill ...more
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
A Winter Haunting
Maybe more of a 2-star "it was ok", but I can't bear to give Dan Simmons anything less than a 3.
It started out gang-busters -- unusual narrative pers
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed reading this one -- but I can't say I enjoyed having read it. Wuh? French has written a lovely introduction to a sc ...more
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)
Our man, Jack Reacher, is an ex-military cop with 13 years of bad-ass experience behind him. Sick of the grind, he’s a drifter now, no home, no addre ...more
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 08, 2012
The Brief History of the Dead
I knew nothing about this book other than a very good friend had recommended it to me several years ago. It looked dark and quasi-spiritual from the f ...more
Oct 22, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
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