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Light in August
3.91
In college, I tried reading Ulysses and just didn't "get" Joyce's writing-- that experience led to an avoidance of other authors who relied on stream-...more
May 31, 2010
May 23, 2010
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.01
The last movie I saw was Iron Man 2--and it may be the last movie I ever see in the theater again. I paid $10 to watch a man fly around in an iron sui...more
Jul 04, 2010
Apr 16, 2010
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.41
The Hunger Games is one of the two most hyped books on GoodReads-- 19,000 reviews; 4.56 avg rating; #105 on the Best Novels of All Time List; #9 on th...more
Aug 2010
Jul 24, 2010
 
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Series, Book 1)
4.04
In grade school, I spent most of my free time glued to my Marvel comics or playing video games on the family's Apple IIc. I was a nerd who loved scien...more
Jun 04, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
 
Travels with Charley: In Search of America
4.04
Travels with Charley belongs on my Best Books Ever list-- it's that good.

I have a deep admiration of Steinbeck's work. His novels have brilliantly cap...more
Oct 11, 2010
Oct 08, 2010
 
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
4.00
I just added 6 books to my 'To Read' list-- I'm officially hooked on The Dark Tower series.

With the exception of Tolkien's work, I've never been a big...more
Mar 17, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
 
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)
4.19
The Drawing of the Three picks up exactly where The Gunslinger finished, but it's a much different type of story.

Instead of focusing on the world int...more
Mar 31, 2010
Mar 17, 2010
 
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
3.94
Strike One: The title. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter sounds like melodramatic chick-lit or a bad romance novel.

Strike Two: The "Oprah's Book Club" seal...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jun 21, 2010
 
American Subversive
3.42
American Subversive is Goodwillie's debut novel-- so I'll start with the positives. The novel is a well-written page-turner. Goodwillie is very effici...more
May 07, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
The Hero With a Thousand Faces
4.26
Edith Hamilton's Mythology whetted my appetite for mythology, and Campbell's Hero was the mythological feast I was anticipating.

Campbell brilliantly i...more
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
 
Glasshouse
3.83
Glasshouse reminds me of one of my two year-old daughter's paintings. We put the canvas on the easel, and there's so much potential---she makes a coup...more
Jun 11, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
 
Animal Farm
3.79
I wouldn't consider Animal Farm a great work of literary fiction-- but it is a brilliant critique of human nature that should be cataloged in the hist...more
Jun 2010
Jul 28, 2009
 
Winesburg, Ohio
3.83
Winesburg, Ohio is said to have influenced Steinbeck, Wolfe, Hemingway, Miller and others-- and I can certainly see why. Winesburg was one of the earl...more
Feb 19, 2010
Dec 30, 2009
 
Snow Crash
3.97
Snow Crash can be summed up as: 25% Sumerian mythology; 25% futurism; 50% high-octane adrenaline; and an extra bonus of a nuclear powered dog. This is...more
Apr 11, 2010
Jul 28, 2009
 
The Handmaid's Tale
3.98
Preface: I haven't had much luck with feminist lit before-- I remember struggling through "To the Lighthouse" in college. Feminist lit really challeng...more
Jan 15, 2010
Sep 16, 2009
 
Point Omega
3.43
Dear Don: WTF???

I *think* I understand the purpose of the novel: Society is moving too fast and approaching the omega point of total consciousness--an...more
Mar 02, 2010
Nov 17, 2009
 
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
3.99
I started this novel with high expectations. I had read that this was one of Time's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century and the ultimate spy novel.

Abou...more
Mar 21, 2010
Aug 19, 2009
 
In Cold Blood
4.01
Capote's In Cold Blood marked the introduction of the "non-fiction novel" genre. In a nutshell, a "non-fiction novelist" has the license to take a tru...more
May 20, 2010
Nov 06, 2009
 
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
3.88
An epic book about an epic life. First Tycoon is a DENSE history of Vanderbilt and the birth of American business. This isn't casual reading. If you d...more
Feb 18, 2010
Oct 16, 2009
 
Cloud Atlas
4.02

Cloud Atlas is the most brilliant book of the past million years—if everyone on the planet read it, world peace would be achieved. Then again, not eve...more
Jul 24, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1)
4.05
I've read rave reviews of Connelly's mysteries, so I thought I'd give him a try and start with his first novel, The Black Echo. This was one of the be...more
Mar 12, 2010
Oct 22, 2009
 
The Good Soldiers
4.24
The Good Soldiers is an amazing piece of journalism. Finkel follows the 15-month deployment of the 2-16 Battalion during "The Surge" in Iraq.

This book...more
Jan 03, 2010
Dec 03, 2009
 
Red Harvest
4.03
I'm a little mixed about Red Harvest.
Red Harvest was the basis for the "hard boiled" pulp fiction genre. It's a very gritty and violent novel, especi...more
Jan 26, 2010
Dec 30, 2009
 
Await Your Reply
3.55
One of the most entertaining books I've read in years-- Await Your Reply is a page-turner disguised as literature. I was mesmerized until the final pa...more
Jan 18, 2010
Oct 12, 2009
 
The Moviegoer
3.72
None
Oct 03, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
 
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
3.97
None
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
 
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
4.19
None
Sep 29, 2010
Aug 14, 2009
 
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, #3)
4.20
None
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 01, 2010
 
Tortilla Flat
3.81
None
Sep 02, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
 
The Pearl
3.33
None
Sep 16, 2010
Sep 16, 2010
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