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Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate
I liked this book at first. A million years ago, I was also a champion debater (though in policy debate and in a public school, so according to Mr. Op ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2010
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
There isn't anything new here, if you're a reasonably aware person, but the information is presented well. Should be required reading for all Republic ...more
Apr 17, 2015
Apr 12, 2015
The Woman Who Fell from the Sky
So obviously Jennifer Steil is a sketchball (though I'm amused by the extent that the British press - true to form - blames her for being, like, a tem ...more
Jan 07, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
this is pretty clearly a true story and I am not sure how to feel about that
Jan 2014
Dec 07, 2013
This took a while to get going, mostly because you have to adjust your reading - I'm used to reading books you don't have to pay too much attention to ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
Honor Among Thieves (Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, #2)
This is a totally competent, unremarkable Star Wars novel. It reminds me of the Bantam SW books - lots of banter, low stakes. Scarlet Hark is a good L ...more
May 16, 2014
May 08, 2014
Dark Places
Gillian Flynn seems like a scary lady
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 12, 2014
The Age of Miracles
You know, I used to be a big reader of literary fiction. Really. But there's this terrible epidemic, and The Age of Miracles is a great example of it ...more
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
The Reapers are the Angels (Reapers, #1)
1. The title is amazing. Seriously. What a great title.
2. My boyfriend thinks the cover is amazing, but he's wrong. The cover is too low-contrast to b
Apr 08, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
Cross-X: The Amazing True Story of How the Most Unlikely Team from the Most Unlikely of Places Overcame Staggering Obstacles at Home and at School to ... Community on Race, Power, and Education
I thought this was great. It usually takes me weeks to finish nonfiction books. I knocked this one out in four days, and it's a tome at 500+ pages. Th ...more
May 06, 2014
May 03, 2014
The Crane Wife
OK, never mind, I actually really enjoyed this. If middle-aged white men will continue to insist on writing books about middle-aged white men sleeping ...more
May 08, 2014
May 06, 2014
I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood
Nobody makes me laugh like Dave Barry. I read most of this book either on the train or at a coffee shop, and I got a lot of strange looks and two inqu ...more
Jul 31, 2010
Aug 01, 2010
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Maybe what I appreciate most about this book is how human it is, which is kind of funny considering the topic. Not to be the guy who always complains ...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 07, 2013
Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran
An engaging account of the author's life in Tehran immediately before and during Ahmadinejad's first term as president. It's a very personal book, but ...more
Jan 05, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
The Queen's Daughter
This is not a great example of the genre. Joan makes a pretty boring protagonist, and Coventry made up most of the events of the novel (which she read ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
Life: An Exploded Diagram
Nobody writes war and love like Mal Peet, huh?

Side note: I find that I love his books more in retrospect than I do while I'm reading them. While I'm a
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1)
This was really fun. Dialogue was perfect; writing otherwise unremarkable, but no one was expecting a literary masterpiece. Should've been in first pe ...more
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 02, 2014
Wolf in White Van
This book is nuts.

Before or after you read it, go play the phone game "In a Dark Room" - the combination is a life-ruiner - you're welcome.
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
All Our Pretty Songs (Metamorphoses, #1)
I basically liked this, but I resented the ending, and the setting didn't work for me.

Here's why. McCarry is clearly aiming to inherit Francesca Lia B
Dec 29, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
The Fever
Whoooa. I found the ending pretty disappointing actually, but the writing is great and just...whoa.
Jul 05, 2014
May 16, 2014
The Night Bookmobile
I can't imagine this would have gotten published (at least in its present form) if the author weren't already established.

1. The art: the street scene
Aug 29, 2011
Nov 17, 2010
This book is kind of extraordinary, in that in all seriousness I have never read anything else like it and I doubt very much that I will in the future ...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
Elizabeth Costello
This isn't a novel, not really, not under any useful definition of "novel", but it's worth reading if you're interested in philosophy (esp. the ethics ...more
May 22, 2013
May 16, 2013
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska
So obviously I like reading about remote places, which is partly (or largely) due to the fact that I like to imagine myself as a rugged, intrepid-trav ...more
Mar 26, 2013
Oct 12, 2010
The Summer Garden (The Bronze Horseman, #3)
I read TWO THOUSAND pages of this trilogy only to discover that they are COWBOYS FANS?!?!



ok, this book was fine, but it was soooo long. SO long
Aug 16, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
The Girl Who Fell to Earth
I totally enjoyed this. Her account of her father's childhood and parents' courtship is really, really hilarious. When she talks about her own life, s ...more
Apr 04, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
The Brides of Rollrock Island
Well, this is quite a book.

I think you can read a lot into this, if you're inclined to: for me, I can only see these older men who turn into Odger Win
Nov 23, 2012
Nov 05, 2012
The City & the City
This book is remarkable for two reasons:
1. It reads just like a crime novel. WHAT. China Mieville, you're so good at genre! Borlu is the perfect crime
Aug 03, 2012
Aug 03, 2012
Tree of Codes
I's one of these things. The problem with Foer is that he really is exactly as clever as he thinks he is. Most of these guys aren't. This bo ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
Maid Marian
This was nice and I liked it. The only thing is that the voice felt weirdly detached for a first person novel - part of it were these little phrases t ...more
Sep 16, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
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