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Breakfast at Tiffany's
This was really entertaining. As so many reviewers have said, it is quite different from the movie. It is not only much darker, but more believable. T...more
Dec 09, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
Winter's Bone
I grew up in the Ozarks. I lived in a small town, as opposed to the particular sort of rural extended-family hereditary community portrayed in Winter’...more
Dec 03, 2010
Oct 17, 2010
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
I should have read Kate Wilhelm’s stellar Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang years ago. I had it in the back of my mind as a seminal work, a must-read, f...more
Aug 2010
Nov 23, 2009
A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet, #1)
I must admit I expected to find this story tedious, as I often do multi-volume fantasy epics. But I was very pleasantly surprised. Daniel Abraham's wo...more
Sep 19, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
The War of the Worlds
Unlike many of its contemporaries, The War of the Worlds holds up quite well, even today. The book's style of language is a bit formal, perhaps, when...more
Mar 06, 2012
Sep 04, 2011
Well, that certainly wasn't what I was expecting. Panamanian author, written in the 1960s, said to be a bit fantastical... I was expecting magical rea...more
Jun 2011
Apr 18, 2011
Stranger Things Happen
I really love Kelly Link's writing style. It falls somewhere between magical realist and full-blown surreal, and it manages to be very emotionally aff...more
Jan 20, 2011
Nov 07, 2009
Reading this brief duet – a novella and a companion short story – brought me a breath of fresh literary air. The emotions were so authentic and the ch...more
May 17, 2012
Jun 11, 2010
Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams
This story runs the emotional gamut. If it is Your Sort of Thing, it will hollow you out, as surely as it will lift you up. Yume No Hon is a lyrical,...more
Aug 25, 2010
Oct 22, 2009
Einstein's Dreams
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman is a thought-provoking little volume filled with poetic imagery and dreamy (no pun intended) musings on the possibl...more
Feb 06, 2011
Jun 06, 2010
After Dark
After Dark by Haruki Murakami reminded me of carefully-shuffled cards. Two decks representing two separate (yet ultimately and intimately related) sto...more
Jun 30, 2011
Dec 11, 2009
Although the descriptors may seem contradictory, I think it an apt description to call this compact Gothic tale darkly delightful. It had elements bot...more
Mar 23, 2012
Oct 21, 2011
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
I was simultaneously enchanted and horrified by this story of women in 19th century China - enchanted by the language, the vivid depictions of daily l...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jun 20, 2010
Notes from the Internet Apocalypse
*Placeholder review*

I won this book via a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. My full review is in the works. Here's the summary form:

This story is a terr...more
Mar 29, 2014
Feb 27, 2014
Interpreter of Maladies
I enjoyed this, overall. The stories flowed well one into the next, and I definitely got the impression that they were intended to form a loosely-base...more
Dec 04, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
Houdini Heart
Where does grief end and madness begin? What is the boundary between reality and fiction? How much are our creations a part of us? Can we face our dee...more
Feb 19, 2014
Aug 12, 2011
Breakfast at Tiffany's
This was really entertaining. As so many reviewers have said, it is quite different from the movie. It is not only much darker, but more believable. T...more
Dec 05, 2011
Aug 08, 2013
Death Comes as the End
Agatha Christie's Death Comes as the End is a good old-fashioned whodunnit with many layers of characterization and psychological intrigue.

Unlike Chr...more
Aug 03, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
Bunny Drop 1 (Bunny Drop, #1)
{I've been reading through the manga series "Bunny Drop", beginning with Bunny Drop, Volume 1. I've been through the first 2 volumes so far, and as it...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
I soldiered on to the end, but perhaps Roberto Bolaño (or, at least, Amulet) is not for me. I had heard many glowing things about his writing, so I ha...more
Sep 10, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
The Elephant Vanishes
I really enjoyed this selection by Murakami, although - as is usual for me upon reading a collection of short stories - I really feel I would need to...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 05, 2009
The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt wasn’t what I was expecting. I was expecting a straight-forward Western tale, maybe with a bit of humor, perhap...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
I loved this little collection. This sort of spiritual "what-if" musing is one of my own favorite internal indulgences, and I was very pleasantly surp...more
Nov 15, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
This was a delightfully tangled story. I had never before read Agatha Christie, but I do recall a movie or two featuring her creature, Hercule Poirot....more
Dec 20, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
Prometheus Unbound
I don't have a formal review in my head for this one. I read it today in a waiting room while my son was knocked out having oral surgery, so I was, pe...more
Jan 11, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
I did not enjoy this as much as previous books I've read by Moore. It seemed rushed in places I wish were more detailed, and it dragged in other spots...more
Dec 11, 2009
Nov 07, 2009
The Phantom of the Opera
I have seen this story performed as a musical several times, both live and on television or film, and I've always enjoyed it. I was afraid that withou...more
Nov 23, 2012
Oct 05, 2012
The Hell Screens
I really enjoyed the first third of Alvin Lu's The Hell Screens. The story was intriguing - an interweaving of the supernatural and a deeply superstit...more
Jun 28, 2010
May 16, 2010
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
James Tiptree Jr. (pen name for Alice Sheldon) was a truly amazing writer. Her life - both public and internal - is fascinating in itself, but her col...more
Apr 2012
Dec 07, 2011
Lakota Woman
I find it difficult to review autobiographies. How does one rate the story of a life? The author may or may not be a professional writer, hence I feel...more
Oct 14, 2010
Nov 26, 2009
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