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The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)
3.96
Rather than review all the Series of Unfortunate Events books individually, I'll just say this here: I loved this whole series, it's blackly funny and ...more
Jan 2006
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Invisibles, Vol. 7: The Invisible Kingdom
4.21
Posted here for lack of a better place, but really about the whole series:

Recently re-read this after reading an excerpt from Douglas Wolk's Reading C
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not set
Sep 07, 2007
 
Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper
3.53
A light and fun read by the writer of the upcoming flick Juno. Really interesting, nonjudgmental descriptions of her time as a stripper. It sometimes ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 20, 2007
 
Jaka's Story (Cerebus, #5)
4.08
The high water mark for Dave Sim's opus. His raving misogyny (which, along with his religious views, completely takes over the 2nd half of the series) ...more
Jan 1999
Aug 21, 2007
 
A Fine and Private Place
4.00
I've tried, but haven't really enjoyed anything else I've read by Peter S. Beagle—my inner 12 year old girl just wasn't strong enough for The Last Uni ...more
Jan 2000
Aug 21, 2007
 
And Then There Were None
4.20
An incredibly exciting mystery—even though this basic structure has been ripped off a thousand times since the book's original publication, you still ...more
Feb 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
Chance in Hell
3.12
The first two thirds is great. The final act went off the rails a little for me—the story feels complete after the section with the Man and the Hearts ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 26, 2007
 
Daydream Nation
3.06
Meh. This is what I was worried these 33 1/3 books would be: bland, overthought, masterbatory rock criticism. Is there some sort of all-adjective thes ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 18, 2007
 
New X-Men Omnibus
4.20
(Technically, I didn't read this in the "Ominbus" edition, which honestly looks like an unwieldy bookbinding nightmare, but I figured I'd comment on t ...more
Jan 2003
Aug 20, 2007
 
The Comedians
3.97
I finally watched The Third Man over the weekend and really enjoyed it, so I figured I'd try out some more Graham Greene (who I've never read before). ...more
Aug 26, 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
Super Spy
3.92
I dug this. It's an effective use of a fun trend in recent comics—the series of short stories done in pastiches of various styles, that all turn out t ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 02, 2007
 
Astro City, Vol. 1: Life in the Big City
4.09
I'm in the process of rereading the Astro City books, and I'm actually liking them much more upon rereading than I did the first time through (and I l ...more
Jan 2002
Oct 02, 2007
 
A Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat, #3)
3.94
Not quite as immediately engaging as the last Murakami I read (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle), in some ways this book seems like a dry run for that book— ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 27, 2007
 
Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus, Vol. 2
4.30
I'll admit I didn't always "get" Kirby—the early Marvel stuff was cool, but I always prefered Lee/Ditko to Lee/Kirby (sacrilege, I know!)—so I was alw ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 10, 2007
 
Double Nickels on the Dime
3.75
Been eyeing this series for a while, finally decided to grab one at the Brooklyn Book Fair last weekend. Finished it the next day—perfect back pocket- ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 18, 2007
 
69 Love Songs
3.35
Enjoyed the Double Nickels book so much I immediately picked up a few more. This is a very different animal, as it's written by one of the singers on ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 18, 2007
 
The EC Archives: Two-Fisted Tales, Vol. 1
4.39
Thank god all these EC classics are finally available in new editions! They're all interesting historically, and a lot of them are pretty great storie ...more
Apr 2007
Aug 20, 2007
 
Songs of Innocence (Hard Case Crime #33)
3.86
Now that there is some fucked up shit.

I enjoyed this enough that I'm now reading Aleas' previous book, Little Girl Lost (which I discovered too late t
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Sep 20, 2007
Sep 10, 2007
 
Travels in the Scriptorium
3.19
I was kind of disappointed by this book. It's a very self-conscious return to Auster's earlier New York Trilogy-era style, and while I love those book ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
The American Way
3.60
Picked this up on a whim when I needed something to read on the train home last week—apparently Joss Whedon liked it enough to ginch artist Georges Je ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 29, 2007
 
300
3.92
Not Frank Miller's best work by any means—the storytelling is really kind of strange, with most of the important action happening in tiny little panel ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
Foul Play!: The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s E.C. Comics!
4.25
A great overview of one of the great leaps forward for comics as a whole. The best part is that after every section on each artist, they reprint a sig ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
Little Girl Lost (Hard Case Crime #4)
3.75
Not as good as the follow-up (Songs of Innocence, which I accidentally read first), but the degree to which this is a pretty standard (if well-execute ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 20, 2007
 
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam
4.14
Reza Aslan is a bit more of a true believer than you might expect from his appearances on The Daily Show, which gives him a very interesting perspecti ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
For Whom the Bell Tolls
3.93
For whatever reason, I haven't been able to get into much of the other Hemmingway I've read—The Sun Also Rises just pissed me off, and I' never really ...more
Jan 2006
Aug 21, 2007
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.24
Can I tell you a secret? A big part of the reason I love this book is because I love the movie even more, and a big part of the reason I love the movi ...more
Jan 1992
Aug 21, 2007
 
Cages
4.19
This book is somewhat uneven, occassionally pretentious, and even a little silly in spots. It is also genius. McKean explores every kind of creative e ...more
Jan 2001
Aug 20, 2007
 
Crooked Little Vein
3.82
Solid crime fiction, recognizably Ellis. A little over-explanatory at times—no fewer than three separate characters explicitly spell out the theme of ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 20, 2007
 
Witness to Myself (Hard Case Crime #19)
3.20
Despite one or two narrative missteps—the "mystery" is "solved" somewhat unconvincingly, for example—I was definitely invested in Alan and his guilt, ...more
Aug 28, 2007
Aug 27, 2007
 
The Sandman: Endless Nights
4.33
Entertaining if somewhat slight in the story department (it mostly feels like a Sandman victory lap, rather than stories that needed to be told), this ...more
Jan 2003
Aug 24, 2007
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