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Portrait Of A Killer: Jack The Ripper -- Case Closed
3.44
What a phenomenal and utterly disturbing book. I learned:

1) The identity of Jack The Ripper, with 98% certainty, is the British artist Walter Sickert,
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Apr 23, 2010
Mar 19, 2008
 
Change of Heart
3.89
This was, quite simply, one of the best books I have ever read and the first time I have seen someone take a Stephen King idea and make it so much bet ...more
Jun 11, 2008
Jun 11, 2008
 
If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger, #3)
3.72
I didn't think this series could get more disturbing, but it most certainly does. Unlike the first two installments of this tragedy, this volume is to ...more
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
 
Duma Key
3.89
Feb. 17, 2011:

I have a real thing for stories about artists who make "live" paintings. Man, this book was creepy and not just because I'm scared of th
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May 24, 2008
Mar 19, 2008
 
In Cold Blood
4.02
I can't even begin to describe how conflicted I feel about the events in this book.

Occasionally, I would get so caught up in Capote's beautiful storyt
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Mar 12, 2012
Mar 08, 2012
 
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
4.39
I did not like this book. For about five hundred pages in the middle I honestly thought I wouldn't even make it through. It's boring. The plot is mudd ...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
 
Contract of Defiance: Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 1
4.28
I'm really not a big fan of the sci-fi genre as in most of those narratives I find myself completely alienated in the worlds the author created, and f ...more
Jan 29, 2015
Nov 26, 2012
 
How to Make an American Quilt
3.56
What a beautiful novel. I couldn't believe how much she packed into such a slim volume. The decades, the history, the intimate details of a group of q ...more
Jun 22, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
 
Contract of War: Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 3
4.76
Seeing that the majority of my exposure to sci-fi has been of the horror film ilk — the Alien series, Pitch Black, Species, Resident Evil, etc. — I ha ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
 
Contract of Betrayal: Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 2
4.39
Such a fantastic follow-up to the thrilling "Contract of Defiance". Continuing in Salyer's style of incredibly visual writing, I kept being reminded o ...more
Feb 02, 2015
Jan 30, 2015
 
The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe
4.02
This book is a punch in the gut. If I were to find out that my beloved River Phoenix had not died of a drug overdose, but rather somebody had poisoned ...more
May 06, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book
3.99
Oh my Fairy Goddess! What a wonderful and creative book. I recommend it with all the fairy love I have in my heart, that certainly grew bigger upon re ...more
Aug 23, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
 
The Night Circus
4.00
My love affair with magical realism thusly rekindled. I adore this book. I would marry it, it's so good.
Oct 2013
Sep 04, 2013
 
The Silence of the Lambs
4.07
This is the fourth time I've read this book. Such a creepy story. I still remember vividly the first time I read it when I was nine years old, over tw ...more
Feb 14, 2015
May 09, 2014
 
The Book of Lost Things
3.98
I absolutely devoured this book and loved every moment of it (even the grotesque and uncomfortable ones). There's something about stories with and/or ...more
Sep 14, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
 
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
4.04
Seven hells, could these books get any more tedious? I start to understand why it takes the dude 5+ years to write one of these novels. I'd be bored a ...more
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
 
Hannibal Rising: (Hannibal Lecter)
3.40
2015 - I ended up bumping this book from 1 star to 4 stars upon second reading. Methinks reading the entire Hannibal Lector series in order of publish ...more
Dec 2007
Mar 19, 2008
 
Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger, #5)
3.84
What VC Andrews has done with this book is quite brilliant: She's gone to the beginning of the Flowers in the Attic saga and told how things started f ...more
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
 
When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection
4.22
This is easily one of the most important books I've ever read in my life.

Once I've read it a few more times and understand the science a bit better I
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Dec 30, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
 
I, the Jury
3.58
I've been reading the classic hard-boiled crime writers as inspiration for my own version of a crime novel, American Monsters II, so I had to read the ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
Galveston
3.76
I hate to admit this, but I was expecting something more like True Detective than the kind of hardboiled crime noir this ended up being. That aside, i ...more
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
 
The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1)
3.75
This is essentially an e-book in print version. Let me explain: I don't read e-books, but I've seen that you can download sometimes 25% of the book to ...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
 
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis, #3-4)
4.20
This sequel resonated with me on so many more levels than the first book, probably because Marjane and I went through some very, eerily similar things ...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
 
No Country for Old Men
4.10
This book destroyed me. Cormac McCarthy is incredible. Depressing, grim and bleak, there is something Shakesperean about this wild west tale.

I love th
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Jul 07, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book as I'm not really a big fan of the fantasy genre. I think it helps that I've watched the television show ...more
Aug 09, 2013
Aug 10, 2013
 
NOS4A2
4.04
This was a seriously creepy book. I'm not a big fan of Christmas to begin with, so that negative sensation is even worse now. Then again, doesn't take ...more
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 22, 2013
 
Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger, #2)
3.80
This is an amazing account of how a child abuse survivor goes on with her life. Not just her, but her surviving siblings.

Disturbing, uncomfortable, of
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May 17, 2012
May 13, 2012
 
Nocturnes
3.84
The only short story collections I tend to read are by authors who are already my favourites. Stephen King, Amy Tan, Louise Erdrich, Joyce Carol Oates ...more
Sep 2010
Aug 29, 2010
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.07
This book started off really slow and I wasn't sure what all the hype was over, but once Lisbeth Salander entered the story I was in love. The way Sti ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
 
Haunted
3.56
Holy moly. I know that to compare oneself to another is not a good way to be and we must set our own standards for what is/isn't acceptable, but I can ...more
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
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