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A Fraction of the Whole
3.98
Holy... just holy, holy, holy. A Fraction of the Whole starts good, stays good for five hundred pages and three continents, is laugh-out-loud funny th ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 09, 2008
 
Moby-Dick
3.40
Second read, October 2010. Stand by everything. This might be my favorite book.

*******

Surprisingly funny, wholly engaging, and deserving of its lofty
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not set
May 27, 2008
 
The Good Fairies of New York
3.51
Don't judge a book by it's cover. Although I usually do and it's worked out before with random finds that turn out to be amazing, not so in this insta ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 19, 2007
 
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
3.94
Painfully beautiful. The signature McCarthy horror and violence but it's (most of the time) quieter than in Blood Meridian, and surely by know you kno ...more
Apr 02, 2010
Jun 23, 2009
 
Cities of the Plain (The Border Trilogy, #3)
4.05
When you’re a kid you have these notions about how things are goin to be, Billy said. You get a little older and you pull back some on that. I think y ...more
Apr 14, 2010
Jun 23, 2009
 
The Extra Man
3.72
When I moved to New York, fresh from college, double liberal arts degrees in hand and looking for work in book publishing, I ordered a subscription (T ...more
Mar 02, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
 
2666
4.19
This book gets under your skin; it rips your lungs out; it is at times heartstoppingly beautiful and at others heartstoppingly terrifying; and it defi ...more
Feb 2009
Dec 04, 2008
 
The Road
3.94
I read this book in one go while stuck at the airport trying to get to my parents for Thanksgiving. It was an intense way to read an already intense b ...more
Nov 2006
Apr 15, 2007
 
Jane Eyre
4.07
Jane is chill I suppose but WTF was up with those dudes, Mr. Rochester is THE WORST (Jane, OK Jane, leave. Jane! Where are you going Jane! Stay! Jane, ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Mar 03, 2011
 
Out Stealing Horses
3.77
Out Stealing Horses (translated from the Norwegian) is the story of Trond, who has gone to the woods in the twilight of his life with only a dog for c ...more
Aug 2008
Jun 05, 2008
 
The Master and Margarita
4.33
10/09, 2nd reading: This book is hilarious, and fantastic, and wickedly sharp, and I stand by the convoluted review from two years ago. I do agree wit ...more
Oct 14, 2009
Aug 14, 2007
 
The Children's Hospital
3.60
Finally finished this epic on Sunday night. The sheer size of the book itself -- and the fact that it's a beautiful product and I didn't want to mess ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 14, 2007
 
Lowboy
3.16
Oh, Will. You will stay with me for a long time.

Our eponymous protagonist, William Heller, steps onto an uptown B train one November 11 morning to beg
...more
Jun 05, 2009
May 07, 2009
 
Ulysses
3.72
I don't care if it makes me pretentious, I love this book.

I started reading it while I was still living in Dublin. That summer the library in Dublin h
...more
Aug 2005
Mar 24, 2007
 
Then We Came to the End
3.44
This novel, a story of an Chicago advertising agency that is aggressively downsizing and the group of people who work there, is original, very funny, ...more
Oct 2007
Aug 16, 2007
 
Super Spy
3.93
First, Kindt's artwork is stunning and Super Spy would be worth reading for the art alone. Luckily, the story is intriguing and told masterfully. I ne ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Mar 12, 2008
 
Watchmen
4.32
Third read for book club, Jugs & Capes, April 2011

**************************

Re-read update 09/2008:

Released in serial form in 1986, Watchmen grapp
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Mar 2006
Sep 24, 2007
 
Lush Life
3.67
Oh man, I've been waiting to read this since it was released last year. Price at his best and a must-read for anyone with any kind of relationship to ...more
Mar 25, 2009
Apr 15, 2008
 
David Boring
3.80
Worth a read, but I don't recommend reading it on the bus back to New York from Boston where the sororityish girl next to you can read over your shoul ...more
May 26, 2008
May 27, 2008
 
Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia, 1992-1995
4.28
More accurately 3.7 stars. So I changed it to four. But not quite four. 7/10.

So, my recent graphic narrative reads have sort of jumped to either end o
...more
Apr 2008
Dec 09, 2007
 
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis, #3-4)
4.20
I read this over a couple of days last week. It's excellent. Read both.

I was reading it at lunch at this little square with a ton of benches on 8th Av
...more
Mar 2007
Mar 26, 2007
 
A Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat, #3)
3.94
I think most accurately 3.5 stars.

Exactly what it purports to be: a wild sheep chase. Our protagonist sets out to a far corner of Japan in search of a
...more
Aug 03, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
 
Netherland
3.40
A beautiful portrait of life in New York -- yes, after 9/11, but this book is not about 9/11. Our narrator, Hans, is not-quite-Nick-Carroway, relates ...more
Sep 2008
Jun 19, 2008
 
Samedi the Deafness
3.78
Every review of this book calls it part-something, part-something-else: Kafka/Ian Fleming, Kafka/Hitchcock, Carroll/Lynch, thriller/romance. It's true ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 03, 2007
 
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
4.23
This was my first DFWallace and I will read more. He is a really smart dude. I'm kind of grossed out by lobsters right now but I think their delicious ...more
May 31, 2008
May 07, 2008
 
The World Without Us
3.79
In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman sets out to answer the question: What would the earth look like if every last human being suddenly disappeared? ...more
Jan 14, 2009
Nov 30, 2007
 
White Is for Witching
3.55
The daughters of the Silver family are cursed with a hunger for things that do not nourish. The Silver girls absently smear their mouths with handfuls ...more
Oct 20, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.68
You probably know the basic deal by now: detective story (old school style, we have the body and the inspector in the first scene) set in Sitka, a ter ...more
Oct 2008
May 17, 2007
 
Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days (Ex Machina, #1)
3.94
Like many stories before it, Ex Machina is set in an alternate New York. In this New York, the mayor, Mitchcell Hundred, has the power to control mach ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 24, 2008
 
Lolita
3.86
What else can be said about a book like Lolita? This is a deliberately American love story. Sure, it's about a pedophile, but it's not about pedophili ...more
Sep 2008
Jun 11, 2008
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