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The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon, #1)
I admit it, I'm addicted to mystery/thriller novels. I try to read a "real"book (as my lovely wife calls non-mystery/thrillers) in between every myste...more
Nov 2007
Nov 07, 2007
Bridge of Sighs
Again, I wish we could have 1/2 star reviews. I'd rate a 3 1/2.

Russo explores the relationships of three (sort of four) families in an upper NY textil...more
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Aug 21, 2008
In the Country of Men
Suleiman is a nine year old in Qaddafi's post-coup Libya. His mother is a neurotic closet alcoholic and his somewhat absentee father is a quasi counte...more
Sep 2007
Sep 03, 2007
Bad Monkeys
Matt Ruff is one of my favorites. Fool on the Hill was Sci-Fi/fantasy with a college twist. Gas, Sewer, Electric for me fell a little short, seemed a...more
Sep 2007
Sep 03, 2007
The Book Thief
An astoundingly sweet and sad view of the European theater through a pre-pubescent child's eyes. Even though I read this book a while ago, I saw anoth...more
May 2007
Dec 31, 2007
The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts
I picked it up because it looked interesting: lifting the veil from literature to more clearly see ourselves and others through prose.

I, however, have...more
Feb 03, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
The Night Gardener
I like Pelecanos. He writes for "The Wire", the best show on television. He has an exhaustive knowledge of 70's and 80's rock--all genres--and isn't a...more
Dec 2007
Dec 31, 2007
The Sanctuary
Alrighty, I read the Last Templar two or three years ago and remembered being vaguely intrigued by the premise and horribly disappointed in the actual...more
Mar 2008
Mar 26, 2008
You Suck (A Love Story, #2)
I love Christopher Moore. From Practical Demonkeeping through Dirty Job (with the exception of Fluke) I'm always literally laughing out loud at his wr...more
Dec 2007
Dec 31, 2007
The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon, #2)
Alright, even though I earlier panned Silva's first Gabriel Allon novel--The Kill Artist--because of its ultra-fantastic plot, I bought both these boo...more
Dec 2007
Dec 02, 2007
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
My law partner gave me this to read, adding that it is his ten year old son's favorite.

I read it in two sittings. Straightforward, simple writing for...more
Jan 2008
Jan 23, 2008
The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone, #1)
Like another reviewer, I'd like good reads to let us give 1/2 stars. This was between a 2 & a 3.

Also like another reviewer, a professionally publi...more
Jan 2008
Jan 23, 2008
The Voodoo Queen (Pelican Pouch Series)
A fictionalized history of New Orleans Queen Voodooienne Marie Laveau. My favorite part was not the voodoo aspects, although that was interesting, but...more
Jan 2008
Jan 27, 2008
Fool on the Hill
I read Fool on the Hill when it was first published in late 1988 or early 1989. My entire college circle of friends read it and it became a common poi...more
Jan 1989
Aug 29, 2007
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
Fascinating look at our society through the prism of the modern class structure. Bageant uses the economy, corporate culture, real estate, guns, healt...more
Oct 2007
Sep 23, 2007
Rebel Island (Tres Navarre, #7)
I concur with an earlier reviewer: Riordan's writing has dropped off considerably in the last couple of Navarre novels. You find out a little bit more...more
Nov 2007
Sep 03, 2007
Man In The Middle (Sean Drummond, #6)
A little disappointed with the writing and editing. Some blatant typos and misspellings. The premise was o.k., but Haig put such obvious clues in the...more
Sep 2007
Sep 03, 2007
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
One of my favorites. Sweet, funny, insightful. How can you not love Jesus' best friend? With all his human failings, sarcasm (who invented that?), and...more
Jan 2005
Sep 19, 2007