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The Arabian Nights
4.05
The more I read user reviews of The Arabian Nights, the more convinced I am that people are just posting negative things to be contrary. How can you n ...more
Aug 06, 2010
Jul 26, 2010
 
The Ruins
3.43
Stephen King has a short story (that I believe may have been entitled "The Raft") in which four college students head out to an old rock quarry. They ...more
not set
Aug 30, 2007
 
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
4.27
Christopher Moore is a sick, sick fuck. And I mean that in a good way.

I found a copy of this wonderfully hilarious novel at the Champaign Public Libra
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not set
Aug 30, 2007
 
The End of Mr. Y
3.80
**spoiler alert** Imagine a novel that has never been read by anyone who has lived to talk about it. The only people known to have finished it either ...more
May 17, 2007
Oct 29, 2008
 
Lonesome Dove
4.45
I am giving this novel five stars because Goodreads doesn't allow me to give it ten.

Somewhere between its opening images of two snakes eating a rattle
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Sep 2007
Aug 30, 2007
 
Ratner's Star
3.49
My reactions to this novel can be put rather succinctly. If David Foster Wallace is indeed a fan of Don Delillo, this is the novel he has stolen from ...more
not set
Sep 02, 2007
 
Parasites Like Us
3.41
It was the playwright that got to me. I was already into this book. Digging it, if you will. On page 272, a playwright gets gunned down and, as he die ...more
not set
Aug 30, 2007
 
The House of Sleep
3.93
There are four major characters in this novel, all of whom knew each other in college. There's Sarah, who suffers from narcolepsy and often cannot dis ...more
not set
Sep 02, 2007
 
No One Belongs Here More Than You
3.81
Did you ever see the movie Me, You, and Everyone We Know?

I did. I loved it. It was, in fact, one of my picks for the Top Five Movies of 2005.

This bo
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not set
Sep 06, 2007
 
Black Hills
3.55
The beauty of Dan Simmons is how well he transcends genre. Not content to just be a science-fiction novelist, or a horror novelist, or a crime novelis ...more
Mar 03, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
 
One Day
3.74
Be warned...by the time you get behind the cut, there will be spoilers!

This is a really tough review to write because I really want to give this book
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Jul 19, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
 
The Mysterious Island
4.04
This book was recommended by the 2012 Book Lover's Page-A-Day Calendar. Entry was for January 2, 2012.

Wow.

Let me start by saying that I'm already pret
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Mar 19, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
 
Gone for Good
4.09
This was my first experience with Harlan Coben and I don't think I'm clamoring to read another. I didn't hate this. It was good enough entertainment f ...more
Aug 02, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
 
The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint
3.94
I guess the best way to put this is to say that the things I liked about this novel make up for the things I didn't.
Interesting protagist. Excellent p
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Feb 05, 2008
Jan 28, 2008
 
Danse Macabre
3.58
Okay. It's difficult to really review a book about the state of horror as a genre when that book was first written back in 1981. With that said, my re ...more
Jul 27, 2010
Jul 23, 2010
 
Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)
4.18
A couple of things about this installment rubbed me the wrong way:

1) I didn't like how the story starts off with the introduction of a couple of chara
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Nov 20, 2010
Nov 16, 2010
 
Then We Came to the End
3.44
Trish read this a while ago and suggested it to me at the time. I had so many books on my plate then I sort of ignored the recommendation. But then th ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 24, 2007
 
The Children's Hospital
3.60
**spoiler alert** I don't even know what to say in this review.

The premise of this book alone is one of the singlemost interesting premises to emerge
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Mar 25, 2008
Feb 11, 2008
 
He Walked Among Us
2.91
I read a whole slew of Norman Spinrad in college. I liked his work. Listed him as one of my favorite science-fiction writers. After reading this novel ...more
Apr 06, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
 
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
4.09
In the future, when all the books that have ever been written have been cataloged and reviewed (as seems to about to be happening in this novel), this ...more
not set
Aug 30, 2007
 
So Brave, Young and Handsome
3.66
This book was recommended by the 2012 Book Lover's Page-A-Day Calendar. Entry was for January 21/22, 2012.

Do you know what I loved about this book?

Vi
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Feb 06, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
 
The Art of Fielding
3.99
This was so close to being a five star book. I enjoyed Harbach's writing style, his subtle nods to John Irving's greatest novel, the nuanced ties in t ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
 
Void Moon
3.91
Pretty much everything about this Michael Connelly was a pleasant surprise.

Especially the following:

1) Female protagonist -- It turns out that Connel
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Mar 05, 2012
Feb 29, 2012
 
Seven Types of Ambiguity
4.00
Seven Types of Ambiguity is, without question, one of the best novels I have ever read. With that said, I am having a difficult time coming up with a ...more
not set
Aug 30, 2007
 
Love and Other Near-Death Experiences
3.63
Lordy lordy lordy, I loved this book.

Rob Garland is a disc jockey with the less-than-desirable midnight to three am jazz slot. He's become bored and d
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Aug 08, 2006
Oct 29, 2008
 
The Chronicles of Narnia
4.22
My rating of four stars is an average of the star rating for each individual book in the series.

It kinda works like so:

The Magician's Nephwew -- 3 sta
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Oct 02, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
 
The Book Thief
4.36
"The best word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words. They were the ones who could climb the highest. One such word shaker was ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
 
Horace Afoot
3.80
This book is best described as the literary equivalent of a Jim Jarmusch film. By this, I mean that it's somewhat plotless, meanders greatly, and does ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 04, 2007
 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
3.97
**spoiler alert** I was very very very excited about this book.

It wasn't worth the wait.

In fact, in lieu of a review, I was almost tempted to post the
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Apr 29, 2005
Oct 28, 2008
 
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)
4.20
I haven’t read this book since shortly before the third installment was initially released. And I was only enticed to do so then by my stepbrother, wh ...more
May 2013
May 04, 2013
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