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The Fountainhead
Note, Feb. 2011: The feedback I've gotten on this review is kind of funny. I'd like to make one thing clear, and that is that I'm far from a Rand wors...more
Oct 2007
Jun 20, 2007
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Note, February 2014: I was just rereading this review, and FUNNY STORY, I moved to a small town. Not so much a big city person as I had originally tho...more
Sep 2006
Apr 24, 2007
Mr. Eugenides can do everything, or at least I am convinced of such after reading Middlesex.

I passed on this book for a long time. I kept picking it u...more
May 2007
May 08, 2007
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
Dear Stephen King,

I'd like to apologize for the times that I've made fun of you in any way, shape or form, including the kid in my English 2 class sop...more
Apr 06, 2008
Mar 20, 2008
The Satanic Verses
Here's the thing about this book that you will immediately grasp from what everyone says: it's a beast. I do not mean this in a bad sense. I mean this...more
Jan 2004
Apr 24, 2007
East of Eden (Steinbeck Centennial Edition)
This is the kind of book that made me realize why I need Goodreads, and why I wanted to be active on the site again.

Reading East of Eden, I had so ma...more
Dec 2011
Apr 22, 2013
Where I'm Calling From
A band I loved in high school -- Peter Parker, of course -- had a song named "Where I'm Calling From," which was based on the title of this book, so I...more
Apr 2002
Jun 19, 2007
The Sirens of Titan
I was wary of picking up Vonnegut for a long time, because even though he's such a well regarded author, his plots are so science fiction based, and I...more
Jul 2006
May 23, 2007
Night Film
Oh this book, this book. In working out my thoughts and feelings about Night Film, I started combing through a few GR reviews (not just the featured,...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
A Room of One's Own
Unsurprisingly, I loved this.

Originally written as lectures for two women's colleges, then expanded, Woolf's meditations on women and fiction have a l...more
Aug 29, 2008
May 29, 2008
The Stories of John Cheever
No one captures the imperfections of suburban, white collar, white bread America like Cheever does. No one. Well, especially in the North. If O'Connor...more
Aug 2002
Jun 19, 2007
The Great Gatsby
Yes, yes, here we have it, "The Great American Novel," a timeless classic, etc, etc, etc.

I didn't read this as part of a class, so I'm sure my impress...more
Jan 2006
May 28, 2007
The Corrections
This is the only book I've rated without a review, so I feel (mostly) obligated, and (somewhat) compelled to say something about it.

Firstly, I'll admi...more
Dec 2010
Jul 26, 2007
Simple Passion
My roommate/friend Mita recommended this one to me, and I'm glad she did. it's a very quick, engrossing read - I think it took me half of a day to rea...more
Jul 2006
May 31, 2007
Love is a Dog from Hell
This is the first thing by Bukowski that I read, so naturally it's still my favorite. (in the spirit of full-disclosure, there's also a chapter almost...more
Sep 2001
May 23, 2007
The Blue Fox: A Novel
Reverend Baldur hunts a beguiling blue fox. Fridrik, a naturalist, faces the loss of Abba, a young woman in his care. These stories weave together in...more
Mar 03, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
Black Hole
The is the first and (so far) only graphic novel I've ever read. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would, and found it a lot more affecting than...more
Sep 2005
Jun 20, 2007
Cock & Bull
Cock & Bull was recommended to me by a friend of a friend, and I found it in a thrift store not long after, so I picked it up, figuring why not. T...more
Jul 19, 2010
Oct 12, 2009
The Road
When it comes to the McCarthy cannon - or, more precisely, the two books I've read from it, The Road is, in many ways, the opposite of No Country for...more
May 14, 2009
Mar 09, 2008
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Reviewing this is something of a feat. People whose opinions I love and respect have strong attachments to this book. And it definitely seems to draw...more
Sep 28, 2009
Jun 07, 2007
Norwegian Wood
The first of Murakami's that I read, and I will definitely be reaching for another. A good, relatively quick read that makes you lonely but is still c...more
Jul 2006
Apr 25, 2007
Perhaps this is just me, but I don't think a book has to be perfect to be great. In complete truth, I actually find books that are perfect a little bo...more
Dec 24, 2008
Sep 26, 2007
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
My biggest complaint about this is mostly stylistic: for someone who's supposedly a journalist, this guy has horrible journalistic style. He constantl...more
Apr 2007
Apr 25, 2007
My coworker brought this in for me to borrow after I told him how much I loved True Grit. Turns out that like Portis, he's from Arkansas, and did his...more
Dec 21, 2013
Nov 19, 2013
Influence: Science and Practice
This book completely opened my eyes to the tricks that are being played on me in the world of sales. I can now avoid a large amount of influence and k...more
Apr 2006
Jun 20, 2007
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
This book is magical. I picked it up after a rave review from two friends, but was nervous going into it, because the jacket summary just didn't sound...more
Jan 2003
Apr 24, 2007
The Mental Edge
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Jun 20, 2014
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