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Escapes
4.21
Escapes and The Blue Men were the best stories from a well-written, funny collection. I think Williams' stories can be like drinking a cold glass of g ...more
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Nov 16, 2010
 
Manhattans & Murder (Murder, She Wrote, #2)
3.79
[As always, this rating is relevant only to this corner of fiction: MSW "novels" and others based on TV shows. Obviously with these mass market, pop f ...more
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Oct 17, 2010
 
The Monogram Murders
3.17
For my money, Monogram Murders is atrocious. In fact, I have a lot of trouble believing the positive reviews aren't payola (in the publishing industry ...more
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Oct 13, 2014
 
Fogtown
2.91
**spoiler alert** Set in 1950s San Fran, this Vertigo Crime graphic novel "Fogtown" is a pulp tale about a hard-boiled, dick-loving dick. And it's nea ...more
Aug 30, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
 
Bag of Bones
3.83
I used to be one of those people who trudged through books I didn't like, but I've wised up over the years. In this case, I quit Bag of Bones at 7% (y ...more
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Nov 10, 2010
 
The Widow's Cruise (Nigel Strangeways, #13)
3.59
I'd been wanting to read a Nicholas Blake mystery for a while and, since I have a soft spot for whodunits set onboard ships, I started with The Widow' ...more
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Jul 26, 2015
 
They Do It with Mirrors (Miss Marple, #6)
3.73
Three stars, only because I was taken in completely by the reality Christie creates and was genuinely surprised by the ending. Whether that was becaus ...more
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Dec 05, 2010
 
The Haunting of Hill House
3.90
The Haunting of Hill House is a ghost story in the vein of The Turn of the Screw, except Jackson's book doesn't have the same quiet creepy tension run ...more
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Nov 22, 2010
 
Pedro Páramo
4.02
This book started out great. And it would've been great overall, possibly. It's hard to say. I say possibly because the book is a little overly comple ...more
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Nov 17, 2010
 
The Black Lizard and Beast in the Shadows
3.73
Crack is good, but Rampo's better!

At least, the English translation of the short stories collected in Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination were l
...more
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Sep 01, 2010
 
Nice Weekend For A Murder (Mallory, Book 5)
3.52
This is my first Mallory, but I'm a huge huge fan of Collins' Ms. Tree. This book's a nice mashup of the cosy and the hardboiled mysteries. The settin ...more
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Jul 22, 2015
 
How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them--A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide
4.03
Funniest writing book I've ever read. Although my laughs, at least, were a bit halted at first. Like the way you laugh when you meet somebody new and ...more
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Dec 05, 2010
 
The Poisonwood Bible
3.99
It took me a while to get into this for some reason. Maybe because I'd just finished another book about a preacher and his family, I was tired of all ...more
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Dec 05, 2010
 
A Sickness in the Family
3.24
Really wanted to like this. A Sickness in the Family started off bumpy but it was so clearly full of potential. A modern take on a gothic whodunit. Th ...more
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Nov 10, 2010
 
Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It
3.47
Please take my 1 star rating with a grain of salt: I read less than 10% of the book. I only got it because I heard it has a good Amsterdam story. It d ...more
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Jul 30, 2015
 
Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination
4.06
I discovered this book from the anime - Case Closed (or Detective Conan.) The protagonist of the anime has to make up an alias, so he comes up with Co ...more
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Mar 06, 2010
 
Death Turns the Tables (Dr. Gideon Fell, #14)
3.64
I'm mainly just echoing some other comments. Not Carr's best, certainly, but utterly readable and page-turning--and it's a testament to Carr that that ...more
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Feb 17, 2015
 
The Messy Monster
4.67
First book I ever bought. At the Boys & Girls Club, in the library when Connie Constance ran it, at a book fair. I think I was 6. My copy survives ...more
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Nov 25, 2010
 
No One Left To Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family
3.74
Very illuminating, I wish I'd read this when it came out. The Clintons suck and I hope a real Democrat emerges to beat Hilary (famously named for the ...more
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May 19, 2015
 
The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium
4.20
This book's hilarious. I laughed out loud a bunch. It reminds me of that British TV show 'Keeping Up Appearances' in some ways. The Durrells were one ...more
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Mar 06, 2010
 
The Dead Sleep Lightly and Other Mysteries from Radio's Golden Age
3.82
A must read for fans of both golden age radio and golden age detective fiction, by none other than the king of both, John Dickson Carr. Besides two or ...more
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Feb 08, 2015
 
Martinis & Mayhem (Murder, She Wrote, #5)
3.84
[As always, this rating is relevant only to this corner of fiction: MSW "novels" and others based on TV shows. Obviously with these mass market, pop f ...more
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Oct 17, 2010
 
Ugly Man
3.38
I forget where I read it, but somebody said this collection was like an album of B-sides. I usually only like a B-side if I already love the flipside. ...more
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Mar 06, 2010
 
Pines (Wayward Pines, #1)
3.86
Not a well thought out Twin Peaks/Lost hybrid, clearly written cinematcally. Would make a great TV show with a better writer to flesh out the ideas an ...more
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May 12, 2015
 
It Walks by Night (Henri Bencolin, #1)
3.68
Not Carr's best. Obv., being his first. He really honed his craft over the years, but there's a lot of Carr excellence here: namely, atmosphere and co ...more
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Apr 12, 2015
 
Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror
3.58
I think the stories go from okay, good, to pretty good. I'm a big fan of MR James so the last interested me the most. The tenure milieu was fun, the c ...more
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Apr 24, 2015
 
The Stranger
3.93
"It's common knowledge that life isn't worth living, anyhow."

So concludes Mersault. The Stranger's a slow-burner that has a lot to say about atheism,
...more
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Sep 23, 2010
 
The Bell Jar
3.95
I'd never realized before that The Bell Jar is basically a girl's answer to The Catcher in the Rye. Reading it gave me that same feeling as the other, ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
 
Homecoming (Star Trek: Voyager: Homecoming, #1)
3.89
**spoiler alert** What a disappointment. Given how Endgame went down I always thought it would be fun to see what's next for the crew of Voyager. It's ...more
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Mar 13, 2015
 
Astonishing X-Men Omnibus
4.50
I eagerly bought each issue of Astonishing as they came out--or didn't as the case may have been, on time, at least--and Whedon's run, while very spot ...more
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Mar 13, 2015
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