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Hopscotch
4.27
I know some people hate this book because they think it's too pretentious or that the format doesn't really add to the novel, but I disagree. I don't ...more
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May 12, 2007
 
Shibumi (Nicholai Hel, #1)
4.20
If you can read this book and not want to be Nikolai Hel, let me know. I'm normally not a fan of the hitman/assassin/somewhat Bourne Identity-esque ty ...more
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May 15, 2007
 
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4.00
It's very easy to get wrapped up in thinking about the process of creating this work.
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May 22, 2008
 
Crush
4.42
If I could give this book 5,000 stars, I would. A friend recently gave this to me. This is a bible for writers looking for guidance on the art of writ ...more
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Jan 26, 2012
 
The Bigness of the World
3.93
OK, so I'm not actually done reading this one yet, but I did want to throw a review up there -- I'm 90% of the way done, so that counts. Lori has stru ...more
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Dec 10, 2010
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.82
A truly sad and incredible story. Didion has impressed me before, and this memoir is no exception. Her expert use of wisely timed repitition adds to t ...more
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May 22, 2009
 
The Pale King
3.93
i would love to have known what the finished version would have looked like, but this draft, while impressive in scope and ambition, was choppy and at ...more
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Aug 31, 2012
 
Crime and Punishment
4.15
I made it through this book despite its horrific dialogues. Wonderful psychological study, but, again, the narrative style itself can at times be extr ...more
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Jan 12, 2009
 
The Tender Bar
3.90
Solid writing, but twice as long as it should be; too many themes, too many predictable (albeit solid) ends to chapters/paragraphs, etc. A good book, ...more
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Apr 06, 2011
 
The Last Thing He Wanted
3.47
this was the first piece of fiction i'd read of ms didion for years. had been obsessing over her more recent memoirs. a solid book, well written, stro ...more
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Oct 29, 2012
 
The Lazarus Project
3.55
This novel was a great introduction to Hemon. It left me wanting to explore a more straight narrative by him, something slightly less meta. Very uniqu ...more
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Dec 10, 2010
 
We Don't Know We Don't Know
4.28
i bought this book because of nick's reading of "will there be more than one questioner present," and the rest of the volume did not disappoint. such ...more
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Aug 31, 2012
 
Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces
3.88
very well written, a little uncritical, however. good character studies, and a really solid expose of the lifestyle and missions these elite soldiers ...more
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Sep 05, 2012
 
The End of the Battle
4.03
Great text; want to read the preceding two volumes in the trilogy now; very neat description of life in London during WWII, and the bureaucracy of a m ...more
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Feb 05, 2009
 
Blue Nights
3.70
Ms. Didion remains one of my chief mentors on the page. A brilliant book, an inspiration for an aspiring writer.
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Jan 02, 2012
 
Home (Gilead, #2)
3.89
an amazing novel by an amazing author. i have loved everything i have read by her. so quietly stirring. fascinating voice.
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Aug 31, 2012
 
The Sky Below
3.27
A dreamy voice, through to the end. I like her commitment to Gabriel's character, her quiet sympathy for him.
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Dec 10, 2010
 
Gilead
3.80
Amazing voice and structure. Robinson is a master of her craft. Her voice and character development are spot on.
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Jun 24, 2009
 
The Art of Peace
4.26
a path to making Aikido your own. Helps to discover breath exercises. A must for any student of the art.
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Apr 13, 2009
 
Love in the Time of Cholera
3.86
Glad I picked this one back up and gave it another chance 5 years after I first tried. Amazing novel.
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Jun 01, 2010
 
Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
4.11
page turning account of sub spy espionage, the trials, tribulations, and personalities of those involved.
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Mar 11, 2010
 
Killer Elite: The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team
3.67
A good, relatively balanced look at the ISA. Good for those interested in military affairs.
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Jan 07, 2010
 
The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn
3.91
did not understand all of it, but able to love all of it. great portraiture of the personalities of genius.
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Mar 11, 2010
 
The Tortilla Curtain
3.64
A pedestrian, overdone book that fails at satire, and generally irritates the reader.
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Sep 05, 2010
 
When We Were Orphans
3.43
i need to re-read this one. I remember loving it, but it's been years...
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Aug 31, 2012
 
Running in the Family
3.85
Holy cannoli, a wonderful, luscious memoir. Understated, pitch-perfect.
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Dec 10, 2010
 
Terry Jones' Barbarians
3.94
A really neat alternative, and well documented history of Roman time.
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Jan 07, 2010
 
Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad (Updated)
3.91
updated chapters are weaker than the originals.
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Dec 25, 2008
 
Native Speaker
3.68
great read! very interesting premise and wonderfully told.
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Nov 24, 2011
 
Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home: Life on the Page
3.66
simply a great collection of personal essays.
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Mar 11, 2010
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