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The Bluest Eye
3.95
Toni Morrison doesn't get the respect she deserves and has rightfully earned. I think that part of this has to do with the unfortunate connotations pe ...more
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Feb 07, 2008
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70
Donna Tartt wrote a splendid book called The Secret History which both celebrated and skewered hyper-intellectualism as well as explored the process o ...more
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Apr 03, 2007
 
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
4.12
I started rereading this series because of John Scieszka's bizarre hatred of Little House on the Prairie. In attempting the perfectly noble task of ge ...more
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Apr 30, 2007
 
Left Behind (Left Behind, #1)
3.77
I felt left out of the Bad Books Club because I completely failed to get past the first chapter of The DaVinci Code, so I read this to keep up. And bo ...more
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Jan 01, 2008
 
The Handmaid's Tale
3.98
I was really struck, upon rereading this, at how much this book could be seen as a commentary on the Harvard/Radcliffe relationship. Of course, there ...more
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Dec 03, 2007
 
By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House, #5)
4.14
One of the things I love about this series is how the prose grows with the protagonist. Four-year-old Laura lives in a world with short sentences and ...more
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May 04, 2007
 
The Book of Daniel
3.88
I loved the prose style, and the subject matter was heavy and riviting, but this book suffered from having an utterly unlikeable narrator and from tha ...more
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Apr 27, 2007
 
I Capture the Castle
3.99
The lure of this book is indescribable. It is a book that invites the reader in, a comfortable read that won't let you go. The plot plays with intimat ...more
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Apr 18, 2007
 
The Poisonwood Bible
3.98
Barbara Kingsolver is a very enjoyable writer and this is possibly her strongest book. It fits in the colonialist literary tradition of "civilized per ...more
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Apr 11, 2008
 
Alias Grace
3.94
Like with any well-written book, I notice new things every time I reread a Margaret Atwood novel. This time, I was struck by the way things happened i ...more
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Apr 11, 2008
 
Briar Rose
3.77
Jane Yolen explores the story of Sleeping Beauty by setting it during the Holocaust. If this sounds like a difficult book to read, it is, but it also ...more
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Jan 15, 2008
 
The Little Friend
3.39
Donna Tartt, what happened here? You wrote the superlative The Secret History, and followed it up a decade later with this warmed-over Southern Gothic ...more
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May 19, 2008
 
Alchemist
3.75
This book has been compared to The Little Prince, which I guess is valid in that both are short and highly allegorical. The difference is that while T ...more
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May 04, 2007
 
Chessmen of Doom
3.85
Last book of 2007! John Bellairs's Johnny Dixon books are notable not just for being above-average gothic horror for young folks, but also because old ...more
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Jan 01, 2008
 
Never Let Me Go
3.78
An entertaining but otherwise unmemorable book. Reads like a Young Adult "message" book, but if all the unnecessary sex were removed, it still wouldn' ...more
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Mar 25, 2007
 
The Secret History
4.05
This is an especially enjoyable book for those of us who thrived in snooty, far-leftist, hyperintellectual liberal arts colleges. The characters and s ...more
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Aug 06, 2007
 
Things Fall Apart
3.56
The straightforward prose belies the fact that this is a very complicated text. The reader is very important part of this book.
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Apr 06, 2007
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)
4.41
This is one of the strongest books of the series, and, uniquely, is a book that recognizes the author's faults and works them into the narrative. Harr ...more
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Jul 02, 2007
 
The Ice Storm
3.70
Oh boy, did I go back and forth on this one. On the one hand, I like Rick Moody's writing, and I admire that he can create genuinely loathsome charact ...more
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Apr 07, 2008
 
The Raw Shark Texts
3.87
The library copy of this had a post-it note stuck on the title page that described it as "the bastard love child of The Matrix, Jaws and The DaVinci C ...more
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Apr 24, 2007
 
As She Climbed across the Table
3.66
I enjoyed this the first time I read it, not so much this time (Side note: I had completely forgotten the ending, weirdly enough - I remembered the bu ...more
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Aug 17, 2008
 
Hunting and Gathering
4.10
I read this book because my mom lent it to me. She really enjoyed it, so I felt obligated to finish it, and I otherwise wouldn't have (even though it ...more
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Aug 17, 2008
 
Life and Times of Michael K
3.83
K is in thrall to horrifying systems beyond his control, he is likened to an insect, he is a hunger artist, and no, this is not a Franz Kafka book. Th ...more
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Jul 28, 2008
 
Grave Secrets (Temperance Brennan, #5)
3.95
So let's get this out of the way: this book, from the series that is the basis for the TV show Bones - it's not a very good book. I'm not a very big f ...more
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May 02, 2008
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.82
Here's what disturbed me about this book: the obsessions and rituals and hyper-logical stubbornness that characterize Christopher are a little enticin ...more
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Apr 21, 2008
 
The Inheritance of Loss
3.37
This book sits on an interesting mental shelf for me, having read Passage to India so recently and having discussed Midnight's Children subsequently. ...more
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Feb 01, 2008
 
The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur
3.41
Canongate Myths series. Ugh. So much more could have been done with this book - it's structured like a chat room, but for no discernable reason other ...more
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May 24, 2007
 
The Gun Seller
3.69
Alas, although this book is extremely funny and comes across as Wodehouse writing a pulpy airport spy novel, I have never read anything from the latte ...more
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Jan 07, 2008
 
The Monsters Of Templeton
3.56
Usch - I enjoyed reading this, but even beyond the fact that this is an advance copy, this feels like an unfinished book. There are several errors in ...more
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Jan 10, 2008
 
The Camomile Lawn
3.83
This book wasn't well-written. The characters explained their actions and those of others intead of letting the narrative build, the pacing was too qu ...more
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Apr 24, 2007
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