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The Tin Woodman of Oz (Oz, #12)
3.86
Don't get me wrong: the 1939 version of Wizard of Oz is, excepting the flying monkeys, one hundred minutes of unadulterated Technicolor joy. But if yo...more
May 1987
Sep 18, 2007
 
Breath
3.77
At first I resisted the charms of this novel. The surfing, the adolescent derring-do, the sage-like surfer dude--the novels' old-fashioned masculine c...more
Feb 2009
Apr 29, 2009
 
American Wife
3.69
Gossip as novel. Despite Sittenfeld’s Writer’s Workshop pedigree and her mostly well-executed prose--she does write her share of clunkers--it's encour...more
Feb 2009
Apr 29, 2009
 
Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood
4.01
Mick LaSalle's central thesis is the pre-Code offered the most complex portrayals of women in the classic studio era--that this was the best time for...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
 
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories
4.08
The most successful of these stories is probably "Hallucigenia"--except for one confusing hallucinatory sequence, the story is well paced and complete...more
Jun 12, 2012
May 22, 2012
 
The Goodbye Look
3.97
I mistakenly reread this Lew Archer novel recently. I originally read it twelve years ago during an all-night book binge at Harvey's Barn Door in Corp...more
May 17, 2012
May 19, 2012
 
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
3.72
These stories are easy to admire but hard to love. Mueenuddin is better at compressing time than in constructing scenes--the longer the time span of t...more
May 11, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
 
Female Trouble: Stories
3.93
Nelson has been nothing but a famous name to me. Although I might read her stories in journals, I never had a context for the range of her themes, no...more
Aug 2007
Sep 17, 2007
 
The Monkey Wrench Gang
4.08
I've heard from reliable sources that Abbey’s essays are good. This novel isn't. At times--usually only for a paragraph or two--Abbey's writing is gra...more
May 2007
Sep 17, 2007
 
The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule
3.94
Nothing new here. Frank makes a mostly obvious point that contemporary free-market conservative ideology is antithetical to good governance. The most...more
Feb 2008
Apr 29, 2009
 
Sleeping Beauty
3.83
Much better than The Goodbye Look. Familiar Macdonald material, but Archer is personally invested in Laurel Russo's disappearance, which raises the na...more
May 20, 2012
May 22, 2012
 
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
4.19
Geez...Cheney, Addington, Yoo, et al. were only doing what was best to protect us. Jane Meyer just wants to bum us out. As Peggy Noonan so eloquently...more
Feb 2009
Apr 29, 2009
 
The Size of the World: A Novel
3.63
Despite the subtitle, this isn't really a novel, but a collection of linked stories/novellas. I rather admired the first couple of stories--the openin...more
Feb 2009
Apr 29, 2009
 
Joyland
3.91
I hate to admit this, but this was actually really bad. The plot was misshapen: there is no scene that advances the thriller part of the story until 1...more
not set
Sep 06, 2013
 
Old School
3.78
The plagiarism stuff seems forced, but otherwise it's fun reading for book nerds. Reading this over the summer just made me feel old...I was certain t...more
not set
Sep 06, 2013
 
Family Dancing: Stories
3.90
Leavitt's first book, published when Leavitt was 23. I prefer the weirder, less-than-perfect stories, such as "Aliens," "Danny in Transit," "Radiation...more
May 24, 2012
May 22, 2012
 
The Body in the Library (Miss Marple, #3)
3.82
Good set-up, fun settings, colorful suspects. You go, Miss Marple. You're so much cooler than that asshole Poirot.
Dec 2008
Apr 29, 2009
 
And Then There Were None
4.19
"What I learned from this book..."
Never accept an invitation to stay on an island with a bunch of strangers.
Dec 2008
Apr 29, 2009
 
Ideas of Heaven
3.81
Overall, less satisfying than Size of the World, but "My Shape" and "The High Road" are solid stories.
Mar 2009
Apr 29, 2009
 
Middle Men: Stories
3.85
These stories are REALLY So-Cal-ish. You know that because of all the Del Taco references.
not set
Sep 06, 2013
 
The House on Fortune Street
3.56
A beautifully constructed novel. More Livesey, please.
Mar 2009
Apr 29, 2009
 
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
4.13
That's a bunch of bullshit, Agatha. Bullshit!
Dec 2008
Apr 29, 2009
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
3.96
There some old-school world-building space opera stuff here that I find endearing. It's also conceptually ambitious--the protagonist is a spaceship! B...more
Jul 09, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
 
Essential X-Men, Vol. 4
4.02
Paul Smith!!
Apr 06, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
Shout Her Lovely Name
3.56
None
not set
Dec 12, 2012
 
Fragments of Rationality: Postmodernity and the Subject of Composition
3.50
None
not set
Jun 01, 2009
 
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange, Vol. 1
4.08
None
not set
Mar 03, 2011
 
Refresh, Refresh
3.95
None
not set
Mar 03, 2011
 
The Night Gardener
3.63
None
Sep 19, 2007
Sep 17, 2007
 
The Jaguar Hunter
4.19
None
Nov 17, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
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