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The Price of Salt
**spoiler alert** This novel, originally written under a pseudonym, reminds me of the big difference between gay and lesbian fiction; it is a full 200 ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
Future Shock
I cannot believe how much Future Shock is a part of my background. While reading it I remembered direct quotes spoken by my mother and teachers; it wa ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
Second Class Citizen
Second Class Citizen is a very auto-biographical account of Buchi Emecheta’s emigration from Nigeria to London. It’s a personal story, one that candid ...more
Jan 1992
May 18, 2010
I have had the fortune of reading Paul G. Bens Jr.’s shorter work and anticipated reading his first novel. Kelland is a multi-person narrative with fi ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 14, 2010
Survival in Auschwitz
What I find more frightening in Levi’s description of his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp is not the humiliation, torture, degradation, or se ...more
Jan 2011
May 11, 2011
Perhaps knowing Jeff Mann personally has influenced my judgment in reading Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear, but I would have enjoyed this ...more
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May 18, 2010
Elephant Man
I believe this is one of the first books I’ve read that is based on the movie, rather than vice versa. At times it crosses the line into sentimentalit ...more
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May 18, 2010
Native Son
Native Son is a challenging novel and is as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1950. The book starts with a startling alarm, waki ...more
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May 18, 2010
Tender Is the Night
Tracing the arc of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s marriage to his schizophrenic wife, Zelda, "Tender is the Night" is a tale painfully autobiographic. At times ...more
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May 18, 2010
When I read the description for Cavlino’s collection of science fiction stories inspired by the origins of the universe, I was immediately intrigued. ...more
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Nov 22, 2011
Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment is another novel, aside from the last 40 pages, that bears no resemblance to the movie adaptation. Where the movie defined the “ch ...more
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May 18, 2010
Starship Troopers
Seconding other reviewers, I had to disassociate the movie of the same title before I was able to enjoy this book on its own merits. The “bug war” off ...more
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May 18, 2010
After The Quake
“After the Quake” is an excellent entry point for Murakami. The short story collection is brief and gives the reader a sense of the author’s style bef ...more
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May 18, 2010
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
I am now officially prepared for the possible invasion of the undead and know exactly what to do in any given situation thanks to Max Brooks’ exhausti ...more
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May 18, 2010
Assumption And Other Stories
I was first introduced to the work of Daniel A. Olivas when I was the editor of, and it was a treat to return to his fiction. The stor ...more
Nov 30, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
Paris in the Twentieth Century
I was ready to drop this "lost" novel after the first 35 pages—which reads like the Vern’s first draft—as he sketches out a technologically advanced a ...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
On Golden Pond
This is one of the few instances where the movie outstripped the original text. This might be attributed to the talented cast assembled for the 1970s ...more
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope (Star Wars, #4)
I will need to add this novel to the very short list of books that were bested by the movie version, though this one was based on the film. Lucas’ use ...more
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
Time for the Stars
Heinlein’s work typically falls into two age groups: his early fiction is targeted for space-hungry boys and his later work is written for a mature (d ...more
May 2012
Apr 24, 2012
Voyage of the Beagle
What I found more fascinating in Darwin’s journey vs his better known work is the sheer exuberance of discovery. Through observation and reasoning alo ...more
May 02, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
The Naked Civil Servant
I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Crisp in the mid-90s through performance artist, Penny Arcade, who I worked with when she staged "Bitch!Dyke!Faghag ...more
Mar 25, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
The Maltese Falcon
I will be the first to admit, I never expected to enjoy this book. I put off reading it for years—the movie didn’t do much for me—but I grabbed it off ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
Close Range
This collection of short stories is narrated in Proulx’s stark prose, one that is well-suited for the portraying the landscape of the American west. T ...more
Oct 06, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
I’ve been reading up on pandemics both real and imaginary to prepare to write my own book and I ran across the recent series Survivors inspired by thi ...more
Aug 05, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
Dirty One
Having been an androgynous girly-boy in the 80’s I empathized with the majority of Grave’s characters. There is no ambiguity here, these underage boys ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
A Brief History of Time
There are several things to enjoy about Hawking’s work aside for the science. Like a good teacher he uses everyday objects to help us understand reall ...more
Jul 07, 2011
May 26, 2011
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The concept of this brief novel is daring; show the Holocaust through the eyes of a child, the son of manager of a Nazi death camp. Boyne captures the ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
**spoiler alert** “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” came highly recommended by several people and for good reason. Jackson’s short novel is tense a ...more
May 07, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
All the President's Men
Like most people who grew up after the events depicted in this book, I had no understanding of Watergate aside from the well-publicized break in of th ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
You Only Live Twice (James Bond, #12)
For the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise I decided to pull the original text of “You Only Live Twice” off the shelf. I understand it is on ...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
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