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The Lusiads
It always surprises me to realize just how large a world my ignorance of world literature encompasses. Case in point, I made it through college withou...more
Dec 21, 2007
Dec 05, 2007
The Jungle Books

Once again, I'm struck by the savagery that resonates throughout Kipling's writing. It would be so easy to think of The Jungle Book in a more Dis...more
Aug 11, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
The Vesuvius Club (Lucifer Box, #1)
"I made my way softly down the steps to the door. It bore no knocker, nor number of any kind. I had raised my hand when it groaned open, seemingly of...more
Sep 2007
Sep 15, 2007
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
The idea that there is an entire unexplored world lurking in the canopy of what's left of our nation's redwood forests is intriguing. It seems unfatho...more
Oct 2007
Oct 22, 2007
A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and Other Stories
The last book I read was also a collection of short stories, but that is where the comparison stops. Each and every one of the stories in A Good Man i...more
Dec 2007
Nov 27, 2007
Swamp Thing, Vol. 2: Love and Death
Now I get it. I wasn't blown away by the first volume, but volume two makes it clear why people rave about Moore's Swamp Thing.

I'm not sure why I like...more
May 31, 2009
May 31, 2009
Lucifer, Vol. 1: Devil in the Gateway (Lucifer, #1)
I recently reread Sandman, and while I do love it for its own sake, I must confess that my real reason for trekking through Gaiman's epic was to get t...more
May 30, 2010
May 30, 2010
Let the Right One In
An infinitely creepy book. I will admit there were some elements I didn't care for. The gender thing seemed very arbitrary and added little to the sto...more
Jan 04, 2009
Dec 22, 2008
My response to Smiley's novel was contradictory. On the one hand, I liked her ambitious attempt at depicting the entirety of a college campus, coverin...more
Dec 23, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
She-Hulk, Vol. 1: Single Green Female
I felt a little stupid picking this book up, but I'd seen some good reviews, and thought I'd give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprise, enough so that...more
Nov 2007
Nov 11, 2007
All My Friends are Superheroes
Despite what it says in the blurb on the back of the book, this is pretty far from being what anyone might call a "novel." But as a lengthy short stor...more
Jan 2008
Jan 15, 2008
The Graveyard Book
I found myself surprisingly emotional at the end of this book. Maybe I was just tired. Maybe it's been a hard week. Or maybe there's something more th...more
Feb 13, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp, #8)
**spoiler alert** As a kid, I read most of Tom Clancy's novels; I think I stopped right around the time Jack Ryan became President, which pushed plaus...more
Nov 04, 2011
Sep 25, 2011
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
I can't decide whether the fact that I wish I'd just read Montaigne's Essays instead of Bakewell's book is a criticism or an endorsement. The author c...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
I Am America (And So Can You!)
Don't get me wrong; this is a good book. It's a hoot. It's a lot of fun. It's ... exactly the book you think it is. If you've seen The Colbert Report,...more
Oct 2007
Oct 12, 2007
DMZ, Vol. 2: Body of a Journalist
Given away (to Craig?)

See also my review of the first volume.

Most of the book deals with the abduction of a journalist and the ways in which the gover...more
Sep 2007
Sep 15, 2007
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
**spoiler alert** I remember being surprised to learn that Harry would not be attending Hogwarts for his final year of school, but upon rereading, it'...more
Nov 27, 2010
Nov 27, 2010
Al-Qur'an: A Contemporary Translation
On the one hand, I still don't get the appeal of this, or just about any other religious text. Dull, repetitive, and clearly meant for the peoples of...more
Feb 14, 2008
Jan 23, 2008

It's hard, at this point in my life, not to feel as though I've already read this book. The Dracula story has been told and retold and reimagined...more
Sep 25, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
The blurb on the back made this sound a lot more interesting than it actually was. Sadly, what could have been a really disturbing, mysterious book wa...more
Apr 16, 2008
Apr 20, 2008
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
**spoiler alert** I guess it's inevitable that I'd be a little disappointed by the series' conclusion, although on the whole, it's just as compulsivel...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 27, 2010
Slumdog Millionaire
This is a case of a terrible ending ruining an otherwise good book. Ram's story stretches credulity throughout the book, but the way everything just h...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
The Great Gatsby
I liked it better this time; I'm ashamed to suspect that the Luhrmann movie (about which I was somewhat ambivalent) may have opened it up a bit for me...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jan 19, 2010
Manhunter, Vol. 3: Origins
Although I thought this was a bit of a letdown, it actually wasn't that bad. It was nice to get a little bit of background on the makeup of Kate's equ...more
May 14, 2011
May 28, 2008
DMZ, Vol. 1: On the Ground
Given away (to Craig?)

I picked up this book (and the second volume) based on reading a couple very positive reviews, but when push comes to shove, I'm...more
Sep 2007
Sep 15, 2007
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier
When the release of this book was delayed, I got a little nervous. Alan Moore has done some amazing things, but he seems to be rather easily waylaid b...more
Nov 2007
Nov 14, 2007
The Book of Mormon
I can't think about this book without being overwhelmed by how terrible the writing was. Despite having been edited many times over since its initial...more
May 04, 2008
Feb 20, 2008
Sons and Lovers

Quite simply, this is a gorgeous book, and I'm more than a little ashamed that it's taken me this long to get around to reading it. Although, hon...more
Jul 24, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan, #3)
I read The Hunt for Red October when I was a kid, and Tom Clancy's recent death inspired me to pick it up again. I still love it, but it seems like a...more
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
The Sweet Hereafter
Whenever I read this book, I find myself wishing I'd read it before seeing the movie. No matter how hard I try, I find that I just can't shake those v...more
Dec 2007
Dec 21, 2007
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