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Pretty much fantastic. I am a newer initiate into the world of Neil Gaiman, but this book is brilliant.
Jul 10, 2013
Jun 21, 2010
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
This. Book. Is. Awesome. Ostensibly about zombies, it ends up being more about human response to crisis--on an individual, national, and international...more
Sep 08, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
Sea Of Grass
In the late 1800s, the Southwestern United States was the domain of the cattle baron. Herds of cattle roamed vast stretches of prairie; plump, like pl...more
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
Another classic from my childhood. Lindgren is a very capable Swedish author (best known for Pippi Longstocking and Mio, My Son), and this book is a g...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will
Really more of a three-and-a-half star book. DeYoung presents a convicting indictment of this generation's obsession with "finding God's will," partic...more
Apr 28, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
One of the best opening lines of any book ever written, and the rest of the book does not disappoint.

Du Maurier creates an unparalleled atmosphere of...more
Sep 17, 2010
Jun 21, 2010
The Midnight Club
**spoiler alert** Poor man's Lurlene McDaniel reincarnate. Really. (And she's not even dead yet!) Pike sets his tale in a hospice center for teenagers...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
Boy: Tales of Childhood
Beloved children's author Dahl shares a few anecdotes from his childhood in Wales, England, and Norway, including the adventure of the goat tobacco, h...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
Batman: The Killing Joke
Decent enough graphic novel, if not quite up to the standard set by Lovers and Madmen and The Dark Knight Returns. Here, the newly escaped (again) Jok...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 09, 2011
A decent enough mystery. On the plus side, the villains are more normal, and are driven by largely normal motives (albeit normal motives inflated and...more
May 10, 2011
May 13, 2011
King Solomon's Mines
An excellent story, and a precursor to much of the adventure literature and film that has been so popular for the past hundred years. Although the sto...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 28, 2011
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English
An interesting read. McWhorter obviously has pet interests in linguistic history--interests which his readers may not always share (see, e.g., his obs...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 19, 2010
Turn Back the Night
Excellent, if amusingly dated. Lawhead's pop culture examples range from Dynasty to Dukes of Hazzard to Olivia Newton John to Flashdance. The times, t...more
Jun 02, 2011
May 31, 2011
The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart, #1)
Very Holmesian--Sherlock, not Oliver Wendell. The setting, the unknown numbered things that cause death to the hearers (in Holmes it was five orange p...more
May 11, 2011
May 13, 2011
The Child Thief
A gory and fairly terrifying story, but well-written and skillfully presented. I definitely grimaced more than once reading the rather graphic descrip...more
Sep 29, 2010
Sep 26, 2010
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: More Stories My Mother Never Told Me
A collection of 14 creepy short stories by Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury, and others. The title is apt, as Alfred Hitchcock notes in his introduction that...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Pretty much an amazing book. I realize I am way behind the times, and lots of folks discovered this gem years ago, but better late than never, right?...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
The Skin Map (Bright Empires)
While slogging through the streets of London one rainy Sunday morning, everyman Kit Livingston encounters his long-lost (and surprisingly spry) great...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
The Dark Descent, Vol 2: The Medusa in the Shield
Another collection of, by and large, excellent stories. This volume highlights horror from a psychological perspective--the events are not objectively...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
Science Fact/Fiction
A fantastic collection of short stories. As with any collection, there are a few stinkers, but by and large the stories are excellent. Which is hardly...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
Masterpieces Of Medieval Literature
A series of fourteen lectures covering, well, the literature of the Middle Ages. Starting with the 'Germanic North', then moving west to the Icelandic...more
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
The Talisman (The Talisman, #1)
**spoiler alert** This book marks my first foray into Stephen King's fiction . . . and I was not disappointed. It's rather long--perhaps longer than i...more
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
The Canary List
**spoiler alert** Improbably named middle school teacher Crockett Grey is drunk. And he means to be. It's the anniversary of his daughter's death and...more
Dec 30, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
The Dark Descent, Vol 3: A Fabulous, Formless Darkness
A largely lackluster collection of stories--by far, the weakest entry in the series. This time around, Hartwell has selected stories where the perceiv...more
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
The Death of Yorik Mortwell
An excerpt:
It’s not every day you come across a book where the hero dies in the first chapter. But in The Death of Yorik Mortwell, that’s exactly what
Dec 28, 2011
Dec 28, 2011
The Dry Divide (Little Britches, #7)
For starters, this book is loads better than Shaking the Nickel Bush. Not that it would take much. Here we rejoin Ralph Moody (now going by 'Bud') som...more
Nov 11, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology
An excellent and informative book. Ceram's unquenchable passion and unflagging enthusiasm for his field are quite contagious. Presumably all archaeolo...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered
This book is incredible: moving, eye-opening, horrifying, inspiring, and deeply disturbing, all at the same time.

Raines wisely allows the various hist...more
Sep 03, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
The Cowboy and the Vampire (The Cowboy and the Vampire, #1)
This book was much, much better than I expected. It's the sort of book you purchase from the clearance rack on a whim, figuring that it might be just...more
Nov 08, 2011
Nov 02, 2011
The Call of the Wild
The adventures of Buck, a ginormous St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd cross who is kidnapped (dognapped?) from his posh California home during the Klondike...more
Jun 29, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
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