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Snow Falling on Cedars
Overall, I was disappointed by this book. It could have been amazing, but Guterson doesn't seem to be able to create a compelling story or fully flesh...more
Oct 2007
Oct 23, 2007
The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I (The Secret Circle, #1-2)
After reading Twilight and being incredibly disappointed, I decided to revisit L.J. Smith's Secret Circle series, which I read in high school, to see...more
not set
Mar 01, 2009
Unlucky Lucky Days
There were a handful of stories here that I enjoyed, but it wasn't coming together for me. Its oddness wasn't particularly endearing, engaging, challe...more
Feb 2009
Jan 23, 2009
I wanted to like this so much more. The poems are beautiful and quiet, but they never surprised me.
Oct 2010
Oct 09, 2010
It is like picking up a white telephone and ordering champagne...

And a drop of blood licked off an apple...

I don't see why I must be terrifically sorr...more
Dec 2010
Nov 26, 2010
The Historian
I considered giving up on this book many times, but I usually try to see a book through, especially after getting 50, 100, 200 or even 400 pages in. K...more
Jun 2009
Feb 27, 2009
On Looking: Essays
Lush and intense, gorgeously written -- questions form, the relationship between seeing and looking, between writer and observer/object of observation...more
Feb 2009
Jan 23, 2009
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame
Overall, not terribly impressive. As you'd expect, lots of stories about how no one (or very few people) showed up for a reading or a book signing - t...more
Jun 2007
Sep 17, 2007
Fun Encyclopedia
Absolutely hilarious, wildly inappropriate, politically incorrect in every way possible. Did people in the 60s really force these activities upon each...more
not set
Sep 18, 2007
Crash's Law
Some gorgeous moments, but not as strong as her other work...
Jul 2009
Jun 17, 2009
American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads
Back when I wasn't vegan, this book set off fantasies of following in her footsteps, either pie-by-pie or via my own personal route of mom-n-pop dough...more
Jun 2005
Sep 18, 2007
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
At times felt like a cross between Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Lisa Scottoline's Courting Trouble. More "satisfying" than In the Woods, becau...more
Feb 2012
Jan 10, 2012
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
For what it's worth, Eclipse is far better than the first two books in this series. Meyer's strength is backstory, crafting legends and myths around c...more
Mar 2009
Dec 30, 2008
Objects for a Fog Death
Felt most engaged by the first, fourth, and fifth sections. Loved the "metal" poems. Curious linebreaks created tension, and sentences stretched over...more
Mar 2012
Oct 11, 2010
The Lost Legends of New Jersey
Slowing making my way through this one, which isn't indicative of how much I like it. Reiken's characters are quirky and real (though their dialogue b...more
Nov 30, 2007
Nov 19, 2007
Invisible Cities
Maybe it's just because it was the only book that I truly enjoyed during IFP (Hopkinites will know what I mean) - and it's been a while since those da...more
Nov 2000
Sep 18, 2007
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
Though many might disagree, I think this book blew the first one away. The characters were stronger - Lyra was way less annoying, and Will complements...more
Nov 2007
Nov 19, 2007
The Powerbook
I love Jeanette Winterson's work, and I enjoyed this book as well -- but it lacked the deep roots in story, the cohesion, and the passion/intensity I...more
Jun 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
Echoes of Kelly Link. Definitely enjoyed this--sad, eerie, funny, abject. While it sometimes felt like the same note being struck over and over, I was...more
Nov 2011
Dec 13, 2010
Neck Deep and Other Predicaments: Essays
Really enjoyed this book, though "The Big and Sometimes Colored Foam" fell flat for me. Nice explorations of form; many recurring images and ideas fro...more
May 22, 2011
Jul 08, 2009
Crime and Punishment
One of the usual suspects from high school English and a textbook case of heavy-duty Russian psychological struggle, but an amazingly absorbing read w...more
not set
Sep 18, 2007
A Student of Weather
Reminded me of Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall On Your Knees and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping (though the writing, while good, wasn't quite as lush as...more
Oct 2010
Jun 05, 2010
Facts for Visitors
Not biased because he was my advisor, I swear - Reddy's poems just have an eloquence and precision of language that is rare in many younger poets toda...more
not set
Sep 18, 2007
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
I taught selections from this book in my Reading the Cemetery class, but only now am I finally getting around to reading the whole thing.
Oct 2010
Sep 18, 2007
Really a 4.5 -- a few misses, but many of these poems are gorgeously wrought, emotionally raw, and sonically masterful.
Jul 04, 2009
Apr 02, 2009
Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam
Oh-so-relevant to the current disastrous state of the world and the US military in particular...
not set
Sep 18, 2007
Humanimal: A Project for Future Children
Jan 2011
Apr 21, 2010
Time and Materials
not set
Aug 07, 2009
The Anger Scale
not set
Nov 09, 2008
Jul 10, 2010
May 20, 2010
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