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A Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat, #3)
When one is approached by a random person and asked to locate a life form that is physically unable to exist, but which you have a picture of, and you ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 18, 2007
Although lacking plot and a strong sense of cohesiveness, Nog is the kind of story that manages to do what very few books I have ever read are able to ...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
The Invention of Morel
Short novels have always captured my attention because of their ability to get right to the heart of the matter and this classic gem is no different-- ...more
Nov 2006
Apr 01, 2007
The Face of Another
Oh, the under-appreciated Kobo Abe. His work is always intriguing, especially Women in the Dunes and The Ruined Map, and usually quite compelling, but ...more
Jun 02, 2009
May 17, 2009
Pieces for the Left Hand
Combining the poetic deftness of Kawabata's Palm of the Hand stories and Paul Auster's bizarre and coincidental true stories from the Red Notebook, Le ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Apr 04, 2009
The Engagement
One of Simenon's only "psychological" novels, this was a rather gripping tale of a lonely man that is targeted as a the killer in a recent murder. Kee ...more
Oct 2007
Nov 18, 2007
The Double-Bass (Bloomsbury Classics)
If you are able to get a copy of this book to read, I recommend savoring it. It's not that it's Suskind best work, but it certainly plays a role in hi ...more
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
The Sisters Brothers
I have to thank my coworker for turning me on to this. It's the perfect book for those gloomy winter days. A western adventure with light touches of h ...more
Jan 17, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
College teaches us how to think. And that's okay. Because, if college didn't teach us how to think and what to think about, we would probably end up l ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
The Blonde on the Street Corner
My first Goodis...not quite what I was expecting. I heard that he was an excellent writer of noir mysteries, which I'm sure he is, but this book had a ...more
Mar 22, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
Rogue Males: Conversations & Confrontations about the Writing Life
Good interviews with two of my favorite writers: James Crumley (one of the last interviews before he died) and Daniel Woodrell. Woodrell is about the ...more
Jul 11, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
Far North
A very compelling, often brutal, take on a possible world to come.

Theroux has a knack for understatement, often using it to conceal character traits
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
I came away from this book with a much better understanding of not only my own moral leanings, but, more importantly, a new understanding of why "thos ...more
Apr 02, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
Makes you want to go out, buy a crock, harvest some cabbage, and make kraut! So far, this book is a real inspiration to make funky, locally cultured f ...more
Sep 05, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
The Terror of Living
Based on several factors (local author, my age, Woodrell blurb, comparisons to No Country For Old Men) I expected this to be great. It wasn't. It was ...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
Where There's Love, There's Hate (Neversink)
A little simplistic compared to Casares' other books.
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
Dreamlike, absurd, compelling and ultimately devastating. I was just a little bugged by the ending. It's a case, for me, where I needed a little more ...more
Mar 09, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
Ablutions: Notes for a Novel
After reading The Sisters Brothers, Ablutions came as a bit of a shock. DeWitt took me to some dark, dark places in this story of a downward-spiraling ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart
Picked up on a whim, drawn to books about mountain men, was immediately drawn into the voice and setting and characters, read it quickly and tried har ...more
Jun 23, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
Lush Life
Being relatively naive when it comes to the police procedural genre, it's hard for me to say anything substantial about how this book breaks the conve ...more
Oct 18, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
I admit, I once learned most of the information contained within these pages, but it has trickled away from me as time passed. I forgot just how inter ...more
Feb 02, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
Diary of a Bad Year
Is this fiction? Is this a collection of essays? It's hard to say. It's both, and it's a little disorienting at first. I think Coetzee is up to someth ...more
Oct 2007
Nov 18, 2007
The Pigeon
This is an absolutely absorbing read. I'm sure you've heard me talk about it before, but really, you need to read this book.

It's when we try to withs
Nov 2005
Dec 02, 2007
Bad Monkeys
Talk about blown away--this book had all right things going for it: immediately gripping story; morally ambiguous characters; plenty of psychological ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 28, 2007
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao
I have to admit, the title is a little misleading. I thought I was in for an account of Oscar's life--only Oscar, which I really would have liked to s ...more
Oct 10, 2008
Oct 04, 2008
The World Made Straight
A sparsely written coming of age tale set in North Carolina, where the past lingers amongst the inhabitants of the present. Rash's evocative landscape ...more
Jul 20, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
The End of War
Okay, my pessimism is weakened, my optimism is strengthened. However, this is going to take a while. What the author doesn't address is how to convinc ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
Closely Watched Trains
Hrabal is a master of juxtaposing humorous anecdotes with some seriously tragic stuff. He also captures the reality of Czech civilians who, in spite o ...more
Apr 13, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
The Raw Shark Texts
Fun fun fun. That's about it, though. There is playfulness on every page, but too much at times. There are stories within stories which keep you inter ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 02, 2008
Having read Denis Johnson before and loved him so much, I was really disappointed by this novel, which according to several reputable sources, was sup ...more
Sep 2008
Oct 04, 2008
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