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Hit Parade (Keller, #3)
3.85
it was ok
He's a good writer and very clever--but mystery/suspense really is a long form narrative genre, and this is a collection of short stories, very, very ...more
Dec 23, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
 
Dodgers
3.87
really liked it
Some have pegged this as a mystery/crime novel, and there is a crime at the heart of it, but this is a literary story, well told and very insightful:

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...more
Feb 14, 2017
Feb 14, 2017
 
Northanger Abbey
3.80
I finally got around to reading this book in what I hope to be a never-ending project to keep reading and rereading Jane Austen; it was better, and fu ...more
Oct 27, 2016
Oct 27, 2016
 
How Proust Can Change Your Life
3.77
really liked it
"In reality, every reader is, while he is reading, the reader of his own self. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he offer ...more
Jan 1997
Feb 15, 2012
 
The Borrowed
4.20
really liked it
Such an ambitious detective story! More of a potted history of Hong Kong (in reverse order) from the turmoil of the 1960s (which I didn't realize had ...more
Oct 27, 2016
Oct 27, 2016
 
Midnight Sun (Blood on Snow, #2)
3.58
really liked it
This book really surprised me. For some reason (and it's probably me, not Nesbo), the Harry Hole books have not appealed, nor did the kind of prequel ...more
Dec 13, 2015
Dec 13, 2015
 
The White Van
3.43
really liked it
This is not the San Francisco of the rising middle-class and young professionals who work at Twitter or commute down to the Valley to Google and Faceb ...more
May 25, 2014
Jun 05, 2014
 
Horse Latitudes
3.44
really liked it
was just packing this book off to a charity store when I decided to take a look at it to see if it had held up ... was struck anew by the title and th ...more
Jan 1991
Jan 15, 2012
 
A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living
3.38
liked it
I categorized this as "comic fiction" because it essentially is a comic novel; in fact, it's often quite hilarious, though in the painful way that wat ...more
Mar 02, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
Consciousness and the Novel
3.90
really liked it
Lodge, quoting Antonio Demasio:: "The imagetic representation of sequences of brain events...is the stuff of which stories are made. A natural preverb ...more
Jan 2004
Feb 23, 2012
 
Quite A Good Time to be Born: A Memoir: 1935-1975
3.57
it was amazing
Primarily of interest to fans of David Lodge, this autobiography is illuminating and entertaining: illuminating in providing some background for his n ...more
May 31, 2015
May 31, 2015
 
The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck #4)
4.02
liked it
I'd heard about the husband-and-wife team of Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall for years, but resisted trying one of their topical novels. "The Laughing Poli ...more
not set
Nov 05, 2012
 
Unnatural Causes (Adam Dalgliesh, #3)
3.95
liked it
A very early (1967) outing for Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh which opens with a particularly gruesome scene: a corpse drifting in a boat with boat han ...more
May 14, 2014
May 30, 2014
 
Gone (Jack Caffery, #5)
4.00
really liked it
A complex and fascinating story...some truly surprising touches, like a tooth from a young victim (kept in a locket) and baked into a pie given to the ...more
Jun 28, 2015
Jun 28, 2015
 
The Gentlemen's Hour (Boone Daniels, #2)
4.04
really liked it
I still say Don Winslow is the best genre writer you've never heard of (apologies if you have). The dialogue is like Elmore Leonard if Leonard were a ...more
Apr 09, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
 
The Crossroads
3.92
liked it
I went on a HUGE John D. MacDonald kick in 2008, reading all 23 of the Travis McGee novels and as many of his other pulp classics as I could lay my ha ...more
Jan 2008
Aug 18, 2010
 
Contrary Pleasure
3.69
really liked it
A ton of stylistic sophistication (with a pulpy tinge to it) as in this sentence, when a man is leaving his office in a small city and heading home in ...more
Aug 05, 2016
Aug 05, 2016
 
The Golden Calf (Inspector Huss #5)
3.75
it was ok
I read a more recent procedural--The Beige Man--and really admired it, but this book was disappointing. An overstuffed plot that relies too much on a ...more
Feb 16, 2015
Feb 16, 2015
 
Fast Company
3.81
it was amazing
An undiscovered gem of a non-fiction book. Six portrayals of great gamblers (and no, it's not a contradiction): Bobby Riggs (tennis), Johnny Moss (pok ...more
Nov 21, 2010
Nov 21, 2010
 
From Bacteria to Bach and Back - The Evolution of Minds
3.73
really liked it
Not a trivial read, but I found it convincing (even if I'm not entirely sure how to articulate what "it" is). But this book did convince me that AI is ...more
May 28, 2017
May 28, 2017
 
The House of Silk (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
3.95
really liked it
One of the best pastiches I have ever read (i.e., if you like Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, you'll probably like this). Pitch-perfect tone. Br ...more
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 24, 2014
 
Young Philby
3.44
it was ok
Very hard to care about this narrative though the story of Kim Philby, one of the Cambridge Five, is a compelling one. But this multifaceted look at h ...more
not set
Sep 19, 2012
 
Glow
3.33
really liked it
Clever, but very much a young man's book (or possibly a young person's book). Slackers, ravers, ecstasy users, pirate radio DJs all searching for the ...more
May 14, 2014
Jun 05, 2014
 
A Legacy of Spies
4.50
it was amazing
Easily the best le Carre novel I have read in years. It essentially reprises the George Smiley novels through a near-contemporary story narrated by Pe ...more
Jun 22, 2017
Jun 22, 2017
 
The Famous and the Dead (Charlie Hood, #6)
3.56
really liked it
Another excellent and very complex thriller, the sixth and final episode in the Charlie Hood (a classic Parker protagonist) series. Some oddities to t ...more
Jan 17, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
 
The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q, #1)
3.97
it was ok
I read this out of curiosity for another take on Scandinavian noir, and most of the by-now familiar tropes are there in a plot of incredibly perverse ...more
Apr 18, 2015
Apr 18, 2015
 
Jammy Dodger
3.17
liked it
Clever, funny, and very very slight. A very odd setting (a comic novel set in Belfast during the height of the Troubles with a capital T -- and the co ...more
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
 
On Boxing
3.87
it was amazing
A brilliant book and almost infinitely quotable:

"There [in the ring] as in no other public arena does the individual as a unique physical being asser
...more
Nov 2011
Feb 28, 2012
 
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)
4.09
really liked it
I read some of the Holmes canon every year or so, and by now I've ready all four novels and the 63 (I think) stories that comprise it. The Hound is on ...more
Jan 2008
Aug 18, 2010
 
Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes
3.71
it was ok
Not impressive. Great idea for a book, but written at a very elementary (ha! terrible pun) level; could be valuable to someone just delving into the H ...more
Feb 11, 2017
Apr 08, 2017
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