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Congratulations on your purchase/borrowing/piracy of "Peace" by Gene Wolfe! We who have come before you hope you will be very, very satisfied with you...more
Apr 05, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
Mrs. Dalloway
Dear James Joyce:

Suck it.

Jun 28, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
Moby Dick is the epic of epics, it makes everything else seem less in comparison. It alternates wildly between travelogue, encyclopedia of whaling, st...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I'm confused. Was Neil Gaiman always a hack, and I never realized it? Or was he replaced with a poorly-paid ghostwriter, because I'm sorry, this is on...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
Roadside Picnic
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky is the novel that inspired the Russian film Stalker, and later the popular Russian video game series of the same...more
Jan 02, 2012
Dec 27, 2011
The Handmaid's Tale
Damn, Margaret Atwood. Damn. I know it's the cliche of cliches and practically punishable by death at this point to use phrases like "this book is so...more
Sep 20, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
Hull Zero Three
It's a story as old as science fiction itself. Guy wakes up on a spaceship, has no freaking clue where he is or what he's supposed to do, aaaaand run...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
Mirkwood: A Novel about JRR Tolkien
In the awkwardly titled “Mirkwood: A Novel About J.R.R. Tolkien,” Steve Hillard asks the reader a dangerous set of questions: Did you read Lord of th...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
Cloud Atlas
The Beatification of Cloud Atlas

It's hard to put into simple words what makes Cloud Atlas so great - any description of it would of necessity have to...more
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
In the Miso Soup
Japan is a nation of extremes. Why does one of the richest nations on the planet have citizens who literally work themselves to death? Why do so many...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
The Remains of the Day
Okay, this one's going to be a little bit weird, but bear with me.

This is Baileywick:

Baileywick is the cartoon butler on the Disney Junior show Sofi...more
Sep 03, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
House of Houses
More like 3.5 stars, really.

Of the four bizarro books I purchased during the Bizarro Bonanza this winter (the others: Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You...more
Mar 12, 2013
Nov 23, 2012
The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1)
4.5 stars. Leaving aside the problems of a "definitive" novel about life in pre-revolutionary China being written by a middle-aged white lady (even on...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
Hell House
Matheson’s Hell House exists in a weird place in horror literature. The godfather of Stephen King’s The Shining and the grandson of Shirley Jackson’s...more
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 13, 2013
Dare Me
Firstly, I just want to say something: I'm really glad I read a digital version of this book (thanks, Henrico County Overdrive!) because that cover is...more
Jun 20, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
The Penelopiad
Point being that you don't have to get too worked up about us, dear educated minds. You don't have to think of us as real girls, real flesh and blood,...more
Sep 20, 2014
Sep 20, 2014
The Son
I've noticed that in my time on Goodreads - and as a person who tells the people he knows about the books he reads in general - that I tend to be a ra...more
Apr 08, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)
I don't even know why I feel the need to review a Stephen King novel in the Year of Our Lord 2014, I'm about as objective as a character from Rashomon...more
Jun 10, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
I'm waffling hard between three and four stars for this one - whichever it ends up being, consider this one a 3.5. At it's best, Roach's Spook reads l...more
May 16, 2014
May 14, 2014
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
With a subtitle like “Travels in the New Third World,” you might pick up Boomerang expecting to read about Michael Lewis tramping through New Orleans...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 16, 2012

Equal parts depressing, darkly comic and gleefully erotic, Houellebecq's Platform is an unflinching look at the dark, pockmarked intersection where se...more
Oct 2012
Oct 01, 2012
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
A little uneven, and there's times where L.D. lets loose the naive, over-privileged side of her that makes her such a ripe target of hate for the Inte...more
Oct 16, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
Acceptance (Southern Reach Trilogy, #3)
VanderMeer sticks the landing like a fucking master. Look for this in my favorites list when the inevitable omnibus edition comes out in the next year...more
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
Figures of Earth
In the introduction to Figures of Earth, written to Sinclair Lewis (another early 20th-century writer with whose work I'd like to get better acquainte...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
Chris Hedges is an angry, angry man. Angry about illiteracy, reality TV, pornography, corporations, institues of higher learning and just about everyt...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
An utterly engrossing and hilarious satire of religion, politics and the mid-life crisis, James Cabell's "Jurgen" is like the unholy fusion of Jack Va...more
Jan 17, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
All You Need Is Kill
Poor Kiriya. He's one of thousands of faceless soldiers drafted by an increasingly desperate Japanese military, in a last-ditch effort to repel the he...more
May 16, 2012
May 16, 2012
Nine Princes in Amber (Amber Chronicles, #1)
About a third of the way through Nine Princes in Amber, there is a scene where the protagonist, Corwin, is speeding through a hallucinogenic landscape...more
Feb 28, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a paradox of a novel; it somehow simultaneously feels too padded and too cramped. In a scant three hundred pag...more
Aug 09, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
Don't Bend Over in the Garden, Granny, You Know Them Taters Got Eyes
"There's nothing inherently dirty about sex, but if you try real hard and use your imagination you can overcome that quite easily."

If you weren't arou...more
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
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