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Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand makes my eyes hurt. She does this, not by the length of her six hundred thousand word diatribe, but rather by the frequency with which she ca ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
Life of Pi
Feb 20, 2011
Nov 14, 2010
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
You know what I think is funny? This book is called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. That makes it sound pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? Henr ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Apr 22, 2011
“Where the White Whale, yo?”

Ah, my first DBR. And possibly my last, as this could be a complete shit show. Approaching a review of Moby-Dick in a stat
Nov 11, 2012
Apr 17, 2011
Hi, my name is Jake Epping and I’m a dull high school English teacher who has decided to go back in time to prevent JFK from being assassinated. I’ve ...more
Jan 09, 2012
Dec 21, 2011
The Art of Racing in the Rain
You know that guy who comes up to you when you’re having a bad day and says something like, “just think positive thoughts and good things will happen” ...more
Dec 09, 2012
Mar 06, 2011
The Book Thief
I write this review under severe duress.

Three-star books are always difficult to review, aren’t they? They are difficult for me, mostly because I am s
Jul 18, 2012
Apr 17, 2011
Invisible Monsters
Quite possibly the most fucked up piece of literature I’ve ever read, this novel is a brilliantly executed train wreck from beginning to end.
Apr 29, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
Cutting for Stone
The world turns on our every action, and our every omission, whether we know it or not.

It is statistically improbable that I will read a book as good
Jan 24, 2012
Apr 22, 2011
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
This book is two, two, two books in one!

Sorry, that was annoying. But it’s almost as if Erik Larson wrote two really short books—one about the 1893 Wo
Oct 02, 2012
Jul 28, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
This is just a pithy review on the Harry Potter series as a whole. It is not an in-depth analysis of the work in general, nor is it a review on any on ...more
not set
Oct 16, 2010
Mrs. Dalloway
Experiencing Mrs. Dalloway is like being a piece of luggage on an airport conveyor belt, traversing lazily through a crowd of passengers, over and aro ...more
Jun 10, 2012
Apr 17, 2011
Cloud Atlas
At the Museum of Science in Boston, there is an exhibit just outside the doors of the Planetarium that demonstrates—through a series of adjacent panel ...more
Aug 30, 2012
Apr 19, 2011
Before I Go to Sleep
My negative attitude is a ruse, I swear it. I am such a positive little outlooker. Nearly every book I read starts off with five stars in my head. It ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 14, 2011
Beautiful Ruins
Preconcetti sventato ancora una volta!

Whoever designed the cover of this novel and came up with its title (because I refuse to believe either of these
May 17, 2013
Oct 30, 2012
Alright, it’s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpiece.

Being a pseudo-biochemist (pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a bio
Sep 22, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
The Master and Margarita
The Chicago Tribune wrote: “The book is by turns hilarious, mysterious, contemplative and poignant, and everywhere full of rich descriptive passages.” ...more
Sep 24, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
Let the Right One In
Yo, lesson for you, Stephenie: this is how you write a fucking vampire novel.

So you can run and tell THAT.

Antoine Dodson
Oct 24, 2011
Jul 02, 2011
Yes Please
It breaks my heart to give this book one star.

I love Amy Poehler. In fact I love every member of that early two-thousands (the decade, not the century
Nov 19, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
Defending Jacob
I’ve always had a weakness for these mystery/crime thrillers—you know, the dragon tattoos and angels & demons of the world? I suppose I should be ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
I am what some might call a pussy hiker. I do genuinely enjoy a leisurely stroll in the “mountains” of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. I lik ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Jul 24, 2011
The Help
“It's true. There are some racists in this town,” Miss Leefolt say.
Miss Hilly nod her head, “Oh, they're out there.”

Law, this book be good! I’m on tel
Jun 23, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
Memory is a slippery little sucker. It constitutes an elusive, transient cache of data, the reliability of which decreases in reverse proportion to th ...more
Feb 16, 2013
Aug 10, 2012
The History of Love
I need to cut the crap with my preconceptions. Although I almost unfailingly launch into a new novel with great enthusiasm like a kid on Christmas mor ...more
May 28, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
Still Missing
Hey, I have a recommendation!

Yeah, if anyone’s looking for some really hollow characters who behave in ways that make no freaking sense, plot developm
Dec 10, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
A Fine Balance
Liking this book makes no sense. Not only are its characters subjected to like, the bleakest set of circumstances ever, but then those circumstances a ...more
Feb 19, 2013
Dec 15, 2012
The Sense of an Ending
Tony Webster is a shallow douchebag.

First of all, let’s get something straight. I don’t believe people should be judged too harshly for behavior they
May 28, 2012
Nov 10, 2011
The Sisters Brothers
This book has the coolest cover ever. What’s great, though, is that the coolness doesn’t end there.

Charlie and Eli sisters are Gold Rush–era contract
Apr 12, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
Have you ever see that 1997 film Life Is Beautiful? No? Well, it’s about this Italian Jew who is sent to a concentration camp with his wife and son du ...more
Mar 21, 2012
Jun 18, 2011
Cannery Row
Man, I love Steinbeck. I love the simplicity of his characters and the humdrum feeling their lives evoke. I love the indigence of his settings and the ...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jan 05, 2012
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