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La vispera del hombre
4.12
really liked it
While its melodrama may seem dated, the novel's picturesque scenes give the reader a sense of rural plantation life in mid-twentieth century Puerto Ri ...more
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
 
The Night of the Gun
3.72
it was amazing
I have never read a junkie memoir, but I have seen enough incarnations of the junkie narrative in film, and known stories of people close to me enough ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
 
Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu (Buddha #1)
4.14
it was amazing
Only the first part of an eight-volume epic about the life and death of Siddhartha Gautama.

Much like Episode III of Star Wars, this book ends with the
...more
not set
Mar 22, 2011
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.93
it was amazing
"It's still too soon for me to write down just what my mind thinks of this amazing piece of something. I'll tell you one thing, though, this is a hell ...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
 
El Entierro de Cortijo
3.69
it was amazing
A great piece of Puerto Rican literature, speaking volumes about our culture and tradition through the wake of one of our most beautiful composers.
not set
Dec 24, 2010
 
Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Khalifa Brothers, #1)
4.01
it was amazing
Salman Rushdie shows his YA chops with this novel that he wrote for his son, and though it's classified as a children's book, don't let that fool you. ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
 
Right as Rain (Derek Strange and Terry Quinn #1)
3.87
liked it
George Pelecanos uses the conventions and archetypes of the crime genre to explore issues of the urban soul.

In his novels, the criminal is not just a
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Mar 25, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
 
Life of Pi
3.88
it was amazing
Sometimes there are books that you savor for one reason but not others; say, a particular book will have imaginative descriptions, but will lack in c ...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
 
This Is How You Lose Her
3.75
it was amazing
Read it, throw it across the room, recommend it to girls or girlfriends-to-be and say "this is not me, I will not lose her," and then have her throw t ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2013
 
Human Diastrophism (Luba and Palomar, #2)
4.41
really liked it
While the jet-black-white visuals remain striking and beautiful, and while one can tell how the style got darker as the subject matter demands (the st ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Dec 24, 2010
 
Cuentos
4.16
it was amazing
If you want to think what it would be like to be a storyteller composed of a synthesis of Poe, Kipling, de Maupassant, Chekhov, and the Latin American ...more
not set
Dec 24, 2010
 
Love and Rockets: New Stories #3
4.30
it was amazing
Now that I have a greater knowledge of the trajectories of each of the brothers' careers, I can't help but be impressed with the stories in this volum ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
 
San Manuel Bueno, mártir
3.87
it was amazing
This is a book that I find myself returning to again and again and again. Every time my reaction is different. As such, it must be one of my favorites ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010
 
Speak of the Devil
3.16
really liked it
A moon dim in a dark sky as a peeping tom looks into the lives of a soul-dead suburban neighborhood. The peeping tom is a local schoolgirl, who pretty ...more
not set
Mar 22, 2011
 
Black Hole
3.83
really liked it
A strange, strange book, nonetheless compelling.
not set
Dec 25, 2010
 
Moby-Dick or, The Whale
3.46
it was amazing
An enigmatic book packed with manic energy.
not set
Dec 15, 2010
 
Luba
4.14
liked it
I stopped reading the book (for now) because I started running into too many crazy sex scenes penned by Gilbert Hernandez; decided it was time to move ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
 
The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
4.40
it was amazing
Who among the angels...
not set
Dec 24, 2010
 
Lancelot
3.73
liked it
A strange, strange book.
not set
Feb 03, 2011
 
En cuerpo de camisa
3.93
it was amazing
These stories are amazing.
Feb 16, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
 
Macho Camacho's Beat
3.78
really liked it
An excellent translation of an almost untranslatable book. The words leap out of the page and seduce you, much like the whore from the first page, who ...more
Jan 26, 2011
Dec 24, 2010
 
2666
4.20
really liked it
I have been reading this book since last year. I read "The Part About the Critics" and was astounded. Now on to the next four novels...
Jan 20, 2011
Dec 24, 2010
 
Essays (Everyman's Library Classics)
4.47
it was amazing
Orwell is at his strongest in his essay writing. From his enlightening book reviews to his poignant descriptions of urban poverty to his in-depth anal ...more
May 15, 2010
Dec 25, 2010
 
I Never Liked You
3.75
really liked it
Chester Brown has a lot of issues in "I Never Liked You." Perfect for white people with issues.
not set
Jun 29, 2011
 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4.17
it was amazing
The tale of two men, two Jews, the tale of a century, a hell of a tale. Here is a modern day Job in Kavalier; here is Clay, the most beautiful coward ...more
not set
Aug 03, 2012
 
The Complete Novels
4.39
liked it
Not the best novelist in the world, but still Orwell's prose is brilliant ("purple") sometimes. Really, the worthy ones are the last two, Animal Farm ...more
May 15, 2010
Dec 25, 2010
 
The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
4.01
really liked it
The first line makes this book a classic:

"This happened before your grandfather was born."
not set
Dec 24, 2010
 
Heartbreak Soup (Luba and Palomar, #1)
4.35
really liked it
Gabriel García Márquez and something else on panels. Beautiful, poignant, dark, disturbing...
not set
Dec 24, 2010
 
The Tao of Pooh
4.01
it was ok
The author should've restrained from patting himself on the back.
not set
Dec 24, 2010
 
Christianity and Evolution
4.25
really liked it
Contains the beautiful essay, "How I Believe."
not set
Dec 24, 2010
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