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Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

-A reflective first person narrative
-Like someone telling you a story around a camp fire
-Very easy to read
-Very good at descri...more
Apr 09, 2014
Aug 20, 2013
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1)
This is the first Margaret Atwood book I've read, and I really enjoyed it. I'm going to continue with the trilogy until I run out of steam.

I really li...more
May 16, 2014
Apr 27, 2014
Never Let Me Go
This is the second book I've read by Kazuo Ishiguro, and there are some notable similarities between the two even though this is a novel and the other...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 05, 2014
The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy, #2)
Review of "Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1)"

I liked the first book a lot, and I liked this one much more. On to the third!

The first two books co...more
Jun 05, 2014
May 16, 2014
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
I'll start with what I liked. I could identify with the protagonist's sense of anomie, despair and frustration. There were also some insightful observ...more
Jun 14, 2011
May 27, 2011
Cloud Atlas
This novel deals with six nested (and interrelated) stories that transcend time, place, culture, literary style, language, and format. The main theme...more
Apr 07, 2013
Nov 29, 2012
A Clergyman's Daughter
Dorothy is the pious and obedient daughter of a clergyman in a small town in 1930s England. Pushed to the breaking point by the unending litany of her...more
May 09, 2013
Sep 14, 2011
Animal Farm
As indicated by the book's original title, "Animal Farm: A Fairy Story" it is more of a dark fairy tale than a short novel; certainly lacking the dept...more
May 20, 2013
Apr 07, 2011
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley presents the reader with a future "utopia" that is--in parts beautiful, completely terrifying, and uncomfortably familiar (at least meta...more
Apr 22, 2013
Feb 07, 2011
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
Very similar to the first book, "Freakonomics." This is my review of that:

"Learning about the subtle (and often counterintuitive) influences and motiv...more
Jul 13, 2012
May 04, 2012
The Cat in the Hat
A story that everyone knows. The Cat in the Hat is an interesting character. I never thought about it before, but he really fits the classic trickster...more
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Green Eggs and Ham
The story is a litte boring, but the illustrations make up for it. For some reason I always thought it was (green eggs) and ham, as opposed to green (...more
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Horton Hears a Who!
On the surface--a great book for teaching kids about tolerance. Just below the surface--a cautionary tale about ignorance and political apathy. Everyo...more
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Nine Stories
Quick notes:

Style (sometimes):
-Lots of dialogue
-References to characters whose connection/relevance is unexplained--has to be figured out later by rea...more
not set
Jul 04, 2013
Walk This World
Beautiful, colorful, stylized illustrations. Incredibly detailed, the hidden doors are fun. Focus on western cultures (7/10 places). Would recommend t...more
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy, #3)
not set
Jun 05, 2014
Music for Chameleons
I loved this collection of short stories (with a novella in the middle). My favorites in this collection were: "Dazzle", "Handcarved Coffins" (the nov...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
The Metamorphosis
This collection contains:

-An introduction (spoiler alert)
-The novella, "Metamorphosis" (55 pgs)
-Various types of analysis concerning Kafka as a person...more
Jan 18, 2014
Feb 05, 2011
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
A black and white graphic novel written by a Canadian Québécois animator, chronicling his two month experience as a contractor in Pyongyang, North Kor...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
The Pugilist at Rest
The short stories in this collection seem to all center around two types of characters--the egocentric opportunist (Part II), or the tragically screwe...more
Aug 2013
May 30, 2011
Fox in Socks
This is one of the funniest Dr. Seuss books. The fox in socks tongue-twister tortures Mr. Knox, frustrating him with surreal riddles that get more and...more
Jul 07, 2013
Sep 16, 2011
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
Beautiful, imaginative, and really short. All little kids should be read Seuss, make their brainz much strongness :)
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Merv Pumpkinhead: Agent of D.R.E.A.M. (Sandman Presents)
If you like the character Merv Pumpkinhead from the Sandman series at all, this is worth reading.
Feb 12, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
On Beyond Zebra!
A tour of the alphabet beyond "Z for Zebra." One of Seuss's most imaginative works. Insanely surreal illustrations, and clever word-play. One of my fa...more
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Oh, The Places You'll Go!
A book about independence, adventure, and believing in yourself. Some more good Seuss for youngsters.
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
Yertle the Turtle: Yertle the turtle king demonstrates that absolute power corrupts absolutely. The turtle proletariat stages a coup, and the result i...more
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
The Stranger
Camus punctuates the end of every chapter with great writing, in what is otherwise a sea of bland description. The protagonist's detachment from every...more
Aug 27, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
My Many Colored Days Board Book
A good book for toddlers, relates emotions to colors.
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
A book about unlocking the power of the imagination. Teaches kids that the sky is the limit. Fairly surreal Seuss.
Oct 02, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Almost Like Being in Love
An engaging book with enjoyable, quirky characters. I admired the book's unique delivery method: regular chapters, faxes, emails, post-its, journal en...more
Jul 04, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
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