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The Names
Here is a caveat: I read poetry, novels, and short stories for both pleasure and work: to enjoy the writer's use of language and to learn how the writ...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
I read this book over a few days while on vacation last year. It blew my mind, in more ways than one. The writing is classic McCarthy, but to me it's...more
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Feb 07, 2012
Canon of Scripture
I'll have to give this book 5 stars. It's a scholarly work meant for the keen and interested layman. It is lengthy, however, and it will require a goo...more
Dec 26, 2012
Nov 24, 2012
The Corrections
This is my favorite book of the 21st century, so far. I loved it. It might be because I felt a part of me within the story; I mean, if you grew up in...more
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Dec 02, 2012
Collected Poems
This slim volume has a special place on my shelf. Every so often I take it out and treat myself (and I do mean treat myself) to Dylan Thomas's gift to...more
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Jul 30, 2012
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
I didn't like this book much. Oh, there are funny episodes strewn throughout, even some laugh-out-loud moments. But as the "story" moves on you'll fin...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
The Financial Lives of the Poets
The Financial Lives of the Poets

I got 10 pages into this book not liking the author's writing style, or the story, or the main character. 2 stars. The...more
Jan 31, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
The Yellow Birds
It’s hard to say exactly why I’m so disappointed with this novel. It may be because there was so much build-up around it, so I came in with very high...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
I can't keep doing this to myself

File this one under a new Goodread tag: books-i-gave-up-reading.

I did not hate this novel, but I could not finish th...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
The Family
Many years ago a writing professor recommended David Plante's book "The Family". He said, "Have you read Plante?" I shook my head no. He said, "Your w...more
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
I wanted to like this book more than I did. First, it was too long. Second, Shakar airdrops his foot-stomping, liberal childishness throughout; he can...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
Radical Integrity: The Story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I picked this one up in a supermarket, of all places, just before leaving on a beach holiday. I've known about Bonhoeffer for a long time, just not th...more
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Sep 29, 2013
The Complete Thinker: The Marvelous Mind of G.K. Chesterton
I bought this book very excited to read it. In all my studies I've heard of Chesterton and read snippets of him here and there. He is, as Ahlquist sta...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
The Holographic Universe
I'd been meaning to read this book for years. Really, since it first came out in 1992. Now, two decades later, I'm getting to it.

The first sections o...more
Feb 03, 2013
Jan 20, 2013
The Echo Maker
This is my first Richard Powers' novel (and it won't be my last). I picked it up because I've been wanting to read more recent American fiction (post-...more
Mar 26, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
When fiction like this is celebrated, we all suffer...

I finally got around to reading this through to the end, after all these years. And I'm a bit so...more
Apr 27, 2013
Apr 09, 2013
Lady Chatterley's Lover
I almost hate giving this book two stars, but when you hover the star rating system here on Goodreads, the two star means "it was ok". So that's what...more
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Dec 02, 2012
Confessions (Oxford World's Classics)
Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430 AD) was a Father of the Church (meaning he was an influential theologian in the early church period). He is known...more
Mar 04, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
Lie Down in Darkness
I'm continuing to rate and review my favorite books. I have to give this 5 stars. It's an American classic. It's Styron's first book, and it's the onl...more
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Feb 07, 2012
The Magus
This novel begins with much promise: a disaffected young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, runs away from a relationship to the (fictional) Greek island of P...more
Oct 06, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
The Aeneid
A work for the ages. In a word: Magnificent.

I don't like to read translations because I know that so much is lost from the original language. As a poe...more
Mar 06, 2013
Nov 24, 2012
Bones of Contention: A Creationist Assessment of the Human Fossils
"How you hold it depends on your preconceptions."

That's a quotation from the book; more on that later.

The full title of this book is Bones of Contenti...more
Apr 15, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
Blood Meridian is among the finest works of literature I have ever read. In the backdrop of the 1850s Southwest, and using highly stylized and epic pr...more
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Feb 07, 2012
Staring Into Chaos: Explorations in the Decline of Western Civilization
This book will be of interest to concerned and curious citizens alike. It's an exhaustive review of the three greatest minds to write comprehensively...more
Mar 24, 2014
Feb 18, 2013
Gone Girl
Good enough beach read

I brought this book with me to read on a beach vacation. It fit the bill.

Enjoyable and quick and pleasant enough. I had several...more
Jul 05, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
Nickel Mountain
This is another 5-star book in my shelf.

Gardner not only preached superior writing but also excelled at the practice. I read this work with awe and wo...more
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Feb 07, 2012
Something Happened
Another GR review wrote: Something Happened. And I still can't figure out what it is.


That's just it. Something happened. And there you are at th...more
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Feb 07, 2012
I'm writing this brief review only because I see this book has a 3.31 rating on GR. That's a shame. This is a must-read for anyone interested in learn...more
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Nov 24, 2011
The House of Breath
I thought so highly of this work that I wrote the Wikipedia page for it. See:

I tried reading it once, got a f...more
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Nov 24, 2011
There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes
Well, it's my own book. I "really liked it". ;)
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Sep 28, 2013
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