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One of Ours
I love Willa Cather. I really love her writing. I wish there were fifty novels by her. One of Ours is excellent. Partly farm book, partly war book.

Jan 19, 2011
Dec 24, 2010
The Picture of Dorian Gray
I dunno. I don't think it's half as deep as Oscar Wilde thought. It's like an OK episode of The Twilight Zone. If that makes me a Philistine, so be it ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
Candide (LibriVox audio, Version 2)
I'm sure a lot of the satire passed me by, but I'm still pretty amazed at what a funny and approachable book this is. I appreciated it enough that I w ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 03, 2009
Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train
Really well-researched book about the greatest pitcher of all time. I found myself with my thumbs holding the page open and my right index finger hold ...more
Jan 19, 2009
Dec 19, 2007
A Study in Scarlet  (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
I was thunderstruck by the section of the story set in the Old West and told in third person. Not detective-y at all.

Had it come later in Doyle's Holm
Oct 09, 2013
Sep 28, 2013
The Law and the Lady
Somewhere I read or heard or something that Wilkie Collins was enjoying a second look after being in Dickens' shadow.

This was just a soap opera myster
Feb 25, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
Notes from Underground
Every time someone in college writes some emo thing where there's no plot and where it's really deep and tortured, where the person thinks they've sta ...more
Mar 21, 2010
Mar 19, 2010
The Joke
I must be missing something. The book was fine, but goodreads collectively says it's 3.92 good, which is a pretty good score. It's also his first nove ...more
Apr 05, 2013
Jan 13, 2011
The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss
I like the premise - in brief, it's that most people are resilient when it comes to loss - not just death of a loved one, but all kinds of stress and ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
Kim (LibriVox audio)
I shouldn't take credit for listening to this, because at one point I lost my place, and I listened to two chapters for a second time without realizin ...more
Oct 25, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
Fevre Dream
I think most of us have brooded over the question of whether, given the opportunity to finally rid the world of vampires, we would really want to do i ...more
Mar 15, 2010
Sep 08, 2009
I've never seen the movie, and never read the book, but I thought I was pretty familiar with the story. A couple of iconic scenes pretty much tell the ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
The Professor's House
I didn't know what I felt about this book until the last twenty pages - I wasn't getting it - what's Willa Cather going on about? I love her writing, ...more
May 06, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
At Camp Sequoyah, a couple of different years, cabin counselors read this book to us at night before we slept (by kerosene lamp, naturally). But betwe ...more
Apr 24, 2013
Jun 10, 2010
Adam Bede
**spoiler alert** I was likin' this book pretty well, what with all the slamming on them Methodists and their humble dress and whatnot, but the end wr ...more
Jul 27, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
Humboldt's Gift
As a novel, I only go three stars on this. It's OK, but it's just OK. I just couldn't get into it more than that. However, there are several passages ...more
Sep 02, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
A Widow for One Year
Maybe I wasn't in the mood for John Irving, so it's my fault, but when the first hundred pages had boarding school, dead kids, New England, major char ...more
Jul 26, 2013
Oct 17, 2011
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales
Filling in another gap in my reading history. The guy tried O. Henry endings but without the benefit of having O. Henry short stories to show him how ...more
Feb 12, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
The Moon And Sixpence
I listened to this librivox version, which I recommend if you want to do it as an audiobook. "Termin Dyan" is actually Andy Minter, whose reading is f ...more
Oct 10, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
Elves and fairies and magic and stuff don't billow my skirts, I guess. Nothing against them - I liked Harry Potter just fine, and the Tiffany Aching b ...more
Jul 23, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
The Old Man and the Sea
It was great. This book should win an award or something.

Did your English teacher(s) ever tell you that fiction can be divided into 3 basic conflicts
May 27, 2013
May 04, 2009
'Salem's Lot
Stephen King - at least, in the books of his I've read - does his own thing. He's not taking the Universal Horror monsters and redoing them. He comes ...more
Oct 23, 2013
Oct 05, 2013
The Day The World Ended At Little Big Horn: A Lakota History
OK, listen up. I'm a white American. I know Custer got his ass handed to him at Little Bighorn, and that's a good thing. I know he was morally and str ...more
Apr 03, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
The Reader
Not what I expected. It's a powerful novella, but the story itself is what pushes this to greatness, not the writing (or at least not the English tran ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
The Cider House Rules
OK, so John Irving is more diverse than I gave him credit for, and everybody else in the world has read this book, and A Widow for One Year and A Pray ...more
Jul 31, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
Cramming as many historical figures in as Doctorow did reminded me of War and Peace, a bit. But only a bit.

The non-historical characters were a bit cr
Aug 19, 2008
Aug 15, 2008
Just Fake the Reading Log
I could compare Zimmerman to Erma Bombeck, except you might not remember Erma Bombeck, and besides, Zimmerman's funnier and doesn't have a filter. So ...more
May 25, 2013
May 16, 2013
The Year of Magical Thinking
I don't know why this didn't move me as much as it does other people. It wasn't until the last two pages that I felt anything stir. I guess I was expe ...more
Feb 28, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't
In an imaginary world where people self-motivate to become better people, and to spend each day moving toward substance and moving away from fluff and ...more
Apr 18, 2013
Oct 15, 2012
Don't Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Ribowsky's Power and the Darkness - The Life of Josh Gibson in the Shadows of the Game - this one was written ...more
Dec 18, 2009
Oct 30, 2009