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Gravity's Rainbow

Years ago, the retina of my left eye detached and I underwent major surgery. Since then, the annual eye exam has brought a certain amount of anxiety,
Oct 14, 2012
May 25, 2012
The Doors of Perception

Increasingly, I'm learning that perception is far more complicated than I ever imagined. Sight, as an example, isn't simply eyes acting like cameras,
Apr 09, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
Skippy Dies
I hadn't expected to like Skippy Dies. Literary novels haven't attracted my interest for some time now---since, say, The Unbearable Lightness of Being ...more
May 31, 2012
May 22, 2012
Infinite Jest
A dancing lesson from long ago helped me read Infinite Jest (IJ). After years of swing dancing, I was learning to tango. All the women in the class we ...more
Aug 03, 2012
May 14, 2012
Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay, #1)
I'm a Firefly fan who picked up Retribution Falls to feed my nostalgia for good old cowboy/pirate steampunk westerns. I wasn't disappointed, to say th ...more
Aug 23, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
The Writing Life

Annie Dillard wrote a brutally honest description of her relationship and struggles with the process of writing. Instead of the usual advice about sho
Jul 25, 2013
May 03, 2013
To the Lighthouse

Virigina Woolf published To the Lighthouse, her most autobiographical novel, in 1927. She is said to have written it as a way of "understanding and de
Oct 19, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
The Savage Detectives
One of the main drivers in The Savage Detectives is legend. Chasing a legend leads to exposure, and by interaction, causes destruction, and then, appa ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Jun 29, 2012

Dan Simmons envisions a dystopian future triggered by the Obama administration. Truthfully, had I known this was going to be an atrocious, righteous,
May 06, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
Year of the Rhinoceros

Year of The Rhinoceros made its way to the top of my to-read list due to:

1. The description of the novel by the author:

"Year of The Rhinoceros is a no
Dec 03, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
The Beginning of This, the End of That: Part 1: The End
James E. Matteson's debut novel, The Beginning of This, the End of That is one unique and ambitious mixing of a post-apocalyptic utopia with fantasy a ...more
Apr 07, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
The Quantum Thief (The Jean le Flambeur Series, #1)
The first chapter was one of the best I've read in a long time. Initially, I found it a bit of a struggle to adapt to the concepts and visuals, but th ...more
May 15, 2012
May 04, 2012
Wool (Wool, #1)
Going into this, I knew this novella was meant to hook the reader into the Wool series. The writing is fine, well edited and clear, but doesn't have t ...more
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 12, 2012
At Her Majestys Request: An African Princess In Victorian England
What is commendable about this work is that Walter Dean Myers has unearthed an amazing story that otherwise would have been lost forever in a decaying ...more
Jan 31, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
The Swerve is a romantic tale of a book lover, but it is so much more. True--it's a tale of passion and sacrifice, but also of fanaticism and philosop ...more
Nov 04, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

In The Art of Fiction, John Gardner explains what it takes for a writer to create great fiction; it takes lots of hard work, advice that is more helpf
Jul 27, 2013
May 03, 2013
God's Demon
If I were a believer in mankind's rendition of hell (and especially of one so artfully sketched by Mr. Barlowe), I'd spend the rest of my days on eart ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
The Sot-Weed Factor

“In the last years of the Seventeenth Century there was to be found among the fops and fools of the London coffee-houses one rangy, gangling flitch c
Oct 10, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan
I never considered myself a reader of historical fiction novels, probably due to the manner in which history was/is taught in school. In college, howe ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
In one sense, books are like cakes--the recipe may be more enticing than the taste. Magic, time travel, mature love and teenage confusion (strange mix ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
The Willows
At this point in my reading career, I don't believe I've read better building and rendering of fear than The Willows by Blackwood. The writing--word c ...more
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
A Calculated Life

In this age when US corporations have been granted legal personage without the bother of liability or social responsibility, I see A Calculated Life a
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1)
Perdido Street Station is the first of Miéville's novels set in Bas-Lag -- a strangely familiar, almost Victorian era-world, but with outrageous evolu ...more
Nov 19, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
The Windup Girl

Initially a successful short story and novella writer, Paolo Bacigalupi's first novel, The Windup Girl won many awards including the Nebula and Hugo.
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 13, 2013
I rated this novel for content in lieu of story or writing construction.This clemency is due to having read Siddhartha twice, during different stages ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Jul 30, 2011
The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Tales that Truly Terrifiy from the Master of Horror

To the best of my recollection, this may have been my first reading of H.P. Lovecraft. Seems unlikely, I know. What I found is that Lovecraft is as fa
Mar 21, 2013
Dec 27, 2012
Eat, Pray, Love
Boring in general, but the irritating factor is the prolonged whining and self-absorption of the main character marketed as a spiritual journey. The m ...more
not set
May 07, 2011
RYMYNY: Before the Annexation (Rymyny Series Book 1)

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Slavery, colonization, and exploitation are human activities with ancient roots. While
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 21, 2015
A Life Away: Letters From Afghanistan

Memoirs such as A Life Away are important resources for our nation, as first-hand accounts offer intelligent and thoughtful perspectives of military l
Jan 15, 2015
Dec 29, 2014
The Least Envied (Songs Unsung, #2)

After reading the first few pages of The Least Envied, I knew this story was going to be special. The opening plopped me into the world—I felt the gri
Nov 09, 2014
Nov 13, 2012
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