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House of the Arrow
A.E.W. Mason if often neglected when it comes to the history of detectives stories, which is sad. Because the old boy certainly did write a few excell...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
Cassidy's Girl
It starts dark. No money, too much alcohol, too many fights, bad women, seedy neighborhood, drunken friends. After that, it gets worse.

Like noir
Apr 19, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
Footsteps in the Dark
Very likeable English country manor type yarn with a ghost, a skeleton, a haunted house, secret passageways and an old guy who chases moths in the moo...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
Installing Linux on a Dead Badger
I think this is a good book for Network Administrators seeking other Network Administrators to spend quality time with.

An interesting and quirky mix o...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime, #1)
Is it funny and worth reading? Yes.

I loved the concept, the character development and interplay, as well as the detective fiction humor. On the other...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
Strike Three, You're Dead
If you are a mystery fan, it's not a great mystery. If you are a baseball fan, it's not a great sport book. But it stills ends up being a couple of ho...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
The After House
I like Mary Roberts Rinehart. I did not like this book. Interesting premise which was actually based on a true case. The book starts out fine but the...more
Feb 02, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
The Good Soldier
A passionate story told by a passionless narrator. A sad story told without emotion. A cast of characters without a hero. Death without remorse. And y...more
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 29, 2011
A Few Right Thinking Men (Rowland Sinclair #01)
The protagonist was a little too laid back, too casual, too privileged and too lucky. The story? A bit too unlikely for my tastes, even if it was base...more
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
Five Weeks in a Balloon (Extraordinary Voyages, #1)
Well, it is his first work and it is apparent when reading. And, it does reflect the racism typical of it's era, yet despite it all's still a cra...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire
Appears to be well researched and it is well written. My only complaint is that it is relatively brief and I thought the author should/could have expa...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
The Judas Window (Sir Henry Merrivale, #8)
Another locked-room murder from Carter Dickson generally known as John Dickson Carr and for me another thoroughly enjoyable evening spent in the old r...more
Jun 28, 2012
Jun 28, 2012
Deathworld 1
Old fashioned space opera/serial. Today's installment "Only one man can save a dying planet". Pure sixties SF. Not bad for it's day but hasn't aged we...more
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
A book where children are taught to kill in order to save their elders but not without a nice little remorseful ending to add a sense of purity to the...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 16, 2012
The Emperor's Edge (The Emperor's Edge, #1)
Totally improbable, lots of action, likeable characters, despicable villains, a sense of humor and the right degree of tension throughout.

What's not...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
One Shot (Jack Reacher, #9)
Started with an interesting premise but then went from the sublime to the ridiculous with amazing speed. It was like reading a Rambo comic book.
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
The Wild Geese
This is one of Weyman's lesser known novels, and not without valid reasons. Hopelessly melodramatic, contrived story and shallow characterizations.

Jul 2012
Jul 01, 2012
Walkin' the Dog
An honest and gritty look at an aging ex-con trying to deal with life on the outside; told in simple and direct language with no pretense or apology.
Nov 05, 2011
Nov 06, 2011
Sometimes it's the story and sometimes it's the prose. The story entertained, but what I really liked, was the rhythm and the flow of the words.
Oct 15, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
Three Act Tragedy (Hercule Poirot, #11)
While almost always entertaining, Agatha Christie could create some convoluted plots, and that being said, let's just leave it at that.
Sep 03, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
Songs of Innocence (Hard Case Crime #33)
I tried hard not to like this book, But, I failed ..miserably.

A fast paced noire mystery. An ending with a subtle twist, that cuts like a knife.
Aug 04, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
Titian: His Life
Either as a biography, or a history of Venice and Europe during the Renaissance, however you want to look at it, a very fine and detailed work.
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
Vs. Reality (Vs. Reality, #1)
Like a comic book it's fast paced and fun with absolutely no redeeming value. That is unless one considers entertainment a redeeming value.
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
Dark Visions (Sarah Roberts, #1)
If you like "thrillers" with lots of violence and improbable twists and turns you will probably enjoy this, if not, you may want to pass.
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
The Ivory Snuff Box (Dodo Press)
Some nostalgic value, maybe, for those seeking to slip back into the early 1900's. Other than that, can't say that I would recommend it.
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
Search the Dark (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #3)
I have read the first three books in this series now and I have been impressed with the consistent quality of this writing team.

Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
The Shaman's Bones (Charlie Moon, #3)
Browsing through mysteries on Scribd I stumbled onto this book. And it has been a while since I had a stumble this good.
Jan 27, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
The Man Who Was Thursday
Kinda, satire(ish) mystery, thriller, science fiction, quirky, odd-ball, looney, what was that all about, kinda book.

I kinda liked it.
Oct 03, 2011
Oct 13, 2011
Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1)
Dickens on drugs, images piled on images, in the maze of words and images a story slowly unwinds, but's worth the wait.
not set
Sep 10, 2011
The Snack Thief (Inspector Montalbano, #3)
Andrea Camilleri is good, really good, although, in a crusty, stubborn, pig-headed, autocratic, snarly yet big-hearted way. Really, he's that good.
May 10, 2012
May 10, 2012