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Vampires in the Lemon Grove
"Reeling for the Empire," "The New Veterans" and "The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis" are the best stories in this collection. In these, Russell marries ...more
Aug 18, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
Acceptance (Southern Reach, #3)
While it didn't have the unsettling creep of the first two books, due to the multiple perspectives, it did resolve the questions asked in the trilogy ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
We Are for the Dark: Six Ghost Stories
It's early Aichman. "The Trains" and "Three Miles Up" are the best stories here. The others seem rather plain, though in them you can see him developi ...more
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
Wish Her Safe at Home
Auntie Mame meets Miss Havisham, and also reminds me a little of "The Yellow Wallpaper." Rachel Waring is 47, and upon inheriting a house from her spi ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Jan 02, 2015
The Beans of Egypt, Maine
More like 3.5 stars. There's an interesting arc to the novel, but throughout, especially in the early half, it reads more like a series of vignettes t ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
Party Going
Henry Green is the master of dialogue. In this story, in which a group of friends is stranded in a train station hotel to wait out the fog before emba ...more
Feb 08, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
Concrete Island
Ballard's story of Maitland surviving, after a car accident, in a traffic island in London reminds me of the "mole people" under Manhattan or the peop ...more
Jun 14, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
The last 40 pages of this novel were great, but in the first 260 there just isn't much of a story; instead, the novel is a list of the various busines ...more
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
Winter's Bone
I saw, and loved, the film first, and the book is its own special treat; the prose is fabulous, and I love the the cast, loose stones of history withi ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
Annihilation is H. P. Lovecraft meets Alan Weisman's The World Without Us or Bill McKibben's Eaarth. It envisions a new kind of nature rising out of, ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 23, 2014
Jamrach's Menagerie
Some good writing, but it's lacking in ideas. There is so much she could have done with the history of Jamrach's menagerie and the history of ecologic ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
The manner of storytelling works very well, but the story lacks complexity. It's a very angry story, and Small does not attempt to understand or explo ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
This Is How You Lose Her
The Junior & Rafa stories I enjoyed, but all the stories about the protagonists' f**ked-up relationships with women ran together for me. I did enj ...more
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 05, 2012
The Knife Thrower and Other Stories
Millhauser is at his best in his stories about strange places and obsessive persons: "Paradise Park," "The Sisterhood of Night," "Beneath the Cellars ...more
Jan 25, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
We are not alone in this body. This book offers a new way of looking at the world around us. The world is far more strange and wonderful than we could ...more
not set
Oct 26, 2014
Outer Dark
Fabulous, in both senses of the word. I love the way he combines the dialect spoken by the characters and the baroque description. This combination ai ...more
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Soft Apocalypse
It has good ideas, but I prefer my apocalyptic novels without speed dating and so much crying. I really couldn't care about the narrator's search for ...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
Sunset Park
For me, the problem was Miles Heller. I didn't find him as compelling as he was meant to be. The other characters flock to him, need him, but I found ...more
Dec 05, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
The Women
I'm giving it three stars because I'm not sure what to think of it, though it is one of the more interesting memoirs I've encountered.
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals
I recently visited Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, and it made me enjoy her tales about the farm even more.
Sep 2012
Sep 01, 2012
Horse, Flower, Bird
I was particularly enthralled by "A Doll's Tale," "A Garibaldi Tale," and "Whitework," my favorite.
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 21, 2011
Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage
A dizzying, infuriating look at the world of garbage in America.
Feb 27, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Cold Hand in Mine: Strange Stories
In his story "Niemandswasser" Aickman writes, "We are most of us two people [...] And the two people within us seldom communicate. Even when both are ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Mar 23, 2012
It's politics are good, but there's no real storyline there.
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
Desperate Characters
what a brutal, merciless, fantastic novel.
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
Absolutely magnificent
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
Too gimmicky & poorly written. I was skeptical when the first chapter opened with the protagonist building an Empire State Building out of boxes o ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2011
What I Didn't See: Stories
I loved these stories, particularly "The Pelican Bar," "The Last Worders," and "The Dark."
Feb 08, 2014
Jan 22, 2014
Black Tickets: Stories
Her language is so lush, so exquisite. In some of the early stories in this collection, the language seems to dominate; the voices of the characters f ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Dec 15, 2011
The Girl on the Train
The plot is suspenseful, it's definitely a page-turner, but there's nothing else to this novel. The characters seemed too stock: the men are emotional ...more
Jul 30, 2015
May 13, 2015
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