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The Egyptologist
3.26
Fantastic book! One that operates on so many levels... Character study; satire; mystery/thriller. An Egyptologist goes off to find some legendary tomb...more
not set
Mar 27, 2008
 
The Whole World Over
3.48
This is the first book I've read by this author, and it will be the last. Although some of the scenes were engaging and well-written, she really shows...more
May 2007
Nov 08, 2007
 
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
3.94
Great book. Very quiet, low-key tone. Multiple characters in a small-town setting in, I think, Wyoming (I read it last year). This book isn't flashy a...more
Mar 2006
Nov 08, 2007
 
The Martian Chronicles
4.09
This is one of the 20th century Ameican classics, in my view. It would be more widely recognized as such if it weren't "science fiction" and didn't ha...more
Dec 1979
Dec 26, 2007
 
Fallen
3.60
I know it's low-class to rate my own books. But I do, actually, think they're pretty good.
not set
Nov 08, 2007
 
Leo the African
4.14
Great book. Hasan (who becomes Leo later) leaves Granada when the Spanish conquer it and kick out the Muslims (and Jews) if they fail to convert; he g...more
Nov 2007
Dec 10, 2007
 
The Preservationist
3.63
Hey, at least my own books aren't the only ones I've reviewed...
not set
Nov 08, 2007
 
The Army of the Republic: A Novel
3.63
The Army of the Republic is a book about a near-future dystopia that focuses on trends in contemporary media and domestic politics to gain much of its...more
not set
Jun 11, 2011
 
Asterios Polyp
4.16
Another great recent "graphic novel," or comic book as we used to call them. Asterios Polyp is a college professor who lives a bit too much in his hea...more
Jan 15, 2011
May 13, 2011
 
Transhuman
3.47
Jonathan Hickman came to my attention three years ago, when he was writing independent comics and publishing them through Image. his debut The Nightly...more
Jun 04, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
 
Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s
4.20
Let me echo what the people who are raving about this book have said... it's nuts, it's twisted, it's glorious. EC is the comic company famous for the...more
not set
May 21, 2011
 
Daytripper
4.27
Wow, what a great book. Exquisite art and a story that builds on successive waves of drama--nothing melodramatic or over-the-top, but genuine. A selec...more
Apr 20, 2011
May 13, 2011
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.82
This is, more or less, a perfect book. Great narrator, a unique kid's voice, really funny, really sad. Hard not to rip through it in a sitting or two...more
not set
Nov 14, 2007
 
Erasure
4.13
What a great book. Just read it. It will shatter (perhaps) any preconceived notions of what "black writing" (whatever that might be) is. Everett throw...more
not set
Jan 26, 2012
 
The Book of Madness and Cures
2.90
Strong book. Likely to appeal to fans of literary historical fiction, esp with strong female leads, such as The Birth of Venus, the books of Sarah Wat...more
Mar 30, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
 
The Book of Samson
3.62
What can I say, I'm biased.
not set
Nov 08, 2007
 
Shadowing: A Henchman's Tale (Moonblind)
3.71
Very fun book! Shadowing tells a recognizable story of a heroic fantasy quest, but does so from the point of view of one of the nameless villains/mons...more
Aug 08, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
 
Absent: A Novel
3.54
Good book. Betool Khedairi's story takes place in Baghdad in the 1990s while it is groaning under US sanctions and bombing. Needless to say it was the...more
Jan 2008
Jan 24, 2008
 
The Known World
3.80
Unorthodox in its telling, but ultimately very powerful, this book follows a community of slave-era blacks (and a few whites) in the American south. O...more
Mar 2005
Nov 11, 2007
 
Starbook
3.37
I didn't like this book at all. I don't like to write scathingly negative reviews--hey, every author is trying something different, right? So I try to...more
Dec 2007
Dec 26, 2007
 
Delirium
3.80
This is a compelling read but one that asks the reader to do a little work. There are multiple storylines, three or four narrative voices, and the rel...more
Sep 2007
Nov 01, 2007
 
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
4.13
This book is devastating. It concerns the experiences of the author, who at age twelve, was separated from hims home village in Sierra Leone due to th...more
Aug 2007
Oct 31, 2007
 
All the Lives He Led
2.81
A huge disappointment. Pohl sets up a world milieu that sees the US greatly reduced in influence due to natural disasters... then does nothing with it...more
not set
Jun 23, 2011
 
Trespassing: A Novel
3.43
What a great book! Multiple strands of storyline, with parts set in the US, the UK, and the bulk of it in Pakistan. An unsolved murder, a budding love...more
Jul 2004
Nov 08, 2007
 
Stitches: A Memoir
4.02
Powrful book, simple but compelling artwork, a moving story. Definitely a "serious" growing-up memoir in comic form, a la Fun Home: A Family Tragicomi...more
not set
Feb 14, 2012
 
Golden Age Western Comics
3.00
Meh. I don't mean to be negative, but... meh. There's not much here except some kitsch-factor eye-rolling. Unlike, say, horror comics from this same e...more
not set
Mar 28, 2012
 
The Sirens of Baghdad
3.79
Following last year's excellent The Attack, Khadra writes another scary, powerful story that asks tough questions about what's happening in the world...more
Jan 2008
Jan 24, 2008
 
Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness
4.20
This is a very engaging book. I worked in mental health for ten years in Massachisetts and Arizona, as a case manager and as line staff in various hou...more
May 2007
Nov 08, 2007
 
The Witch's Daughter
3.48
Very engaging at first but I found the magic waning a bit as it went on. Still, it has a clever structure--twinned threads in the present and the past...more
not set
May 19, 2012
 
Courting Shadows
3.13
One of the best I've read in years. Poster has a way of creating a feeling of dread, I don't know how he does it but he's brilliant.

The story takes pl...more
Jul 2005
Dec 10, 2007
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