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The Egyptologist
Fantastic book! One that operates on so many levels... Character study; satire; mystery/thriller. An Egyptologist goes off to find some legendary tomb...more
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Mar 27, 2008
The Whole World Over
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)
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
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
I know it's low-class to rate my own books. But I do, actually, think they're pretty good.
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Nov 08, 2007
Leo the African
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
Hey, at least my own books aren't the only ones I've reviewed...
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Nov 08, 2007
The Army of the Republic: A Novel
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
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Jun 11, 2011
Asterios Polyp
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
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
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
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May 21, 2011
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
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
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Nov 14, 2007
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
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Jan 26, 2012
The Book of Madness and Cures
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
What can I say, I'm biased.
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Nov 08, 2007
Shadowing: A Henchman's Tale (Moonblind)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Jun 23, 2011
Trespassing: A Novel
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
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
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Feb 14, 2012
Golden Age Western Comics
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
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Mar 28, 2012
The Sirens of Baghdad
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
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
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
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May 19, 2012
Courting Shadows
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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