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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
3.97
Because sometimes you just have to read about an 17th century perfumer who may or may not be the Anti Christ and goes on a killing spree, before start...more
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Jul 21, 2008
 
American Psycho
3.80
Because sometimes life is shit.

This is the way Satire should be, no mercy no quarter. I love the construction of the novel, the way Bateman's madness...more
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Jul 25, 2008
 
I Am Charlotte Simmons
3.36
Sigh...

It's no fun writing a hatchet job, much less a hatchet job on one of your heroes. I read Charlotte Simmons about a year ago and hated it, but d...more
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Dec 26, 2007
 
Ubik
4.09
My favorite PKD book. No mean feat considering I've read it five or six times and still barely have an understanding of what the hell is going on in t...more
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Jun 27, 2008
 
Carter Beats the Devil
4.08
A Conversation I had earlier,

Friend: "So what are you reading."

Me: "Carter Beats The Devil, it's about a master magician battling a shadowy conglomera...more
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Apr 07, 2008
 
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories
3.93
Anyone looking for a good entry way into Hemingway need look no farther. This basically acts as an unofficial greatest hits. Not only do you get the w...more
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Aug 14, 2008
 
All My Friends are Going to Be Strangers
3.91
Old Shit I've Been Revisiting Part II: The Sequel.

Believe it or not but my tolerance for books about young men who are so desperately swamped by ennui...more
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Mar 19, 2008
 
Less Than Zero
3.57
Read when I first moved to LA, and it more or less summed up my feelings about the place in other words a stripmall that got cancer where your soul ge...more
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Mar 29, 2008
 
Speaking With the Angel
3.52
I usually don't buy Anthologies as at best they're like Mix Tapes with a few bum tracks, this one went for a good cause though and was put together by...more
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Mar 26, 2008
 
Then We Came to the End
3.44
A nice comedy (or is it tragedy) of manners at the end of the nineties. Lynn, Tom Mota and Joe Pope are both wonderful anti heroes (and yes I'd say he...more
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Jun 27, 2008
 
Gilead
3.80
To any non Christians wishing to understand The Christian mindset I can scarcely think of a better representative then Gilead. I'm most grateful to Ro...more
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Feb 25, 2008
 
The Beach
3.86
Old Shit I've Been Revisiting Part 1:

The Beach was the catalyst for this experiment I've started, I couldn't believe that it'd been five years since I...more
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Mar 15, 2008
 
Classic Stories 2: Medicine for Melancholy & S is for Space
4.20
Filled with some of Bradbury's best stories, including Pillar Of Fire. Which should be on any short list of the greatest Zombie stories ever written....more
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Jun 19, 2008
 
The Man Who Fell to Earth
3.97
The literary equivilant of a flower growing through a block of cement. The characterization is clumsy, obvious and in the case of the gin soaked count...more
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Jun 27, 2008
 
Soon I Will Be Invincible
3.68
Recommended to me by a friend who usually has great taste.

The "Aren't superheroes screwed up." stuff was done much better in Watchmen and about a mill...more
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Dec 26, 2007
 
The Road
3.94
One of the first books in along time to make me cry.

Rereading it, and knowing what was coming I figured I could handle it.

Wrong.

He creates such a fee...more
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Jul 10, 2008
 
Nine Stories
4.19
I've never read Salinger aside from the ubiquitous Catcher In The Rye. So on a whim I picked up the rest of his back catalogue. There's something nice...more
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Jul 25, 2008
 
The Crying of Lot 49
3.71
This book is the reason that when ever I work a retail job I make sure I draw Tristero's horn on all the singles, knowing that one day someone will re...more
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Jul 21, 2008
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.01
One of those books I have to read every couple of years to restore my balance.

Don't ask me why wallowing in the unpredictability and uncaring nature o...more
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Jul 03, 2008
 
Lunar Park
3.59
An interesting an fairly schizo book. A book about morality, responsibility, and emotion by a writer who has made his bread and butter by being bracin...more
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Nov 14, 2007
 
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley #1)
3.90
Reread in an effort not to read Ripley Underwater and thus no longer have a new Ripley book to read.

I love the series for those of you haven't read i...more
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Feb 13, 2008
 
The Wanderers
3.90
I was so impressed with Richard Price's latest book that I decided to go check out the first. Results where decidedly mixed.

It's definitely the work...more
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May 02, 2008
 
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
3.94
Cormac McCarthy never fails to amaze me. If I ever met the gentleman I'd probably shake his hand and then wrestle him to the ground and devour his bra...more
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Feb 16, 2008
 
White Teeth
3.70
I really like Zadie Smith, On Beauty would definitely be on the short list of best books of the decade. But White Teeth suffered for the rereading. On...more
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Mar 10, 2008
 
Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
3.75
I really miss Kurt Vonnegut, there's no one better in making vile and ridiculous things look vile and ridiculous.

This is something of an odds and sod...more
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Mar 19, 2008
 
Choke
3.67
Chuck Palahniuk has two speeds, giddy subversive blasts that force you to question your views on Society and Morality even as you laugh and are awed b...more
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Nov 09, 2007
 
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
4.20
Seriously, it might be the greatest novel of the second half of the twentieth century. (Or if you're Harold Bloom, the best since Moby Dick). But it a...more
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Dec 04, 2008
 
The Chrysalids
3.91
One of Stephen King's favorites. I've been meaning to get to it for awhile. Apparently this is another book that has been ruined for generations of sc...more
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Jun 19, 2008
 
Never Let Me Go
3.78
This book will rip your heart out.

Unfortunately this is a rather literal assessment.
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Jan 26, 2009
 
Little Children
3.59
Stopped halfway through came back and finished it.

I usually like Perotta but here his usually humane satire came off as mean spirited, and the last h...more
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Feb 16, 2008
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