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A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O, #1)
One of my coworkers is married to an editor for St. Martin's, and he came to a company party one time with a bunch of free books. Among the stack, I s ...more
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Aug 19, 2008
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
I'm re-reading the Harry Potter series and updating my reviews (or in the cast of the last few books, writing reviews, since I never got around to the ...more
May 19, 2015
Oct 13, 2009
Requiem for a Dream
Hubert Selbey Jr.'s Requiem for a Dream is a hard book to read ... not due so much to its sensitive subject matter, which is frankly riveting, as to S ...more
May 19, 2009
May 15, 2009
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
I'm re-reading all of the Harry Potter books. I originally this one in October of 2009. I didn't write a review at that time, so I'm writing one now.

May 20, 2015
Oct 13, 2009
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
I originally read this book in 2009, and am re-reading the entire series in 2015. I didn't write a review, originally, so here are my current thoughts ...more
May 15, 2015
Sep 12, 2009
Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower, #6)
I'm torn on this one.

One the one hand, it's the fastest-moving Dark Tower book since The Drawing of the Three (perhaps because this one is also set pr
Mar 2015
Mar 02, 2015
The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower #7)
Here we are at the end of my re-read of the later Dark Tower books. Volume seven, The Dark Tower, brings us back around in many ways. It features Mich ...more
Mar 07, 2015
Mar 09, 2015
Infected (Infected, #1)
I've followed Sigler on Twitter for a few months now, so it was no secret to me that he's a fan of Stephen King. Still, if I hadn't known, I would've ...more
Jan 06, 2015
Jan 07, 2015
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
I'm not going to claim that some of the complaints about this book are wrong. They're mostly correct: the main character is a bit of a superhero, the ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 24, 2015
Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower #5)
... in which Mister King gets gets a glimpse of his own mortality due to nearly being killed in a car accident, and decides "I'd probably better finis ...more
Feb 26, 2015
Feb 27, 2015
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)
His Majesty's Dragon is a tender story about the beautiful, homosexual, inter-species love between the protagonist and his gigantic black dragon.

Ok, s
Mar 12, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
When a book basically sweeps every major Fantasy/Science-Fiction award, it's probably worth checking out. I jumped into Ancillary Justice expecting to ...more
Nov 08, 2014
Nov 08, 2014
Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes
It's probably not that common for people to read cocktail books cover to cover, but it's probably also not that common for people who've never tended ...more
Feb 20, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
I'm re-reading the Harry Potter books right now and modifying my reviews of them. The original is below.

After having read all of the Harry Potter book
May 09, 2015
May 28, 2008
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
I try to re-read On Writing every couple of years. I'm an author, with four reasonably successful indie novels under my belt, and a new manuscript tha ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Aug 19, 2008
Let the Right One In
Like many Americans, I saw the movie version of Let the Right One In before reading the book, and enjoyed it quite a bit. This led me to pursue the bo ...more
May 23, 2009
May 24, 2009
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 2007, and just re-read it in 2015. I rated it three stars after the first read, and don't feel a ...more
May 06, 2015
Aug 19, 2008
The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life
I've seen Eugene do stand-up several times, and he's pretty funny, though not my favorite comic of all time. His style of humor is relaxed, sometimes ...more
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
Subwayland: Adventures in the World Beneath New York
If you live in New York City, which I do, the subway is probably a substantial part of your life. Even if you don't, it's a pretty fascinating place t ...more
Jan 20, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
A History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present
My younger sisters were both adopted from Korea, and my parents have always celebrated their heritage; I grew up eating bulgogi and japchae, visiting ...more
May 03, 2015
May 04, 2015
Tenth of December
As an author, I sometimes encounter books that are so good, I'm both immensely jealous and thrilled to have had the chance to read them at the same ti ...more
Nov 16, 2014
Nov 18, 2014
I thought this collection of short stories got better as it went along. The first couple both showed promise but, for me, failed to deliver on their i ...more
Jan 31, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1)
"I liked it," he said conditionally, "but it had a few issues."

There are three things that kept Altered Carbon from being a five star book for me. The
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 14, 2015
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
Let there be no doubt that Francine Prose loves to read. Reading Like a Writer stresses this without needing to say it over and over again -- the love ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws
This isn't really the kind of book most people would read cover to cover. In fact, it's not really meant to be used that way even by authors who are l ...more
Jan 30, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
The Maltese Falcon
The biggest surprise for me in reading the Maltese Falcon wasn't anything that happened in the story, nor was it Hammett's booze-soaked, amoral protag ...more
Dec 22, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
The Children of Men
Though it's been sitting on my bookshelf for years (my wife's copy), and though I quite enjoyed the movie, I didn't get around to reading "The Childre ...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
This is a hard book for me to review. On the one hand, from a personal enjoyment standpoint, it's only about two stars -- I had a hard time getting in ...more
Dec 14, 2014
Dec 15, 2014
Secret Lives of Books
There were aspects of this book I enjoyed, but for the most part I found it too esoteric for my tastes. The stories, while constructed from straightfo ...more
Feb 15, 2015
Feb 16, 2015
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)
While not quite as brimming with homoerotic undertones as the first in the series, Throne of Jade nonetheless presents the reader with plenty of repre ...more
Jun 08, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
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