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Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
There's a lot of praise out there for this book, and it's all well deserved. There are countless books that tell stories of the Holocaust. None do it...more
Jan 2008
Dec 13, 2007
Bad Twin
I'm somewhat embarrassed to publicly admit that I read this book. I picked it up at a used book sale for less than two bucks. I bought it just because...more
Sep 04, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
This book is one of a kind. It's a rare work of fiction that falls outside the norm. In all honesty, it's unfair to call it a work of commercial ficti...more
Dec 2007
Nov 15, 2007
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
After the fifth or sixth person asked me what I thought of this book, I decided to read it. Content wise, it wasn’t bad. It felt to me like Christiani...more
Jan 2005
Nov 16, 2007
The Grace of Necessity
Sam Green is now among my favorite poets. After reading this collection, it is clear to see why he was chosen as Washington State's first poet laureat...more
Jan 2008
Feb 18, 2009
Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories
It's easy to see why this collection of stories won an Oregon Book Award. The writing is excellent. Scott Nadleson filled his pages with strong sensor...more
Jun 19, 2008
Nov 14, 2007
A Tale of Two Cities
What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good Dickens' book.

I don't know how my review can add to the discussion about this classic tale, so I won't say mu...more
Mar 26, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
The Tsar's Dwarf
After reading all the other reviews of this book here on Goodreads, I find that I don't have much to add to the review stream. I agree with most all t...more
Dec 30, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
Here's another great release from Bowler Hat Comics.

There is much to like about this book. First off, it's a superhero story that puts the emphasis o...more
Sep 04, 2008
Aug 29, 2008
Maus, Vol. 2: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus, #2)
I see why Maus won a Pulitzer. It's incredible from start to finish.

In this, the second part of the story, Spiegelman intensifies the father/son story...more
Jan 2008
Dec 13, 2007
Why Does Santa Wear Red?: ...and 100 Other Christmas Curiousities Unwrapped
The only word I have to describe this book is "meh." It has some fun nuggets about the meanings behind certain holiday traditions, but it's not a capt...more
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Dec 05, 2008
The poetry in this collection is delightfully approachable, but it is far from lightweight. David Hill's writing is filled with a type of humor that c...more
May 07, 2009
Apr 19, 2009
The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
I have always loved The Chronicles of Narnia. Most of us have read them as kids. I've read them all multiple times. The thing that most people don't k...more
Jan 2000
Nov 13, 2007
Ricochet River
I'm embarrassed to admit that, despite the fact that I've been involved with Ooligan Press since 2004, I haven't read this book until just now. It was...more
Jun 2008
Jun 20, 2008
Grief to Grace
I edited this book in 2008. It was one of the most emotional stories I've ever had to work through. Each time I think about all that Lori survived, I...more
Jan 2008
Jun 04, 2009
Bright Lights, Big City
I wish I could rate this on two levels, instead of giving it one overall rating.

In terms of content, the book isn't that exciting. The story is pretty...more
Apr 12, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
American Scream: Palindrome Apocalypse
I love when poetry uses metaphors that haunt my mind for days after my initial reading. This book of translated poetry still grips me years after I re...more
Jan 2005
Nov 16, 2007
Normally, this isn't the type of book I'd pick up off the shelf. But, since it's an Ooligan book, I just had to read it. I liked it more than I though...more
Oct 26, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
10 Steps To Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There)
Whoever designed this book should be commended. Oh wait, I designed it! ;)
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Oct 10, 2012
The Christmas Carol Murders
I loved it. But I'm biased. I helped edit and produce it.
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Oct 10, 2012
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Thursday Next, #6)
Another fine romp through the BookWorld. It took me a while to get used to a narrator who wasn't Thursday but was still kind of Thursday, but in the e...more
May 18, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
Kid Beowulf and the Blood-Bound Oath
My buddy Bo is publishing this series, and I think he made a wise decision in acquiring it for his press. This, the first book in the series, is great...more
Jul 2008
Aug 05, 2008
Tillamook 1952
This book is proof that self-publishing is a viable way to get your stories out into the world. I helped a class full of students edit this book by lo...more
Jan 2006
Nov 17, 2007
Foul Matter
Anyone who works in publishing will find this book hilarious. I do, and I did.
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
Great Expectations
Poor Charles Dickens. He was one of the most innovative writers of his day, but now people seem him as anything but innovative. Once you work past the...more
Jan 2006
Nov 17, 2007
The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime, #1)
Although not as good as his Thursday Next series, Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crime series is fun to read. This, the first book in the series, takes a whi...more
Jan 2007
Nov 14, 2007
Uncle Tom's Cabin
I know this book gets a lot of flack, but that's part of what makes it so powerful. This was the first book to help me understand the social climate s...more
Jan 2001
Dec 01, 2007
You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories
Like any anthology, this collection of stories has something for everyone. There were several stories that I thoroughly enjoyed, and there were some t...more
May 29, 2008
Nov 13, 2007
Roseburg 1959
This is my favorite of the two books by George Byron Wright that I helped my students edit. I love the emotional journey the main character takes in t...more
Jan 2007
Nov 17, 2007
Tortilla Flat
I read this book as part of a two-person book club. At first, it was hard for me to get into it. But, as I pressed on, I started to enjoy it. I even t...more
Jan 2006
Nov 15, 2007
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