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The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #5)
4.15
Oh, Ursula. No longer will I love you in a vaguely ashamed manner, skulking through chesty-women-blow-shit-up-also-monster! book covers in the sci-fi/ ...more
not set
Nov 29, 2007
 
Naked Lunch
3.48
So, basically, the meaningless drivel of the very first circuit boi? Seriously? Maybe I would have liked it better if I weren't already sick to death ...more
not set
Nov 29, 2007
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.87
What a colossal waste of my life. Nothing happens. Literally. That's what's wrong with this book. It's a freshman-level fiction workshop gone horribly ...more
not set
Nov 26, 2007
 
Evergreen: A Guide to Writing with Readings
3.10
We hates it. We haaaates it.

Some bloke named Jeffrey gave this monument of shite four friggin stars. Look for us to oil wrestle soon on cable.

Why can'
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Jul 2008
Jul 07, 2008
 
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
3.88
The most interesting part of this book was the introduction. Sad, but true.

Four stars for presentation. The prose is nearly invisible, which I suppose
...more
Dec 2007
Dec 28, 2007
 
Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville (Bone, #1)
4.13
People I love think this is a friggin masterpiece, and I love them less for it now.

I picked up the first volume of Bone because I'd heard it had such
...more
Dec 2007
Dec 08, 2007
 
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-5 + short story)
4.35
Why does British humor rely so much on the use of indifference? Just something I've noticed.

So the Earth is destroyed. In an indifferent manner, which
...more
Dec 2007
Dec 28, 2007
 
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
4.20
It was a decently told story, with small shining moments. I don't feel it was worth all the hype, though, and I wonder if it would have been such a su ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 02, 2008
 
A Thousand Acres
3.76
This book won a Pulitzer back in that day, and that pisses me off. Although, really, I should know better by now. I'm always burned by the Pulitzers.

B
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Jun 2008
Feb 24, 2008
 
Girl Imagined by Chance
4.12
Meh.

Actually, that might be a bit strong.

The back-cover description pasted here on Goodreads was clearly written by the author himself and is, unfortu
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Jul 2008
Aug 02, 2008
 
Close Range
3.99
If you already know why Annie Proulx rox ur fuckin face off, then I don't know why you're reading a review instead of the book itself. It's Annie Fuck ...more
not set
Dec 05, 2007
 
The New Bottoming Book
3.87
If you want a how-to book, this isn't it. If you want a why-for book, this is your baby. I wish I would have found this book years ago. For people who ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 13, 2007
 
The Last Crossing
3.81
This book has everything you need to make a historical novel suck. And not just moderate, forgivable sucking, but full-on golf ball through a garden h ...more
not set
Dec 05, 2007
 
The Handmaid's Tale
3.99
I can always count on Atwood for a good mindless read. And that's a fairly terrible thing to say in my usual circles, but christ on a crutch do I get ...more
Jan 2000
Nov 21, 2007
 
High Lonesome: Selected Stories, 1966-2006
4.15
JCO is everything I hate about Jane Austen made sublime. Not one of her characters is believable, but they all act in the way we wish we could act und ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 29, 2008
 
Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life
3.68
I will now officially join the horde of college sophomore sorority girls who kissed a chica once in a bar and promptly added this book to their shelve ...more
not set
Nov 21, 2007
 
Mythologies
4.11
Tasty little treat, and essential as an intro to semiology, cultural theory and/or just plain critical thinking. Four stars as a teaching tool. As a r ...more
not set
Nov 21, 2007
 
The Authority, Vol. 2: Under New Management
4.16
Per my review of the Volume 1 trade paperback, this volume had to make up for a couple glaring sins. As in, I wanted real characters with moderately n ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 02, 2008
 
Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace
4.11
For the tens of people out there who actually have to teach reading and writing, I've decided to start reviewing the heap of atrocious textbooks I've ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 02, 2008
 
The Authority, Vol. 1: Relentless
4.15
I'm willing to forgive quite a bit in a first trade paperback, just because of the necessary set-up drudgery and the way most writers seem to need an ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 28, 2007
 
Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
4.03
Also known as In Which Bertrand Russel Uses Logical Fallacies to Answer Dead Questions. This book is a decent intro into the standard (bad) arguments ...more
not set
Nov 26, 2007
 
The Ultimate Guide to Cunnilingus: How to Go Down on a Woman and Give Her Exquisite Pleasure
4.06
I finally ordered this from Amazon just because I want to see how their preference-predicting algorithm handles this. Recommend another purchase for m ...more
not set
Apr 01, 2008
 
New X-Men by Grant Morrison Ultimate Collection - Book 1
4.12
Whee!!! This was just fun shit. No pretention, no patronizing, but also no lowest-common-denominator tripe. I love Morrison when he does serial comics ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 26, 2008
 
Picnic, Lightning
4.28
Billy Collins became our poet laureate in 2001 and 2003 by copying out the least boring sections of his journal and adding line breaks between every g ...more
not set
Feb 15, 2009
 
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
4.14
Aside from its over-estimation of the revolutionary power of sperm, it's not a bad read. And it provides everything a cult-mongering sci-fi geek will ...more
not set
Nov 29, 2007
 
In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives
3.93
This book does what I expect from a good scholarly essay -- prompts some compelling lines of thought, whets my appetite for more and gives a satisfyin ...more
not set
Nov 21, 2007
 
Refresh, Refresh
3.96
*sigh*

This is a second collection that reads like a first. Honest to god, these stories came fresh from an MFA workshop, filtered through a thesis rea
...more
Dec 2007
Nov 26, 2007
 
Life: A User's Manual
4.26
Like a lot of Perec's work, I got three-quarters of the way through, set the book down somewhere and just got busy with reruns of Charles in Charge an ...more
not set
Nov 26, 2007
 
Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited
4.14
This is the sort of "family values" moral-panic I'd expect from Pat Robertson if he actually possessed the forebrain necessary for real language. Huxl ...more
not set
Nov 21, 2007
 
V: WaveSon.nets/Losing L'una
3.82
I'm a sucker for a bold experiment. The places where V falls short on poetic excellence are the same places where it's gonzo on structural brilliance, ...more
not set
Nov 26, 2007
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