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1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
3.84
It took six months. In the meantime, I read eight (or maybe it was nine) other novels.

But finally, I have done it; I've finished the worst long novel
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Jan 05, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
 
The Great Gatsby
3.84
Like many sentient humans, I read this in high school.

What I remembered was:

1. There was a yellow car.
2. At some point it crashed.

So I thought I'd re-
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Sep 18, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
4.22
I get it - the story behind the writing of the book is cool and she was a woman and women weren't allowed to write/do anything back then.

But good god
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Aug 27, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.68
I gave it 200 pages, and then I put it aside.

I thought I was becoming a Michael Chabon superfan. Then I started reading this disaster. Nothing felt ri
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Mar 2014
Jun 15, 2014
 
Heyday
3.48
It kept going and going, and so did I, although not without some hiccups.

I like a good bit of historical fiction as much as the next guy, so I read wi
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Jun 15, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
 
Oil!
3.63
Few books have had on me the intellectual impact of Sinclair's "The Jungle," so it was with trepidation that I approached "Oil!"

Why trepidation? Becau
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Nov 25, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
 
Fatelessness
4.04
I asked a girl at a cafe in Budapest to recommend to me some Hungarian authors. It rained the next day, so I went to a bookstore and asked for Hungari ...more
May 09, 2012
May 11, 2012
 
Moon Palace
3.99
I made a mistake with this book - not a theoretical mistake, a concrete mistake. After finishing a third of Moon Palace, I accidentally left it in my ...more
Feb 09, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
 
Super Sad True Love Story
3.44
I liked Absurdistan (Shteyngart's previous book) a lot. That plus the subject matter (I get to use "dystopian future" here) had me excited about this ...more
Nov 28, 2011
Dec 03, 2011
 
The Surface of Earth
4.01
How many words does this thing have? 1,000,000?

It took four months but, finally, I'm done. I hated several things about TSOE. Its length was a bore a
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Jan 28, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
 
The Sisters Brothers
3.83
I can imagine people not liking certain things in this world (eggplant, the rock band The Darkness).

There are other things (cinnamon rolls, Kurt Vile)
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Mar 26, 2013
May 11, 2013
 
Orient Express
3.48
I started Orient Express sometime in 1995. Or so it felt like.

In the book's defense, I was traveling and moving and busy like everyone's busy while I
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Jul 20, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
 
The Art of Fielding
3.99
I played college basketball which, on its surface, should mean that I would like to read a "real" book about college sports. But that's not really the ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
 
Anansi Boys
3.97
A four-star rating for different reasons than some four-star ratings.

Anansi Boys didn't change the way I think about life, or provide me with a new p
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Mar 24, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
 
World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
4.19
Yes, the writing is, at times, hacky. ("Caris looked at Merthin. She felt sad.*") And yes, the characters are sometimes oversimplified. But holy hell, ...more
May 11, 2012
May 11, 2012
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.63
I wanted to like it (because it seemed like it would be "different") and wanted to hate it (because it seemed like THAT would be "different"...since, ...more
Aug 25, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
 
Running with Scissors
3.65
Ergaberga; if someone tells you all day how good the chocolate chip cookie is, will it be all that good by the time you eat it?

By now, we've all heard
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Sep 30, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
 
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
4.19
A pleasant surprise.

I picked "Complications" off the shelf in my Kansas City home while there for a few days; I hadn't had time to pack a book when I
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Aug 18, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
 
The Innocent
3.93
I'd always heard that Harlan Coben writes the thinking man's thrillers. And I want to think of myself as a thinking man. And I like a thriller, once i ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
 
White Noise
3.85
I liked it quite a lot, but I could imagine other people not liking it all.

So if you happen to be reading this and you don't like it, don't feel bad!
Apr 2014
Jun 15, 2014
 
Kraken
3.59
Um, what?

After loving The City & The City (which I think might have been the inspiration for that television show on FX about a Mexican border cri
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Feb 20, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
 
How Did You Get This Number
3.48
Pure loveliness.

I was struck, many times during HDYGTN, with how deftly Crosley is able to balance social/personal commentary/critique with a self-dep
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Sep 24, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
 
The Unnamed
3.30
I walked away from Then We Came To The End a little disappointed. But I liked Ferris's style and way with words so, when my girlfriend and I started s ...more
Jan 20, 2013
May 11, 2013
 
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
3.32
After Nathaniel P. and Olive Kitteridge, I'm beginning to think that only women should be allowed to write books. It seems that the books I've been re ...more
Mar 2014
Jun 15, 2014
 
The Fortress of Solitude
3.87
Somewhere on the cover of FOS, someone writes that it's a painting, an album and a work of art. (I'm paraphrasing because I already loaned the book.)

I
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Feb 28, 2012
Feb 29, 2012
 
Open
4.11
I don't know if my review is entirely helpful because I also played sport for a living. Not on an Andre Agassi-like level, but high enough in its own ...more
Mar 05, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
 
No Great Mischief
3.99
It's really, really good. But it's not quite great.

A Canadian friend gave me this book, telling me great things about MacLeod. And I liked the book ge
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Jun 30, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
 
Hard Laughter
3.67
I think many nonfiction books should be pamphlets.

This novel should have been a short story. A very, very short story.

Yes, it is, at times, funny and
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Aug 28, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
 
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
4.01
Recommended by a friend, so I was skeptical at first, because I guess I'm always skeptical.

This one's unlike any book I've ever read. Kundera breaks a
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Nov 23, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
 
Up in the Air
2.83
I spent most of my twenties and early thirties traveling and fighting off loneliness. This book, then, hit me on several levels. I like that it didn't ...more
Jun 04, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
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