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The Children Act
Ian McEwan's newest novel (perhaps novella) is a short character study of an aging judge. Fiona must consider highly contentious legal matters while g ...more
Oct 07, 2014
Aug 02, 2014
Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls
Not bad. The new Gotham created by Scott Snyder is dark and dank, textured - deeper, even, than Frank Miller's. Batman continues his battle with the C ...more
Aug 31, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Motherless Brooklyn
Motherless Brooklyn has an unlikely premise - the narrator is a low-level detective with Tourette's syndrome investigating the murder of his boss and ...more
Sep 2012
Aug 13, 2012
The Power and the Glory
An incredible tale of a wayward priest in a time of revolution. As a military junta comes for an unnamed country's religious leaders, one priest must ...more
Jan 2004
Jan 24, 2012
Time's Arrow
I was about 5 chapters in when I realized that for the entire time I was reading the book, I was oddly distressed, upset, angry - I couldn't sleep, an ...more
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Sep 14, 2012
The Art of Fielding
An excellent book about baseball, and baseball players, and, like all books about sports, the meaning of "things" (Harbach doesn't presume to offer an ...more
Jan 24, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
This book was a page-turner - well written with a suspenseful plot, Ferguson draws the reader in with multiple storylines that inevitable converge. He ...more
Oct 20, 2012
Sep 09, 2012
This Is How You Lose Her
I hadn't read any Junot Diaz before this collection of linked short stories, but I am eager to read more, especially if Yunior is the narrator. Yunior ...more
Oct 26, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
Beautiful Ruins
Great read - quick, dynamic prose with rich, thoughtful characters. The story is an interesting twist on an old problem, and Walter ties together piec ...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
March Violets
A well done noir fiction tale set in 1936 Berlin. Bernie Gunther is a private investigator from the same mold as Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe. His cas ...more
Sep 11, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Thursday Next, #6)
Another great mystery from Jasper Fforde. This time, the narrative starts off with the written Thursday Next, which is a great way for him to tell the ...more
Sep 24, 2012
May 03, 2012
Station Eleven
Another excellent read! The book is at times unnerving, reminding me of Cormac McCarthy a little too much, but the invention of the new world is in th ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
Excellent - Flavia de Luce is a truly unique character. Bradley does not cheat too much with the capabilities of an 11-year-old girl, but does a littl ...more
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
All My Puny Sorrows
It's been a long time since I have stayed up half the night to finish a novel. The details of the book are straightforward: Yoli, the narrator, strugg ...more
Jun 26, 2014
May 12, 2014
The Sisters Brothers
**spoiler alert** Excellent read - completely and wholly unexpected from start to finish. deWitt has the ability to create likeable characters that co ...more
Dec 17, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
Goodnight Darth Vader
Another delightful tale with the Skywalker twins. A bit long for younger kids, but maybe 4 and up will enjoy reading it with parents. Simple pages wit ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
My copy has a blurb calling it "[a] gripping, bighearted book" and I agree - it had me hooked from the first page. The narrator, Rosemary, reveals the ...more
Jan 25, 2015
Dec 26, 2014
Burma Chronicles
Excellent account of a country from an outsider's perspective. Guy Delisle manages to tell the story of a country's citizens through the everyday stru ...more
May 22, 2012
May 17, 2012
The Sense of an Ending
Short, interesting read. A character study of a truly unremarkable man... yet Barnes makes the story compelling and even adds a twist at the end. I ca ...more
Jan 18, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
Fear of Music
Excellent!!! Lethem describes the album perfectly, and in the process creates a work of art on its own. i listened to the album over and over while re ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
Up and Down
Excellent read - Fallis is a great storyteller with unforgettable characters. The story is pretty basic and there aren't many surprises, but it is ent ...more
Oct 03, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
Excellent read - Cleave captures the intensity of competition, both in sport and in life. He weaves the narrative together brilliantly, bringing in pi ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
I devoured this one in less than 24 hours. It is an addicting read, hilarious and insightful with an excellent twist. Highly recommended!
Apr 12, 2015
Apr 11, 2015
On Beauty
This novel is an epic recasting of the campus novel, reimagining Lucky Jim for a 21st century American audience. She writes about race, politics, fami ...more
Dec 09, 2013
Dec 26, 2011
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
An excellent alternate tale of Batman and superheroes in general in a contemporary age. Breathtaking!
Jul 18, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #1)
Another excellent offering from Doescher. He reimagines the Phantom Menace to add depth where the movie lacked, especially with lines from Anakin such ...more
Jun 28, 2015
Jun 28, 2015
It won some acclaim in 2014 as a National Book Award winner and it is justified, as it makes as much a political statement as a literary one. The stor ...more
Feb 17, 2015
Dec 26, 2014
Something Rotten (Thursday Next, #4)
Another excellent read from Jasper Fforde. I have been enjoying the series immensely thus far, but I think Something Rotten is the best one since The ...more
Sep 15, 2012
May 03, 2012
The Girl Who Fell From The Sky
This book is engaging, well-written and intriguing. Marian Sutro is a young woman working in the WAAF when she is recruited for the secret service to ...more
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
Gone Girl
Gone Girl is a fascinating read - it moves from a gripping police procedural whodunit to a psychological spine-tingler in no time, and Flynn's clever ...more
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 05, 2012
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