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After Dark
3.66
I didn't like the book very much. It read like something he tossed off, like it was a book between books, like a book to satisfy a contractual obligat ...more
Feb 13, 2008
Jan 11, 2008
 
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
3.52
It was written with urgency; unfortunately, it's a kind of condescending urgency you would find in a college application essay where the kid thinks he ...more
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
 
Swamplandia!
3.19
**spoiler alert** I wanted so much to love this book. So much. I read some reviews and heard a too-short interview on a NYT podcast, and I know it's u ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
 
How to Read the Air
3.13
After a while, I found the book sort of rote? It felt like it was written by an MFA graduate by which I mean it was well written, intelligent, but it ...more
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 21, 2010
 
The Borrower
3.47
Hated it. Just couldn't get into the narrator...her ho-hum self-pity, and her affection for the boy early on was unrelatable. The stark contrast she c ...more
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
 
Incarnadine: Poems
4.11
A couple of five-star poems in an otherwise three-star collection. My reading notes:

Troubadours Etc.: Seemed to be about a road trip. Then about migra
...more
Oct 12, 2013
Oct 12, 2013
 
True Believers
3.59
It just wasn't very good. Growing up in the 60s, the Narrator obviously will mention all the cliched cultural touchstones. Oh, you caught that new gui ...more
Dec 22, 2012
Dec 20, 2012
 
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.11
What. The. Fuck. Also, why hadn't I read this before?
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.41
Oh. Okay. Well. Huh.
Jun 06, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
 
The Wallcreeper
3.51
**spoiler alert** I want to give it 2 1/2 because I disliked it but I didn't dislike it IMMENSELY. The plot was thin, the characters were thin, the ma ...more
Jan 12, 2015
Jan 10, 2015
 
The One-Eyed Man: A Fugue, with Winds and Accompaniment
3.52
Wow. A lot of eating. Some lager. Lots of research. Not very exciting though the librarian in me really appreciated all the hard work.
Jan 06, 2014
Dec 29, 2013
 
Salvage the Bones
3.78
**spoiler alert** Near the end of the book, in the Eleventh Day chapter, we find the following: "'Junior,' Randall says, 'I know you ain't pee yoursel ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
 
Citrus County
3.61
**spoiler alert** Really wish we could do half stars. This one's 3.5.

Shelby's walk through the woods while she followed Toby is one of the tensest sce
...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
W, or the Memory of Childhood
3.87
**spoiler alert** There was a point, actually the beginning of Part II, when I stopped caring about the biographical story, and I really only cared ab ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
 
The Leftovers
3.35
**spoiler alert** I'm actually giving it 3.5 from 4 b/c of the ending, which I didn't like.

Throughout, it felt like he was trying to do something a li
...more
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
 
Thrall
4.05
**spoiler alert** Elegy - Sad one about her father, ostensibly about fly fishing w/ her father.
"You must remember how/the river seeped in over your bo
...more
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
 
The Circle
3.42
**spoiler alert** So many things. This isn't a review so much as a series of questions, a lot of skepticism, some irritation and...anger? Nah, my ambi ...more
Nov 21, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
 
Station Eleven
4.04
**spoiler alert** Boy, I really wanted it to be so much more than it was. I enjoyed the final third of the book immensely, particularly the sections i ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
 
Inside Madeleine
3.54
Oof. For the most part, it felt like a collection of stories written by someone trying to piss off their parents, or an adolescent trying to convince ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
 
The Flame Alphabet
2.88
**spoiler alert** When precisely did this book fall apart for me? Page 141. The beginning of part 2. For the previous several chapters I'd already beg ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
Three Poets of Modern Korea: Yi Sang, Hahm Dong-seon, and Choi Young-mi
4.25
the Yi Sang poems were a little strange, as expected. Butterfly was easily my favorite of the numbered poems. But his best poems were the first two in ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Jan 04, 2015
 
About a Mountain
3.73
Strange book to say the least. I was mostly interested in the efforts to create signage that would last the 10,000 years before the Yucca Mountain nuc ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 01, 2012
 
By Blood
3.60
**spoiler alert** A great book that would've been perfect were it not for its...what? Frame? Structure? The best part of the novel was the story with ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
 
Child of God
3.87
Christ. Read this in one day and it hurt my heart and my spirit and I lost a little faith in humanity because there are people like this in the world ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
 
Zone One
3.25
That...was not enjoyable. It was long on exposition, and short...really, really short on action. This isn't something I'd ordinarily quantify; however ...more
Jun 05, 2012
May 31, 2012
 
Seating Arrangements
3.01
**spoiler alert** A novel about the 1% for the 1% (it seems), the characters' treat their wealth casually as they have known no real struggle (apart, ...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 01, 2012
 
The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt
3.03
Great book! What a down-to-earth guy he is; more so, even, because of his raging insecurities...he's beyond grounded, he's downright catatonic. There ...more
May 29, 2011
May 19, 2011
 
Super Sad True Love Story
3.44
This was a pretty great book, pretty funny, and a somewhat deft satire of a not-too-distant future with a not-too-unlikely outlook. It hints at mega-c ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
 
The Neruda Case: A Novel
3.65
What a great caper of a novel. While I was drawn to the literary aspect, the novel itself was a fast-paced interview-laced investigation a la Simenon ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
 
Irma Voth
3.36
I was surprised by how good the writing was; not over the top, not trying-too-hard, just good solid writing. I became interested initially because of ...more
Jun 08, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
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