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The Post-Birthday World
3.48
Lesson #1: Don't let your husband make more money than you.
Lesson #2: If you can't decide between two (or more) men, they're probably both wrong for y
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Jun 09, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
 
The Age of Reason
3.94
This is basically a soap opera with brains and direction, which is my favorite kind of book ever. The character development is EXTRAORDINARY. I recomm ...more
Mar 24, 2008
Mar 23, 2008
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
All in all, this is enjoyable if you shut off your brain for a few hundred pages and pretend you are Bella Swan. It's a good beach read. It's comforti ...more
Dec 2006
Jan 07, 2008
 
Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence
4.17
One of my (many) obsessions. Five years ago this book told me I was an INTP, and I was skeptical. I did not think four letters could sum an entire per ...more
Jul 06, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
 
The Einstein Intersection
3.58
Delany is totally fascinating. His hallucinogenic style, his obsession with orgies, his anti-transitions, which make you think you must have gotten kn ...more
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
 
The Westing Game
4.02
A dazzling, brilliant novel. It is by and large considered a "children's book" (hence the well-deserved Newbery Medal), but the ingenuity, humor, and ...more
Feb 2000
Jan 26, 2008
 
Gravity's Rainbow
4.03
before:
I REALLY WANT TO READ THIS BOOK! I've been dying to read it for YEARS actually...but alas, I keep procrastinating.

after:
Terrible yet amazing. I
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Aug 02, 2008
Feb 03, 2008
 
On Beauty
3.62
Don't believe the hype: this book is neither clever nor funny.

Either my expectations have gotten higher, or Zadie Smith has gotten worse. I'm going to
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Jun 08, 2009
Dec 28, 2007
 
Grotesque
3.65
Near the end of this book the deluded psycho loser Kazue Sato writes something like, "Motherfuckers! I wish they would all die." That is precisely my ...more
Jul 14, 2009
Aug 15, 2008
 
The Fountainhead
3.82
As an architecture student with no field experience, I can't testify to the accuracy of this book. Given that over half a century has passed since its ...more
Jun 2006
Dec 28, 2007
 
Ordinary People
3.87
This book is told entirely in present tense, which is a dangerous choice unless you're a very good writer. Fortunately, Judith Guest is a very good wr ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 20, 2007
 
Jealousy & In the Labyrinth
3.85
All I have to say (actually I have a lot more to say than just this) is that there's a reason Alain Robbe-Grillet's vision of the "New Novel" didn't c ...more
Jan 14, 2011
Jan 15, 2011
 
The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard
4.50
Wow. Two wows, in fact. A small one to me, for actually reading 1,196 pages of short stories in this era of constant distraction/instant gratification ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 09, 2011
 
The Crying of Lot 49
3.71
When I reached the middle of this book, I thought, "I love this man so much." It isn't every book that I can read lying in my bed for hours on end wit ...more
Mar 27, 2008
Feb 15, 2008
 
V.
3.97
Amazing, incredible book. Amazing, incredible writer. -1 for the two chapters I didn't like and for a few other sections that dragged on a bit longer ...more
Jun 02, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
 
The Painted Veil
3.88
This story sucked. The Painted Veil is about stupid, annoying characters who make stupid, annoying decisions from which they never recover. The main c ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
 
The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1-4 + short story)
4.59
After reading this I feel like I've overdosed on wit. The writing is extremely clever down to every line, and maybe that's why people are bonkers abou ...more
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
 
You Are Not a Stranger Here
3.93
Collection of extremely depressing stories. Adam Haslett writes well in terms of emotional expression and word choice, but most of these stories lack ...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
 
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
4.01
I'm going to be engulfed in flames for saying this, but David Sedaris isn't that funny. Judging from this book, anyway. His writing is decent, and he ...more
Jan 10, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
 
The Kill (The Forbidden Game, #3)
4.16
The Forbidden Game is great at what it does.

There are great books, and then there are books that aren't great, aren't aiming to be great, but are stil
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Aug 27, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
 
Dance Dance Dance
4.02
Intense yet gentle. This is apparently a standalone sequel (do those even exist?) to the third book in a trilogy that I haven't read yet, but there ar ...more
Jun 28, 2009
Jun 26, 2009
 
Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 (Fruits Basket, #1)
4.23
This is a review of (scanlations of) all 23 volumes. However, I've just bought a few of the books, and the scanlations and official translations are m ...more
Mar 25, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
 
The Best of Roald Dahl
4.37
It's true that nearly all writing reveals a great deal about the person behind the words, but it's especially true in Roald Dahl's case because all hi ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
 
Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)
4.39
This is a review of (scanlations of) all 12 volumes.

Death Note is amazing. Granted, it's not as much fun after the infamous turning point, but I'd sti
...more
Jan 08, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
 
Dracula
3.94
I have in my possession this extraordinarily cheesy-looking edition of Dracula, as evidenced by the publisher ("Scholastic Apple Classics"), the tiny ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
 
Lolita
3.86
Nabokov's writing is dazzling, especially considering English isn't his first language, and it's the only aspect of this book that I didn't find total ...more
Nov 23, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
4.18
I don't know much about number theory, but I can recognize great writing when I see it, and trust me, this is great. Simon Singh ties together seeming ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
 
Strangers on a Train
3.93
I watched Hitchcock's film adaptation several months before and enjoyed it. In retrospect, the only things the movie and the book really have in commo ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 15, 2007
 
Nova
3.83
I read most of this in one quick gulp after a labored start, so I missed a few key things, such as the race of the main character. I mean, I read the ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
 
Portrait of Jennie
3.99
Starts off smoothly and comes to a skittering halt in the last third. This book is neither "romantic" nor "tragic" but creepy and mysterious, which I ...more
May 29, 2010
Feb 25, 2008
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