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Troubles (Empire Trilogy, #1)
How can it be that I haven't read this book before now?? Farrell is to the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy in the early 20th Century what Chekhov is to late Ts ...more
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death
An excellent primer on recycling the natural way!
May 11, 2013
May 11, 2013
Essential Earthman
I read the original edition published 1981.
Jan 1982
Aug 01, 2012
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
I read it in two days, so obviously I didn't actually dislike it, but the novel's premise -- that four friends shun the fifth member of their circle o ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 23, 2014
The Grand Design
Ok, I still can't say that I really understand quantum mechanics (and, with my limited math,almost certainly never will, at least barring a wildly imp ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
Die letzte Lagune
Perhaps the least good in this series so far, it's missing much of the interaction with the Principessa and Tron's mother that have added interest to ...more
Aug 23, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
Rauhnacht (Kommissar Kluftinger, #5)
I've read them all and mostly enjoyed them, but this was just too much. All along, of course, Langhammer has been annoying and Klufti has behaved like ...more
Sep 16, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
Aus Wut
This third in the Plasberg/Brinkhoff series is OK, although once again none of the characters is terribly likeable, but it begins with an excerpt from ...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
The Leopard
I've heard of this book now and then for many years and finally decided to read it when someone in the NYT recently said that it's sometimes called th ...more
Jul 21, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
Sehnsucht nach Paris, Heimweh nach Prag. Ein Leben in Selbstzeugnissen
Although this collection contains relatively short excerpts from the major novels (which I'd already read), most of it consists of Roth's journalistic ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)
**spoiler alert** Enjoyable, but I liked it much less than Bury Your Dead. Maybe it's the fact that I can't bring myself to care much about Clara and ...more
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
Paris Reborn: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City
I don't know a great deal about Paris and its history this side of the revolution and Napoleon I, but this seemed to me excellent. My only complaint ( ...more
Nov 15, 2014
Nov 15, 2014
The Kills (The Kills, #1-4)
Clearly, Dick Cheney is responsible for the whole thing and should be forced to read all 1,000 pages-plus. Although ... I really did enjoy the first t ...more
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
**spoiler alert** A beautifully written novel about an unlikely academic with a miserably failed marriage who finds love once and briefly, and otherwi ...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 28, 2012
Die blaue Liste: Denglers erster Fall
An unusually well-written Krimi with a most interesting (and not implausible) political twist. I look forward to reading more in the series.
Dec 30, 2014
Jan 01, 2015
Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art
The premise, as with most Christoper Moore books, is simply ridiculous, but the execution is so amusingly well done that that's no cause for complaint ...more
Apr 23, 2014
Apr 24, 2014
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Somehow, I never read the first four of the Smiley books, and the recent adaptation of "Tinker, Tailor..." led me to begin with this, number 3 in the ...more
Apr 16, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Never Mind (The Patrick Melrose Novels, #1)
“He was just one of those Englishmen who were always saying silly things to sound less pompous, and pompous things to sound less silly. They turned in ...more
May 04, 2012
May 04, 2012
Nervöse Fische
A much more realistic mystery than the by-me-much-disliked Batmans Schoenheit while still exhibiting the David Lynch-esque weirdness that made the Che ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Vienna Twilight
Just a little too much Psychopathia Sexualis for my taste, but the reflections on Wagner, Tristan, and "What was wrong with the German soul?" the inte ...more
Mar 27, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity
The photographs certainly deserve 5 stars, but I obviously got the wrong idea from the ad I saw for this book in the NYRB before it was published. I w ...more
Jul 22, 2013
Sep 20, 2012
A Scarecrow's Bible
Loved the writing and the subject (gay Vietnam vet with broken-down marriage falls in love with younger man and the two of them begin to overcome some ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 30, 2007
The President's Hat
The writing (at least in translation) is nothing special, but the storyline grabbed me after a bit and the whole thing is a fun short read. (But, by t ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
Between the Assassinations
Not a novel really, but a collection of fictional miniatures, each of which reveals some aspect of the caste/class/political conflicts in Indian socie ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
Borrowed this from the library just to read "The Custom of the Army," a Lord John Gray story that takes place in Canada and was top-notch, but also en ...more
Dec 17, 2011
Dec 17, 2011
Ein sturer Hund
A rather unusual Krimi, in which the detective doesn't appear until after page 100. But those first hundred pages are highly entertaining, and when he ...more
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
The Two Hotel Francforts
**spoiler alert** I'm not at all certain that I would have liked this book as much as I did if I hadn't recently been to Lisbon, Sintra, and other loc ...more
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 29, 2013
Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
Not much of the book is specifically designed to help anyone with his pet cat (which makes the subtitle somewhat misleading) but an interesting summar ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
Das geschenkte Mädchen : ein Fall für Pfeffer
Unless you have some interest in the pre-WWI German African colonies, Kamerun in particular, you're likely to find this tedious. Perhaps 1/3 of the bo ...more
Jun 09, 2011
Jun 09, 2011
I read Ein Sturer Hund before reading this first installment in the series and, like that book, Cheng is unlikely to please those who like their myste ...more
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 19, 2013