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Criss Cross
3.30
Wonderfully written, and a rare example of the omniscient mode in middle-grade/YA fiction, where first-person point of view has been king in recent ye ...more
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
 
The Fortress of Solitude
3.87
Now that I've read this book, I share Lethem's amazement that James Wood reviewed it without mentioning the magic ring. Though the ring vanishes for l ...more
Sep 28, 2013
Sep 28, 2013
 
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
4.15
Pay attention to the paperclips; this is my first suggestion for the reader of Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Two story-lines run th ...more
Oct 23, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
 
Bigger than a Bread Box
4.04
Rebecca Shapiro is 12, lives in Baltimore with her parents and younger brother Lew (2), and is working on her math homework when the lights blink off ...more
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 29, 2012
 
The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.
3.60
Lethem divides his collection into ten sections: My Plan To Begin With; Dick, Calvino, Ballard: SF and Postmodernism; Plagiarisms; Film and Comics; Wa ...more
Apr 26, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
 
Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe #2)
4.18
Chandler has this wonderful way of tossing seemingly unrelated incidents or even cases in Marlowe's path and slowly showing his tenacious detective fi ...more
May 26, 2013
May 31, 2013
 
Summer Rain
3.82
Though I preferred Duras's The Lover, this book also has its aloof, chilly pleasures. Chilly and aloof because Duras keeps the psychic distance (intim ...more
Jul 09, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
 
Therapy
3.75
David Lodge is the author of a collection of essays, titled The Art of Fiction, that is one of my favorite guides to writing. Here, in Therapy, he tur ...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
 
A Passage to India
3.62
Forster has perhaps the lightest hand when it comes to the omniscient point of view. This plus the amused, witty tone of his voice in part accounts fo ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
 
Inherent Vice
3.69
Pynchon's take on the hard-boiled detective genre is appropriately Pynchonesque in all the right ways. The protagonist-detective, Larry "Doc" Sportell ...more
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
 
Penny Dreadful
3.95
Ten-year-old Penelope Grey lives in a mansion in the city with her parents but is bored. Two wishes made in the family wishing well seem to move the p ...more
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
 
Howards End
3.94
The light, agile tone of Forster's narration is breathtaking, but don't mistake lightness of tone for slightness of purpose: Howard's End has emotiona ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
 
The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6)
4.23
In this novel, far more than the Chandler's earlier ones, I noticed the frame of Marlowe recounting a case since closed, rather than Marlowe, and the ...more
May 31, 2013
Jun 03, 2013
 
David Copperfield
3.93
Unusually, for Dickens I think, this book is not written in the omniscient mode, but is a first person account, and furthermore, is written in a prese ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Jan 03, 2012
 
Dead Souls
3.98
"Poema," Gogol named this book in the title page he created, maintaining that this journey through provincial Russia was not a novel, or was a hybrid ...more
Jul 28, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
 
Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls
4.28
It's remarkable the freshness a good writer can bring to even such well-mapped terrain as the Batman story. Snyder uses the full range of fictional te ...more
Jan 04, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
 
Batman: The Long Halloween
4.25
As per the blurb, Christopher Nolan and David Goyer, architects of the Dark Knight trilogy of films that is about to conclude this July with The Dark ...more
May 08, 2012
May 10, 2012
 
Les Misérables
4.09
As in his Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hugo's Les Miserables is chock full of digressions: slang, Waterloo, prostitution, the nature of genius, and, memor ...more
May 21, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
 
The Best American Essays 2013
3.90
I have some brief notes on several of the essays here, though I enjoyed them all to varying degrees. "His Last Game" is, I think, my favorite.

"The Gir
...more
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
 
The Sweetheart Season
3.25
Karen uses a first person, present tense frame around a past tense narrative that often sounds omniscient--a terrific risk that I love, getting omnisc ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
 
The History Of Luminous Motion
3.90
Lyrical, sharp, beautiful writing in the service of a disturbing story. Bradfield takes the risk of stretching the voice of his eight-year-old point o ...more
Oct 16, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
 
The Tiger Rising
3.73
From Scarlett's bookshelf, this National Book Award Finalist is a close third person narration, with occasional dips into omniscience. Rob Horton and ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
 
The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)
3.95
As with the previous 12 books, this one is mainly past tense narrative wrapped in the present tense frame of the near-omniscient investigator, Lemony ...more
Apr 05, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Gathering Blue
3.78
Loaner from Scarlett's 6th grade teacher, Julie Williams, after I commented on Lowry's The Giver. This one is also 3p, past tense, also post-apocalypt ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
 
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
4.26
One of my daughter's middle-grade summer reading selections. She's in England now, for another week, and will read this when she returns. I wonder wha ...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
 
Bridge to Terabithia
3.94
Stays with the point of view of rising 5th grader, Jesse Oliver Aarons, Jr., who lives with his family in a rural area near Washington, D.C. The novel ...more
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.82
**spoiler alert** Read with Scarlett as part of her summer reading list. From the point of view of Christopher Boone, a high-funtioning autistic boy o ...more
Jul 29, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
 
Moon Over Manifest
4.01
Works in two different time periods, 1918 and 1936. The main story, in 1936, is narrated in the first person by 12-year-old Abilene Tucker, who has be ...more
Mar 27, 2013
Mar 26, 2013
 
Three Musketeers
4.03
Serialized in 1844, set in the years 1625-1627, it would be difficult to find a smarter book of political intrigue, love, villainy, and action. Much a ...more
Sep 05, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
 
Gotham Central, Vol. 1: In the Line of Duty
4.21
Contains two stories, "In the Line of Duty" and "Motive." In the first, two officers investigate a tip on a kidnapping case and instead encounter Mr. ...more
Jul 26, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
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