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Written under the specter of his own death, Roberto Bolano's "2666" is a statement of the capacity of cruelty that resides in the darkest heart of hum ...more
Nov 2008
Oct 16, 2008
Invisible Man
The chief irony, as has been noted through article headlines, is that in drawing a most stunning portrait of an invisible man, Ralph Ellison became ar ...more
May 2008
May 01, 2008
Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me
Richard Farina is something of a role model to me. If I could model my life after his I would - all except the dying in a motorcycle accident two days ...more
Jun 2005
Feb 22, 2008
Memories of the Future
So I can’t decide what’s more shocking: that this guy is this good, or that these stories sat for decades in a Soviet basement. Sigizmund (I’ll call h ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 21, 2010
Last Evenings on Earth
bolano is just flat out one of the best writers of the last fifty years. these stories compare to the nick adams stories except with strange hallucino ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 26, 2008
The Pale King
So as you all know, Wallace’s writing style is highly contagious; thus, I will push back against the marriage of breezy witticism and Wikipedic knowl ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 23, 2011
The Last Western
“The Last Western” is a challenging book to review: easy to talk about thematically, yet hard to excuse stylistically. Klise seems to employ a pretty ...more
Feb 2012
Jan 29, 2012
The Prodigy: A Biography of William James Sidis, America's Greatest Child Prodigy
William James Sidis was born to a pair of immigrant autodidacts. And though they were mostly self-taught, both parents did obtain degrees in medicine ...more
Nov 2011
Dec 07, 2011
No One Belongs Here More Than You
okay i rarely give up on books and when i do i rarely give them ratings. this is because i hate when people have only read like the first 100 pgs of l ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 17, 2008
The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
I decided to read this book after some of the hype died down surrounding its release. I also wanted to have a little more perespective as 9/11 was suc ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 29, 2009
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
the first few chapters were just a continuation of the first book in terms of ideas, tone and excecution; thus, i was feeling pretty satisfied that i ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 28, 2011
A Tomb for Boris Davidovich
what a wonderful little treasure of a book, a blend of darkness at noon and borges' ficciones that succinctly points out the issues with totalitarian ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 24, 2012
Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem
oh my good friends, i've stumbled on a little treasure that is hidden wonder. billed as an 'epic science fiction poem', 'aniara' was the crowning achi ...more
Oct 2011
Sep 10, 2011
The Master and Margarita
sadly this book didn't do it for me - disjointed and stretched-to-the-limit set pieces that are basic farces and not much else - leaving the reader ho ...more
Jul 2013
Jul 24, 2013
Duino Elegies
These poems blew my mind, kicked my ass and sent chills down my back. Never have poems so resonated with that dark secret place I keep hidden from vie ...more
not set
Jan 19, 2008
Gravity's Rainbow
**spoiler alert** Even better the second time, Gravity's Rainbow deserves every superlative accolade that has been thrown its way. The paragon of post ...more
Mar 31, 2008
Jan 17, 2008
A Flag For Sunrise
“A Flag for Sunrise” is less a novel than an existential exercise in meaning, sacrifice, and cosmic collisions. Set in a fictionalized Nicaragua, the ...more
Jan 2013
Feb 13, 2013
this is a wholly engaging novel, of love, cultural preservation, and the power of narrative - all blended with an early hemingway prose infused with a ...more
Jun 2011
May 22, 2011
Lost in the Funhouse
I picked up this collection of short stories, because it was referenced in a David Foster Wallace novella (Westward the Course of Empire Takes it's Wa ...more
not set
Jul 06, 2008
The Mirage
sorta disappointing - what could have been an amazing novel, just reads like genre fiction, with a purported purpose. the characters are flat and poli ...more
Apr 02, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
How Fiction Works
Mr. Wood prepare for rebuttal:

This book started with plenty of promise and then slowly (but inexorably) faded into that jaded downfall of all critics
Feb 2010
Feb 27, 2010
The Melancholy of Resistance
okay so i just now finished this one, and i gotta say that last 3 pg run of decomposition, from biochemical to philosophical was just astounding. the ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 13, 2012
The Kindly Ones
so i considered writing a full review of this book, but the themes are so extreme, and difficult to discuss without raising ire. also, this is a very ...more
May 2012
Dec 21, 2010
Maya: Divine Kings of the Rainforest
A complete look at the Maya civilization from Pre-Classic to modern times, this book takes you to their world. From the jaw-droping works of art, to t ...more
Jul 2008
Jun 03, 2008
Alexandria: A History and a Guide
this is a great guide through not only alexandria, but her literary progeny: the alexandria quartet. even though i'm still on 'justine', this book has ...more
Feb 2011
Jan 23, 2011
Omensetter's Luck
William Gass’s “Omensetter’s Luck” is a genre-blending, poetic powerhouse; a transformative reading experience that’s a beautiful balance of poetry an ...more
Oct 2013
Apr 18, 2013
The Letter Killers Club
The Letter Killer’s Club is a collection of interconnected stories, with a powerful frame-tale, that ends up challenging and usurping the wondrous wor ...more
Jan 2014
Dec 27, 2013
Bellow: A Biography
Reading James Atlas’s biography “Bellow”, about the life of the quintessentially assimilated American writer, forced me to confront a darker side of l ...more
Aug 2011
Jul 31, 2011
The Enchantress Of Florence
this is the first book i have read by rushdie and it's good enough to encourage me to read "midnight's children" which i hear is his best book. if any ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 04, 2009
The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century
"The Forger's Spell" by Edward Dolnick is a well told story about one of the most infamous art forgery cases of the 20th century. Han van Meegeren sp ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 13, 2009
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