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Points of View: An Anthology of Short Stories
1. Who the f!#& wrote this book?
Points of View is an anthology, so, um, lots of people wrote it. It features some of the greatest, sharpest gems o
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May 27, 2012
The Poetics of Space
I do absolutely love this book, and it became in many ways a kind of manifesto for me. The reason I haven't given it the full 5 stars is simply that a ...more
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Mar 25, 2012
The Unnamable
I just can't. I can't. I made it through Molloy and Malone Dies with a combination of miserable frustration and deep delight, but 50 pages into The Un ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
Another Country
I'm not easily enticed into unconditional praise, but I've never read anything quite like this, and I'm still sort of astonished by how masterful - an ...more
May 15, 2014
May 13, 2014
The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)
Sort of a fun take on the secret-branch-of-government-investigating-supernatural-affairs shtick, and I really appreciated the no-nonsense female prota ...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
The Gates of the Forest
I can't figure out how to grade this book. It's surprisingly clumsily written and awkwardly constructed - I don't remember Night, Dawn, or The Acciden ...more
Apr 11, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
Bleeding Edge
If you, like me, love The Crying of Lot 49 with wild and passionate fierceness, delight in the warm nostalgia of Vineland, couldn't keep the main char ...more
Apr 07, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
Fine Just the Way it Is
Seriously uneven collection. As others have said, "Them Old Cowboy Songs" and "Tits Up In A Ditch" are excellent & worthwhile. "Family Man" was pe ...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
The Poetics of Reverie
One of Bachelard's other classics, The Poetics of Space: The Classic Look at How We Experience Intimate Places, is among the most important books in m ...more
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Mar 25, 2012
Maldoror and the Complete Works
I'm not sure I can give this a number of stars. Would it be five for the total apocalyptic brilliance of the language or 0 for the deeply, astonishing ...more
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Mar 24, 2012
The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)
DNF. It is extremely rare for me to actually put a book down unfinished (I made it all the way through The Marriage Plot, for god's sake) but...I got ...more
May 20, 2014
May 18, 2014
The Enchantress Of Florence
This book is enough to make me hope I never become a famous writer, because then someone might let me get away with writing something as pathetic as t ...more
May 20, 2014
May 18, 2014
The Tiny One: A Novel
I have complicated feelings about this book.

The first two and last three pages of the book I found to be incredibly clumsily written. The rest of the
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
The Prague Cemetery
If, like me, you loved Foucault's Pendulum and Name of the Rose but wanted to kick Baudolino, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loanna, and The Island of ...more
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
Against the Day
"Fuck you, Thomas," explaining, gently, after a thousand pages, that maybe she was oh just a little bit tired of the nonsense and wished he'd just fin ...more
Nov 24, 2013
Nov 19, 2013
The Marriage Plot
This book annoyed me so profoundly I probably shouldn't bother writing a review, since the kind of snark I want to vent is bitter and unconstructive a ...more
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
Maps for Lost Lovers
A difficult book. Simultaneously rather lovely and COMPLETELY MADDENING, and desperately in need of an editor - there are places where he repeats the ...more
Jul 05, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
Time's Arrow
I'm not sure whether or not this book is good, but I do believe it is extraordinary. I do understand why some people dismiss it as a gimmick, and if t ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
The Financial Lives of the Poets
If you're anything like me, you'll find yourself wishing the main character had actually BEEN a poet, instead of a business journalist with a penchant ...more
Apr 11, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
Desert Solitaire
Edward Abbey is a curiously divisive writer - seems to me from reading the local reviews that folks either worship him or can't stand him. He gets cal ...more
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May 11, 2012
A really pleasant surprise, this one. It's always a pleasure when characters behave in ways that are both unexpected and yet at the same time true to ...more
Aug 05, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
We Bed Down into Water: Poems
This is an extraordinary, heartbreaking book of poetry. The poets I love best are those whose words make my eyes get hot every time I read a line out ...more
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Mar 24, 2012
With Bold Knife and Fork
While some of the stories in these essays will be familiar to readers of her older books, in the end it simply doesn't matter, any more than eating a ...more
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 05, 2013
A Slight Trick of the Mind
This book was doubly disappointing because it set its sights so high and fails so profoundly. If you're going to write about Sherlock Holmes, you'd be ...more
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
The Hearing Trumpet
Note: This is a condensed version of a What The F!#& Should I Read Friday review, which has lots of pictures, because Leonora Carrington was an am ...more
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Mar 24, 2012
The Man Who Was Thursday

The Man Who Was Thursday by GK Chesterton
Oxford University Press World Classics Edition, 1996

Fair disclosure warning: this is my favorite book of al
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Mar 24, 2012
The Yellow Birds
This book is harsh and gorgeous, a bomb in a beautiful body. A novel on the reality of war, and coming home from it, written by a poet whose grasp of ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
The Fire Next Time
I do not use the word masterpiece lightly, but this is an ACTUAL heartbreaking work of staggering genius. It's rare that a book manages to fundamental ...more
May 11, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
I Am the Clay
I love Chaim Potok, but I couldn't get more than 10 pages into this book. The stilted writing and my basic disbelief of Potok's writing from a Korean ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
I should've chosen a different Marquez to read in honor of his death. An uneven blend of blase and disturbing. Coming from an author who I know perfec ...more
May 09, 2014
May 08, 2014
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