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The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present
Much of today's foreign policy literature has argued that George W Bush's administration represented a shift away from American tradition. This view h ...more
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Feb 04, 2009
The Dramatist (Jack Taylor, #4)
This is book has two reviews. Do you require any of the following: a perplexing mystery; a wise crime-solving character; moral redemption; an admirabl ...more
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Jun 05, 2014
Station Eleven
This book combines fantastic writing, excellent psychological exploration and a very well constructed frame to make for a wonderful post-apocalyptic n ...more
Feb 08, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
The Information Officer
I have enjoyed some of Mills' other books (notably Amagansett,) but this one fell flat. The setting is great, 1942 Malta under siege, nearly cracking ...more
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Feb 13, 2013
The Caretaker of Lorne Field: A Novel
I enjoyed this book. It is short and dances between small town noir and horror. The titular care taker is the most recent in a long line (300 years lo ...more
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Dec 13, 2010
The other day, Powell's was kind enough to have a sale on NYRB classics. Steve had wildly praised John William's Stoner, so this seemed like a good ti ...more
Feb 22, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
Union Atlantic
This book helped me get my litfic reading mojo back. Maybe it was the brevity. With all too many books, I wonder where the editor went. Here the book ...more
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Feb 04, 2012
Joe Hill is one of the few horror writers I still seek out (others being Sarah Langan, Norman Partridge and Laird Barron.) This book is good, but not ...more
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Jun 20, 2013
World of Trouble (The Last Policeman, #3)
I am astounded that he pulled this off. If any of these books about a dedicated policeman attempting to do his job while a world killing asteroid inex ...more
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Aug 29, 2014
The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam
As part of Citizen Reader's Book Menage, I read Tom Bissell's The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam. Bissell addresse ...more
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Jul 06, 2009
The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War
The Hawk and the Dove is one of the most accessible and enjoyable books about the Cold War to come out in quite awhile. The book's biographical studie ...more
Nov 11, 2009
Oct 14, 2009
The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West
Niall Ferguson writes thick history books with controversial ideas. His argued in the Pity of War that Britain should have just sat out World War One ...more
Sep 22, 2009
Aug 25, 2009
Blasphemy (Wyman Ford #2)
Douglas Preston, of the Preston Child writing duo, writes some of the better techno/scifi thrillers out there. His most recent novel Blasphemy is anot ...more
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Jul 08, 2009
The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files, #2)
recall someone, I think it was Bob Baer describing the new hire experience at the CIA. He said new recruits go expecting James Bond and find Dilbert. ...more
Jan 20, 2010
Dec 22, 2009
Stars and Bars
I love the books of William Boyd. His Any Human Heart is one of my top favorite novels, up there with Kavalier and Clay, Atonement and Cloud Atlas. Hi ...more
Jun 2009
Apr 30, 2009
This is one of the most appealing crime novels I have read in quite some time. Amazingly for a debut novel, the whodunnit plot is well constructed wit ...more
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Aug 08, 2011
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
A very good book. Fast read, engaging, creepy. Slightly annoying that this book is being published in three sections all this year, but I imagine each ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Wolf Winter
I got this via the Powells Indiespensible program. It's a bit of a surprising choice as it is a literary thriller, when they tend to go straight liter ...more
Feb 20, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time
I doubt I would have read Michael Perry's Population 485 if it wasn't for Citizen Reader's Book Menage. I am happy to read most non-fiction, but I was ...more
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Jun 27, 2009
Oh my what a beast this book is. It is long, it is hard to read, it is filled with despicable characters. But for the right person, it is well worth i ...more
Nov 17, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
Although it pains the genre defender in me, I think this is the best Hynes novel for people to try. Unlike his prior books, this one is straight litfi ...more
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Jul 05, 2011
Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories
Well, this is a bit of crime fiction of a sort I have not seen in a spell. This series of stories in this book detail the collapse of American rural s ...more
Oct 2014
Sep 30, 2014
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
Wow, I am all about the 5 stars lately. In my defense, that is because I am giving up on books I don't think are B+ or better. This one is A+. This is ...more
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Jul 15, 2010
Love is a Mix Tape
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It's a quick, touching read about rock, love and death. Sheffield writes for the Rolling Stone (and pops up a lot on s ...more
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Jan 08, 2012
The Shining Girls
Man, this one was a surprise. All sorts of good press, but I could not see why. While I thought the concept was intriguing and the structure well cons ...more
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Jul 21, 2013
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
I've spent the past few weeks working my way through Neal Gabler's massive Walt Disney biography. It took this long not because it was boring or too d ...more
Jun 10, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
Plunder Squad (Parker, #15)
Wow, this is probably my favorite Parker book (at least so far.) You still get the spare as a desert prose, the amoral criminal universe, and the pecu ...more
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Oct 03, 2012
The Bone Clocks
Oh how to rate a book like this? As far as prose, 5. As far as story 5. Some of these sections are astoundingly engaging.

Overall though I think it ge
Sep 22, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
American Rust
A fantastic, if sad, read, Meyer writes as a modern day Steinbeck in social critique mode. The flow is like a crime novel, but the writing is as good ...more
Aug 03, 2010
Jun 22, 2010
Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe
This is an excellent book that I docked a star just for being a bit too long. Mazower provides a lot of evidence to support his argument, I just felt ...more
Apr 11, 2013
Feb 27, 2013