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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
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #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
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
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
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
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
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
The Human Division (Old Man's War, #5)
Another great one by Scalzi. It's the 5th in a series so don't start here, but if you are worried this is one of those that peters out, forget it, thi...more
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Oct 15, 2013
Three Armies on the Somme: The First Battle of the Twentieth Century
This rating is for my reading approach, more rigorous students of military history will likely rate it higher. This book seeks to change the perspecti...more
Feb 19, 2014
Feb 08, 2014
The Rare Coin Score (Parker, #9)
I thought this was a pretty run of the mill Parker novel. It works well, but lacked a certain excitement I had from the prior books. The central story...more
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Mar 18, 2012
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)
So, this is pretty much was I hoping for. It's a fast moving, sci-fi space opera, with cool space ships, space fights, crazy locales, and fun ideas. A...more
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Jul 27, 2012
God Is an Englishman (Swann Saga, #1)
It is a generalization to be sure, but today's literary novelists work with a much smaller scope than those of the past. The books are generally short...more
Sep 02, 2009
Jul 19, 2009
The Fuller Memorandum (Laundry Files, #3)
This is definitely the least of the Laundry novels. If you haven't read them, stop reading and check out the Atrocity Archives. If that sounds good, p...more
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Jan 08, 2012
don't blame you if you have started and put down Charlie Huston's Sleepless. Only my great love of his previous books got me past the challenging begi...more
Apr 08, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine, The
After I gushed about Steven Rinella's American Buffalo, the wonderful Citizen Reader said the book was good and all, but I should really read the Scav...more
Apr 08, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
The Magic Circle
This book is the Platonic form of bad.
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Feb 28, 2008
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
here are some books that will distress nearly everyone that reads them. Tim Weiner's history of the CIA, the Legacy of Ashes is one such book. If he d...more
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Mar 12, 2009
The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death
This one took a few pages to get into. The main character is, as he points out numerous times, an asshole. The word comes up a lot, for very good reas...more
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Jul 21, 2013
North American Lake Monsters: Stories
A fantastic collection from one of the best horror writers out there today. This collection has the truly dark elements of a Laird Barron and the exis...more
Jan 2014
Dec 30, 2013
Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood
A few years back, Taras Grescoe wrote an entertaining travel/food book called the Devil's Picnic, which described his quest to try prohibited foods an...more
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Oct 03, 2008
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin's Pulitzer Prize winning American Prometheus is an excellent example of how a biography should be written. The authors foc...more
Jan 2007
Feb 12, 2008
Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)
Jim Butcher's Stormfront : book one of the Dresden Files was one I long hesitated to pick up, mostly because of the prominence of the "Dresden Files."...more
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Jun 19, 2008
Doomsday Men: The Real Dr. Strangelove and the Dream of the Superweapon
PD Smith's Doomsday Men is a mix of science fiction analysis and all too real history. The book covers the fixation on the dream of the ultimate weapo...more
Feb 2008
Feb 12, 2008
Wow, I don't know much about his novels, but John Gregory Dunne could write a hell of a memoir. Harp, a mediation on how writers use their lives for t...more
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Sep 23, 2008