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Sharp Objects
i'm not sure what to say about this book because while i think it reads like a bestseller should, i didn't enjoy it. the prose is compelling in that i ...more
Nov 23, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
i have learned many things over the course of my life. now that i am older, knowledge comes in fits and spurts; and lately i have been seized, shaken ...more
Mar 22, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
The Sundial (Ace Star)
this is among my favourite novels. every time i read it i am just as struck by its harmonious discord as i was the first time. this story is, to me, a ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Nov 07, 2008
The Book of Fantasy
cross-posted at booklikes and the mo-centric universe.

originally posted in 2010.

at first blush, i was excited to find this anthology because nothing
Nov 2010
Oct 13, 2010
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
**disclaimer: i got this book through the GoodReads "First Reads" giveaway program. nonetheless, this is my true and honest opinion of the novel!**

Oct 23, 2012
Sep 10, 2012
The Sacred and Profane Love Machine
i have an iris murdoch headache. she made me cry like she always does, and i feel vaguely like i've just eaten a huge piece of blue cheesecake, heavy ...more
not set
Sep 23, 2012
Traveling Sprinkler
cross-posted at: http://themocentricuniverse.blogspot....

i adore nicholson baker's writing voice and i really feel i can give no higher compliment tha
Jul 07, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
Raymond Chandler once said that a "good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled." When I first came to read Ben Loory's stories five years ago ...more
not set
Nov 11, 2010
Pop. 1280
some people prefer the killer inside me, jim thompson's earlier take on this story, to pop. 1280, but i am not one of those people. this is my favouri ...more
Jan 2006
Nov 07, 2008
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
this is the second muriel spark book i've read. the first was The Girls of Slender Means and i wasn't sold. i cared so little about any of the brittle ...more
not set
Jul 08, 2012
Mortal Leap
i will never be able to say enough about mortal leap: the plot and its turns, the characterization, the relationships, and above all, the intelligence ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2011
Captain Blood
oh heavens. i dislike admitting that am not 100% cynical about things, that life will all its ignominy and disappointments, vacillations and cupidity ...more
Oct 28, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
The Maltese Falcon
there are these big stories, stories that aren't necessarily long but are tremendously meaningful. they carry seeds of big things, of fundamental trut ...more
not set
Nov 07, 2008
Haircut and Other Stories
shazam! i'm reading ring lardner again and this time it really crystallizes for me why i like him so much. it's this voice that always puts me in that ...more
not set
Dec 16, 2012
i've got a new crush, and it's on jurgen. i read it four times in a row. i took a break after the fourth and read a few different things while staying ...more
May 30, 2013
Mar 26, 2012
The Parasites
i'm still thinking about this book three days later. it differs from other du maurier works in that there isn't anything gothic or spooky about it. th ...more
Nov 20, 2009
Nov 08, 2009
Mrs. Bridge
when i was in mcnally jackson on my last visit to new york, i dragged greg over to a table, asking him about Son of the Morning Star, the evan s. conn ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2009
Cutter and Bone
i am stingy with my stars, i admit it. but i read this book twice in a row on first reading, and that means one of two things: i'm not sure how i feel ...more
Jun 11, 2010
Jun 06, 2010
The Night of the Hunter
shoot! shoot!

davis grubb kicked me. not just once, but twice i yelled aloud with the tension that his book built up in me. the first was a yelp of fe
not set
Jul 18, 2012
The Magus
well, the magus. it started off in a very familiar and comfortable place for me: england, and people who fancy themselves poets, and love affairs. the ...more
Mar 26, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
Angle of Repose
it doesn't surprise that this book won the pulitzer prize. it's an ambitious novel, cleverly constructed, effectively blending life and fiction, conta ...more
not set
Jul 11, 2011
My Cousin Rachel
daphne du maurier haunts me. not only do her books reverberate with ghosts (of the past, imagination, emotion to name a few) but her writing stays wit ...more
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 03, 2009
Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson
this is just a lovely book, an objet d'art beautifully packaged in a way that's increasingly rare these days. i liked the charcoal drawings in this ha ...more
not set
May 28, 2013
the idea of raffles, the gentleman thief, obverse of the legendary sherlock holmes, gentleman detective (the creation of hornung's esteemed brother-in ...more
not set
Oct 28, 2012
The Black Prince
once again iris murdoch makes my head explode. each time i think i'm in the wrong place when i start: everything seems so conventional and normal, eve ...more
Dec 22, 2008
Nov 30, 2008
oh god. i am almost ready to give up satire and humour entirely. i adore a good quip. i love a wag, i cheer a wit (and mat johnson fits these categori ...more
Jun 27, 2012
Sep 13, 2011
A Jest of God
this is a review from 30,000 feet. i floated above the words in the book as i read rather than immersing myself in the action as i normally do because ...more
not set
Sep 22, 2013
The Ghosts of Manacle
update: since i wrote this review, 15 more people have added this book to their reading lists. hurray for wider circulation! in addition, the "only ot ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
Complete Works
cross-posted at booklikes and the mo-centric universe.

my copy of le morte d'arthur is the classic and complete vinaver edit and i highly recommend it
not set
Feb 19, 2012
The Man Who Fell to Earth
no ray guns are fired or space battles waged in this poignant novel. there is a spaceship yes, but it is incapacitated after it deposits its passenger ...more
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 12, 2009
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