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The 19th Wife
Talk about timing -- with the big raid a month ago at the Yearning For Zion ranch and all of the news from that event, this book is going to sell, big...more
May 23, 2008
May 23, 2008
The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone, #1)
Okay. Here's the deal. If you go to, you're going to see this book picked apart by people who judge it because it doesn't conform to their...more
May 2006
Feb 12, 2008
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
I picked up this book and was immediately lost between the covers and could not stop reading until I had finished the entire thing. That's how good th...more
Nov 25, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
I'd quite forgotten how tense I get while reading one of Nesbø's Harry Hole novels; a little while into the novel upon Harry's return to Oslo and it a...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
If you've picked this book up expecting yet another true-crime novel filled with the titillating and tantalizing details that normally make these book...more
May 2012
May 17, 2012
City of Women
I'm afraid I didn't care for this book all that much, but the setting (atmosphere, sense of place & time) was so well evoked that I can't totally...more
Oct 22, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
Bellman & Black
**spoiler alert** To put it rather bluntly, this book is not very popular among fans of Diane Setterfield's previous novel, The Thirteenth Tale, who I...more
Nov 09, 2013
Oct 30, 2013
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
I knew at the outset that Dickens died before he had the chance to finish this novel, but I didn't realize how incredibly frustrated I was going to be...more
Feb 2009
Jan 25, 2009
The Orphan Master's Son
It is just possible that I've found the novel that come next December I'll be listing as my favorite book of the year. Go ahead -- scoff or do the eye...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Once in a while you pick up a book that just literally blows you away, and for me, Going Clear is one of these. From the first words through the last,...more
May 13, 2013
Apr 09, 2013
A Dark Matter
You'll see 4 stars, but it's really 3.5 rounded up.

It's like this. You will like or dislike this book depending on your expectations. If you're expec...more
Mar 03, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)
I am not going to add a star rating here because it wouldn't be fair. Although I've bought and read all of the Langdon novels, I would have to say tha...more
Jun 25, 2013
May 20, 2013
Thank You for Your Service
finish date: 12/27/2013

If you've decided after reading about this book that it's too bleak, well, consider what the people in this book and others who...more
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström, #1)
Really, I've given this book 3.5 stars, but once again, I'm faced with the fact that goodreads lacks the 1/2 star option. Even though I dislike star r...more
Jun 13, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
Without going into the plot, Ms. French's book was really quite good, considering this is her debut novel. I don't often say that about many people's...more
Jul 08, 2008
Jul 03, 2008
Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, #1)
Very broad in scope, Sea of Poppies is nonetheless an enchanting read, one that had me stopping normal routine so as to get back to it every time I ha...more
Aug 25, 2008
Jul 31, 2008
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

If you're expecting a titillating tale of true crime, this isn't it.

Set in 1890s France, The Killer of Little Shepherds contains two simultaneously-to...more
Aug 2010
Oct 01, 2010
Le Grand Meaulnes
One of the few books to which I have given 5 stars in a long while, Le Grand Meaulnes is likely one of the best books I've read in a very, very long t...more
Sep 2007
Feb 12, 2008
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Empty Mansions is one of those books where you don't get sucked in right away, but once you're there, there's no way you can leave. I have a long revi...more
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 12, 2013
Running the Rift
this is the short review; if you want a longer one, you can find it here.
Unlike the rest of the reading public, it seems, I just didn't go uber-gaga...more
Jan 26, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
The Trial of Elizabeth Cree, or Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem
I have to say that this is one of the finer Victorian mysteries I've read and it kept me on the edge of the chair until the end. Once in a while I wou...more
Sep 27, 2006
Feb 12, 2008
The Lighthouse
Now here’s a book I really, really like, maybe the best on the Booker Prize longlist that I’ve read so far this year. I’m not even going to wait until...more
Sep 08, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
Actually, I read this as part of a self-oriented challenge to read a few of the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" list; like the ones I've cho...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
The African Queen
If you do a quick scan through reviews for this book, quite a number of them read something like this:

...this is one case where the movie was better.
Apr 07, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
The Expendable Man
NYRB Classics, 2012
originally published 1963
245 pp

My favorite fiction is the edgy, gritty kind where some poor guy, for some reason or an...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
The Stoning of Soraya M. - A True Story (Women & Islam)
Let me begin by offering a quotation from the preface:

"After the shah was deposed and the fundamentalist regime headed by the Ayatollah Khomeini came...more
Apr 2010
Apr 18, 2010
Dead Sea
Whatever you do, do not read this book while you're on a cruise, especially when you're caught out in the fog. I did, and at the sound of the first fo...more
Oct 2008
Nov 04, 2008
A Fraction of the Whole
I am simply blown away by the fact that this is Steve Toltz's first novel. This is one book where size doesn't matter: the 500 + pages literally flew...more
Aug 19, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
Farewell, My Lovely
After reading two of his novels now, I'm beginning to like Raymond Chandler much more for his writing than for his plots. For anyone who thinks crime...more
Feb 07, 2014
Sep 05, 2013
The Polish Boxer
I loved this book. Without saying much about the full storylines here (you really have to experience this book yourself), I read this book twice -- th...more
Nov 30, 2012
Oct 06, 2012
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