By Night in Chile
3.89
I am reading this with the accompaniment of good old Balvenie. Both are aged, smoky and complex, and deserve to be savored.

Jan 19, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.06
This wasn't really scheduled, and it kind of fell into my hands last evening, but so many people I know have read and liked it that I guess it was ine ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 16, 2012
 
Imperial Bedrooms
3.10
A selection inspired by the recent (perhaps still ongoing) discussion of American Psycho at Karen's.
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 01, 2010
 
Out of Sight
3.88
A great beach read so far... smart, tautly written, very funny and otherwise hard to put down. I think I'll finish it today or tomorrow.
Aug 25, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
 
A Very Short Introduction to Everything
2.87
Everything: A Very Short Introduction... perhaps I should follow up with Frank Close's Nothing: A Very Short Introduction. This is an overview and a c ...more
Sep 06, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
 
King, Queen, Knave
3.82
Nabokov wasted his talents here. The novel starts out alright, but then begins to drag about half way through. The masterly descriptions and minute ob ...more
Feb 09, 2009
Dec 01, 2008
 
Coronado: Stories
3.34
The stories are tremendous; the play should have been scrapped--it only took away from an otherwise first rate collection.
Apr 09, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
 
The Mezzanine: A Novel
3.93
Nicholson Baker’s brief comic masterpiece. Its microscopic examination of a single afternoon in the life of a man whose white collar job doesn’t hold ...more
not set
Jun 24, 2008
 
The Street of Crocodiles
4.20
I regret to say that while I see some evidence of genius here, the acid-trip-in-pre-Nazi-occupied-Poland writing style kept grabbing and failing to gr ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2008
 
Miami Blues
4.01
The first volume in the smart and funny Moseley tetralogy by the man who many would say holds the title of Father of Miami Crime Fiction. In this blac ...more
Aug 02, 2008
Jul 31, 2008
 
Almayer's Folly
3.56
Was about to start 'An Outcast of the Islands' and decided to re-read this one first since it follows some of the same characters and it's been years ...more
Apr 11, 2012
May 07, 2008
 
The Finder
3.33
Tough and inventive, like everything else Colin Harrison has ever put on paper. It is unfortunate that we will have to wait two to five years for his ...more
Oct 28, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
 
On Chesil Beach
3.49
Almost threw it across the room at various times. This novel often feels like an unnecessary McEwan, but it is ultimately rewarding. I mean ultimately ...more
not set
Feb 18, 2008
 
Crossing to Safety
4.16
After a magnificent first act, act II was a disappointment, and act III only somewhat less so. Luckily, act I is close to three quarters of the novel ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2008
 
The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture
3.79
Often informative, but at times the author takes such flights of fancy that one isn't quite sure what is grounded in science and what is pure imaginat ...more
not set
Mar 21, 2008
 
Crime and Punishment
4.15
So far it's an enthralling read. Reading Dostoevsky chronologically, I can see an irreversible change in him following 'Notes from Underground.'
May 08, 2010
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: 100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher
3.82
A very amusing, yet thoughtful collection of philosophical exercises. A good read for the train ride to the office.
not set
Jun 23, 2008
 
Red Dragon
3.96
I know, I know, unpolished writing style, but very intriguing nevertheless...
Jun 30, 2008
Jun 11, 2008
 
The Marquise of O— and Other Stories
3.93
Easily one of the finest short story writers of all time.
not set
Feb 29, 2008
 
The Theory of Functions of a Real Variable and the Theory of Fourier's Series V1 (1921)
5.00
A splendid volume, elegantly written.
not set
Apr 29, 2008
 
The Bone House
4.36
Disturbing, but brilliant.
not set
Aug 15, 2008
 
The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness & Obsession
3.77
So far, a tremendous essay collection.
Jan 05, 2011
Sep 16, 2010
 
The Pugilist at Rest
4.13
The proverbial "muscular" prose...
not set
May 06, 2008
 
Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
3.76
None
Feb 26, 2012
Oct 11, 2009
 
Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century
3.95
None
not set
Aug 25, 2008
 
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
3.90
None
not set
Feb 15, 2008
 
Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction
3.66
None
not set
Aug 17, 2012
 
The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1)
4.05
None
Dec 28, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
 
The Woman in the Dunes
3.91
None
not set
Feb 15, 2008
 
The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind
3.33
None
not set
Feb 15, 2008
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