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The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström, #1)
3.69
it was ok
Barely two stars. The writing was terrible, though I don't know whether to blame that on the author or the translator. The story was a bad version of ...more
Jan 26, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
 
Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West
4.05
it was amazing
I think this book does an excellent job of analyzing modern culture and pointing out many of its flaws, especially how there is such specialization th ...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
3.87
did not like it
I have to read these type of books for work twice a year for a mandated "Team Book Club". As a caveat before getting into this, I hate things that are ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 22, 2010
 
Zorba the Greek
4.10
it was ok
At first I enjoyed it but after the first 50 pages, it became repetitive. This isn't really a spoiler but the entire story consists of the narrator, r ...more
Sep 07, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
 
Uncommon People: Resistance, Rebellion and Jazz
3.79
did not like it
I should have flipped through this more but was in a hurry and it was on sale, so I picked it up. I can only blame myself for what I got.

The book is
...more
Nov 17, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
 
Last Exit to Brooklyn
3.94
it was ok
Mixed feelings but ultimately came away disappointed. I'd been looking forward to reading this for a bit and it just didn't live up to the hype in my ...more
Aug 19, 2011
Jun 20, 2008
 
Too Loud a Solitude
4.17
it was amazing
Update - this is almost a year after I first read this book and I still think about it. I am thoroughly convinced this is a hugely underrated masterpi ...more
Jan 19, 2009
Apr 03, 2008
 
Point of Departure
4.20
really liked it
This book is a nice look at the "golden-age" of journalism when correspondents hopped around the globe to exotic places, drank in bars with interestin ...more
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
 
If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home
3.94
it was amazing
All of O'Brien's Vietnam War novels are hands down the best fiction written on the Vietnam War. He is the Hemingway of Vietnam War fiction, and I'm no ...more
Jul 28, 2015
Jul 27, 2015
 
Echo of the Boom
3.42
did not like it
Best thing about this book is I won it in a goodreads giveaway. I think I've entered about thirty of those and never won before. There is hope people. ...more
Jun 04, 2016
Apr 15, 2014
 
The Book of Disquiet
4.50
liked it
The book is summed up best in the included letter from Pessoa to Joao de Lebre e Lima; "What is apparently the narration of a mere dream, or daydream, ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Apr 05, 2008
 
Buddenbrooks
4.13
really liked it
This is the third and final of the epic familial/character novels I read this winter (Middlemarch, Red and Black, and this). Of the three I think this ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
 
A People's History of the United States
4.07
it was amazing
Always heard about this and finally read it. It's awesome! History is definitely written by those whose wealth influences it, or those whose wealth/st ...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
 
Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous!
3.58
really liked it
This is a complicated review. I give it 4 stars because of the message but there are many works more specific and comprehensive than this.

It's a best
...more
Oct 16, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
 
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
3.75
it was ok
I was vaguely interested in reading this when it came out, but never actually bothered. Over the weekend while out of town for a wedding and having fi ...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
 
After Dark
3.68
liked it
Capturing events that unfold during one night is not a new idea, and Murakami does it in typical Murakami fashion, including familiar themes, parallel ...more
Oct 20, 2015
Oct 29, 2015
 
The Old Man and Me
3.72
it was amazing
I love Dundy's use of words and writing style. She perfectly captures the flippant and emotionally immature persona of the protagonist in the process ...more
Oct 07, 2014
Oct 12, 2014
 
The Green Man
3.54
liked it
I can't decide if this is just an average book, a decent book or a terrible book with a hook, so I gave it 3 stars.

The first 100 pages or so were tire
...more
Oct 28, 2014
Jul 12, 2009
 
A Handful of Dust
3.92
liked it
I guess this is supposed to be a tragedy of sorts, or Gothic as his chapter titles suggest, but Waugh treats everything so lightly that you finish it ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
 
The Things They Carried
4.12
it was amazing
His style, diction and attention to detail are amazing. His stories are poignant and have this way of slowly and organically unfolding, almost oozing ...more
Jun 21, 2008
Apr 08, 2008
 
Crime and Punishment
4.18
really liked it
I understand this is a classic and agree, but parts of it are terribly frustrating. I found the first hundred and fifty pages a bit slow and tedious. ...more
Jul 10, 2008
Jul 06, 2008
 
Hot Water Music
3.93
liked it
Okay/Occasionally good. I loved Factotum but found less to love with this. At moments the brilliance sparkled through, but ultimately there wasn't eno ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
 
The Slaves of Solitude
4.07
it was ok
The ending almost brought it to a three but even then it wasn't like the protagonist really learned to stand up for herself or improved her life. It w ...more
Nov 04, 2010
Jul 18, 2009
 
A Dead Man's Memoir: A Theatrical Novel
3.77
it was amazing
I love Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, and this holds up almost as well. I love the despair displayed in this novel. It is similar to the feel of Cri ...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
 
Her
3.60
really liked it
Loved this book. It's totally manic and confused. I can easily imagine Ferlinghetti writing this on a bunch of uppers or an absinthe binge.

Different f
...more
May 28, 2010
May 31, 2010
 
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
3.88
it was amazing
I noticed some goodreads reviewers complain of the violence in this story, but I did not think it was very strong and certainly not out of place from ...more
Apr 09, 2016
Apr 11, 2016
 
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
3.97
liked it
I care about sustainability and enjoy urban gardening so I found this an enjoyable memoir. Novella's writing is better than a lot of other memoir writ ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Feb 23, 2016
 
The Other
3.42
liked it
So this was tough for me. I loved the first 180 pages. Unlike some of the other reviewers who claim the story is too slow, I thought it meandered alon ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
 
Steppenwolf
4.11
it was ok
This book didn't strike me as particularly interesting.

The first portion consists of a narrator describing the main character, Harry Haller, framing
...more
Nov 21, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
 
The Long Ships
4.28
really liked it
As so many other reviewers of this book have described it, it's a fun read involving Viking adventures. What's not to love about that?!?!

The Long Ship
...more
Jan 21, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
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