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On the Road
3.67
A few months back I read Stephen Ambrose's "Undaunted Courage", a harrowing account of cross-country exploration made poignant by the character studie...more
Jun 2008
Apr 08, 2008
 
The Human Stain (The American Trilogy, #3)
3.78
Set in the fateful summer of '98, the Lewinski scandal sets the backdrop for Roth's provocative exploration of the conflict between unbridled individu...more
Apr 16, 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
Lolita
3.85
I vacillated between giving this 4 or 5 stars, eventually selecting the latter, either way Lolita's distinguished reputation belies any superfluous st...more
Mar 2008
Mar 23, 2008
 
It
4.08
IT earns its distinction as a seminal work of modern horror even amongst Stephen King's immeasurable contributions to the genre.

King fiendishly builds...more
Oct 30, 2008
Oct 09, 2008
 
Tintin and the Picaros (Tintin, #23)
3.96
**-plot details for this review are borrowed from Wikipedia in the interest of full disclosure. I read this as a child but possess a lucid, while not...more
not set
Mar 16, 2008
 
Ceremony
3.69
I read this highly esteemed text as part of an 'American Ethnic Lit' course where I'm quickly learning my professor and I possess divergent literary t...more
Mar 05, 2008
Feb 26, 2008
 
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
4.04
Toobin provides an informative if not provocative glimpse inside the inner workings of the Court, a branch sometimes overlooked but perhaps wielding t...more
Mar 15, 2008
Feb 26, 2008
 
Watchmen
4.31
You don't have to be ashamed. Go ahead. Call it a graphic novel if it makes you feel better. If you're worried about the stigma of reading *gulp* a co...more
May 13, 2009
May 09, 2009
 
Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again
3.11
Frum's book certainly comes at an opportune time, with Republicans reeling from a slew of electoral losses and at an ideological crossroads with the p...more
Dec 04, 2008
Nov 18, 2008
 
The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
3.91
Kurweil spends his time considering the implications of a transhuman, biomechanical future, outlining how the exponential growth of technology natural...more
Feb 10, 2010
Mar 22, 2009
 
The Bonfire of the Vanities
3.75
Wolfe's first fiction book fits in snugly amongst other works capturing the spirit of money-lust and greed apparently quite posh in 1980s America -- A...more
May 09, 2009
Oct 25, 2008
 
The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse
3.54
Keenly aware of the negativity prevalent in American culture, Easterbook crafts a multi-layered response explaining the titular paradox. Heavily relia...more
May 16, 2008
Feb 26, 2008
 
Break, Blow, Burn
3.87
I am obliged to extend a virtual, Obama-style fist bump to Matt Drudge, whose eponymous online news compendium first directed me towards Ms. Paglia's...more
Jun 18, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
 
I Am a Strange Loop
3.87
Hofstader's latest tome submits the rather disqueting notion that our sense of "I" is a myth. Using colorful analogies to explicate complex themes, th...more
May 29, 2008
Feb 26, 2008
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.87
Toole's madcap novel details the strange and consistently hysterical happenings revolving around a corpulent protagonist Ignatius Reilly. New Orleans...more
Jun 29, 2008
Apr 08, 2008
 
In Cold Blood
4.00
Moderately interesting account unearthing the motives behind a shockingly heinous murder in a quiet Kansas town. Driven to constructed a fully-develop...more
Apr 16, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
 
The Magus
4.02
Having read (and greatly enjoyed) The French Lieutenant's Woman a few months ago, I hoped Fowles would duplicate the fascinating and entirely unconven...more
Aug 07, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
 
The French Lieutenant's Woman
3.82
As a genre, fiction signifies an implicit agreement between storytellers and readers wherein each surrenders to an abstraction of reality. To suggest...more
Jan 2008
Feb 26, 2008
 
Snow Crash
3.96
I'm all for inventive literature, but I have to suspect crafting techno-thrillers with one eye towards the future must be extremely shaky ground for e...more
Nov 18, 2008
Apr 01, 2008
 
Invisible Man
3.79
Extremely challenging text concerning an unnamed narrators travails from an all-black college to the tumultuous streets of Harlem. Exquisitely written...more
Mar 31, 2008
Mar 16, 2008
 
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
4.21
McCarthy, a noted recluse, declines any interviews on this work, in turn lending its ultimate interpretation to the reader. I cannot fault the man for...more
Jan 23, 2009
May 29, 2008
 
Pale Fire
4.20
Were he still writing in America today, I am not entirely convinced Vladimir Nabokov could avoid the overcoming sense of dread Chris Hansen evokes whi...more
Jul 18, 2008
Mar 25, 2008
 
Foucault's Pendulum
3.88
Fair warning to those seeking a quick read along the lines of "The DaVinci Code" -- the paperback version of "Focault's Pendulum" registers in at a ti...more
Aug 24, 2009
Dec 04, 2008
 
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
4.19
My second foray into Michael Lewis' collection went much more positively than my reading of "The Blind Side" some years back. I readily admit this has...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 21, 2010
 
The Turn of the Screw
3.45
Classifying 'TTOFTS' as a formulaic ghost story could be forgiven if the narrator's account is treated as gospel; however James instills doubt in the...more
Jul 09, 2008
Jul 09, 2008
 
In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace
3.66
Temple law professor David Post presents the thorny issue of cyberspace governance in a Jeffersonian frame, a unique approach that works as well as an...more
Jan 19, 2010
Mar 16, 2009
 
The Best American Short Stories 2008
3.79
A short story compendium seems highly suitable given my daily reading diet of text messages, blog entries, and message board posts. Fortunately, these...more
Mar 06, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
 
The Castafiore Emerald (Tintin, #21)
3.88
**-plot details for this review are borrowed from Wikipedia in the interest of full disclosure. I read this as a child but possess a lucid, while not...more
not set
Mar 16, 2008
 
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
4.11
Swanson pens an engaging narrative following the titular Manhunt pursuing John Wilkes Booth in the days subsequent to Lincoln’s assassination. Imbued...more
Jul 27, 2008
May 29, 2008
 
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
4.38
It's always easy for me to get caught up in the mythology of our heroes and gloss over some of their accomplishments. Consider Lincoln, whose an enorm...more
Feb 16, 2009
Dec 25, 2008
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