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Salvage the Bones
3.78
The description of this book didn't much interest me, but I was waiting for several other Tournament of Books contenders to get here, so I decided to ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
 
1
State of Wonder
3.83
At the beginning, the tone of "State of Wonder" reminded me of "The Poisonwood Bible" and the plot seemed to clearly reference "Heart of Darkness," wi ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
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The Cat's Table
3.58
I love it when a novel starts out as one kind of thing and then at some point starts to open out into something much bigger than I've come to expect-- ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
10
Swamplandia!
3.19
I always kinda feel sorry for the book I read immediately after one I really liked; I don't always give it my full attention from the outset, still le ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
14
The Tiger's Wife
3.36
I know squat about Yugoslavia and especially about its geography. And yet, I had no problems getting a strong picture of the incredibly varied setting ...more
May 04, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
 
13
The Marriage Plot
3.40
I didn't read this until after The Tournament of Books, so I'd already seen some of the frustrations with this book, but I think two of its shortcomin ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
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1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
3.84
By the time I finished the second book of this alternative-world story, I was won over by the inventive story and compelling lead characters--despite ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
5
Lightning Rods
3.27
The thing that I enjoyed most about this book is the narrative voice: it's like the best possible version of an affirmation-heavy self-help guru, turn ...more
Feb 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
7
The Art of Fielding
3.99
Enjoyable enough as I read it but I can't imagine much of this will stay with me. It kinda reminded me of a lesser John Irving novel (one where the pl ...more
Mar 17, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
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The Devil All the Time
4.07
Brutal. If you read the first section of this book and feel like you've been punched in the stomach, know that it'll continue to be like that the whol ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
6
Open City
3.52
Hard to know how to rate this one; the prose is lovely and does a wonderful job of describing the cities the wandering narrator moves through and his ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
4
The Sisters Brothers
3.83
The first half of this book takes the occasional dark humor of a Cormac McCarthy novel and ratchets it up to be a central pleasure; I laughed regularl ...more
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
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The Sense of an Ending
3.68
Makes a good pair with Ondaatje's _The Cat's Table_, although to me it suffers in the comparison. That book truly surprised me in how it opened itself ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
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Green Girl
3.59
This felt relentlessly dreary and yet ultimately pretty slight to me. But I'd be open to the accusation that this reveals a failure on my part as a re ...more
Feb 25, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
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