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The Princess Bride
I can't believe I thought Morgenstern was real. Not for long, really. But still. When I discovered he wasn't I hated this book for a while.
But then I...more
Jan 2004
May 25, 2007
The Girls
The cover reminded me vaguely of the cover of The God of Small Things (they're both pretty/artsy flowers-on-the-water things) but there's really very...more
Aug 04, 2008
Apr 27, 2008
Invisible Man
It started out as a book with a promising premise: a man is invisible to a society he disdains. He is violent and self-righteous and mysterious, and i...more
Aug 2010
May 14, 2010
Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory
I need to own this book so I can flip through it when I want to remember the coolest facts about memory as narrated by the man who is my new hero. (Ir...more
Apr 12, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
Basically, the review I wrote with over 100 pages left to read still stands. Partially because those last hundred or so pages were completely superflu...more
Sep 07, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
The Book Thief
A tragic war epic/Bildungsroman/love letter to words/tale of interpersonal triumph, mildly akin to Slaughterhouse Five for its innovative foregroundin...more
Jun 26, 2012
Apr 24, 2008
The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)
The final part of an extended love letter to the worlds of childhood fantasies. Bittersweet but satisfying. Definitely read like the trilogy had been...more
Aug 14, 2014
Mar 21, 2013
The Autobiography of Mark Twain
I read a selection of chapters actually published (in periodical form) during his life, which was quite heavy on the excerpts from his daughter's biog...more
Apr 03, 2014
Mar 25, 2014
Odd Verse Effects
Cute and witty and clever, but sometimes a little too clever for me (hence the one star off). I didn't get some of the references (especially to Austr...more
May 22, 2008
Apr 16, 2008
Re-reading it, with the audiobook as backup-reference and oodles of analysis-guidebooks, it's almost enjoyable. Mostly it's still a frustrating strugg...more
Sep 20, 2010
Dec 06, 2007
The Norton Anthology American Literature, Volume A: Beginnings to 1820
I love the trivial bits of information included in the glosses and introductory essays. Like the fact that Thomas Paine's earthly remains' whereabouts...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
The Odyssey
I'm not sure if it's just the translation I read, but I got the impression that Odysseus was kind of a liar. Like, I knew the story of The Odyssey fro...more
Oct 2007
Sep 23, 2007
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Oh, pretentious experimental fiction. All meta and memoir-ish, with your footnotes and your vaguely illogical (but oh so philosophical) plot. You're p...more
Jan 24, 2014
Jan 22, 2014
The Love Letters of Mark Twain
I found the introduction mildly interesting. Livy's a cute nickname for Olivia. Apparently Mr. Clemens was quite a prankster with his (tragically earn...more
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
I didn't care for the protagonist (based on the one chapter of this I read, which is probably all I'll ever read of this book because frankly I didn't...more
Jan 09, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991
I read "Commonwealth Literature Does Not Exist," "Hobson-Jobson," "Is Nothing Sacred?" and "Why I have Embraced Islam." I must say, I actually prefer...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
Modernism: An Anthology
Rainey is intelligent, clear, and engaging. He clearly defines the terms relevant to the anthology (or at least tackles the problem of defining "moder...more
not set
Oct 21, 2010
Published around the same time as Twilight* and similarly dealing with a normal(ish) young woman who forges an unlikely connection with modern-day vam...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters
Informative and amusing. I particularly enjoyed the footnotes and whatnot which explained Britishisms. And the overall sense of humor with which Berli...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
How They Met, and Other Stories
Levithan has such a comforting perspective. Something about the way his characters are imperfect and insecure and dynamic speaks specifically to the e...more
Jun 12, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
The Birdoplane Gang
Most of these stars are for the epigraph ("Everything that happens to a person after he is fourteen is of no real importance") and the first paragraph...more
May 10, 2012
May 03, 2012
The Pillowman - Acting Edition
I love this play. And people seem to get offended by how gruesome its stories are, but I just don't see their point. The Pillowman is funny, engrossin...more
Apr 07, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
James Joyce's Ulysses: A Casebook
I only read the first seven pages of the introduction. But they were charmingly candid about the struggles a first-time reader of Ulysses would face....more
not set
Sep 20, 2010
Folk and Fairy Tales: A Handbook (Greenwood Folklore Handbooks)
It's a pretty straightforward and simplistic introduction to...folk and fairy tales. Which presumes the whole oral history thing which Bottigheimer wo...more
Oct 31, 2011
Nov 01, 2011
You Shall Know Our Velocity!
It could drag at times, but in the end it was quite good. There was some ironic criticism of fiction in this book, and I chortled to myself over the f...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
Metafictional consideration of language and storytelling and subjectivity which I think Spivak would approve of.

SPOILERS (if you believe in such thing...more
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
The Complete Uncollected Short Stories of J.D. Salinger
I loved "The Heart of a Broken Story," and one of my new favorite sentences (maybe even taking precedence over the one in "A Perfect Day for Bananafis...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do
Simultaneously disheartening and encouraging for a wannabe-editor such as myself.

First, the disheartening:
It's already outdated. It doesn't discuss em...more
Jun 21, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
The God of Small Things
So far I quite like it, even though it reminds me vaguely of Mambo Kings what with its format and whatnot. Also, the author is totally pretty. And she...more
Mar 18, 2008
Mar 13, 2008
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  (Sherlock Holmes #3)
The only reason these stories don't merit five stars is that the conceit of Watson recording his friend's adventures makes for some frustrating barrie...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
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