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Whitechapel Gods
I honestly picked this book up because of the cool cover. It got my attention. It didn't take me long, though, to realize that the cover was all this ...more
not set
Apr 11, 2008
The Best American Short Stories 2008
What I like most about this collection is the variety. There are some insanely dark stories, and some happier stories, some rigidly realistic stories, ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Dec 25, 2008
Red Harvest
I always love the tone of a good hard-boiled mystery from the golden days of pulp fiction. This book delivers plenty of short, biting dialog and cold, ...more
Oct 21, 2008
Oct 16, 2008
Life of Pi
This book was not what I expected. I thought it would be far more surreal and outright philosophical (something like The Alchemist). Instead, I got a ...more
Sep 12, 2011
Mar 31, 2010
The Book Thief
It's hard to adaquately explain what I loved so much about this book. It a book that I wanted to come back to day after day, not because I was revited ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash
For those of you who don't know, the film "A Christmas Story" is based on parts of this book. The story arch follows Ralph as an older man, returning ...more
Jan 05, 2009
Dec 25, 2008
Gilead (Gilead, #1)
What a beautiful little book this is. It is a celebration of a simple and good life. It is about what sons owe their fathers and what fathers owe thei ...more
Jun 23, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
The Chicago Way
I'm a big fan of noir fiction, so I'm not mad that I read this one, but I didn't especially love it either. I liked the tone of it, the terse, cynical ...more
Feb 12, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
Contemporary Fiction 50 Short Stories Since 1970
This book is probably the best deal I've ever gotten. One book, fifty stories by fifty writers. While none of the stories in here blew me away, all of ...more
Dec 23, 2008
Apr 01, 2008
What Is the What
I've always wanted to be a writer and lately I've tried to come up with a way that I could use this talent to help others. I thought that I would find ...more
Jun 05, 2009
May 17, 2009
Spook Country (Blue Ant, #2)
I got the sense that every paragraph, even every sentence, of this book was engeneered to confuse the reader. I know that there can be good confusion ...more
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
About a Boy
This was a fun book. Light enough be a quick, enjoyable read, but truthful enough to be literarily satisfying. I, like other reviews, like the ending ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
There is so much to love about this book: a mystery surrounding an author whose books are beeing systimatically destroyed, a dark and mutilated figure ...more
Aug 14, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
Lord of the Flies
This is one of the great books of literature. A brilliant illustration of how the beast inside all of us doesn't need much of an excuse to come out. G ...more
Nov 25, 2008
Nov 11, 2008
Bel Canto
This book is beautifully written. The characters are rich and the story, even though it just kind of meanders along. However, even though I liked this ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
The Wild Things
I want to like this book more than I do. I absolutely adored the movie, though that could be what is preventing me from liking the book. Eggers made s ...more
Oct 29, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
New Jersey Noir
This was a fun collection of stories, especially since I went to many of their settings while I was a missionary for my church in New Jersey. I was ho ...more
Aug 27, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Soon I Will Be Invincible
This is the kind of book I've been looking for for a long time. A novel that treats science fiction with style. I've been trying to get back into read ...more
Oct 04, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
One passage of this book moved as much as almost anything I've read in the past few years. The rest of the book frustrated me as much as any book I've ...more
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Wonderful insight into the mindset of an autistic child. Be warned, though, lots of bad language.
not set
Apr 15, 2008
Sundays at Tiffany's
I started this book while I sat on a plane, waiting for it to take off. And I gave up on it before I even got into the air. Every aspect of this book ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
I think that the best word to describe this book is murky. Le Carre is most notable for creating characters whose moral foundations are best described ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
The Best American Short Stories 2009
As usual with the Best American Series, not everything contained within these pages knocked my socks off. Many of the stories were good enough, and we ...more
Nov 30, 2009
Dec 03, 2009
The first fifty pages of this book are some of the most terrifying that I have ever read. While reading the plight of Jonathan Harker, who was unwitti ...more
Sep 03, 2008
May 05, 2008
State of Fear
When Michael Crichton passed away, they said that he would be remembered for giving us the likes of Jurassic Park and ER. His memorializers also menti ...more
Sep 08, 2009
Nov 06, 2008
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
This is a fantastic collection of stories and they are exactly what I've been looking for recently: science fiction and fantasy that appeals to people ...more
Mar 05, 2010
Dec 25, 2008
The Picture of Dorian Gray
I can only like this book if I ignore everything that Wilde himself said about it--or just write it off as being facetious. Wilde says in the Preface ...more
Jul 27, 2008
Mar 01, 2008
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)
I am a sucker for a good puzzle within a story. I love it how all the pieces come together, especially when that last piece is so huge that it changes ...more
Nov 10, 2008
Oct 22, 2008
The City & the City
This book starts off a weird premise: in Eastern Europe, two different city-states exist in the same geographical space. And Mieville doesn't take the ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Jun 15, 2009
The Light of Other Days
After sixty pages I still felt no need to continue reading. I didn't feel like I knew or cared about the characters, knew or cared about the plot, or ...more
Dec 03, 2008
Nov 30, 2008
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