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Whitechapel Gods
3.23
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
3.81
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
4.01
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
3.87
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
4.35
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
3.94
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)
3.81
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
3.56
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
4.20
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
4.15
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)
3.63
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
3.79
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)
4.22
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
3.61
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
3.90
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
 
Run
3.50
I started reading this book because I had heard such good things about Bel Canto and when I was last home and pilfering my parent's bookshelves, my mo ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
 
The Wild Things
3.46
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
3.42
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
3.68
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
 
Terrorist
3.15
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
3.83
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
3.71
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
4.00
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
3.61
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 Light of Other Days
3.97
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
 
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)
4.42
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
 
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
3.79
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
 
Wuthering Heights
3.79
I really wanted to love this book. I have an affinity to dark tales of obsessive and self-destructive characters, and this book is filled with obsessi ...more
Dec 19, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.01
When I told people that I was reading a book about vampires overrunning the world, people would look at me a little askance. Unfortunately, thanks to ...more
Dec 22, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
 
Dracula
3.95
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
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