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This book is as good as it gets, within its limits - that is, it's initially expressed entirely through the eyes of a 5-year-old with no experience of ...more
May 20, 2014
May 10, 2014
The Blue Bedspread
I'm not sure what this book was intended to be. It's only about 200 pages long and is more a collection of snapshots than a linear novel; really it fe ...more
Mar 10, 2015
Apr 28, 2008
Falling Man
**spoiler alert** This book is deceptively portrayed as the great "September 11th" book but in truth, it's about self-centered upper-class New Yorkers ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 09, 2009
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
An interesting view from the "other side" of fundamentalism. Much is similar to what I've told my friends in the USA, about the need to how the role o ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
Nobody's Fool
This stands out more than anything for its witty, fast-moving dialogue although the story and its "path to redemption and awareness" (of a sort) aren' ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
Empire Falls
This is the good stuff and well-deserving of its Pulitzer. Although I enjoyed "Nobody's Fool" more, that was a different sort of book with a different ...more
Feb 17, 2015
Feb 11, 2015
The King of Torts
The first thing which should be pointed out is that this isn't a "legal thriller" and no one's life is in danger at any point. This is one of Grisham' ...more
Mar 04, 2015
Mar 04, 2015
The Virgin Suicides
I was plagued at times by the repetitiveness of some parts, the slow pace and the frequently-annoying first-person plural "we" that the book used to t ...more
Nov 25, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
Her Fearful Symmetry
Love is complete selfishness and if you have to inflict the worst sort of suffering on those you love most, up to and including death, in order to ach ...more
Dec 28, 2014
Dec 29, 2011
The Woman in White
This was really good, a classis thriller that was even better because it didn't try to solve a murder or fight off enemy intrigues and such; the crime ...more
Feb 05, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
The Bone People (Picador Books)
I was at first prepared for a different sort of book and as it developed into the idea of three of life's "misfits" forming a symbiotic relationship, ...more
Feb 2007
Apr 11, 2008
The Human Stain
This was really much better and more iteresting than "American Pastoral", to which it's been compared. Beyond the issue of race in America, it goes to ...more
Jun 08, 2012
May 23, 2012
The Stone Diaries
I was really torn on this book because it's beautifully written but the story left me a little bored. I appreciate what a great literary experiment th ...more
Sep 28, 2008
Sep 23, 2008
For me, this book wasn't particularly anything except maybe dated. It really had few surprises in that most of the book was clear from the first pages ...more
Sep 05, 2013
Nov 04, 2010
Dog Boy
A futuristic book set in the present worthy of comparison with Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" or (in cinema) "Mad Max" except that it's about dogs - or ...more
Dec 09, 2014
Dec 02, 2014
Giles Goat-Boy
If this book has one problem, it's that it's dated and it shows. To really appreciate this book, you have to put yourself in the mindset of the early ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
The Interpretation of Murder (Freud, #1)
(I was going to upgrade this to two stars on the well-researched historical basis but then I read the author's note that quite a lot of the "history" ...more
Jun 17, 2014
May 24, 2010
The Line of Beauty
This was a tough one to get through seeing as how none of the characters is particularly likeable. However if you're looking for a book whose protagon ...more
Oct 18, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
The Ground beneath her Feet
This book is a roller-coaster ride of a love story through the lives and deaths of a series of characters (principally an Indian pair that put Sonny a ...more
Mar 28, 2013
Jul 05, 2012
An interesting book but in a sense unsatisfying as so much is left in the air. However, maybe this sense of incompleteness is part of the attraction o ...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
Mansfield Park
This book didn't exactly drag through the first half so much as disappoint as Fanny seemed a pale heroine in comparison to so many Austen heroines bef ...more
Oct 24, 2010
Oct 06, 2010
Dead Sleep (Mississippi, #3)
What a sorry piece of crap this turned out to be! It was cruising along at a steady "2", despite one of the flattest female characters I've ever come ...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
I think this was my favorite of all the Stephen King books, mixing terror with childhood and adolescence (two of the most terrifying times in most peo ...more
Jan 1988
Jul 17, 2012
Reservation Blues
This was a really engrossing story involving Native Americans without the patronizing victimization that you usually find in stories about Native Amer ...more
Apr 30, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
Comanche Moon
There are two ways to look at this book, one is how it stands on its own and the other is how it compares to "Lonesome Dove" of which it is the preque ...more
Mar 30, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
The Best A Man Can Get
This was pushed on me by a friend who had another friend leaving the country and friend #1 wanted to me to read this before friend #2 left so... I was ...more
Sep 2001
Jun 13, 2012
I Know This Much Is True
This was ALMOST a 4 for me but there were several points which sank it in my estimation. The book was sailing along until the grandfather's memoirs ca ...more
Dec 14, 2011
Sep 09, 2010
The biggest problem with this book is that it's another take on the James Joyce "Ulysees" style of recording a single man's thoughts through an entire ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Mar 11, 2008
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
This was a real rollercoaster ride, from the exhiliration of youthful adventure through first love and a vision of hell to some (typical of Cormac McC ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Dec 30, 2009
The Sheltering Sky
This is a book that builds as it goes, from a story of three young rich American adventurers at the end of the 40's, just after World War 2, who slowl ...more
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 24, 2014