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The Russian Debutante's Handbook
I would give this 1.5 stars, if I could.

I wanted to like this book and there is enough contained herein to give Shteyngart one more chance. I'm not i...more
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
Super Sad True Love Story
this story set in a dystopic vision of america (not extremely far from present day reality), was quaint at times and more fully realized Russian Debut...more
Dec 26, 2011
Jan 09, 2012
Darkness at Noon
Darkness at Noon weighs in at 216 pages. Class differences and totalitarianism are the main themes. One of the many points of greatness occurs when Ru...more
Dec 25, 2009
Dec 26, 2009
The White Castle
I neither loved nor hated The White Castle. I'd like to give it 3.5 stars, and it may have rated 4 stars, if I could have been a better reader and rea...more
Dec 21, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
Bark: Stories

Moore is older and so are the lives of her characters. Her women, and men, are still snarky, and witty, but they've got more in common with the 40 &...more
Mar 2014
May 10, 2014
This fine novel explores the transitions from poor to wealth, village to city, an agragarian economy to communal to capitalist, childhood to adult, co...more
Oct 2013
May 10, 2014
The Verificationist
i didn't like this as much as elect mr robinson for a better world, or one hundred brothers. the verifcationist had far less of the vitality and rocke...more
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Klein's book is really a must read. It describes how Friedmanism's doctrine of unimpaired free markets (n.b. to the Chicago School the invisible hand...more
Aug 10, 2008
May 03, 2008
I liked this, book, although not quite as much as the emigrants. The two books tend to blend together since I read them consecutively and as they both...more
Jan 10, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
The Italian Girl (Vintage Classics)
Lovely little book. Not brilliant, but definitely a gentle way to pass the day. Tasted a bit like lemonade. Gothic in a way, but not in the same tone...more
Apr 22, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
b/c of a busy schedule, i wasn't able to read this book straight through. it's been in and out of my book bag and by my bedside for months, but i've l...more
Apr 20, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
The Devil's Star (Harry Hole, #5)
Well written and paced. The Devil's Star is a page turner. Nesbo captures dialogue well. Everytime I read good detective fiction such as this, I lower...more
Sep 27, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
The Rare Coin Score (Parker, #9)
American noir par excellence. Parker is a rough character, but smooth. Stark/Westlake paces the story well and the reader is along for the ride.

Oct 19, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
Black Swan Green
Many years ago, shortly after I read "A Child in Time," I experienced a thrill at discovering a new McEwan book, or one that I had yet to read, in a b...more
not set
Mar 12, 2008
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
Taleb does not suffer fools gladly, which is to say that he's a bit of a pompous ass, which, admittedly, is better than a pompous idiot.

Taleb doesn't...more
not set
Jun 01, 2008
All the Names
saramago is brilliant. is this as good as the double? i don't think so, but there was some masterful writing, insanely great imagination, and brillian...more
Sep 08, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
The Falls
Wow! this is wonderful! I hate the italics, but that's a pet peeve. This is, gothic and beautiful. I'm going to read more of JCO.
Jun 13, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
Motherless Brooklyn
a well-written detective story, with a tourettic protagonist who toils to unravel the mystery of his shady father figure. a solid vacation or weekend...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
City Hall
i found this boring. there is too much background and trivialities. every object or person needed commentary or color. too much "telling," and too lit...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O, #1)
this was good, but maybe aided a little by the exotic place. i might read another of the inspector O series.
Oct 08, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Il treno
this was a beautiful little story. a very enjoyable novellette.
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
The Water Rat of Wanchai (Ava Lee, #1)
light fluffy. well paced. really superficial. but a beach read.
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
The Way Through The Woods (Inspector Morse, #10)

i preferred the dead of jericho. this wasn't as tight.
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 14, 2012

first science fiction read in a very long time.
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 14, 2012
fun, easy, vacation fiction.
not set
Aug 27, 2012
A Thousand Peaceful Cities
Pilch is a master. This is my third Pilch novel. Mr. Traba is perhaps the most memorable Pilch character to date. It's a great tilting at windmills st...more
Sep 10, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
Too Loud a Solitude
98 pages of bliss. Hrabal is awesome. Klima's "Love and Garbage" takes on a similar motif in a way, but has greater aspirations. "Too Loud" is just th...more
Sep 14, 2008
Sep 13, 2008
Into the Wild
This book is a good summer read. It's based on an article Krakauer wrote for Outside Magazine in the early to mid 1990s. I have not seen the movie. Kr...more
Aug 04, 2008
Aug 04, 2008
Sh*t My Dad Says
this book is crap. a friend lent it to me while i was stuck at his house, it was all there was. it's toilet reading material at best, if you don't hav...more
Jan 2011
Jan 06, 2011
The Lowland
i listened to this on audio book, while on a long drive. it was a really good and compelling story line. in the days following my completion of the bo...more
Jan 10, 2014
Dec 21, 2013
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