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Alex rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki (Goodreads Author)
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Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being is expertly plotted. The story weaves between the journal of a suicidal Japanese teenager named Naoko (ie. Nao (ie. Now)) and the Canadian novelist named Ruth who finds the journal washed ashore her little islan ...more
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
" Eviscerating Holmes. I dig it. "
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
"Not nearly as exciting as the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Not many chases or anything. The most exciting story is probably the last one where he faces off with Moriarty. Once again these stories are fun, and I can see why kids would really like..." Read more of this review »
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The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson
" Definitely more like Tree of Smoke, but a little more condensed and set in Africa. "
Alex rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Crow Fair by Thomas McGuane
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McGuane's Montana short stories are highly readable and full of lines wry and funny lines, my favorite being: "The feeling came back to me, from the days of our marriage, that I was doomed in life to take a lot of shit and make weak jokes in response ...more
Alex rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson
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Johnson's African espionage novel is as entertaining as it is confusing. The characters were memorable, and there were intense action sequences and exotic settings. I think the general uncertainty was part of the larger point - Johnson paints a portr ...more
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10 by Ben Lerner
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I can't say a lot here that I didn't already say about Lerner in his first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station. I gave that one five stars. This one is better.
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One More Day Everywhere by Glen Heggstad
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The other day I noticed an old Honda CB175 blown over in the fierce Boston winds we've been having. Courtney and I stopped an lifted it back up. This is because biking is a brotherhood, etc., and it was of course my duty to help another biker (or bik ...more
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Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
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When I wandered around India in a hash daze during my collegiate years, doing stupid things while thinking deep thoughts, I hoped that one day I would write something about it that would capture the depth and absurdity of the experience. I tried. It ...more
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
" Haha. Whenever you can end a review with a boast, you gotta go for it. "
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