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Uwe Hook rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Find Me by Laura van den Berg
Find Me
by Laura van den Berg (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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The setup is stellar: A mysterious, fatal disease that erases people's memories. Patients aka inmates are kept inside a Kafkaesque hospital but the patients keep dying.

The book drifts, listless and barely warm, toward its conclusions, silly epiphani
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Uwe Hook rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Hausfrau
by Jill Alexander Essbaum
read in April, 2015
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I found this an interesting read. But not an enthralling one.

Essbaum writes well, but she employs a too heavy handed tone for me to fully engage in the story. I suspect that the flatness is deliberate to the point of numbness on my part simply to jus
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Uwe Hook rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Head of State by Andrew Marr
Head of State: A Novel
by Andrew Marr
read in April, 2015
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Towards the end of this novel one of the characters says "This story is too ridiculous for words!" which neatly sums up the whole work.

Andrew Marr is an accomplished, prolific, argumentative political commentator. He is having lots of fun here satiri
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Uwe Hook rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Munich Airport by Greg Baxter
Munich Airport
by Greg Baxter
read in April, 2015
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The novel seems uneven to me, brilliant patches of literary writing interrupted with over-long travelog drivel. The plot is not resolved which I understand is purposeful--and that irresolution would be all right if its purpose were clearer. But it is ...more
Uwe Hook rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Leaving Time
by Jodi Picoult (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2015
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I found this book delightful on many levels. First, there is the story of a girl searching for her mother in the hope that she was not abandoned by that mother as a toddler. Second, there is the story of redemption for past mistakes. Then there is th ...more
Uwe Hook rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Room by Jonas Karlsson
The Room
by Jonas Karlsson
read in April, 2015
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When Björn takes a new job with the Authority, he sees himself on the rise. He was encouraged to make the change by his old boss and he has a plan to make a splash among his new colleagues. But when he discovers a secret room that no one else is will ...more
Uwe Hook rated a book 4 of 5 stars
What If? by Randall Munroe
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If you have read *ANY* of the xkcd website by Randall Munroe, you know what you are getting into here. As the title says, it answers serious scientific answers to absurd questions. Want to know if you can use a balloon to paraglide? Drop from the top ...more
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Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong
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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
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While the concept had plenty of potential, I thought the book fell short on multiple fronts. The idea of colonizing a new planet by a global corporation was intriguing. As was the insertion of religion -- sending a missionary to the "native" populati ...more
Uwe Hook rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
Satin Island
by Tom McCarthy
read in April, 2015
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"Satin Island" is an amusing plotless novel. The narrator is the main protagonist, who wants to only be known by his simple "U." moniker.

An anthropologist employed by a corporation to provide "ethnographic consulting" to governments and businesses, U
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