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The Twenty-Seventh City by Jonathan Franzen
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Rick and 326 other people liked Luke's review of The Luminaries:
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
"I am ashamed.

I am a foolish reader who, like many, take on a booker short-list, or a booker winner, and expect it to wow me. And it did, and it didn't. I have an unsophisticated mind.

To any reader who reads books as an art critic views a great mas..." Read more of this review »
Rick and 448 other people liked Rebecca Foster's review of The Luminaries:
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
" The curious case of the 3-star review…

I reviewed The Luminaries for We Love This Book; here I’ll simply attempt to explain why I gave such an accomplished book only 3 stars. It’s just the sort of book I should have given 5 stars: my MA is in Vic..." Read more of this review »
Rick made a comment on his review of Bob Dylan in America
Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz
" I am torn about this book. I like the basic approach - it's not a biography, but rather a set of essays that subjects important (?) moments or songs i ...more "
Rick and 52 other people liked Kemper's review of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer
"This book has been compared to the likes of Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Neal Stephenson and Chuck Palahniuk. I don’t think that’s doing it any favors because while it isn’t bad, it never got close to those gu..." Read more of this review »
Rick rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
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This massively detailed book tells the story of the American involvement in the western front during WWII from D-Day to the end of the European war in May 1945. Atkinson has performed prodigious amounts of research, much of which appears in the book. ...more
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The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters
read in April, 2015
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Made it through 300 of the 525 pages before giving up. She's a fine writer, with a gift for description, but ultimately the story never grabbed me.
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Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon
Girl in a Band
by Kim Gordon
read in March, 2015
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Although not a die-hard SY fan (having never seen them live), I own many (most?) of their records and deeply admire their music. Like many, I was also always impressed by the uber-cool image that Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore managed to project. Part ...more
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Redeployment by Phil Klay
Redeployment
by Phil Klay
read in March, 2015
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A fine piece of literary war fiction. Klay seems to capture the complex feelings of soldiers who are either engaged in combat, or dealing with the effects of combat, in a way that few others are able. Doubt, guilt, machismo, adrenaline, etc - all of ...more
Rick wants to read 45 books in the 2015 Reading Challenge
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