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Rick Urban rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
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The harshly poetic tradition of Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy and William Gay gets another acolyte in Donald Ray Pollack, whose spare prose and haunted, decadent narratives evoke the darkest recesses of the Southern Gothic. In this novel, Pollock's chara ...more
Rick Urban rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
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I knew reading this intimate memoir of Roz Chast's struggles with her parents amid their declining years would be painful, and wryly amusing; I've been a fan of her New Yorker cartoons for many years, and her idiosyncratic sense of humor, dependent s ...more
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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I've always thought the whole idea of the Bechdel Test was reductive and didsctic, but The Girl on the Train was made for the Bechdel Test, and lets just say that it fails on every page.

This is one of those maddening books where you can't stop turnin
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Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Ghost Story
by Peter Straub (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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Revisiting cherished books sometimes can lead to disappointment, and that is the case with my re-reading of Peter Straub's Ghost Story. I consider myself a true fan, having snapped up pretty much anything Straub has ever written (including the freshl ...more
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Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
Robopocalypse (Robopocalypse, #1)
by Daniel H. Wilson (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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What do you call a book with no sense of character, tone, narrative, structure, voice, or theme? Well, I call it Robopocalypse, the un-book by Daniel H Wilson, he of the PhD in Robotics who makes me wonder who had the unenviable task of reading his d ...more
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Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
Authority (Southern Reach, #2)
by Jeff VanderMeer (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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With the second book in the Southern Reach Trilogy, Authority, the thrill is gone, and the sinking feeling that the promise of book one will not be fulfilled starts to take over. Jeff VanderMeer focuses this novel on the bureaucracy that evolved to c ...more
Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
"I can't give this more than 2 stars because the center of the book drags along like a sacked brick. I tried and tried to get into it, but I couldn't remain interested.

It just doesn't need 200 pages to get across the idea of the Southern Reach. Rel..." Read more of this review »
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Sleep Donation by Karen Russell
Sleep Donation
by Karen Russell (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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Karen Russell's novella, Sleep Donation, has that feeling of dread and unreality that typifies those long nightmares where you can't wake up and things seems to be getting increasingly out of control; while no overt destruction happens, there's a fee ...more
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