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Anna Karenina
4.02
it was amazing
Alright, I'm going to do my best not to put any spoilers out here, but it will be kind of tough with this book. I should probably start by saying that ...more
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Apr 28, 2008
 
Lancelot
3.73
it was amazing
I loved this book. Percy continues diagnosing the "modern malaise" here through the eyes of a man that snapped out of his malaise through a single eve ...more
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Aug 05, 2010
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.93
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I love Steinbeck's writing style.

The ending of this book was so fitting. If it had ended with everything working out for the family,
...more
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Apr 28, 2008
 
Why Read the Classics?
3.89
liked it
This work is a collection of essays, some unique to this book, in which Calvino writes what he loves most about his favorite classic works of fiction. ...more
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Feb 13, 2015
 
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
3.95
it was amazing
What a masterpiece.
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Feb 23, 2010
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.04
it was amazing
This is my fourth Garcia Marquez, and his writing style always delights me. Very round about, all about the journey not the destination. It's very flu ...more
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Mar 26, 2009
 
Johnny U: The Life and Times of John Unitas
3.95
liked it
I thought the book was very good and gave good insight into Johnny U. And obviuously he is one of the all-time greats at QB, there are a ton of men fr ...more
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Apr 27, 2008
 
Love in the Time of Cholera
3.89
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, and liked Marquez' laid back style. It's an unrequited love story that drags over something like 60 years of the character ...more
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Jul 12, 2008
 
Six Memos for the Next Millennium
4.22
liked it
This book is made up of 5 essays related to writing that were originally the lecture notes for a series of lectures Calvino was to give shortly after ...more
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Mar 16, 2011
 
Great Expectations
3.75
did not like it
I've read this book three times despite the fact that I don't like it. I read it on my own and then had to read it twice for school. I'll admit that I ...more
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Apr 28, 2008
 
Resurrection
4.10
liked it
Of everything I've read, Tolstoy still writes the most realistic characters to me. Despite the unique nature of the characters in this novel, he still ...more
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Apr 01, 2010
 
The Last Gentleman
3.89
it was ok
I really loved Walker Percy's The Moviegoer. One of the best books I've ever read, and I've loved it more and more as I've ruminated on it the years s ...more
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Nov 13, 2014
 
The Devil's Punchbowl (Penn Cage #3)
4.05
liked it
Fairly par for the course with his last several books. I still like his stuff and think he writes good dialogue, still think he gets depravity. Wish h ...more
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Sep 02, 2009
 
That is All
4.03
it was ok
I read all three of the books in this series, but the second one, More Information Than You Require, is the only one that I really liked. It was fanta ...more
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Dec 17, 2011
 
The Savage Detectives
4.09
did not like it
I probably only read the first fourth of this book and couldn't go on. It was unnecessarily vulgar and couldn't grab me nearly enough to make me put u ...more
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Apr 27, 2008
 
Blindsided: Why the Left Tackle is Overrated and Other Contrarian Football Thoughts
2.80
did not like it
This book was supposed to be something of a sabermetric or statistically analytical approach to professional football, much like the baseball prospect ...more
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Mar 28, 2009
 
Marcovaldo
3.88
it was amazing
I really loved this. My first Calvino to read and it cracked me up.
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Mar 17, 2010
 
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
3.70
really liked it
I was thoroughly impressed with Barack as a writer. He painted far more colorful and detailed pictures than I expected. He also was very direct and fo ...more
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Apr 28, 2008
 
Turning Angel (Penn Cage #2)
4.11
liked it
**spoiler alert** I read this book in a couple of days as I do with most of Greg's stuff and then went to a signing of his at Square Books in Oxford s ...more
Mar 2006
Apr 27, 2008
 
Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports
3.78
really liked it
There is no way anyone could read this book, see the amount of hard evidence documented within, and still conculde anything other than Barry Bonds kno ...more
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Apr 27, 2008
 
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over: The Baseball Prospectus Pennant Race Book
3.74
it was ok
I loved the baseball prospectus book from the year before, plus the Cardinals are on the cover (2006 World Series Champs!), so I had high expectations ...more
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Apr 27, 2008
 
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
4.16
liked it
The premise of this book is that a former physicist turned cartoonist answers questions submitted to his website in a scientific way, like can you jum ...more
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Mar 07, 2015
 
Notes from a Dead House
4.03
liked it
Dostoyevsky invents a character and writes this as a fiction, but it seems pretty clearly to be a recounting of his own impressions from his time as a ...more
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Jul 09, 2015
 
Life of Pi
3.88
liked it
Much of my thought on this book has been drastically effected by a conversation with J.B. Ward after reading it. I orginally liked the book quite a bi ...more
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Apr 28, 2008
 
Of Love and Other Demons
3.98
liked it
This one was way out in left field (I think mystical realism is the literary term). The characters were just bizarre. The last chapter saved it for me ...more
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Jun 09, 2009
 
The Grand Design
4.01
did not like it
Wow, physics is getting weirder and weirder. There doesn't seem to be anything that the discipline is certain of, even that the universe is real. But ...more
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Dec 24, 2010
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.79
did not like it
I read this book mainly becuase so many people were reading it that I assumed it had to be well written. I wasn't compelled with the premise and in fa ...more
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Apr 27, 2008
 
The Bankers' New Clothes - What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It
3.83
really liked it
Really well written and explained account of how bankers argue against further regulation of the banking industry and how those arguments are misleadi ...more
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Nov 26, 2014
 
Krik? Krak!
4.10
it was amazing
I loved this collection of short stories. Particularly the first entitled "Children of the Sea." The collection was so sorrowful but powerful and movi ...more
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Aug 23, 2011
 
24 Hours
3.96
really liked it
This was the first Greg Iles book that I read, and I have gone on to read all of his titles. I had a friend recommend another Iles novel to me but the ...more
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Apr 27, 2008
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