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Call Me by Your Name
4.15
did not like it
I only wish I could give it zero stars. Horrible, pretentious, navel-gazing pap.
Feb 2009
Feb 21, 2009
 
A Theory of Semiotics
4.00
did not like it
Impenetrable. But that's probably me and not him--he's brilliant, but I'm new to this and this is not a primer. I read it because I had to, at about 1 ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 15, 2007
 
The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
3.42
it was ok
Like The Travels of Marco Polo, but without the attitude. People are still debating whether or not there really was a Sir John Mandeville, or whether ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 21, 2007
 
How to Be Your Own Best Friend
3.64
it was amazing
I've read this before and I'm sure I'll read it again when it's time for a revisit.

I'll warn you that it's an old book, from back when homosexuality
...more
May 23, 2016
May 24, 2016
 
Myth and Meaning
3.77
liked it
This was a fun read. It's a tiny little book, and the writing is straightforward and easy to understand. I love his ideas about myth, about how they'r ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 15, 2007
 
The Way of Orisa: Empowering Your Life Through the Ancient African Religion of Ifa
3.67
really liked it
The caveat being that I'm not familiar with Ifa, this seemed like a good introductory book. Very accessible, very digestible, and when the author veer ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
 
The Life Before Her Eyes
3.33
liked it
**spoiler alert** This was my second Kasischke book, and having read The Mind of Winter previously, I understood the plot conceit immediately. Knowing ...more
Jan 02, 2016
Jan 02, 2016
 
Farewell to the Sea: A Novel of Cuba
4.05
really liked it
Gorgeous, gorgeous prose. The man has a way with rhythm.
Aug 2006
Jun 07, 2007
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70
really liked it
I finished this last night/this morning. I can't decide how I feel about it. When I tried to describe it to a friend today, I found myself thinking ab ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 06, 2007
 
Harrington
3.20
really liked it
The plot is just hilarious in that there are about seven people living in 1800's London and they all keep running into each other at the most opportun ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 15, 2007
 
The Vintner's Luck (Vintner's Luck, #1)
3.88
it was amazing
Loved this book. Despite the premise, these characters feel so real and rounded. I was drawn into this world and did not want to leave. The angel (Xas ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 09, 2009
 
Station Eleven
4.02
it was amazing
I loved this book dearly. Its quiet weaving together of probable and improbable, of mundane and profound. There was such opportunity to fall into heav ...more
Jan 20, 2016
Jan 20, 2016
 
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
4.05
it was amazing
This book was a delight. People have commented, in other reviews, that nothing happens. I'm not sure I agree. Certainly not a traditional plot.

In any
...more
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
 
Giovanni's Room
4.22
it was amazing
David, an American expat in Paris, tries to flee who he fears he is, but falls in love with beautiful and broken Giovanni. But David hates himself for ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 09, 2007
 
The Birds of Pandemonium
4.16
it was amazing
Educational and highly enjoyable. Raffin manages to write warmly and lovingly about her birds and the journey from backyard rescue to 501(c)3 without ...more
Mar 07, 2016
Feb 25, 2016
 
In Fond Remembrance of Me: A Memoir of Myth and Uncommon Friendship in the Arctic
3.77
really liked it
This is the story of Howard Norman's work translating as ethnographer and linguist translating the Inuit folk tale versions of the Noah's Ark stories ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 20, 2007
 
Outcast
3.49
did not like it
I kept putting my head down and trying to get through this one, but it was a chore. It have to scratch my head at this getting published. The writing ...more
Aug 2007
Jun 06, 2007
 
The Night Circus
4.03
it was amazing
Absolutely adored this book. It's an amalgam of Arthurian legend and The Never-Ending Story and grad school and Dead Poets Society and Field of Dreams ...more
Sep 15, 2015
Sep 14, 2015
 
Before Night Falls
4.16
liked it
Arenas is hard to read. He's angry and he doesn't pull any punches--personally, sexually, or politically.

The title refers to the time when Arenas was
...more
Aug 2001
Jun 07, 2007
 
Cuba and the Night
3.46
it was ok
I love Pico Iyer's nonfiction. I guess I don't love his fiction. This book... didn't know what the heck it wanted to be. Was it supposed to be a roman ...more
Jun 2008
Jul 09, 2007
 
Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge
3.45
liked it
This is charming collection of poems, comics, essays and short stories of varied theme and quality that purports to be the new wave of Latino writing, ...more
Apr 2007
Jun 06, 2007
 
Plays on the Passions
3.46
liked it
I really loved her ideas in the "Introductory Discourse." She's writing in 1798 but covering alot of concepts that didn't get wider attention until la ...more
not set
Jun 15, 2007
 
Our Paris: Sketches from Memory
3.76
really liked it
This book was not what I expected based on knowing beforehand that it was, among other things, an AIDS memoir. But it's a sweet book. Quick and sharp. ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 01, 2008
 
Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Design and Implementation: Creating, Migrating, and Merging Networks
3.00
liked it
Simple, straightforward, and full of practical advice for conceptualizing your move to active directory. Particularly helpful if you're coming from NT ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 15, 2007
 
Elements of Semiology
3.84
did not like it
I read this one on the tail of Sontag and some later Barthes (On Photography and Camera Lucida) but this was impenetrable for me. It may be the best b ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 06, 2007
 
Ode to Walt Whitman
4.28
it was amazing
A collection of Lorca's poems with more than competent translation. There are four books reprinted within, including his meditations of homosexuality, ...more
Aug 2006
Jun 06, 2007
 
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
3.34
liked it
Eco is amazing. There were passages that took my breath away, but overall, it was a little too pedantic. I skimmed alot of the middle 200 pages, wanti ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 15, 2007
 
The Shark-Infested Custard
3.85
it was ok
He writes really well, and he's seems to have one hell of a grasp of psychology, but the plot was ridiculous. I give him points for his willingness to ...more
Jun 28, 2008
Jun 28, 2008
 
The Best Cigarette
4.43
it was amazing
Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic poems. Collins come up with these metaphors that make you go, Yes, of course. But I think my favorite thing about him ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 04, 2007
 
Oh, The Places You'll Go!
4.34
it was amazing
I sometimes think Geisel is better than the wheel and sliced bread rolled together and covered in chocolate. This is one of my favorites. I re-read it ...more
not set
Jun 15, 2007
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