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Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
really liked it
Before I get too deep into my review, let me just say this: "Angela's Ashes" is one of the most depressing books I have ever read. That said, it is al ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 27, 2007
Sense and Sensibility
it was ok
Hmmm, how to critique one of the most revered writers of romance literature? Now, before all of your Jane-ites get on my case for being unromantic or ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 09, 2007
2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1)
it was amazing
Subversive, mysterious, incredible, mind-boggling, and ultimately hopeful, Arthur C. Clarke's "proverbial good science-fiction" novel--written concurr ...more
Nov 1991
Aug 15, 2007
The Prince
it was amazing
I will go out on a limb to say that second only to the major religious works (the Bible, the Koran, etc.), Nicolo Macchiavellie's "The Prince" is the ...more
May 2000
Aug 15, 2007
liked it
All cliches were once new. Yet even in Bram Stoker's day, vampire lore had already been around for centuries (indeed, Stoker plundered earlier, though ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 27, 2007
The Dead Zone
it was amazing
While Stephen King has rightfully garnered a reputation as a horror writer, some of his best fiction revolves around stories of everyday humanity affe ...more
Jun 1992
Aug 15, 2007
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
it was amazing
This is one the best books I have EVER read! Like Stephen King, John Grisham is often labeled as a pop hack, but "The Firm" being one of my other favo ...more
Sep 2009
Nov 02, 2009
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
really liked it
A fascinating history lesson for buffs or novices alike, "Paris 1919" recounts--in always interesting but sometimes overly exposed detail--the Paris P ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 29, 2009
No One Here Gets Out Alive
really liked it
I am of the opinion that most rock biographies are identical: From humble beginnings, the talented-though-unstable musician rises through hardship and ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 29, 2009
The Brothers Karamazov
did not like it
Let me save you 900 pages and untold man hours: rich Russian asshole family members drink, yell, whore, steal one another's mates, murder, more scream ...more
Aug 29, 2013
Apr 05, 2013
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
really liked it
No one in the hospital has met anyone quite like R.J. McMurphy, the roughneck Irishman who fakes mental illness in order to be transferred from a work ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 09, 2008
liked it
Hmm, what to make of "Zeroville," a novel that seems trapped between the lead characters's (and, by extension, the author's) infectious obsession with ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 02, 2008
About a Boy
liked it
Will Freeman has some growing up to do. At 35, he lazes around all day listening to his CDs, watches "tele," dates serially and by nature keeps himsel ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 22, 2007
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1)
really liked it
Seymour "Swede" Levov has it made--a beautiful wife, the family glove business in his capable hands, wealth, a house in suburbia. He was his high scho ...more
Sep 2006
Jun 19, 2007
The End of the Affair
it was amazing
Graham Greene, that tortured, drunken Catholic author, delivered this masterwork of melodrama in the post-War years, fictionalizing his wartime affair ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 12, 2007
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
really liked it
How many times over the years have I endured the following statement?

(in whiny voice)

"Well, when women rule the world..."

"Y: The Last Man" poses such
Nov 2007
Nov 06, 2007
I Am Legend and Other Stories
really liked it
The short story that became last year's film (and, in an earlier incarnation, "The Omega Man") is here along with some of Matheson's other sordid tale ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 30, 2008
Biro Hukum [The Firm]
it was amazing
I still remember being barely 15 years old and walking home from the late bus with "The Firm" in hand, walking the half-mile home while reading, unabl ...more
Oct 1993
Aug 08, 2007
Crime Wave: Reportage and Fiction from the Underside of L.A.
liked it
A mixture of reportage and fiction, Ellroy's "Crime Wave" takes the reader once again into the unseemly side of his Los Angeles. The true crime storie ...more
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
Love Me Anyway
really liked it
For KC and Emily, young women in their early twenties, the life of a flight attendant represents many things: adventure, escape, opportunity, an attem ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Dec 19, 2013
The Jungle
really liked it
For some, a swift razor blade stroke across the wrist will be less painful than the excruciating reality of "The Jungle," and with good reason. Someti ...more
Oct 2007
Jun 27, 2007
The Things They Carried
it was amazing
Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" is a harrowing, affecting and effective anthology of the impressionist churnings of a brilliant mind, forever ...more
May 2007
Jun 08, 2007
liked it
Often imitated, but never quite equaled, it took me quite some years to get around to the "original" dystopian novel. I'm not quite sure what I was ex ...more
Dec 08, 2014
Jul 09, 2007
liked it
I'm of the opinion that most rock musician's stories are, by virtual necessity, identical. Young up-and-comer has a passion for playing, scrapes by, r ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 22, 2007
The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding
really liked it
One of the great privileges of my life came a year ago when I threw caution to the wind and boarded a flight to Australia, where I spent three weeks t ...more
Oct 15, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
Pride and Prejudice
it was ok
My buddy Patrick maintains what he calls “the Murtaugh List.” Meaning, as you get on in years, you simply become “too old for this shit.” In my own ti ...more
Jan 08, 2017
Jul 09, 2016
liked it
You know him best as the father of "Fight Club," that fiendishly nihilistic modern tale of materialism and machismo run awry. "Survivor" is a differen ...more
Feb 2007
Jul 16, 2007
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
really liked it
Europeans conquered the world, yes, but why? In his exhaustively researched, unsparing look at the history of civilizations’ rises and falls, Jared Di ...more
Apr 28, 2014
Jan 24, 2012
Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate
really liked it
Bob Woodward, he who with Carl Bernstein and their pens brought down the Nixon White House, wrote "Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate ...more
May 10, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
Brain Droppings
liked it
With a career length approaching a half-century, the most consisent standup still working here "drops" many of his musings into book form. In this bri ...more
Apr 2007
Aug 07, 2007
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