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Gun, Needle, Spoon
4.44
it was amazing
Yes, I gave my own book five stars! Don't be a hater...
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Jul 01, 2015
 
The Power of the Dog
4.36
it was amazing
Damn, Don Winslow's The Power of the Dog is one hell of an ambitious novel. And it came out in 2005 – why haven't I heard about it until now? Obviousl ...more
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Mar 02, 2011
 
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
4.20
really liked it
Stieg Larsson's Millennium books are like crack. I gotta jones for the gaddamn things. I pick them up, I don't put them down. I don't sleep, I don't b ...more
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Feb 08, 2010
 
Narcisa: By Jonathan Shaw
3.76
liked it
I am trying to read this book. But I can't help but wonder why. It sits under my bed with the other six books I am "trying" to read, although I've rea ...more
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Aug 10, 2008
 
Ablutions
3.61
it was amazing
Patrick deWitt's Ablutions is bleak and his minimalist style does nothing to dispel the bleakness – in fact it promotes it. There's endless dark vigne ...more
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Oct 22, 2010
 
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
4.24
it was ok
Everyone I know who reads a lot or considers themselves writers has told me to read Joan Didion. I always cringe and go the other way when too many pe ...more
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Aug 28, 2008
 
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
4.22
it was amazing
This is the book that made me want to be a writer. I read it while incarcerated, doing time on armed robbery charges. It was handed to me by a rather ...more
May 15, 2013
Jul 10, 2008
 
The Cartel
4.28
it was amazing
Fuck yeah, Don Winslow’s The Cartel is here and I read it, and all I can say is “Fuck! Holy Fuck! Fuck Yeah!” Although I’m pissed that I tore through ...more
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Jul 26, 2015
 
Homeboy
4.22
it was amazing
I was in New York, on 6th Ave, over by the Village, and my girl friend Jennifer was, well, she was shopping because… ahhh, because it's New York and t ...more
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Jan 05, 2013
 
The Night of the Gun
3.72
liked it
The first half of the book was hard to read. Not because of the drug use, or the insanity that any human being's downward spiral consists of - dope fi ...more
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Jan 27, 2009
 
Reading in the Dark
3.73
really liked it
If you’re Irish, then you’ve probably got a crazy uncle who occasionally comes home from the pub singing “The Boys of 98” at the top of his lungs at t ...more
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Sep 01, 2008
 
Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling With D.H. Lawrence
4.02
really liked it
Geoff Dyer’s Out of Sheer Rage is about neurosis, inertia, obsession, apathy, introversion, extroversion, incongruity and instability. In other words ...more
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Jul 22, 2008
 
The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6)
4.22
it was amazing
The Long Goodbye is Raymond Chandler at his best. Beautifully bleak, blatantly noir, a sense of impermanence, with an underlining need to create justi ...more
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Jun 15, 2010
 
Excavation: A Memoir
3.96
it was amazing
I’m not a read the “classics” kind of guy. I need a newer voice, one that speaks my language, not outdated prose from before I was born. So as you can ...more
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Apr 23, 2014
 
Harrowgate
3.35
it was amazing
Love is a motherfucker, and what we humans do for it is the clincher for all worst case scenarios. How far would you go to keep a loved one? People st ...more
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Sep 03, 2013
 
The White Trilogy (Inspector Brant, #1, #2, #3)
4.29
it was amazing
I had a hard go starting Ken Bruen's The White Trilogy. The writing felt clunky, and rough, spit out in bits, and slung at my head like a fishmonger t ...more
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Apr 20, 2011
 
Beautiful, Naked & Dead
3.79
it was amazing
Suicidal tough guy, dead stripper, lap dances, cute dog, drug use, heavy drinking, awkward sex scenes, and thugs of all persuasions – what more could ...more
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May 15, 2014
 
Memoirs
4.21
it was ok
I hate to say this but I think Neruda is a little heavy handed with words. He uses tons, he uses a whole freaking mountain worth of words and then som ...more
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Jul 31, 2008
 
Freedom
3.73
really liked it
When my sister gave me her copy of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom I asked her what she thought of it, whether she liked it, and was it worth reading. She ...more
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Nov 09, 2010
 
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:  Essays and Arguments
4.28
it was ok
Somewhere I’ve heard it said that a good writer can write about anything and make it interesting. David Foster Wallace is such a writer, a good writer ...more
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Jul 11, 2008
 
Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir
3.68
it was ok
I might be being a bit picky here. Being a dope-fiend memoir elitist and all. Yet, one would think if an author was writing their "tell-all-drug-addic ...more
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Aug 22, 2009
 
Sweet Charlotte's Seventh Mistake
4.22
it was amazing
Memories. What we know. What we think we know, and the reality of what actually occurred. Childhood memories. Those vague dream like senses of the pas ...more
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Dec 22, 2008
 
The Cost of Living
4.39
it was amazing
On the plane, heading back from NYC, five hours into the flight and I hit "St. Jude's," the stunning last chapter of Rob Roberge's latest novel, The C ...more
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Dec 22, 2012
 
This Must Be the Place
4.69
it was amazing
Sean H. Doyle's got these stories, little vignettes of insanity, moments where the the worst train wreck ever goes south into something much darker th ...more
not set
Feb 24, 2015
 
Sirens
4.48
it was amazing
The long journey of conducting a life of debauchery from every barstool in SF’s Mission District to trying to get clean and sober, relapsing, tremulou ...more
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Oct 31, 2016
 
Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk
3.86
it was amazing
Tony DuShane's Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk is hilarious, sad, highly perceptive, and at times painful – in all it's an amazing bit of writing. ...more
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Oct 07, 2010
 
American Junkie
4.08
it was amazing
There's nothing glamorous about American Junkie. It starts out an oozing abscess and it just gets darker and darker. Tom Hansen isn't trying to make t ...more
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Aug 17, 2010
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.45
liked it
All right, I read George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and if you know anything about who I am and what I read you may be asking why. Well, even if ...more
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Jan 02, 2012
 
The Thing Around Your Neck
4.18
liked it
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes of displacement. Of loss, of dysphoria, and of strange new begins for disseminated people in strange lands - which is ...more
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Sep 08, 2009
 
Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life
4.53
it was amazing
Rob Roberge writes of broken people, with broken dreams, living broken lives. They've got broken teeth, broken bones, and they're flat broke destitute ...more
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Sep 25, 2010
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