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Less Than Zero
3.58
it was amazing
Last year I spent a few months as an intern for a major national arts publication, which shall remain nameless because that makes me look cooler than ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 03, 2010
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.64
liked it
Probably not Egan's fault that I didn't love this one -- I'm starting to think it's impossible for me to get behind any novel with this kind of pointi ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 17, 2010
 
Chronic City
3.51
it was amazing
I thought I was done with this simulacrum bulls**t. Really, I did. One of the reasons why Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, NY failed to impress me as a m ...more
Nov 2009
Jul 02, 2009
 
Swamplandia!
3.21
it was ok
So where did Swamplandia! go wrong? Was it the point at which the narrative branches off into two tracks, following the separate adventures of the pro ...more
Apr 2011
Nov 06, 2010
 
Freedom
3.73
it was ok
Uh-oh. I didn't like it. Review coming up faster than you can say "jismic grunting butt-oink"...

Would you think me a nutjob if I told you that Franze
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Sep 2010
Sep 02, 2010
 
Ghostwritten
4.06
it was ok
Oh dear. All the cool kids love David Mitchell. I want to be one of the cool kids! But I won't lie to you, cool kids: this book frustrated the hell ou ...more
Jun 2010
May 22, 2010
 
American Psycho
3.81
really liked it
I would write a review, but I have to go return some videotapes.

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OK, I was gonna let the inside-joke above stand, but I guess I do f
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Aug 2010
Aug 08, 2010
 
Nemesis
3.76
it was amazing
There's nobody less salvageable than a ruined good boy.

The gnomic sentence above could have served as the epigraph to Roth's masterpiece American Past
...more
Oct 2010
Oct 17, 2010
 
White Jazz (L.A. Quartet, #4)
3.94
it was amazing
Feature this is one of Ellroy's best.

Dig the economy: scale back the unsustainable sprawl of L.A. Confidential—streamline it. The catch: still cram a
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Jun 2011
Jul 26, 2009
 
Going Native
3.58
it was amazing
First thing's, as usual, first: despite what his Goodreads author page indicates, Stephen Wright the novelist is not the same individual as Steven Wri ...more
Feb 2011
Jul 23, 2009
 
The Instructions
4.05
really liked it
Epigraph as authorial hand-tipping:

It is a curious enigma that so great a mind would question the most obvious realities and object even to things sc
...more
Jan 2011
Aug 12, 2010
 
The Unnamed
3.32
really liked it
[Upgrading from 3 to 4 stars because for some reason I keep thinking about this book even though I read it like a year ago, and because I fucking love ...more
May 2010
Apr 27, 2010
 
Then We Came to the End
3.45
it was amazing
Sorry, haters. Review to come, possibly, as soon as I reclaim my chair--my legitimate chair!

Update: So, yeah, this is a home run. Deserving of every i
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Jan 2010
Sep 15, 2008
 
London Fields
3.75
really liked it
My first Amis. Didn't disappoint! I'm not sure it pulled off its staggering ambitions but it's very easy to enjoy, if you enjoy elaborately witty stud ...more
May 2011
Apr 22, 2011
 
Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling With D.H. Lawrence
4.02
it was amazing
At the risk of stating the obvious, let's acknowledge this: what determines the quality of a memoir (not that Out of Sheer Rage can be so narrowly cla ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 15, 2011
 
You Were Wrong
2.85
really liked it
Attention DFW superfans, do you know about this guy Matthew Sharpe? He seems to be pretty obscure, I only know who he is because some blogger was pimp ...more
Sep 2010
Aug 20, 2010
 
The Last Good Kiss (C.W. Sughrue, #1)
4.09
it was amazing
It would be an insult to the boozy soul of this book to write a review while sober, so for now I'll just say that it's a goddamn masterpiece of Americ ...more
Nov 2010
Jan 06, 2010
 
A Choir of Ill Children
3.70
did not like it
Oy.

So it's October, and that's when you're supposed to read horror fiction, right? And I always feel like I should be reading horror, should be uneart
...more
Oct 2011
Feb 04, 2010
 
The Circle
3.45
liked it
I'm torn between rolling my eyes at Eggers' inflated paranoia and nodding my head at his thorough diagnosis of digital trends.

It should probably be ac
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Jan 2014
Jan 12, 2014
 
The Sundial (Ace Star)
3.86
really liked it
Shirley Jackson was such a kooky genius. Emphasis on genius. Also, emphasis on kooky.

I'm learning that there is a whole world of Shirleyana beyond th
...more
Mar 2010
Mar 02, 2010
 
The Invisible Bridge
4.19
it was ok
Romance! Persecution! War! Tragedy! More romance! Bloated length in surplus of 500 pages!

The Invisible Bridge is a WWII epic like every other WWII epi
...more
Aug 2010
Jun 18, 2010
 
Mr. Peanut
3.25
really liked it
Mr. Peanut is the novel of the moment, or one of the novels of one of the moments, anyway, and while I'm not completely in the tank, I am absolutely g ...more
Jul 2010
May 31, 2010
 
Skippy Dies
3.72
really liked it
Damn good, despite obstacles: a little overfamiliar in its coming-of-age business, a little irritating in its perspectival caprices. But the book is c ...more
Jun 2011
Sep 15, 2010
 
Cloudsplitter
3.90
liked it
Finally finished this ginormous tome, after dipping in and out of it for months. I have mixed feelings. Subject matter's fascinating, of course: radic ...more
Oct 2010
Sep 26, 2010
 
Cutter and Bone
4.02
it was amazing
I finished this two weeks ago and I can't get it out of my head. The blunt-force terror of the abrupt ending haunts me, the characters and their miser ...more
Dec 2010
Nov 23, 2009
 
Generosity: An Enhancement
3.51
it was amazing
So, this is pretty fuggin' fantastic. My first Powers--I've always resisted, thinking of him as literature's Bill Nye the Science Guy or something. An ...more
Dec 2009
Nov 30, 2009
 
Fingersmith
4.02
liked it
I dunno, guys. This is...not trashier, but shallower than I expected. It is basically a bloated Elmore Leonard caper novel in Victorian clothing, with ...more
Feb 2011
Jun 07, 2009
 
The Pale King
3.96
THIS IS ABOUT MFSO HES JERKIN OFF THINKIN ABOUT IT
not set
Sep 15, 2010
 
Brighton Rock
3.72
really liked it
William Gibson wrote something not long ago -- well, tweeted something, actually -- that has haunted me unexpectedly. Speaking of the sea change in Am ...more
Aug 2011
Nov 18, 2009
 
Veronica
3.36
liked it
I bet I'd be really inspired by this novel if I were a fiction writer. Mary Gaitskill sees the world through no eyes but her own, and she communicates ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 02, 2010
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