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really liked it
When you sit in a coffee shop at the corner of two busy streets and read a book about blindness, you find yourself thinking unfamiliar thoughts, and y ...more
Apr 2006
Jun 18, 2007
The Whistling Season
really liked it
Sometimes you just want a story of simplicity. You want to go to a place that reminds you of things about how you grew up and who you grew up among. Y ...more
Jul 2006
Jul 02, 2007
So Brave, Young and Handsome
really liked it
Peace Like a River, Enger's first novel, had simple, elegant writing and a believable, suspenseful plot that set the author loping comfortably between ...more
Apr 13, 2008
Mar 24, 2008
The Little Stranger
liked it
One of the more enjoyable aspects of Sarah Waters' slow paced (occasionally excruciatingly so) ghost novel, "The Little Stranger," is how subtle and c ...more
Apr 30, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
Eye Contact
it was ok
Eye Contact wants to be two books. The better book follows the path of acceptance and eventual, albeit limited, understanding between Adam, a nine-yea ...more
Apr 22, 2008
Apr 15, 2008
really liked it
Disgrace is a beautifully written, emotionally blunt novel that maps, in shadows and scars, the complicated cultural geography of contemporary Cape To ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 24, 2007
Wake (Wake, #1)
liked it
The light, spare prose in Wake takes getting used to, and while compulsively readable, doesn’t always match up to the weight if its subject matter, or ...more
Mar 21, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
The Piano Teacher
really liked it
This novel from the 2004 Nobel Prize winner reminded me, in its first half, of the works of A.M. Homes and John Cheever. The second half of this work ...more
May 2006
Jun 21, 2007
The Calling (Hazel Micallef Mystery #1)
it was amazing
The hardest part of writing a mystery for North American audiences has got to be getting the ending right. Because in American mysteries, the whole af ...more
Jul 08, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
really liked it
Writing about literature shouldn't make intangible feelings obvious ones. It shouldn't pantomime nuance, or float those subtleties an author steeped i ...more
Jan 07, 2015
Jan 07, 2015
The Mirage: A Novel
liked it
The best parts of Matt Ruff's alternate War on Terror world are when the story seems like a waking dream: characters sense their version of events is ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 13, 2012
The Polish Officer (Night Soldiers, #3)
really liked it
The Polish Officer, like Night Soldiers and Dark Star, is good for its picturesque detail and rich understanding of the deep ties and rivalries betwee ...more
Feb 2006
Jun 21, 2007
The Swallows Of Kabul
really liked it
In the general sense, The Swallows of Kabul is a short novel of Afghan life under the Taliban, but (as with Philip Caputos' Acts of Faith) the real m ...more
May 2007
Jun 18, 2007
Pride and Prejudice
it was amazing
What can be said, in a couple of paragraphs, to stay or support, to any effect, the great swell of love which has buoyed Pride and Prejudice for eleve ...more
May 10, 2008
Apr 18, 2008
The Age of Innocence
it was amazing
With cutting humor and sharp insight, Wharton writes a layered novel that will have you despising in turn each of the three parties involved in its ce ...more
Jul 29, 2010
Jul 20, 2010
it was amazing
Like most people in their early twenties, Helga Crane is filled with the desire to be more than she is, to be more entranced by the world than she is, ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
A Congregation of Jackals
really liked it
Violent and gruesome, "A Congregation of Jackals" is as modern a take on the Western as No Country for Old Men but one that overlays the standard trop ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
Murambi, the Book of Bones
really liked it
Murambi is a novel produced as part of a Rwandan program to remember the genocide of 1994 – an event in which between 800,000 to 1,200,000 individuals ...more
Jul 30, 2010
Jul 23, 2010
it was amazing
One of the questions asked in the beautiful Atonement seems to be, from how much might literature save you? Are its efforts illusionary, and does the ...more
May 18, 2008
Dec 26, 2007
really liked it
Personally-tinged reviews aren't usually my thing, but I loved Americanah's insights into Black culture, Nigerian and American, particularly that the ...more
Dec 28, 2016
Sep 07, 2016
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
it was amazing
Brilliantly suspenseful, though of course not nearly as violent or as satiric as, say, Battle Royale. The characters are vivid, sympathetic, and for t ...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 07, 2008
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
it was amazing
However unnecessary to making The Hunger Games enjoyable as a stand alone novel, Catching Fire manages to be a sequel that visits familiar territory w ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
really liked it
A childhood favorite revisited. It's a simple story, free of extraneous threads and unneeded distractions, and portrays its characters in small scenes ...more
Jan 22, 2013
Dec 27, 2012
it was amazing
A massive and massively entertaining novel steeped in the science of asteroid mining, micro-droids, off-earth habitation, and a little evolutionary bi ...more
Sep 09, 2016
Jul 16, 2016
In the Wake
really liked it
In the Wake reads like a dream diary in which emotions, ideas, and relationships emerge and submerge, never fully formed, but living, in their way, di ...more
Feb 06, 2008
Aug 19, 2007
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
it was amazing
A novel that seems like it could have been born as a wisecrack on the back of a napkin, The Magicians embeds tropes from multiple fantasy series, role ...more
Feb 09, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
The Emperor of Ocean Park
liked it
The Emperor of Ocean Park, which dedicates quite a number of pages to the game of chess its narrator loves, is itself a sort of chess match. Author Ca ...more
Aug 25, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
The Lovers of Algeria
it was amazing
The Lovers of Algeria is a horrifyingly vivid, achingly tragic novel with, at its core, a fragile and imperfect love story spanning decades of loss, r ...more
May 2007
Jun 18, 2007
it was amazing
This thoughtful novel allows for genuine contemplation as William Stoner, an awkward farm boy, arrives at the University of Missouri to unearth within ...more
Dec 26, 2010
Jul 09, 2010
The Losing Role (Kaspar Brothers)
really liked it
Full of vibrant, engaging characters and with an original plot that sidesteps the overplayed tropes of many World War II novels, "The Losing Role" is ...more
May 27, 2011
May 07, 2011
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