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Howards End
3.96
it was amazing
A surprisingly lively and energetic novel. I liked this one a lot.

Since it was written before 1910, I was prepared to be bored and/ or lost in archaic
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Jul 12, 2017
Aug 25, 2012
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.98
it was amazing
* update 2016: On a world of distraction, a personal challenge, the ongoing relevance of Fahrenheit 451.

So Ray Bradbury’s dark vision of an illiterate
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Apr 17, 2016
Feb 02, 2013
Jan 30, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
 
Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad
3.67
really liked it
This is a classic ghost story that I picked up because Michael Chabon said it was one of the best short stories he ever read. Part of what makes this ...more
Apr 07, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
 
Yeat's Poetry (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)
4.00
really liked it
Really like 3.5 stars. Please note that even though this says it's by Yeats, it was actually written by the Sparknotes Editors. This was a good, thoug ...more
Oct 26, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
 
A Scandal in Bohemia (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, #1)
4.22
really liked it
A Sherlock and Watson adventure with a bit of a twist at the end.
May 07, 2017
Aug 08, 2011
 
The Dead: James Joyce's Famous Story Annotated
4.08
it was amazing
Let’s be honest- if you are actually reading this, you already have a sense of what to expect from James Joyce. Obviously, the man is a master story t ...more
Oct 19, 2010
Sep 28, 2010
 
Daisy Miller
3.36
liked it
This was my first exposure to Henry James, and I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. There were a lot of good things about this lengthy short story ( ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
 
A Study in Scarlet
4.15
really liked it
Retro Review: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (aka: Shelock Holmes #1)- a novella.

If this book were a drink, it would be whisky and water, an
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Feb 16, 2012
Dec 08, 2011
 
The Overcoat
4.12
it was amazing
Gogol was counterculture and punk before there ever was counterculture or punk. His strange narrative oozes cynicism and mistrust.

This story suggests
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Jun 2017
May 24, 2017
 
Mr. Jones
3.10
liked it
A ghost story without a ghost, his odd little story by Edith Wharton is nicely crafted but ultimately unsatisfying. It begins promisingly enough with ...more
Nov 14, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
 
The Tempest
3.81
it was amazing
The edition that I got had many footnotes, annotations, and scholarly essays to go with the play, so I was able to learn a lot about the historical an ...more
May 02, 2017
Apr 04, 2017
 
The Kreutzer Sonata
3.90
liked it
Wow- it's only January and this is the third book I couldn't finish. I'm not making great selections this year so far. The Kreutzer Sonata is a famous ...more
Jan 23, 2012
Oct 24, 2011
 
Dracula
3.98
really liked it
It's aged rather well. A bit episodic at times, but it still carries a timeless vitality. Also a nice window into Victorian times.
Oct 2009
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Great Gatsby
3.90
it was amazing
Dark and moody. Fitzgerald was at his best when describing landscapes, the sky, and people's souls.
Mar 03, 2015
Feb 27, 2015
 
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
3.98
liked it
None
Apr 24, 2010
Mar 19, 2010
 
Moby-Dick or, The Whale
3.48
it was amazing
None
Nov 21, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
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