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A House for Mr Biswas
it was amazing
"Biswas" is my kind of novel. Some complain that it is a bit meandering and aimless, and this is true to an extent. But what the book aims to accompli ...more
Apr 26, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
The Confessions of Nat Turner
it was amazing
I won't really go into whether or not Styron has the right, as a rich white guy, to tell the story of the black slave, Nat Turner. Nor will I engage w ...more
May 20, 2009
May 09, 2009
Rob Roy
it was amazing
"Rob Roy" is my first Walter Scott novel, but I became a quick fan as I was entangled in his writing style, which focuses more on verbose and intricat ...more
Aug 12, 2009
Jul 26, 2009
The Bondwoman's Narrative
really liked it
Given the proper context by a very enlightening introductory essay by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (that is about half of this volume's content), the novel ...more
May 29, 2009
May 20, 2009
Good-Bye, Mr. Chips
really liked it
I think the biggest thing Mr. Chips going against him is the hyperbolic praise heaped upon him by the various publishers who have sought to capitalize ...more
Dec 27, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
The Hermit
liked it
My only exposure to Ionesco (prior to this novel) was reading and almost performing in "The Bald Soprano" (some stuff came up my senior year in high s ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
A Fable
liked it
I don't mind dense and rambling novels, but when combined with 'repetitive' and 'opaque', the results are a far more challenging read than seems neces ...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
R.U.R. and The Insect Play
liked it
I'm far more enamored of the ideas of the two plays contained here than of the scripts themselves. Whether that's due to Capek's writing or shoddy tra ...more
Jul 20, 2010
Jul 15, 2010
Peter & Max
liked it
I'd assumed that being a longtime reader of Bill Willingham's "Fables" comic book would give an added boost to my enjoyment of his new Fables-related ...more
Oct 18, 2009
Oct 13, 2009
The Neon Bible
really liked it
"The Neon Bible" is a remarkable work in many respects, most notably because it is the early work of an author still in the embryonic stages of becomi ...more
Oct 23, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
Baltasar and Blimunda
it was amazing
If God were susceptible to such things, I fear this book would have left him with quite the black eye.

One of the brilliant things about this book is n
Oct 12, 2008
Oct 03, 2008
Memories of the Ford Administration
really liked it
The premise of "Memories of the Ford Administration", as well as the process of reading it, is bizarre. This is it: A college history professor is ask ...more
Sep 12, 2008
Aug 31, 2008
really liked it
With his very first novel, Nabokov seems to tease the reader with the notion that they're reading a Victorian romance. His language is beautifuly flow ...more
Dec 16, 2009
Dec 13, 2009
Invisible Cities
really liked it
At some point in the past, I got it into my head that Italo Calvino was really hip. I'm not sure why, as none of my friends have read him, I didn't st ...more
Jan 2008
Aug 19, 2008
liked it
I recently reviewed a Don DeLillo novel in which I pointed out that author's tendency to meander around with a central character, but without a real p ...more
Mar 07, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
really liked it
If there's one thing you can expect from Italo Calvino, its not to expect anything, because whatever preconceptions you can dream up about what a Calv ...more
Sep 04, 2010
Aug 26, 2010
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
really liked it
"World War Z" is far better than it has any right to be. By all appearances, it was just another novel chasing the still-going-strong zombie genre fad ...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Good As Gold
really liked it
I now have three Heller novels under my belt, and I swear it seems like each time I've cracked one his books, I'm reading a different author. There ar ...more
Jan 06, 2009
Jan 01, 2009
Gourmet Rhapsody
liked it
Its obvious that a very gifted writer had a hand in creating this portrait of world class elitist and food critic, Pierre Arthens. The stark contrast ...more
Apr 30, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
it was amazing
Originally published at Tristram Shandy: Pre-Modern Post-Modernism - Fort Worth Literature | ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
Midnight's Children
it was amazing
How precise a disection of India's stuggle for independence Salman Rushdie's novel, "Midnight's Children", might be, I am in no real position to say. ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 01, 2011
Spoon River Anthology
liked it
All things being even, I really prefer prose to poetry, and therein lies my luke-warm respect for the Spoon River Anthology. Not that Masters didn't w ...more
Jul 02, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories
really liked it
When I read War and Peace all those years ago, I formed, within the bubble of that single experience, a projection of who I thought Leo Tolstoy was: a ...more
Aug 14, 2016
Aug 09, 2016
I Was Amelia Earhart
really liked it
There is something a little bit 'college lit mag' about Jane Mendelsohn's "I Was Amelia Earhart", but minus the few little quirks that reveal her inex ...more
Sep 28, 2010
Sep 26, 2010
The Thirty-Nine Steps
liked it
"The 39 Steps" is like literary cotton candy. Its cheap and easy and tangible when you acquire it, but has a funny habit of disolving before the proce ...more
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
The Secret History of Twin Peaks
really liked it
Well, that was...interesting. But first...

Twenty five years ago, Mark Frost and David Lynch and company blessed us with a bizarre little pocket of Ame
Jul 07, 2017
Jul 05, 2017
The Road
it was amazing
The power of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" comes not from big ideas or high concepts or epic confrontations. It comes for the massive, all-encompassing ...more
Nov 15, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Beatrice and Virgil
really liked it
Whether you'll enjoy "Beatrice and Virgil" depends largely on how you view Yann Martel as an author. Viewed through the prism of his "Life of Pi" fame ...more
May 19, 2010
May 16, 2010
really liked it
Sherman Alexie's two most recent works were released relatively closely together, but were for different audiences. One was the young-adult novel, "Th ...more
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 16, 2008
Dreamers of the Day
really liked it
Russell's "Dreamers of the Day" doesn't quite pack the existential gut-punch that her Miguel Sandoz duology did (go read "The Sparrow" and "Children o ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
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