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The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.79
did not like it
I read the Baigent book a decade before I read this novel.

Somehow, Brown managed to "dumbify" everything.

Afterwards I read Eco to wash the taste out o
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May 2003
Jun 26, 2007
 
The Secret History
4.07
really liked it
(aka Dead Poets Society ... of DOOM!)

The characters all see the collision coming, as if in slow motion. The time and place are set; they could have tu
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Apr 02, 2008
Aug 13, 2007
 
Un Lun Dun
3.81
it was amazing
When I started this book, I thought to myself "oh lord, I hope this isn't another _Neverwhere_". I liked Gaiman's novel just fine, but I had in my han ...more
Mar 2008
Sep 05, 2007
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.89
liked it
There was a lot about this novel that I liked, and a lot that I disliked. I know from other reviews that what -I- got out of the book was quite differ ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 19, 2007
 
Lord Foul's Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, #1)
3.71
it was amazing
The Thomas Covenant books have always held a special place in my heart. I freely admit that the series is not for everyone; the singular nature of the ...more
Apr 1988
Sep 20, 2007
 
Bridge of Birds (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, #1)
4.30
it was amazing
I can't think of a book quite like this. BoB is a light-hearted Chinese fantasy that is refreshing and completely enjoyable. Hughart makes the folktal ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 26, 2007
 
The Woman in the Dunes
3.91
it was amazing
A novel of erosion - erosion of resolve, erosion of morality, erosion of sanity. Delightfully surreal.
Aug 2007
Aug 04, 2007
 
The Descent
3.97
it was ok
In the preface to Long's _The Descent_, the author expresses his regret that although his friends gave him a lot of scientific advice, the science in ...more
Jan 2008
Oct 13, 2007
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.17
it was amazing
I don't have the faintest idea how to review this book properly, a fact that will surely deny me points on GR. Inevitably, I want to compare it to Kaf ...more
May 18, 2009
Jul 01, 2007
 
Only Revolutions
3.20
it was ok
I have learned that something can be structurally interesting and yet completely unappealing. I read about 24 pages each direction before I realised t ...more
Oct 2006
Jun 28, 2007
 
The Last Dark (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, #4 )
4.04
it was amazing
I remember clearly the spring of 1988. It was the end of my first school year in Alabama. We were taking some sort of standarized bubble-filler test t ...more
Oct 28, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
 
Gentlemen of the Road
3.42
really liked it
A rollicking book. If any book deserves the word 'rollicking', this is it. This adventure yarn draws heavily and with much love from Michael Moorcock, ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 02, 2007
 
Days Between Stations
4.04
it was amazing
Erickson is one of those polarizing authors whom I seem to love while other people are driven away. It's hard to deny the surreal, dreamlike quality o ...more
Jun 2005
Jul 10, 2007
 
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
3.77
it was amazing
My review, 3.0:

First I would like to quote MC Pee Pants.

"I want candy, bubblegum and taffy.
Skip to the sweet shop with my girlfriend, Sandy.
Got my p
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Aug 2007
Aug 29, 2007
 
The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 1
4.30
it was amazing
Starman changed my life.

I started reading the series about a year and a half after its inception and I immediately identified with Jack Knight, the mi
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Mar 27, 2009
Nov 05, 2007
 
The New Weird
3.71
it was amazing
This may be the best collection I've read in a decade.

I'd been through Mieville and Vandermeer, cut my teeth on Lovecraft, a pile of slipstream, Barke
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Apr 21, 2008
Mar 11, 2008
 
The Shockwave Rider
3.97
it was amazing
TSR is not a plot book, and it is also not a character book, but it IS an idea book. Brunner was ahead of the curve (or the shockwave) on so many thin ...more
Apr 13, 2009
Jul 06, 2007
 
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
4.05
it was amazing
I read the heck out of this book but having read it I feel the need to rant.

Until Howe's book I never had issues with Stan Lee beyond his irritating c
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Jan 10, 2014
Dec 26, 2013
 
The Magician King (The Magicians #2)
3.90
it was amazing
The second time around, I love this book just as much, and I feel more comfortable expressing why.

First, although Quentin was an asshole in the first
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Sep 03, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
 
Drood
3.48
liked it
I should start off by saying that I loved The Terror. I had no issues with the length of the novel; the story was completely compelling. If Drood had ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
 
The Raw Shark Texts
3.87
it was amazing
Mix _A Clockwork Orange_, _VALIS_, and _House of Leaves_ in a blender, and you would get something like this book. It combines a number of my favorite ...more
Oct 2007
Aug 20, 2007
 
Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945
4.30
it was amazing
(two tags that never go together - or do they?)

This book's the perfect example of my criteria for five-starring something. Not only has it helped me d
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Oct 16, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
 
Ringworld (Ringworld, #1)
3.96
really liked it
After re-reading Niven's most famous novel, one that I truly adored as a kid, I'm forced to drop one (one and a half, if I could) from my initial rati ...more
Sep 1987
Jul 01, 2007
 
White Lotus
4.12
it was amazing
China wins the 'Great War' and a young California girl is taken by force to China to work as a slave.

The basic premise of Hersey's novel sounds as tho
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Jan 1994
Sep 21, 2007
 
Childhood's End
4.09
really liked it
Part 1: the libertarian's worst nightmare, where beings from the stars show up and take away our freedoms - but otherwise produce Utopia.

Part 2: Utopi
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Feb 16, 2012
Jun 27, 2007
 
The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future
3.55
really liked it
A bigoted, misogynist bastard of a London cabbie buries his angry manifesto, and 500 years later the book becomes the basis for a new society after th ...more
Mar 26, 2009
Nov 25, 2008
 
Nation
4.05
it was amazing
Just this moment I realised that it may be time to start thinking about Terry Pratchett's legacy. I've been reading his Discworld novels since 1990 (w ...more
Nov 2008
Aug 26, 2008
 
Nifft the Lean
4.03
it was amazing
I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it is. Nifft the Lean, a thief of renown (accompanied by fellow thief Barnar), steals things, insults mo ...more
Oct 08, 2008
Jul 03, 2007
 
Atonement
3.87
it was amazing
Structurally very pleasing, in much the same way that I found Cloud Atlas very pleasing. The frame tale was more implicit in the book than it was in t ...more
Oct 11, 2011
Nov 14, 2007
 
Bitten: True Medical Stories of Bites and Stings
3.93
really liked it
Not as many personal stories as there were in Nagami's other book. What I learned: don't fall asleep by the water in gator country, don't go into craw ...more
Aug 13, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
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