Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
did not like it
But the worst offender of the last twenty years has to be the uniquely meretricious drivel that constitutes "Angela's Ashes". Dishonest at every level ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2007
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
did not like it
God, I can't even begin to express my depth of loathing for this book. I forced myself through to within about 60 pages of the end, but then I just co ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 05, 2007
The Infinities
did not like it
I've read somewhere that the main thing a novelist needs to accomplish in the first 10% of a story is to convince the reader to keep reading. John Ban ...more
Apr 30, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
The New York Trilogy: City of Glass / Ghosts / The Locked Room
Further update, June 19th 2012.

In response to several thoughtful comments that take issue with the nastiness of my initial review, I have come to the
May 30, 2008
May 29, 2008
The Emperor's Children
did not like it
I found "The Emperor's Children" incredibly disappointing. The reviews I had read just raved and raved, but I disliked it intensely. Shallow, solipsis ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 03, 2007
Dear American Airlines
did not like it
There are exactly two faintly positive things I can say about this book, so let's get them out of the way.

i. It was mercifully short.
ii. It wasn't qui
Dec 14, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
The Solitude of Prime Numbers
did not like it
This was embarrassingly bad, and the news that it has met with broad critical acclaim is infinitely depressing. Take two "damaged" stick figures, defi ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
it was ok
Nobel Laureate in Physics Michael Beard is a truly revolting piece of work: a slave to his appetites, whose progress through the novel is just one org ...more
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 15, 2010
The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable
did not like it
sweet lord Mother of God, what was I thinking? Hard to imagine that there's a worse insult to the intelligence out there than the 'Who Moved my Cheese ...more
not set
Jan 03, 2008
The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense
it was ok
Dear Ms Oates:

WHY DO YOU LIKE SERIAL KILLERS SO MUCH? You don't know me, but I've been aware of you for years. I knew that you were out there, amassin
Jun 17, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
My Uncle Oswald
did not like it
Roald Dahl might like us to dismiss the rank male chauvinism, tired stereotypes, and hackneyed writing in this book, on the grounds that his "Uncle Os ...more
Mar 28, 2008
Mar 10, 2008
The Pig Did It
did not like it
This piece of pig manure is a good illustration of the dangers of following recommendations found on Described as a "comic novel" set in m ...more
Sep 16, 2010
Sep 16, 2010
The Sea, the Sea
did not like it
This is another one for the "What were they thinking?!?" shelf. Doubly so, in fact. It's not just another lapse by the Booker selection committee, who ...more
Jun 08, 2010
Nov 17, 2009
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
it was amazing
Yea! For once I actually agree with the Booker jury selection. This is an extraordinary book.

We all carry in our heads a certain view of Tudor England
Feb 07, 2012
Jan 18, 2010
The Finishing School
did not like it
The bookshelves constitute the review. Though I paid only $2.98 for this smug little nugget of crap, I'm tempted to sue the estate of Muriel Spark jus ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
The Ask
it was ok
I was underwhelmed. It amazes me that this book has been universally acclaimed as hilarious. "So funny you might lose an eye". Really, Vanity Fair rev ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
Moon Tiger
liked it
"Moon Tiger", for which the author won the Booker prize, is a book that I could admire, but not like. The main protagonist, Claudia Hampton, an accomp ...more
Jan 11, 2010
Oct 22, 2009
American Psycho
did not like it
Bret Easton Ellis is an author who makes the (otherwise inexplicable to me) concept of the Finnish sauna appealing. After reading his vile 'brain'-dro ...more
Jan 2000
Sep 20, 2009
The Good Soldier
it was ok
The evidence that I am a complete Philistine continues to accumulate, as yet another acknowledged classic sails right over my head. I did not like "Th ...more
Aug 06, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith
really liked it

This book contains roughly sixty stories, representing five previously published collections, spanning Hig
Feb 12, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
Good Behaviour
really liked it
Another Anglo-Irish family whose members are dedicated to mutual assured destruction, even as they slide into genteel poverty. Nobody in the St Charle ...more
Dec 2008
Nov 07, 2008
Break It Down
did not like it
This is the second collection of "short stories" by Lydia Davis that I've tried, and it will be my last. The other collection, "Samuel Johnson is Indi ...more
Jan 13, 2010
Dec 28, 2009
The Mulching of America

Truth in Reviewing: I didn't finish this, didn't even make it to page 100. But I read far enough to know that I really
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes
really liked it
I just came across this online (it's downloadable at googlebooks). D. Streamer was a pseudonym for Harry Graham, who originated the form of the "Littl ...more
Feb 07, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
really liked it
I have nothing particularly original to say about the publishing phenomenon that is TGWTDT. The first 50 pages dragged somewhat; then it took off like ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
The Sheltering Sky
liked it
Bowles's writing still gets under one's skin, but this didn't hold up particularly well on a second reading over the weekend. I think I was in my twen ...more
Aug 11, 2011
not set
Aug 05, 2007
The Sense of an Ending
it was ok
Emotionally stunted males feature prominently in Julian Barnes's fiction. The narrator/protagonist in this story is such a passive creature that one i ...more
Nov 30, 2011
Jan 07, 2012
Light Years
did not like it
I loathed this book. Privileged narcissists commit adultery and their marriage breaks up. The characters were so vapidly self-centered, I couldn't bri ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 01, 2008
The Wasp Factory
it was ok
Screw it. Despite Banks's evident skill as a writer (already demonstrated in this, his first novel), I am not going to give this nasty little story mo ...more
Feb 19, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
St. Agatha's Breast
liked it
Murder and mayhem stalk the randy monks of the abbey of San Redempto. There's a whole lot of Machiavellian plotting going on in this original, and fai ...more
Dec 10, 2008
Sep 18, 2007
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