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I'm Thinking of Ending Things
3.34
it was amazing
A review on the back says Iain Reid 'crafted a tight, ferocious little book, with a persistent tenor of suspense'. I can't argue with that.

I read I'm
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Jun 26, 2016
 
Envy
3.76
it was amazing
wow. the first couple of pages just blow me away. every single sentence is like a gem. is it possible that Olesha has sustained this blend of imaginat ...more
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Mar 26, 2012
 
The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin
4.15
it was amazing
i enjoyed this book so much, because it didn't just explore the horrid things that had occured during the Stalin years -though there was enough of tha ...more
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Jul 08, 2011
 
The Gone-Away World
4.13
it was amazing
i got a used copy from Amazon and the inside cover is stamped as a discard from a library. the book is in mint condition. at first i am pleased with m ...more
Apr 09, 2016
Aug 04, 2011
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.05
it was amazing
there are people who think they gain great insight into knowing what you would choose, if you were going to a desert island and could only take one bo ...more
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Oct 22, 2009
 
Angel of Vengeance: The "Girl Assassin," the Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia's Revolutionary World
3.82
it was amazing
what a fascinating read ... and where do i start? with the stunning similarities between the 1860's in Russia and the 1960's in America? with my sympa ...more
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Feb 08, 2012
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.17
it was amazing
what a bloody good book. i'd not even heard of it till just recently, and i am extremely glad that i did .... but also very glad i had not heard of it ...more
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Feb 10, 2013
 
Indian Horse
4.33
it was amazing
I am loving this story. you know I find I often have to distinguish between books I enjoy - that I fall into with an ease and grace that makes me do n ...more
Jul 19, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
 
The Sympathizer
4.00
it was amazing
They say history is written by the winners. So how come America got to write the history of - and even name- the Vietnam war? I'll tell you why. ;)

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Jun 15, 2016
 
The Corrections
3.78
it was amazing
how and where and under what circumstances did Jonathan Franzen learn to write like this??? his descriptions of the most mundane, subtle and nuanced e ...more
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Oct 13, 2013
 
The Alchemist
3.83
it was amazing
i read this book before it became popular with the new age crowd, and i'm glad i did. untainted by the reviews and remarks of the popular press i was ...more
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Oct 22, 2009
 
The Dispossessed
4.19
it was amazing

this book is the embodiment of all that i love about sci fi. there are so many passages - wonderful quotes - that grabbed my attention, and if i inclu
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Mar 23, 2013
 
The Orenda
4.24
it was amazing
i just finished this book and am unable to write any kind of review. it is beyond me to describe what a masterful piece of writing this is and i am in ...more
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Nov 28, 2013
 
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
4.51
it was amazing
"The nature of the criminal justice system has changed. It is no longer concerned primarily with the prevention and punishment of crime, but rather wi ...more
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Apr 21, 2015
 
Sunset Park
3.56
it was amazing
as a young student, Auster's protagonist, Miles Heller wrote a book report on To Kill A Mockingbird that focused on the injuries, the wounds, the scar ...more
Dec 24, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
 
East of Eden
4.36
it was amazing
this is a reread for me. i first read East of Eden way back when. in my twenties. i wish i could remember what i thought of it, but to be honest what ...more
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Oct 22, 2009
 
Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
4.45
it was amazing

i was in my late twenties - early thirties when i first saw a Herzog film. two of them in fact. i was living in the bush of Northern Ontario with limi
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Mar 24, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
 
Chronic City
3.52
it was amazing
if one is looking for empathy or compassion or the lure of emotional connection, it is best to look elsewhere, for Lethem's characters lack any aspect ...more
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Oct 16, 2010
 
More Than Human
3.98
it was amazing
this is one i have wanted to read for some time but it isn't that easy to find. so hurray! i did find it and oh my, was it worth it.

from the opening d
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Jun 06, 2010
 
Mockingbird
4.13
it was amazing
it has been a while since a book so quickly and effortlessly captured my attention. from the moment i meet Bentley and learn that he has taught himsel ...more
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Apr 04, 2010
 
All Quiet on the Western Front
3.94
it was amazing
i had read this many years ago but as it is the 100 year anniversary of world War One, and i am on a bit of a quest to learn more about it, i figured ...more
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Nov 15, 2009
 
Through Black Spruce
4.12
it was amazing
i lived for years - grew up in fact - in the Timmins / Cochrane area, and while Moosonee is further north yet, his descriptions evoked many memories f ...more
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Jan 01, 2009
 
Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics (Perennial Classics)
4.02
it was amazing
i remember picking this up when it first came out years ago, but being unable to stick with it. i guess my interest in quantum mechanics was not what ...more
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Oct 28, 2009
 
Charity
3.91
it was amazing
Mark Richard has such a marvelous relationship with language -his descriptions are a little out of the ordinary but so evokative. so bang on. his shor ...more
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Oct 22, 2009
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.30
it was amazing
loved this book. it's sci-fi at it's best. wasn't so crazy about the sequels, with the exception of Ender's Shadow (i think that was the title) it ret ...more
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Oct 22, 2009
 
Starfish (Rifters, #1)
3.98
it was amazing
this book - harsh and terse takes us on an uncomfortable tour of the deepest darkest and most mysterious place left on earth - the bottom of the ocean ...more
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Oct 22, 2009
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.17
it was amazing
the first Murakami book i read. i can't remember how or why i picked it up, but it was a fabulous adventure. there is a great saying - i think Hemming ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 13, 2009
 
Of Mice and Men
3.85
it was amazing
Steinbeck is truly a great American writer. the thing that always strikes me is how he can evoke emotion without ever using the words, 'so and so felt ...more
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Oct 22, 2009
 
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
4.13
it was amazing
this is one of those rare times when i really don't want to write anything about a book. it feels so whole and so perfectly complete that i really don ...more
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Apr 12, 2014
 
Three Day Road
4.31
it was amazing
this was one of books i enjoyed reading the most in 2008. i was delighted when his second novel, 'Through Black Spruce' won the Canadian Giller Award.
Sep 2008
Jan 01, 2009
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