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Call for the Dead (George Smiley, #1)
3.77
liked it
I don't know why, but I always thought Tinker Tailer was the first Smiley book. On the one hand, I'm glad I have more Smiley to read. On the other, Ti ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 22, 2015
 
Seattle Noir
2.99
it was ok
Mystery short stories are hard.

There's not enough room to really develop characters or do an interesting plot, so they mostly end up being a 10 page
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Oct 2011
Oct 16, 2011
 
A Bitter Feast (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith, #5)
3.88
really liked it
The strongest Chin/Smith book yet, certainly my favorite of the Chin-focused ones. Really dives into the dynamics of immigrant communities in a way th ...more
Mar 2015
Apr 11, 2015
 
The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon, #1)
3.99
it was ok
Heard a lot about this series, so thought I'd check it out. A spy/art restorer? Sounds great!

Sadly, not so great.

The dialog is so melodramatic it's ha
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Nov 2010
Nov 18, 2010
 
The Ghosts of Belfast (Jack Lennon Investigations #1)
3.89
liked it
After my success with Winterland, I thought I'd take a trip north to Northern Ireland. This book was definitely a step down.

The intrigue here is all I
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Feb 2011
Mar 01, 2011
 
A Room Swept White (Spilling CID, #5)
3.35
liked it
Very different from earlier Sophie Hannah books. This one is a much more straightforward police procedural, and much less of a crazy psychological thr ...more
Nov 2013
Dec 01, 2013
 
Limitless
3.81
it was ok
I enjoyed Winterland so much, I decided to see what else Alan Glynn has written. This is it.

This book lacks the focus and drive that made Winterland s
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Apr 2011
Apr 07, 2011
 
The Wine Savant: A Guide to the New Wine Culture
3.87
liked it
I loved Steinberger's Slate columns, and this book is definitely in that vein.

The subtitle is a good one: this book is a good overview of current iss
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Dec 2013
Dec 31, 2013
 
The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman
3.63
really liked it
Very solid YA book. Writing about rock music is tough - it's a tightrope walk between being too obscure on one side, and too uncool on the other. Wint ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 20, 2014
 
Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum, #8)
4.17
liked it
I bought the second Dennis Lehane book, but felt like I needed something fun before embarking on what will surely turn out to be a depressing book.

I w
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May 31, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
 
The Honourable Schoolboy
3.94
liked it
A nice followup to Tinker, Tailor, but definitely a lesser book.

My main complaint is that the half of the book that dealt with the action (Westerby in
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Dec 2011
Dec 14, 2011
 
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
3.66
did not like it
It's easy to read reviews that focus on Dan Brown's wooden writing, but that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

I enjoyed reading The Davinci Code. It
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Sep 23, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
 
The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad #6)
3.97
really liked it
Unlike most Tana French, this is a pretty straightforward police procedural. No element of the unnatural or unusual, just a single timeline, two detec ...more
Oct 2016
Oct 28, 2016
 
The Reversal (Harry Bosch, #16; Mickey Haller, #4; Harry Bosch Universe, #19)
4.13
liked it
As I mentioned in my review for _Nine Dragons_, Bosch is totally played out. None of the backstory that was so painstakingly built up over the course ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 25, 2010
 
The Red Road (Alex Morrow #4)
3.78
really liked it
A great way to start the year.

This book is unrelentingly gritty, but manages to have great empathy for a wide range of characters, both those who des
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Jan 2016
Jan 25, 2016
 
Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books
3.64
liked it
The good: Collins is an excellent writer. I laughed out loud numerous times. His diversions into the matter of obscure books are very entertaining.

The
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Feb 14, 2010
Feb 14, 2010
 
The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry
3.88
it was ok
This book was a mixed bag.

The history of math parts were really interesting.

The exposition of Galois theory left a lot to be desired. It might be too
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Mar 2009
Mar 01, 2009
 
Native Tongue (Skink, #2)
3.94
liked it
My first Hiaasen.

Having spent a good bit of time in South Florida, I definitely appreciated the setting and the attention to detail.

The plot is Leonar
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Jul 2013
Jul 05, 2013
 
Stay With Me (Brenna Spector, #3)
3.97
really liked it
Better than the second, a bit of a step down from the first.

What I loved about this book was the loose strings from the other two books coming togeth
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Feb 2017
Mar 03, 2017
 
In a Strange City (Tess Monaghan, #6)
3.67
liked it
(This review is one part in my series of reviews attempting to discover how Lippman made the transition from genre author to literary respectability.) ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 05, 2012
 
Thomas the Rhymer
3.84
really liked it
(Goodreads ate my first attempt, trying again...)

This book is not like books that I normally read. It's not only driven by elements other than plot, i
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Nov 2013
Nov 09, 2013
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
it was amazing
Liked this better than Catching Fire, maybe even more than The Hunger Games.

It gets five stars primarily because it provides a satisfying ending to th
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Sep 2010
Sep 11, 2010
 
The Night Gardener
3.62
it was amazing
George Pelecanos is someone whose name I kept seeing alongside Laura Lippman as someone who's pushing the boundaries of crime fiction. I'm glad I deci ...more
Dec 28, 2009
Dec 30, 2009
 
The Lost Ones (Quinn Colson, #2)
3.88
liked it
A good followup to The Ranger.

Sadly, Atkins doesn't really pursue how coming home from the war affects Colson, something I was looking forward to. In
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May 2013
May 24, 2013
 
The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #1)
4.08
really liked it
I realized partway through that I read this book at least ten years ago. But I figured I'd start from the beginning with a few of the modern American ...more
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 19, 2009
 
Angels Flight (Harry Bosch, #6; Harry Bosch Universe, #7)
4.13
it was ok
After really hating The Poet, I was nervous to return to Connelly. Turns out I shouldn't've worried. Connelly is still the master of the police proced ...more
Oct 18, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
 
What Remains of Me
3.74
really liked it
As good as they're saying, and a step up from the other Gaylin books I've read.

The 2010/1980 split story telling is as hard to pull off as it is comm
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Jul 2016
Jul 14, 2016
 
The Closers (Harry Bosch, #11; Harry Bosch Universe, #13)
4.08
really liked it
I find myself using Michael Connelly as a palate cleanser between heavier fare that I like less.

After a few experimentations (books not about Bosch,
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Jan 20, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
 
The Wrong Mother (Spilling CID, #3)
3.48
it was amazing
Blew my mind.

This book is, in large part, about parenting and ambivalence about parenting. There are people I know who would not like it for that rea
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Oct 2010
Oct 22, 2010
 
Dying Gasp (Chief Inspector Mario Silva #3)
3.94
did not like it
I understand what Gage is trying to do here. Underage sex trafficking is a real problem, and I have nothing against using fiction to expose problems i ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 05, 2012
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