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The Tenderness of Wolves
it was amazing
For what it's worth, this is the first book I've read since I joined Goodreads to which I've given five stars. So, at the risk of gushing, I'm telling ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 09, 2007
The Whiskey Rebels
it was amazing

Part potboiler, part history lesson, part financial treatise, part love story, part adventure tale, this highly entertaining novel by Goodreads author
Dec 23, 2008
Sep 30, 2008
All the Light We Cannot See
it was amazing

This beautiful novel is worth all the plaudits it has been getting, and most especially because it does not go for the obvious romantic ending, but mi
Aug 31, 2014
May 03, 2014
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Cicero, #1)
really liked it
I loved this book. Harris has written a novel that combines a good political potboiler with solid historical fiction, based on real events in the life ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 09, 2007
it was ok
I put this book on my list primarily because of several rave reviews from Goodreads friends. I made it to page 79, but it's going back to the library ...more
Jul 03, 2008
Dec 28, 2007
Sea of Poppies
it was amazing
It's not often when I read nowadays that I feel I've been in the presence of a master, but at the end of this rousing historical novel, I certainly di ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Nov 17, 2011
Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)
really liked it

I saw a reference to this book in a "Books of the Century" list and realized I hadn't ever read it or watched the TV movies with Glenn Close.

Here's w
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
The Dark Room
liked it
I really enjoyed this debut novel, about how World War II affected the lives of ordinary Germans. It's basically three short novellas strung together, ...more
Aug 2006
Jul 31, 2007
King Rat (Asian Saga, #4)
really liked it
Clavell is better known for his later Shogun and other Japanese history novels, but this earlier novel about the lives of Americans and British POWs i ...more
Jan 1985
Sep 02, 2007
The Scribe
it was ok
It's unusual these days for me to give two stars to a book I read the whole way through (a two star usually means I've abandoned it midstream), but le ...more
Jul 06, 2017
Jun 27, 2017
The Good German
really liked it
I have had this on my to-read list for a long time, and I'm so glad I finally got around to it.

The Good German is a subtle mystery that will keep you
Mar 14, 2015
Nov 24, 2012
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
it was amazing
So here's my pet peeve. Why do authors like Jonathan Franzen and David Foster Wallace get all of this nearly hagiographic buzz for whatever they write ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Mar 10, 2010
Leaving Berlin
really liked it
Joseph Kanon is a master of complexity and pacing, and this novel of a post-WWII divided Berlin is a brilliant example of that.

The protagonist is Alex
Jan 21, 2017
Nov 27, 2015
The Narrow Road To The Deep North
liked it

It has been said that this novel is a frontrunner for the Man Booker prize, but I found it a mixed bag. There were whole stretches of this narrative t
Oct 22, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
Sacred Hunger
liked it
This is a very good novel about the slave trade, but what takes it beyond simply a retelling of the brutality of capturing and buying slaves is the on ...more
Aug 1996
Aug 24, 2007
Underground Airlines
it was amazing
My first five star review of the year.

This is a marvelous book, combining the pace and plotting of a thriller with a fascinating alternative history
Feb 05, 2017
Dec 22, 2016
River of Smoke (Ibis Trilogy, #2)
it was amazing

Another brilliant tour de force from Ghosh, and I can't wait to see what will happen to Neel, Paulette, Robin and many of my other favorite characters
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
Potsdam Station (John Russell, #4)
it was amazing

Well, Mr. Downing has left the door open to a sequel to this wonderful series, and I hope he walks through it.

This fourth book in the John Russell sag
May 20, 2012
May 11, 2012
liked it

I see that I had started this once before and gave up. I'm glad I returned to it, but I confess to ambivalent feelings now that I've made it to the en
Aug 03, 2013
Aug 26, 2007
The Devil's Company (Benjamin Weaver #3)
really liked it

I don't know if there's a better historical mystery-thriller writer out there than David Liss. Following his impressive, "The Whiskey Rebels," Liss go
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 16, 2010
The Teleportation Accident
really liked it

This is one of the most oddly enjoyable books I've come across, and it was not even close to what I expected.

The first thing to say is that Ned Beauma
Dec 31, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
really liked it
I read this for a project I'm working on about middle-class life, and knew very little about it other than some vague early English literature referen ...more
Aug 18, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
The Reserve
liked it

I don't quite know why I wasn't able to give this a more enthusiastic review. The characters are interesting, the plot is inherently dramatic, I like
Jul 14, 2009
Jul 08, 2009
The Tree of Life
it was amazing

This is a compact but powerful novel set on the Ohio frontier in 1811 and 1812. Thomas Keane, a former New England minister and a widower who has lost
Aug 08, 2008
Aug 22, 2007
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
liked it

When I first picked up this initial book in the series, I thought it would be a whodunit, and while that ended up being partially true, this is really
Jun 13, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
Anna of the Five Towns
liked it

I picked up this book in a used bookstore in Preston, England, knowing nothing about Bennett. And while I enjoyed the writing and particularly some of
Nov 12, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
Shadows on the Rock
really liked it

This quiet book captured me with the beauty of its writing, its description of an isolated pioneer life where people had to make the best of what they
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 25, 2014
Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4)
really liked it

In this next to last Saxon tale, Uhtred is once again back in Wessex, pledged to King Alfred despite his best intentions, and forced to watch as Alfre
Apr 02, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
The Maid's Version
liked it

In this book, Daniel Woodrell offers a fictionalized, poetic explanation for the real-life Arbor Dance Hall explosion of 1928, which killed 37 people
Oct 02, 2015
Sep 30, 2015
Marathon Man
liked it
I don't have a lot of memories of this book, except that the plot and the sense of suspense gripped me throughout, and that it was a creative way of l ...more
Jan 1985
Sep 19, 2007
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