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Reunion
3.16
liked it
Pascal Girard's graphic novel of semi-autobiographical-self flagelation, Reunion brings us the news that high school reunions are terrible and will be ...more
Jun 02, 2017
May 26, 2017
 
It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken: A Picture Novella
3.80
liked it
This should be chocolate for me. There is introspection, a charming style, and appearances by a quietly bemused Chester Brown. Yet how the book turns ...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
 
The Playboy
3.72
really liked it
We sure are confused. Brown perfectly captures a young teens' experience of pornography. The way he shows the waves of desire and shame, how his alter ...more
not set
Apr 22, 2009
 
Petty Theft
3.27
liked it
I like this more than Reunion, which was much more of a one trick pony. Girard (the cartoon avatar) comes off as a little less self-hating/egotistical ...more
Jun 02, 2017
May 26, 2017
 
Nicolas
3.55
liked it
A very short, crudely drawn episodic, early work which clearly shows that he was already onto his themes of autobiography and peeling back painful tru ...more
Jun 02, 2017
Jun 03, 2017
 
Station Eleven
4.02
really liked it
A delightfully sad book. Yes, it probably doesn't do a meticulous working out of a post-plague world but the emotional truths of anxiety kick the shit ...more
Apr 25, 2017
Apr 16, 2017
 
The Callahan Touch (Mary's Place #1, Callahan's #6)
4.18
it was ok
Mary's Place, the setting of The Callahan Touch is really a closed bar, where only like minded people can go -- and that pretty much sums up how I fee ...more
Apr 23, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
 
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
4.10
it was amazing
A great examination of why we like what we like and hate what we hate, cast through Wilson's own distaste for the music of Celine Dion. Also an examin ...more
Oct 22, 2016
Oct 11, 2016
 
Life of Pi
3.88
it was ok
**spoiler alert** A boy's adventure with a layering of quasi-literary deepness slathered on at the end...

*****

And that is my original three star revie
...more
Mar 14, 2013
Apr 22, 2009
 
Boundless
3.62
liked it
Enjoyed some of the early stories in this collection. 1.Jenny a freaky dopelganger story/alternate world. Clairefree was a creepy ponsi scheme adverti ...more
Jul 24, 2017
Jul 17, 2017
 
How to Survive in the North
3.69
Enjoyed the two historical accounts of disasterous expeditions to the north, but didn't think the contemporary fiction story added much except as bind ...more
not set
Jun 10, 2017
 
Little Brother
3.94
liked it
Pure agitprop -- and I mean it in the best sort of way. Doctorow uses the old YA trope of the kids against the adults to make a thinly veiled portrait ...more
May 29, 2009
May 27, 2009
 
What's the Score?
4.00
liked it
What is the score? McFadden still has the charming voice, the persona of a witty raconteur. It seems like the work of a guy very relaxed in his work.

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...more
Mar 10, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
 
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
3.81
liked it
I liked, if not loved this. Actually, I wanted to like it more but didn't. For some reason I always expected it to go darker and probably wish it had. ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
 
Jane, the Fox, and Me
4.03
really liked it
Such a beautiful, intimate little book that contains so much about being young, inward looking, of the comforts of reading, of being a girl (dare I sa ...more
Jul 02, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
 
Pear Tree Pomes
4.25
it was amazing
My most treasured and beautiful book, both in form and content. Thank you David McFadden for mentioning this poet and this book in particular when you ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2009
 
Forests of the Medieval World
4.64
really liked it
Enjoyed some of the shorter poems of the first half where I could hear the voice of the poet. The second section, the Edvard Munch Poems, I read all i ...more
not set
Jul 19, 2014
 
Demon Pond
4.33
really liked it
Angelic sf? My strongest impressions of the collection are the angels - sort of odd singing alien birds and the alternate earths - the one with the pa ...more
Aug 27, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
 
Bigfoot
3.30
it was ok
An early work by Girard. His cartooning and story telling makes big jumps forward with Reunion and Petty Theft. This is just okay.
not set
Jun 09, 2017
 
SuperMutant Magic Academy
3.98
liked it
A nice comic strip. If it had run in the local paper when I was a kid Marsha and Nancy would have had a hell of a cross-over.
Jun 22, 2017
Jun 22, 2017
 
The City of Words
3.70
it was amazing
If only because it got me to read Döblin's masterpiece Berlin Alexanderplatz, this book of lectures deserves five stars.
not set
Apr 22, 2009
 
The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1)
3.99
it was ok
Haven't read this is a dog's age, but just to drop my two cents... Kay is MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH better elsewhere. This is him at his most deri ...more
not set
Apr 22, 2009
 
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)
4.07
liked it
Another enjoyable book. Love Flavia. Though a less consequential story this time out.
Oct 30, 2015
Oct 24, 2015
 
Through the Woods
3.92
really liked it
Creepy and gorgeous through-out.
not set
Nov 07, 2015
 
Being Alive
4.12
really liked it
The collection finishes with a crappy stone age hunter on his tip-toes in a cave making art. He's not even a good at crafts, but instead survives off ...more
Jul 19, 2014
Apr 22, 2009
 
Fruit
3.61
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I wonder if it is a young teen book or a book about a young teen written for adults. Francis gets the whole gap of knowled ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
 
Ramshackle
3.92
liked it
Charming, with a honey-bucket primer!
Aug 22, 2017
Aug 12, 2017
 
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
3.88
liked it
Hugely influential, but as with the rest of the Gibson I've read I have trouble getting over plots that are basically standard-issue film noir thrille ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2009
 
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
3.67
it was amazing
A prose poem with great lyric intensity. A love story of destruction. I lent it to someone and never got it back.
not set
Apr 24, 2009
 
Coming Through Slaughter
3.91
really liked it
None
not set
Apr 22, 2009
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