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Severance
3.65
it was ok
"It was ok" is the definition of 2 stars, and that's about right. This book is a bunch of short stories that represent the last thoughts of people who ...more
May 08, 2009
May 01, 2009
 
Killshot
3.71
it was ok
Disappointing. The cover says "bone-chilling" and "page turner." This book was neither. Killshot is supposed to be Leonard's best book? Ouch. At best, ...more
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 19, 2010
 
Einstein's Dreams
4.08
liked it
UPDATE: I started rereading this book. I'm a bit disappointed at how similar this book is to Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. It's hard to believe ...more
Oct 1996
Aug 27, 2007
 
The wandering heron: Haiku
4.50
really liked it
Wow, I'm impressed that Goodreads has this book in its database. There were only 150 copies printed up, and they were all bound by hand.

This is one of
...more
Jun 13, 2008
Apr 04, 2008
 
Buttercup's Lovely Day
3.82
it was amazing
This is one of the best children's books I've ever read, and I've read a lot of them. The poems are so well written and so touching that it brings a t ...more
Jul 13, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
 
The Chrysalids
3.92
really liked it
Post-apocolyptic, dystopian, scifi-ish novel from the 70s. It reminds me a bit of the White Mountains (from what I remember about it), though of a hig ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
 
Dangerous Laughter
3.80
really liked it
I think the group-think review for this book is just right - 3.71 stars (so I rounded up). It's an interesting book, with short stories loosely groupe ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
 
Asterios Polyp
4.19
really liked it
Now that is my kind of graphic novel! No superheroes. No mutants. No blood splattering the pages. The fantastic graphics worked with the excellent wri ...more
Apr 09, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
 
The Boy Detective Fails
3.91
really liked it
Excellent book. It really crushes you at the beginning, but slowly and surely it builds back up. I would recommend this to anyone who likes odd books ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
 
The Martian
4.39
liked it
More like 3.5 stars. It's been a while since I've read 'popular' fiction and I forgot how easily it can hook you into nonstop reading. This was an enj ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
 
Misfits and Other Heroes
4.17
did not like it
Not my cup of tea. The short stories seemed oddly repetitive. Too many weak, complaining people. The style of writing seemed too bland, and the 'oddne ...more
Mar 22, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
Haiku Baby
4.34
it was amazing
Excellent haiku book for kids. I read it to my son before he goes to sleep and he loves it. And I appreciate the high quality haiku.
not set
Jan 07, 2009
 
The Little Yellow Leaf
4.08
it was amazing
Great illustrations and great story. My son sat still enough for me to read it to him twice in a row. The illustrations mesmerize him (and me).
Sep 05, 2009
Sep 05, 2009
 
Fishing for Amber
3.63
liked it
I was torn between 3 and 4 stars for this book. I really wanted to give it 4, but for some reason just couldn't. It seemed like it never quite reached ...more
Mar 07, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
 
Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas
4.16
did not like it
I kept hoping it was going to get better, but it never did. Not worth the price of admission. Flat, boring characters. So-so artwork.
not set
Jun 30, 2012
 
Selected Stories
4.22
it was ok
I don't know what it was, but his style was a big turn-off. The first several stories went well enough, but then it was a steep decline into I-can't-r ...more
not set
Mar 06, 2014
 
Candide
3.76
it was amazing
How is it possible that this book has an average of 3.78 stars? It's one of the most classic books of Western literature. I guess there are a lot of b ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
 
Demons in the Spring
4.02
liked it
I would give this one 3.5 stars if I could. The first half or 3/4, I think, is stronger than the last part. There are a lot of good stories - the bett ...more
Apr 06, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
 
The New Life: A Day on a Collective Farm
4.12
really liked it
Interesting look at life on a Soviet collective farm in the 1960s. I'm not exactly sure why this book seems to have totally disappeared from print for ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
 
Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty
3.20
really liked it
Interesting book of short stories. They aren't even really short stories, but half-page post-modern-ish vignettes. It doesn't always make sense, but t ...more
Apr 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
A Cotton Candy Autopsy
4.50
it was amazing
Not so much a graphic novel as a story with fantastic artwork. Stay away if you have coulrophobia.
Mar 08, 2013
Mar 07, 2013
 
Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations
3.87
liked it
It's ok. Some stories are funnier than others, but there are few duds. I laughed out loud at a couple. It was a VERY quick read (maybe an hour?).
Sep 05, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
 
Habibi
4.04
really liked it
Fantastic! The art alone is enough reason to read it, but the story is top notch, too.
not set
Aug 14, 2012
 
03
3.50
it was amazing
Excellent! Less than 100 pages and only one paragraph long. It really captures the disillusionment of youth. The narrator slides from subject to subje ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
In a Grove
4.19
it was amazing
The short story that was the basis of the movie Rashōmon.
Jul 26, 2015
Jul 26, 2015
 
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
3.76
really liked it
Very enjoyable read. A well-written murder mystery with an unusual backdrop.
not set
Mar 09, 2013
 
How the States Got Their Shapes
3.47
it was ok
This book started off strong and quickly fell off. The inherent repetitive nature of the subject and format made the book turn boring. OK, I get it. T ...more
Sep 29, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
 
Basho and His Interpreters: Selected Hokku with Commentary
4.51
it was amazing
If you have to read one book on haiku all year, this is the one to read. In depth 'discussion' between commentators of Basho's haikus throughout the a ...more
Mar 2007
Aug 20, 2007
 
Invisible Cities
4.19
really liked it
I wish I could give this book 4.5 stars, but, alas, I am constrained to whole numbers.

This premise of this book is that Marco Polo is telling Kublai K
...more
Aug 2007
Aug 25, 2007
 
Ultravioleta
3.94
did not like it
I can't read this any longer. The writing style is pretty much unreadable.
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
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