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The Name of the Rose
4.11
it was amazing
This book is both astonishingly difficult and extremely rewarding. I had six years of Latin in middle and high school and have taken a course on medie ...more
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 07, 2008
 
Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles #2)
3.86
liked it
So I thought Dune was the best thing since the bound codex, right? And I read it about five times over the course of my young-adulthood. And then I re ...more
Aug 2007
Sep 05, 2007
 
V for Vendetta
4.25
it was ok
Eh.

Okay. There's political writing, and then there's political comics (Watchmen, also by Moore). Pure political writing, essays or editorials or what
...more
Apr 29, 2008
Apr 29, 2008
 
The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence #1)
3.82
liked it
A short and entertaining read-- entertaining as much for its mystery as for the laughable sensationalism of its topic. Very timely for 1922-- all abou ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
 
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
3.88
liked it
I just finished reading Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. This book is some kind of a literary masterpiece yeah. I just didn’t enjoy reading it that ...more
Mar 23, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
 
Anansi Boys
4.00
really liked it
Some people might prefer American Gods, with that epic tone, but I prefer Anansi Boys, and not just because it's entertaining and lighthearted, but be ...more
Jul 2007
Sep 05, 2007
 
The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes, #7)
3.98
liked it
Not enough Holmes!
Finally found a copy of this to read and, unfortunately, it is too much like The Scarlet Thread. NO ONE wants to read a book about s
...more
Mar 07, 2008
Mar 07, 2008
 
Riddley Walker
4.03
it was amazing
God, this book is fantastic.

Ever wonder what it must have been like to live in a world where all that you have is all that's around you, where the ear
...more
Nov 26, 2008
Nov 26, 2008
 
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
4.00
liked it
I am convinced that this is what happens when a white guy does what magic realism writers do. Magic realism is generally a spanish-language thing, I t ...more
Apr 03, 2008
Apr 02, 2008
 
The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard
3.96
it was amazing
Best book I've read in a very long time, I have to say. Gerard is an absolutely appealing character and his transparently misguided narration is prett ...more
Aug 2007
Sep 05, 2007
 
My Early Life, 1874-1904
4.25
really liked it
A fascinating read. I so often forget that Churchill was a real Victorian. If I could have done half of the exciting things that this man did in the f ...more
Jun 2007
Sep 05, 2007
 
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (The Dark Knight Saga, #1)
4.25
really liked it
This was a good one.

Took me forever to finish, because I was reading it in the bookstore and then had to leave town, but still, there you go.

An intere
...more
Apr 23, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
 
Storm of Steel
4.07
it was amazing
This book is the opposite of All Quiet on the Western Front. I do not say that lightly: this book is the reverse of that one, the mirror image, the an ...more
Oct 05, 2008
Oct 05, 2008
 
Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1)
4.30
liked it
Okay. This was a good one. I read the entire sandman series-all 75 issues-- in about a week, because I pirated them in .cbr format off the web because ...more
May 2008
May 06, 2008
 
The Children of Men
3.69
really liked it
I don't know what I think about this book. It's undeniably VERY well-done, but aside form that I'm unsure. I felt like at times she was patching a bit ...more
Mar 26, 2008
Mar 26, 2008
 
Watchmen
4.35
really liked it
SO DAMN EIGHTIES. I laugh when I read some of Alan Moore's stuff because it's so steeped in Cold War terror that little old born-in-1989-me can hardly ...more
Feb 20, 2008
Mar 07, 2008
 
Batman: The Killing Joke
4.36
it was ok
Alan Moore being crazy and relatively pointless again. This was pretty tight, though, as Moore goes. Not sloppy. But anyway. The ending I found to be ...more
Apr 23, 2008
May 27, 2008
 
Batman: Year One
4.23
liked it
A good story. I can see why they based the movies off of this one. The art is also good.

However, there aren't a lot of truly dramatic moments, and the
...more
Apr 22, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
 
Maigret and the Spinster
3.76
liked it
after listening to all those radio plays this is very much what I expected. There were as many ellipses as straight-up periods at the ends of sentence ...more
Mar 10, 2008
Mar 10, 2008
 
You Shall Know Them
3.90
liked it
An unusual book about the 'missing link' creature and what its discovery-- as a living species-- could do to soceity. Raises interesting questions abo ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
Lucky Jim
3.79
liked it
My father and sister were much more impressed with this book than I was. I found it enjoyable, yes, but it didn't blow me away. Perhaps I simply don't ...more
Mar 21, 2008
Mar 22, 2008
 
Batman: The Man Who Laughs
4.09
it was ok
Pretty passable. It didn't suck too bad, is what.

I wonder what bearing the new movie will have on this story. How close will they fit? I suppose we'll
...more
Apr 23, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
 
Batman: Dark Victory
4.11
really liked it
Also a good one. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale are clearly the best possible team.

Another ridiculous twist ending. This one made a little more sense, but it
...more
Apr 24, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
 
Batman: The Long Halloween
4.29
really liked it
My FAVORITE batman book thus far.

Art: awesome.
Plot: awesome.
Good writing.
Ending was a bit of a what-the-f but it's still ok.

Read this one.
Apr 23, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
 
Confessions
3.89
liked it
Better than I expected. Read this for a history class, and was prepared to be bored out of my skull: not so!
Jan 17, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
 
Child of God
3.86
liked it
Highly disturbing, yet strangely compelling. Not as tightly written as a lot of McCarthy's more-recent stuff, this one is simultaneously interesting, ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Dec 13, 2008
 
The Great Escape
4.24
really liked it
I adore books about gadgets. When I was but a little child I owned all the books from that American Boys Handy Book series, regardless of the fact tha ...more
Aug 22, 2008
Aug 23, 2008
 
The Tin Drum
3.96
really liked it
This books is pretty astonishing. I have no idea what inspired Gunter Grass to write this ting, but he did a damned good job of it. Parts are slightly ...more
Aug 21, 2008
Aug 23, 2008
 
American Gods (American Gods #1)
4.11
really liked it
This book wasn't what I expected it to be-- I thought it would be some wild and exciting blast of creativity that I could simply enjoy, but it was mor ...more
Jul 2007
Sep 05, 2007
 
Complete Sherlock Holmes
4.50
it was amazing
I have never before read 'His Last Bow' or 'The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.' But I wanted the FULL EXPERIENCE, so I reread the four novels and the f ...more
Mar 20, 2008
Mar 20, 2008
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