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Second Class Citizen
3.87
really liked it
Second Class Citizen is a very auto-biographical account of Buchi Emecheta’s emigration from Nigeria to London. It’s a personal story, one that candid ...more
Jan 1992
May 18, 2010
 
Future Shock
3.78
really liked it
I cannot believe how much Future Shock is a part of my background. While reading it I remembered direct quotes spoken by my mother and teachers; it wa ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
 
Terms of Endearment
4.15
liked it
Terms of Endearment is another novel, aside from the last 40 pages, that bears no resemblance to the movie adaptation. Where the movie defined the “ch ...more
not set
May 18, 2010
 
The Price of Salt
3.94
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This novel, originally written under a pseudonym, reminds me of the big difference between gay and lesbian fiction; it is a full 200 ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
 
Survival in Auschwitz
4.29
really liked it
What I find more frightening in Levi’s description of his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp is not the humiliation, torture, degradation, or se ...more
Jan 2011
May 11, 2011
 
Edge
4.38
really liked it
Perhaps knowing Jeff Mann personally has influenced my judgment in reading Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear, but I would have enjoyed this ...more
not set
May 18, 2010
 
Elephant Man
3.95
liked it
I believe this is one of the first books I’ve read that is based on the movie, rather than vice versa. At times it crosses the line into sentimentalit ...more
not set
May 18, 2010
 
My Name Is Rand
3.92
really liked it
Wayne Courtois delivers an Odyssey of extreme-bondage and tickle-torture sure to elicit gasps and groans in equal measure. My Name is Rand explores ne ...more
Jun 2004
May 18, 2010
 
I Will Fear No Evil
3.68
really liked it
When I was in high school I came across this book in the school library, which, honestly, is probably inappropriate for teens. I devoured it on the fi ...more
Sep 24, 1986
Jun 22, 2010
 
When the Tripods Came
3.76
it was ok
When I was a mere lad I was introduced to John Christopher by way of The White Mountains. I instantly related to the young boys who escaped being capp ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Oct 04, 2010
 
My Loose Thread
3.74
liked it
Dennis Cooper my well be the David Lynch of queer culture. His shockaholic fiction ignores the superficial and drives straight down the dark road of t ...more
Jan 2003
May 18, 2010
 
Empire of the Sun (Empire of the Sun, #1)
3.98
really liked it
An excellent story in its own right, Empire of the Sun is a must read for any Ballard fan. The novel was inspired by the author’s experiences in Japan ...more
not set
Jun 07, 2010
 
The Naked Civil Servant
4.06
really liked it
I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Crisp in the mid-90s through performance artist, Penny Arcade, who I worked with when she staged "Bitch!Dyke!Faghag ...more
Mar 25, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
 
The Unreasoning Mask
3.51
liked it
What makes Philip Jose Farmer’s Unreasoning Mask interesting is his visualization of the universe and god as the same thing. The universe is god, an u ...more
May 18, 2010
May 18, 2010
 
Kelland
4.41
really liked it
I have had the fortune of reading Paul G. Bens Jr.’s shorter work and anticipated reading his first novel. Kelland is a multi-person narrative with fi ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
Life Force
3.22
liked it
**spoiler alert** One thing I can say about Fay Weldon is that she is a fire bug. After devouring the riotous satire The Life and Loves of a She Devil ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 06, 2011
 
How I Learned to Snap: A Small-Town Coming-Out and Coming-Of-Age Story
3.79
really liked it
If I were a rich philanthropist, I would ensure that every high school in America carried Mr. Read's book. Though he admits that his West Virginian co ...more
Jan 2006
May 18, 2010
 
Tender Is the Night
3.83
liked it
Tracing the arc of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s marriage to his schizophrenic wife, Zelda, "Tender is the Night" is a tale painfully autobiographic. At times ...more
not set
May 18, 2010
 
Nadja
3.61
liked it
I have been carting this book around from apartment to apartment since college, where it had been assigned as an optional text in a post-modern litera ...more
Jun 08, 2018
Jun 06, 2018
 
Native Son
3.97
really liked it
Native Son is a challenging novel and is as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1950. The book starts with a startling alarm, waki ...more
not set
May 18, 2010
 
The Scarecrow, Or, the Glass of Truth; A Tragedy of the Ludicrous
4.71
liked it
Imagine if Hawthorne’s Hester Prynne was a self-proclaimed witch, who, in cahoots with a fool of a devil (literally referencing Geothe’s Faust ), pla ...more
May 16, 2018
May 15, 2018
 
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
3.73
really liked it
Irving is well known for his riveting prose and was one of the first American authors to gain respect in Europe. He has written and documented numerou ...more
Jun 11, 2018
Jun 08, 2018
 
Cosmicomics
4.20
really liked it
When I read the description for Cavlino’s collection of science fiction stories inspired by the origins of the universe, I was immediately intrigued. ...more
not set
Nov 22, 2011
 
The God of Small Things
3.92
really liked it
This novel about love (whom you can love, and how much) and loss (fated and husband-inflicted), is communicated in such an intimate way that Roy seems ...more
Jun 21, 2018
Jun 14, 2018
 
Starship Troopers
4.00
liked it
Seconding other reviewers, I had to disassociate the movie of the same title before I was able to enjoy this book on its own merits. The “bug war” off ...more
not set
May 18, 2010
 
After the Quake
3.78
really liked it
“After the Quake” is an excellent entry point for Murakami. The short story collection is brief and gives the reader a sense of the author’s style bef ...more
not set
May 18, 2010
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
liked it
I am now officially prepared for the possible invasion of the undead and know exactly what to do in any given situation thanks to Max Brooks’ exhausti ...more
not set
May 18, 2010
 
Assumption And Other Stories
4.57
it was amazing
I was first introduced to the work of Daniel A. Olivas when I was the editor of OutsiderInk.com, and it was a treat to return to his fiction. The stor ...more
Nov 30, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
 
It Can't Happen Here
3.77
it was amazing
“[The politician] was vulgar, almost illiterate, a public liar easily detected, and in his ‘ideas’ almost idiotic, while his celebrated piety was that ...more
Jul 09, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
 
On Golden Pond
4.08
really liked it
This is one of the few instances where the movie outstripped the original text. This might be attributed to the talented cast assembled for the 1970s ...more
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
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