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Faggots
3.65
did not like it
This book presents a satire of 1970s gay life. Through its overly complicated writing style, confusingly large cast of characters, and melodramatic an ...more
Jan 2005
Aug 05, 2010
 
The Táin
3.97
really liked it
Imagine someone took you for a walk from the North to the South of the USA, from New England across the Mason-Dixon line and onward to Georgia, all th ...more
Aug 20, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
 
The Poisonwood Bible
4.03
liked it
Kurt Vonnegut wrote in his treatise on writing that every sentence must do one of two things: reveal character or advance the action. Barbara Kingsolv ...more
Jan 2001
Aug 06, 2010
 
Pages of Pain (Planescape)
3.65
really liked it
Allow that Pages of Pain primarily speaks to young adults, and this book's shortcomings become forgivable. I read this book to experience more of the ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
 
The Yunnan Cookbook
4.33
really liked it
After preordering this book in June 2013, I received The Yunnan Cookbook: Recipes from China's Land of Ethnic Diversity in October 2014, and I was ann ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Jun 20, 2013
 
Kitchen
3.84
it was amazing
It's hard to call something "fluffy" when it treats so seriously with death and mourning. This forms the puzzling doings of Kitchen: a novella that ex ...more
Jun 12, 2015
Aug 07, 2014
 
Player's Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons, 5th Edition)
4.55
it was amazing
I haven't played D&D since 2nd edition, and 5th edition seems to carry the best of 2nd edition forward. WotC had simplified combat from 2nd editio ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
 
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy, #1)
3.81
liked it
Jemisin's prose had a writer's workshop feel, but considering The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is her first novel, I tried to ignore the jolting plot and ...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 (My Brother's Husband Omnibus, #1)
4.44
it was amazing
My Brother's Husband shows an impressive new side to Tagame as an author and storyteller. Tagame hasn't proven himself as a storyteller before this wo ...more
Jun 11, 2017
Jun 11, 2017
 
Four Ways to Forgiveness
4.16
it was amazing
I ran through Four Ways to Forgiveness, even after reading its in-text line about reading books slowly rather than gulping them down like dog food. Le ...more
Feb 25, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
 
The Habitation of the Blessed (A Dirge for Prester John, #1)
3.92
it was amazing
I feel more intelligent for having read this book. Catherynne Valente proves herself a gifted storyteller in this novel; weaving together several genr ...more
Feb 2015
Dec 02, 2014
 
Oh Myyy!
3.72
really liked it
"Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome / Once gave a lecture he entitled 'everything I know' / Taking the title literally, he spoke four y ...more
Aug 04, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
 
Shift Omnibus (Silo, #2) (Wool, #6-8)
4.12
it was ok
In the spirit of taking a novel for what it is on its own, rather than measure it against another novel, I won't take pains to unfavorably compare Shi ...more
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
 
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
4.18
it was amazing
I don't usually read poetry, and when I do, I usually receive it lukewarmly. Khayyam's poetry, however re-imagined by its translator, I really loved. ...more
Jun 18, 2015
Jun 16, 2015
 
Selected Tang Dynasty Stories
4.00
really liked it
I enjoyed these tales, sparsely translated but rich with the past. Over 1100 years old—some likely written in the seventh and eighth centuries—they di ...more
Feb 23, 2016
Feb 12, 2016
 
Shark's Fin And Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
3.97
it was amazing
Delicious reading on more than her exploration of China's cuisines, Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper is Fuchsia Dunlop delving into the ethics of cuisin ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Dec 25, 2011
 
So Far from God
3.88
liked it
Despite So Far from God's relentless and one-sided male bashing, it develops an interesting set of stories with an interesting cast of characters. The ...more
Jan 2006
Aug 10, 2010
 
Tuesdays with Morrie
4.07
did not like it
Awful! Sappy, filled with pseudo-wisdom psychobabble better put in a 1970s inner-child-self-help book than this "nonfiction" offense to the genre of f ...more
Jan 2000
Aug 03, 2010
 
The Decameron
3.86
it was amazing
Does a 1000 page book merit a 10+ page review? Honestly, I know enough to avoid trying to summarize what I took from this book specifically, and will ...more
Jan 2006
Aug 03, 2010
 
The Windup Girl
3.74
liked it
In The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi wrote characters that I couldn't like. I empathized with them at times, pitied them at times, and felt disappoint ...more
Nov 09, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
3.98
liked it
I'm still processing The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. On the one hand, it's a too-easy determinist interpretation of arson. But I can't dismiss the ...more
Dec 24, 2013
Aug 06, 2010
 
Of Human Bondage
4.12
it was ok
Reading Of Human Bondage feels like a cruel and unusual literary punishment. Cruel in that the novel presents a weak plot told in a meandering narrati ...more
May 11, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
 
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
3.92
really liked it
A sweet character portrait of Auri, a character in Rothfuss's Kingkiller series. Poetically styled and with the tiniest bones of a plot, The Slow Rega ...more
Dec 13, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
 
The Art of War
3.96
liked it
I read this version of Sun Zi's The Art of War on Kindle, and it sadly contained many errors of spelling and punctuation. The format distracts from th ...more
Jun 14, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
 
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
4.57
liked it
Good, but disjointed

This book really went on some tangents. The bit about the martial arts training reminded me too much of Wolverine, or that awful T
...more
Dec 12, 2017
Dec 06, 2017
 
Night And Day
3.75
liked it
Night and Day delighted me with its bare examination of the ethereal inner workings of its characters in their various and changing emotional states, ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
 
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
3.84
really liked it
I expected fewer chapters devoted to Bracciolini and more chapters analyzing the appearance in and influence on other thinkers, artists, statesmen, et ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 08, 2014
 
The Wind in the Willows
3.98
really liked it
It feels odd referring to The Wind in the Willows as a children's book, because at times the poetic prose demands a good vocabulary: one that even chi ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
 
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
3.92
really liked it
Trigger Warning displays Neil Gaiman's mastery of short fiction. Most of these works revel in twists, darkness, levity, pathos and witness of the stra ...more
Sep 03, 2017
Sep 01, 2017
 
The City & the City
3.91
really liked it
The City & The City has a fun, twisty plot. The characters, aside from protagonist Inspector Borlu, were pretty flat. The two cities concept remai ...more
Sep 04, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
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