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Peace
4.05
it was amazing
Congratulations on your purchase/borrowing/piracy of "Peace" by Gene Wolfe! We who have come before you hope you will be very, very satisfied with you ...more
Apr 05, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
 
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
3.95
did not like it
If Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In was a person, it wouldn't be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company: it would be that overbearing middle manager everyone loves ...more
Dec 09, 2014
Dec 09, 2014
 
The Remains of the Day
4.11
it was amazing
Okay, this one's going to be a little bit weird, but bear with me.

This is Baileywick:



Baileywick is the cartoon butler on the Disney Junior show Sofi
...more
Sep 03, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
 
Mrs. Dalloway
3.78
it was amazing
Dear James Joyce:

Suck it.

Love,
VW
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
 
Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate
4.06
it was amazing
Zoe Quinn didn't need to do any of this.

She could have just written down what happened, spit some insults at the vilest of the vile manchildren who ca
...more
Sep 15, 2017
Sep 16, 2017
 
In the Miso Soup
3.61
really liked it
Japan is a nation of extremes. Why does one of the richest nations on the planet have citizens who literally work themselves to death? Why do so many ...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
 
Moby-Dick or, The Whale
3.48
really liked it
Moby Dick is the epic of epics, it makes everything else seem less in comparison. It alternates wildly between travelogue, encyclopedia of whaling, st ...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3.99
did not like it
I'm confused. Was Neil Gaiman always a hack, and I never realized it? Or was he replaced with a poorly-paid ghostwriter, because I'm sorry, this is on ...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
 
Hull Zero Three
3.38
it was amazing
It's a story as old as science fiction itself. Guy wakes up on a spaceship, has no freaking clue where he is or what he's supposed to do, aaaaand run ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
 
The Vegetarian
3.58
really liked it
I'm glad I waited a couple of days to review this. At first I was going to give this book two stars and tell you all not to read it, but I've realized ...more
Feb 27, 2016
Feb 29, 2016
 
Letters to Wendy's
4.06
really liked it
A brilliant, hilarious, poignant novel. A 365-day desk calendar designed by Charles Bukowski. I'm actually going to do something I don't normally do a ...more
Feb 05, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
 
Jurgen  (The Biography of Manuel, #7)
3.94
it was amazing
An utterly engrossing and hilarious satire of religion, politics and the mid-life crisis, James Cabell's "Jurgen" is like the unholy fusion of Jack Va ...more
Jan 17, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.05
liked it
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a paradox of a novel; it somehow simultaneously feels too padded and too cramped. In a scant three hundred pag ...more
Aug 09, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
 
Roadside Picnic
4.20
it was amazing
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky is the novel that inspired the Russian film Stalker, and later the popular Russian video game series of the same ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Dec 27, 2011
 
May We Be Forgiven
3.66
it was amazing
Cain and Abel meet in a bar owned by Job. The barkeep is Richard Nixon. They order cocktails made from the blood of orphaned children, then the bar bu ...more
Oct 15, 2012
Oct 10, 2012
 
Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage
3.23
it was ok
Over at the Onion AV Club (who, sadly, have not reviewed this book) there's a good review complaining about the recent rise in what they call the "te ...more
Apr 17, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
 
Hell House
3.80
liked it
Matheson’s Hell House exists in a weird place in horror literature. The godfather of Stephen King’s The Shining and the grandson of Shirley Jackson’s ...more
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 13, 2013
 
The Devil in a Forest
3.63
it was amazing
Chivalry be damned, it must've sucked ass to be a medieval peasant – just look at Mark, the protagonist of Gene Wolfe's The Devil in a Forest. An orp ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
 
Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)
4.16
liked it
The short version: While Steelheart is as fun and an enjoyable a ride as you'll find this fall and showcases Sanderson's skill at creating a clever ma ...more
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 25, 2013
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.08
it was amazing
Damn, Margaret Atwood. Damn. I know it's the cliche of cliches and practically punishable by death at this point to use phrases like "this book is so ...more
Sep 20, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
 
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
3.89
it was ok
With a subtitle like “Travels in the New Third World,” you might pick up Boomerang expecting to read about Michael Lewis tramping through New Orleans ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
 
Mirkwood
2.79
it was ok
In the awkwardly titled “Mirkwood: A Novel About J.R.R. Tolkien,” Steve Hillard asks the reader a dangerous set of questions: Did you read Lord of th ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
The Witches: Salem, 1692
3.14
it was ok
Me: Boy, I bet there's no way anyone could make a historical event as insane as the Salem Witch trials boring!

Stacy Schiff: Hold my beer.
Oct 05, 2017
Oct 06, 2017
 
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
4.31
liked it
I had a horrible realization about 2/3rds of the way through James Comey's memoir: if you kept absolutely everything about the Trump administration th ...more
Apr 26, 2018
not set
Apr 25, 2018
 
Fire & Blood
3.57
Well done, GRRM. You may be a lazy sack of shit, but your trolling game is god-tier.
not set
not set
Apr 27, 2018
 
Nine Princes in Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #1)
4.10
it was amazing
About a third of the way through Nine Princes in Amber, there is a scene where the protagonist, Corwin, is speeding through a hallucinogenic landscape ...more
Feb 28, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
 
Operation Ares
2.79
it was ok
Gene Wolfe fights a near-constant battle in my head with Cormac McCarthy (with occasional guest appearances by Phillip K. Dick and Nabokov) for title ...more
Apr 26, 2013
Apr 05, 2013
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
it was amazing
The Beatification of Cloud Atlas

It's hard to put into simple words what makes Cloud Atlas so great - any description of it would of necessity have to
...more
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
 
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
3.66
it was amazing
If you were somehow to hack into the panopticon and hijack the supercomputers engaged in matching every American citizen with the advertisement that w ...more
Mar 25, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
 
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #4.5)
4.15
liked it
TWTtK

I never realized how much I missed the world of Stephen King's Dark Tower novels until I got the opportunity to enter it again. While anyone like
...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 28, 2012
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