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Et Tu, Babe
3.80
really liked it
A great, fresh, funny novel with a gripping voice all its own. I’m kind of surprised I hadn’t heard of Leyner before, because his brand of absolute dr ...more
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Jan 12, 2015
 
The Friends of Freeland
3.85
it was amazing
I’m going to go out on a limb and call this the best book you’ve never heard of. An amazingly rich novel of aging, friendship, and maleness, though su ...more
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Apr 01, 2007
 
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
4.21
it was amazing
Really beautiful short stories that are nearly the height of Sci Fi’s creative possibility. There’s definitely a barrier to entry, as Tiptree dives in ...more
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Jan 11, 2016
 
Collected Stories
4.19
it was amazing
I had read a few of Garcia Marquez’s more famous short stories a while back—“A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings,” “The Handsomest Drowned Man In The W ...more
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Jan 12, 2015
 
Great House
3.47
liked it
A fine novel, hampered by the unfortunate fact that it is not History Of Love. The comparison is unfair, but it’s really hard to avoid—characters with ...more
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Nov 15, 2010
 
The Kite Runner
4.27
really liked it
This is a really good first novel. It falls into a lot of traps of inexperience, most notably the cliches--both structural and superficial, which he e ...more
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Feb 12, 2013
 
The Windup Girl
3.74
it was ok
Disappointing, on the whole. To be fair, this is a gripping noir story that weaves disparate threads together in a phenomenally realized future sci-fi ...more
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Apr 04, 2014
 
Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt
3.57
it was ok
This book is funny, I should say first of all: it can't help but be funny, Oswalt being such a powerful talent of this generation of comedy. If that d ...more
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Jan 30, 2013
 
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
3.76
really liked it
Though it's not the fairest comparison, I couldn't help thinking of the movie Deep Impact. Famously, that movie dueled with another asteroid movie, Ar ...more
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Jan 12, 2015
 
The Girl on the Fridge
3.90
really liked it
Keret really puts the “short” in “short stories”; these range from one to five pages. His economy of words is really dreamlike, in no small part thank ...more
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Dec 27, 2008
 
Station Eleven
4.03
liked it
There’s a lot to like about this book. Highly readable and page-turning, with deep insights that invite consideration, so it rewards multiple levels o ...more
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Sep 24, 2015
 
Among Others
3.68
really liked it
A really fresh, rewarding read. The format takes a little while to get into, and the sheer barrage of references to the Sci Fi literary canon is a lit ...more
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Jul 12, 2014
 
Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
4.20
liked it
Lovecraftian fiction is a funny animal. By now, any kind of "nerd cred" demands a basic familiarity with the octopus-headed dragon-thing Cthulhu, and ...more
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Sep 05, 2012
 
Memories of the Ford Administration
3.36
liked it
The joke of the premise is so omnipresent as to come across surprisingly subtly: that is, a New England history professor responds to a local journal' ...more
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Nov 07, 2011
 
God Knows
3.80
liked it
This book is pretty much the sum of its parts: it’s the story of David, told in Joseph Heller’s style. You have to be willing to put up with a dense t ...more
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Dec 14, 2009
 
The New York Trilogy
3.92
did not like it
It's not that I hated it; I just can't find any way to recommend it. Many books I've strongly disliked will at least have something in them to recomme ...more
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Aug 17, 2015
 
Wolf in White Van: A Novel
3.72
it was amazing
Just an incredible read. I feel like there’s a spectrum that runs between “highly readable” and “memorable prose,” but this book blew that dichotomy a ...more
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Nov 03, 2015
 
The Flounder
3.78
it was ok
I really didn’t enjoy reading this very much. The premise is kind of cool, even if it encompasses so much nuance it isn’t really describable in a sent ...more
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Nov 27, 2008
 
The Odyssey
3.74
it was amazing
One of the great stories of Western civilization, and Fitzgerald’s translation is by far my favorite. Among the best of his treatments:

So now Odysseus
...more
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Apr 26, 2007
 
Read This and Tell Me What It Says: Stories
3.76
it was amazing
Ansay gets a lot of comparisons to Flannery O'Connor, which seems a little too convenient because they are both women who specialize in short stories. ...more
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Mar 23, 2009
 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4.17
liked it
A well-written and fun story until book four when the author tries a direction that doesn’t work and the whole thing falls apart. Kind of frustrating. ...more
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Apr 01, 2007
 
The History of Love
3.92
it was amazing
Blindingly, crushingly, achingly good. I cried a little on a subway platform finishing this book. I don’t think I’ve encountered a modern writer so vi ...more
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Aug 17, 2008
 
Haunted
3.59
it was ok
The weird thing about this book: the main plot of this book was beyond stupid, poorly written and deserves less than one star, but I found myself draw ...more
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Apr 21, 2007
 
The Life Eaters
3.69
liked it
Really awesome premise, and periodically comes up with some cool, surprisingly fresh takes on religion, but ultimately is a pretty clunky story. Mostl ...more
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Jun 25, 2008
 
The Autograph Man
3.14
it was amazing
Such an amazing book. Tackles religion in popular culture in a way that it seems very few other people can see. There were moments when I doubted the ...more
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Apr 01, 2007
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.05
it was amazing
I read this a few years ago on a recommendation from a professor, and I loved it, and then Oprah added it to her book club and I felt like the tool. B ...more
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Apr 01, 2007
 
Jim the Boy
3.81
really liked it
A cool, light read that captures the wonder of a ten-year-old boy growing into the world. Really remarkable for the way it evokes the point of view of ...more
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Aug 20, 2008
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.06
it was ok
Did not like this book. I’m sorry, I didn’t. You probably did, or will. But I didn’t. I enjoyed elements of it, yes. Vonnegut has his moments. But the ...more
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Apr 04, 2007
 
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
3.98
it was amazing
I don’t think I could lay any praises on this book it hasn’t received a million times. I will say: it is my favorite book ever written, and the conclu ...more
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Apr 01, 2007
 
Madame Bovary
3.66
did not like it
Shit like this reminds me how glad I am not to be in school anymore. Nowadays, if I start to read a book this bad, I can put it away and forget about ...more
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Apr 04, 2007
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