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Whisper To The Blood (Kate Shugak, #16)
did not like it
I don't normally review pulp fiction, but this one so irritated me that I am making an exception. Swings in voice within the first ten pages had convi ...more
Feb 03, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
Narcissus and Goldmund
it was amazing
If you read only one Hesse book, I recommend this one. (Although "The Glass Bead Game" is my all-time favorite, this one is more accessible).

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Jan 2008
Apr 07, 2007
Parables of Kierkegaard
liked it
Kept my Attention - 5
Accessible - 1
Well-Written - 3
Important - 5
Must Read - 3
Dec 2008
Dec 22, 2008
Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions
liked it
Must Read: 3
Important: 1
Well-written: 5
Acesible: 5
Kept Attention : 5
Dec 21, 2015
Jan 07, 2016
The Kindly Ones
it was amazing
Brilliant! Worth your time to read all 1,000 pages.

You should be ready for some plodding and painstakingly slow going in the first part of the book. H
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
really liked it
Portions of this are excellent - argument against war (and proposal of alternative), the section depicting how religion will inevitably spiral away fr ...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
it was amazing
If, like me (and the fellow who writes an afterword in this version), you really only know Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through Warner Bros.' Sylvester the ...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
The Martian
liked it
I read it in one sitting, so maybe I should give a 5+ to "Kept Attention" and rate it with 4 stars. The immense amount of technical details should hav ...more
Nov 2015
Nov 01, 2015
Don't Sit Under the Grits Tree with Anyone But Me
it was ok
Must read-1
Kept my attention-1
Well written-3
not set
Apr 27, 2007
The Turn of the Screw
liked it
Best if read aloud. This is true for me when reading things by Poe, Milton, Hugo, Shakespeare and others whose language is distant on the page, yet cl ...more
Jun 12, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
really liked it
Apr 2005
May 05, 2007
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
liked it
Finally started this series, after never haveing been able to get into it. I love Stephen King's writing, but most like his short stories better than ...more
Aug 15, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
liked it
It is difficult not to be biased by the cumulative history of, and knowledge about, this epic tale. Equally threatening to biase an honest rating by m ...more
Jun 22, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
liked it
Wonderful return to an older style of writing, while addressing contemporary angst and personal self-reflection and growth that are eternally relevant ...more
Jun 12, 2016
Jun 12, 2016
The Nirvana Blues
really liked it
The 2nd best of the "Milagro Beanfield War". Although the 2nd one, "The Magic Journey" wasn't so great, reading it did make this third installment all ...more
May 02, 2010
May 03, 2010
Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment
liked it
Just a month ago, I was journaling that I regretted how 'otherly' Jesus is in the Bible. I wrote that I couldn't find Jesus, at least not the one who ...more
May 25, 2010
May 26, 2010
Gone Girl
it was amazing
Kept Attention: 5
Accessible: 5
Must Read: 5 (I look forward to reading her previous books!)
Important: 5 (not really, but does have important things to
Sep 18, 2014
Sep 19, 2014
Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, #5)
liked it
Really wanted to give this one a four. It is good--perfect timing to have been finishing over the Hallowe'en holiday. But my rating format landed it a ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 05, 2012
Water for Elephants
really liked it
What an excellent book to begin the year! Has a lot to say about aging, equity and the way we treat addition to being an exciting circus a ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
Green Island
it was amazing
Obscure book that I came across, but read within just a couple of days. One review said it belonged on the shelf with "Lord of the Flies." Though an o ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
Travels in the Scriptorium
it was ok
Started out as a Kafkian "The Trial" sort of thing, but didn't fulfill its promise. Better to spend your time reading the real thing. Or go read "Dr. ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 02, 2009
Something Wicked This Way Comes
it was amazing
Best struggle with aging/coming of age book I've read! Poetically written with Bradbury's ever-skilled hand for mingling truth with just enough fictio ...more
Oct 2009
Nov 04, 2009
The Kill Order
it was ok
Kept Attention: 3
Well-written: 3
Important: 1
Must Read: 1
Accesible: 5
Although interesting and satisfying to get the back story, the focus on plot was
Jul 10, 2015
Jul 10, 2015
The Book of Lost Things
really liked it
Great way as an adult to keep a good collection of fairy tales! Besides the captivating story and its twists, there is a brief history of some of the ...more
May 23, 2010
May 24, 2010
The Kite Runner
it was amazing
Each segment of this book is a story in itself. This is one of those stories that seems almost complete, just as it takes a surprising and sweeping tu ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 15, 2009
really liked it
Excellent historical fiction!! Don't let the size of the book intimidate you; it moves really fast. Fascinating how it shifts into something that even ...more
Jul 08, 2010
Jul 15, 2010
A Painted House
really liked it
This is not a Grisham thriller. Instead, it is a fantastic story about the south during the Korean war. Imagine if the Joads had not gone to Californi ...more
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 29, 2010
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
it was amazing
Must Read - 5
Accessible - 5
Well-written - 5
Important - 5
Kept Attention - 5

Intriguing look at the Holocaust through the eyes of two
Nov 2008
Nov 15, 2008
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
liked it
Must Read - 1
Kept Attention - 5 (except for the early section detailing a lot of background info)
Well-written - 5
Meaningful - 3 (gives an interesting
Mar 29, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
Lost Horizon
it was amazing
Reads like a sub-chapter of my favorite book of all time, "The Glass Bead Game." Reminds me of Castalia, and the story could have been one of Magister ...more
Apr 24, 2015
Apr 25, 2015
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