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The Doors of Perception
3.94
really liked it

Increasingly, I'm learning that perception is far more complicated than I ever imagined. Sight, as an example, isn't simply eyes acting like cameras,
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Apr 09, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
 
Why We Want You To Be Rich: Two Men, One Message
3.85
did not like it
Trash like this shows how little respect the 'authors' have for suckers who buy their books. ( I did not buy it, but was unfortunate enough to open it ...more
Jul 05, 2016
Jul 05, 2016
 
Gravity's Rainbow
4.03
did not like it


Years ago, the retina of my left eye detached and I underwent major surgery. Since then, the annual eye exam has brought a certain amount of anxiety,
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Oct 14, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
The Writing Life
4.05
it was amazing

Annie Dillard wrote a brutally honest description of her relationship and struggles with the process of writing. Instead of the usual advice about sho
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Jul 25, 2013
May 03, 2013
 
Flashback
3.26
it was ok

Dan Simmons envisions a dystopian future triggered by the Obama administration. Truthfully, had I known this was going to be an atrocious, righteous,
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May 06, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
 
Skippy Dies
3.72
it was amazing
I hadn't expected to like Skippy Dies. Literary novels haven't attracted my interest for some time now---since, say, The Unbearable Lightness of Being ...more
May 31, 2012
May 22, 2012
 
Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay, #1)
3.98
it was amazing
I'm a Firefly fan who picked up Retribution Falls to feed my nostalgia for good old cowboy/pirate steampunk westerns. I wasn't disappointed, to say th ...more
Aug 23, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
 
Infinite Jest
4.31
it was amazing
A dancing lesson from long ago helped me read Infinite Jest (IJ). After years of swing dancing, I was learning to tango. All the women in the class we ...more
Aug 03, 2012
May 14, 2012
 
Wool (Wool, #1)
4.12
it was ok
Going into this, I knew this novella was meant to hook the reader into the Wool series. The writing is fine, well edited and clear, but doesn't have t ...more
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 12, 2012
 
God's Demon
3.94
it was amazing
If I were a believer in mankind's rendition of hell (and especially of one so artfully sketched by Mr. Barlowe), I'd spend the rest of my days on eart ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
3.83
it was amazing
The Swerve is a romantic tale of a book lover, but it is so much more. True--it's a tale of passion and sacrifice, but also of fanaticism and philosop ...more
Nov 04, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
 
Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan
4.40
it was amazing
I never considered myself a reader of historical fiction novels, probably due to the manner in which history was/is taught in school. In college, howe ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
 
At Her Majestys Request: An African Princess In Victorian England
3.72
really liked it
What is commendable about this work is that Walter Dean Myers has unearthed an amazing story that otherwise would have been lost forever in a decaying ...more
Jan 31, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
 
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
4.00
really liked it

In The Art of Fiction, John Gardner explains what it takes for a writer to create great fiction; it takes lots of hard work, advice that is more helpf
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Jul 27, 2013
May 03, 2013
 
To the Lighthouse
3.76
it was amazing

Virigina Woolf published To the Lighthouse, her most autobiographical novel, in 1927. She is said to have written it as a way of "understanding and de
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Oct 19, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
The Man in the High Castle
3.66
it was amazing
Very relevant read, with the trump occupation of the White House. Lots of other reasons to love the novel, but the insights around society and governm ...more
Jan 22, 2017
Dec 15, 2016
 
The Savage Detectives
4.09
it was amazing
One of the main drivers in The Savage Detectives is legend. Chasing a legend leads to exposure, and by interaction, causes destruction, and then, appa ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
 
Year of the Rhinoceros
4.07
liked it
Something that surprised me from the author's website: The Reagan years were when “...corporate conquest of the American government had also begun, an ...more
Dec 03, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
 
The Quantum Thief (The Jean le Flambeur Series, #1)
3.83
it was amazing
The first chapter was one of the best I've read in a long time. Initially, I found it a bit of a struggle to adapt to the concepts and visuals, but th ...more
May 15, 2012
May 04, 2012
 
The Beginning of This, the End of That: Part 1: The End
3.83
it was amazing
James E. Matteson's debut novel, The Beginning of This, the End of That is one unique and ambitious mixing of a post-apocalyptic utopia with fantasy a ...more
Apr 07, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
 
Hitch-22
4.03
really liked it
Hitchens was a curiosity. I sporadically followed his interviews and writing, admired his courage travelling to world hot spots and in the face of his ...more
Sep 14, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
 
Illusion
3.87
liked it
In one sense, books are like cakes--the recipe may be more enticing than the taste. Magic, time travel, mature love and teenage confusion (strange mix ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
 
The Willows
4.11
really liked it
At this point in my reading career, I don't believe I've read better building and rendering of fear than The Willows by Blackwood. The writing--word c ...more
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
 
Corelli's Mandolin
3.95
really liked it

I enjoyed this love story mingled epic war story saga. Curious as to the historical accuracy, I researched, just a scratch of the surface, to find som
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Jul 13, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
 
The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Tales that Truly Terrifiy from the Master of Horror
4.01
it was amazing

To the best of my recollection, this may have been my first reading of H.P. Lovecraft. Seems unlikely, I know. What I found is that Lovecraft is as fa
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Mar 21, 2013
Dec 27, 2012
 
The Kite Runner
4.26
liked it

First, this novel would be great to use in a discussion on choice of point of view. It was written in 1st person, with a narrator that I found unsympa
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Sep 03, 2013
Jul 28, 2013
 
Dracula
3.98
really liked it
I've visited the shrine where vampire horror all began, and I happily pay homage. The Dracula novel surpasses all the old movies, in my opinion. To en ...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 12, 2012
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.51
it was ok
Boring in general, but the irritating factor is the prolonged whining and self-absorption of the main character marketed as a spiritual journey. The m ...more
not set
May 07, 2011
 
The Sot-Weed Factor
4.08
really liked it

“In the last years of the Seventeenth Century there was to be found among the fops and fools of the London coffee-houses one rangy, gangling flitch c
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Oct 10, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
 
Child of Fire (Twenty Palaces, #1)
3.71
really liked it
After the first couple of scenes I nearly put the book away thinking it would be senseless schlock. That may sound a bit cruel, but really - a child b ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
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