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Time Will Darken It
it was amazing
I come away from every William Maxwell book more stunned that hasn't become part of the American cannon. His writing is flawless. This is a book all a ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
Ancestors: A Family History
really liked it
This book is not perfect, but there is enough to make it essential. I have never read anything more beautiful than chapter 17.
Jul 06, 2015
Jul 01, 2015
No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy, #2)
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. It's a wonderful continuation of the story Achebe began in Things Fall Apart. Here, we watch Okonkwo's grandson try to cope wit ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Troilus and Cressida
it was ok
Not his best. Also not his worse. Sadly, much closer to the latter than the former.
Oct 12, 2014
Oct 02, 2014
The Marriage Plot
liked it
After Middlesex, I found this book enormously disappointing. While I understand his intentional reconstruction/deconstruction of 19th century tropes a ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
did not like it
This might be the worst book I've ever read. First, the plot is almost a perfect copy of several other books. Second, the writing is atrocious. Too ma ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
Powering the Future
it was ok
While there are certainly interesting bits to this book, mostly, he repeats his primary thesis (we will use fossil fuels until they run out and then u ...more
Oct 29, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
liked it
There were things about this book I really liked. It was entertaining and compelling. All of the characters are awful, but in interesting ways. Howeve ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
War and Peace
really liked it
That was something. I believe those who say Tolstoy goes on a bit in this are right. Still, the vast majority is wonderful.
Aug 11, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
Stay Up With Me
really liked it
Very nice, cohesive collection of stories. A few of them managed to knock the wind out of me. Glad I picked it up.
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye
liked it
Very good, but the final story, which take up 2/3 of the books seems about 80 pages too long.
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 29, 2013
Babel Tower
really liked it
Longer than it should be, but with more than it's share of good moments.
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 01, 2014
The Folded Earth
really liked it
Gorgeous prose. Compelling story. Hell of an ending.
Jun 18, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)
really liked it
Read this to my kid. Nicely fun.
Aug 02, 2015
Sep 28, 2014
Titus Andronicus
did not like it
Utterly worthless.
Mar 11, 2014
Jul 04, 2011
Winesburg, Ohio
it was amazing
My favorite book.
Oct 16, 2014
Jul 04, 2011
How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends
it was amazing
This is a highly detailed account of the transition from wolf to dog. Derr takes the most credible approach of make certain to discuss all the competi ...more
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
The Children's Book
it was amazing
This book was utterly brilliant. I can't imagine anyone who knows who A.S. Byatt is (I've only known about her for a few years - stupid American) woul ...more
Jul 20, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More than 200 Poems With Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom!
it was amazing
This is, possibly, the best poetry book for children I have ever encountered. It does an wonderful job of presenting poems that are accessible to chil ...more
Jan 22, 2016
Jan 22, 2016
Stone Arabia
really liked it
This books is a fascinating chronicle of a sister who has spent a life watching her musician brother create and alternate life where he is a rock star ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
The Double Helix
really liked it
This is an excellent and well-balanced account of the discovery of the structure of DNA. Part memoir and part pop-science text, Watson does a good job ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It)
really liked it
This was a very well done book on an important topic. It drags, just a touch, in a few places, but that is a minor quibble. Bloom does a fantastic job ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
it was amazing
Brian Greene is one of the best pop-science writers of our time, I believe. This book does a great job of covering some enormously complicated topics ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
liked it
A nice little bunch of stories. My wife suggested I read this as a palate cleanser after some particularly dense reading. It did the trick. My only wi ...more
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
liked it
Parts of this are really good. Actually, all of it is really good. The problem is that it is cobbled together from various columns and interviews - of ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
After Dark
really liked it
Overall, I was very pleased with this book. Murakami creates his own typically-surreal world but infuses it with a certain hopefulness that keeps ever ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
State of Wonder
really liked it
Very compelling. I didn't love it in the way I've loved other books of hers largely because I think there was a little too much plot and not quite eno ...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Mr. Fox
it was amazing
I spent much of this book uncertain what was going on, but in the end, it was very well done. I have a complicated relationship with post-modern liter ...more
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
Fishing the Sloe-Black River
it was amazing
These stories are stunning for how simple they are, how beautiful they are, and how surprisingly resonant they are. Colum McCann does not pull punches ...more
Feb 07, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
Holidays on Ice
really liked it
A nice little collection of holiday themed stories. Though, given that 9 of 12 are Christmas themed, one wonders why the others were even included. St ...more
Dec 03, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
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