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Numbers in the Dark
3.96
liked it
Some of the fables are too heavy-handed, and some too obtuse, but there are good ones too. The more overtly political stories (of which there are ...more
Feb 24, 2016
Feb 22, 2016
 
Solaris
3.98
really liked it
Worth reading if only for the depiction of a truly alien alien.
Nov 12, 2016
Oct 29, 2016
 
The Inferno
4.00
really liked it
Dante is incredibly petty and arrogant, and has a strange vendetta against the Greeks of the Trojan War. (His Virgil fanboyism is at least ...more
Jan 08, 2016
Jan 03, 2016
 
Ghostwritten
4.05
it was amazing
Ghostwritten is a set of ten short stories tightly woven together. They're all set in the same world, of course, but characters all interact, ...more
Apr 20, 2016
Mar 21, 2016
 
Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures
4.42
really liked it
A great set of lectures (essays?) on poetry, and how it connects to all aspects of life. "My Emily Dickson" and "I Remember, I Remember" are my ...more
Mar 14, 2016
Sep 08, 2015
 
Poet in New York: Bilingual Edition
4.18
really liked it
(Skipped the intro, read the poems, skipped the lecture & letters)

Really great poetry, often quite brutal.
Mar 15, 2016
Feb 27, 2016
 
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
3.83
it was ok
A pleasant read, but very heavy-handed.
May 20, 2016
May 20, 2016
 
This Side of Paradise
3.67
really liked it
I started off really disliking This Side of Paradise--every character in the book is conceited and selfish, but Amory is even more so. By the end of ...more
Apr 16, 2016
Apr 02, 2016
 
Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
4.02
liked it
Leonard Koren does a good job of stating wabi-sabi plainly and clearly. The basic, core concepts of wabi-sabi are nice. Unfortunately, in practice, ...more
Apr 02, 2016
Apr 02, 2016
 
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
3.72
it was amazing
This novel reminds me strongly of Notes from Underground, despite it differing in almost every way.

I pretty much missed the allegory when I read it.
...more
May 08, 2015
May 08, 2015
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.07
it was amazing
The reviewer quote on the back of my book describes it as "the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for ...more
Jan 29, 2016
Dec 31, 2015
 
Slade House
3.81
really liked it
The writing is really, really good, especially at conveying the frantic moments, and delightfully British. I really liked the rising tension ...more
Mar 22, 2016
Mar 20, 2016
 
Death in Venice and Seven Other Stories
3.90
really liked it
(I only read the short story "Death in Venice")

Mann writes a little too much description my taste, and I was really bored initially. But ultimately, I
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Apr 10, 2016
Apr 02, 2016
 
A Burglar's Guide to the City
3.33
liked it
I really wanted to like A Burglar’s Guide to the City. I’m an avid reader of BLDGBLOG, and the concept behind the book sounded quite interesting–see ...more
Apr 22, 2016
Apr 06, 2016
 
The Paradiso
3.95
really liked it
I find Dante's descriptions of tortures and punishments much more interesting than his depiction of eternity in heaven, but maybe that's just because ...more
Dec 29, 2016
Dec 27, 2016
 
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
3.38
really liked it
The description does say this, but this isn't really about time travel so much as family issues and the nature of self-consciousness. Occasionally too ...more
Jun 12, 2016
Jun 12, 2016
 
Kino
3.93
really liked it
I've only read one-and-a-half novels by Murakami, but it seriously feels like he's writing the same story about the same person over and over again.

...more
May 09, 2015
May 08, 2015
 
On the Road
3.63
really liked it
I really wanted to hate this book, but it's actually great. Sure, nearly all the characters are scum, but the book is honest about their awfulness and ...more
Jan 25, 2016
Jan 09, 2016
 
Embed with Games: A Year on the Couch with Game Developers
4.09
really liked it
Cara Ellison is one of the best video game critics/journalists/writers out there, and this travelogue really shows it off.
Feb 28, 2016
Feb 22, 2016
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)
3.75
really liked it
Easy, fun read. Surprisingly, most of the technical details were accurate too.
Jan 31, 2016
Jan 31, 2016
 
Big Sur
3.82
it was amazing
Probably not the best choice for light Christmas reading.
Dec 25, 2016
Dec 24, 2016
 
Speedboat
3.84
it was ok
Some vignettes were interesting, but it's mostly a dull slog.
Oct 12, 2016
Oct 09, 2016
 
High Fidelity
3.94
really liked it
The book is very funny, but the characters and situations are scary familiar.
Feb 22, 2016
Jan 30, 2016
 
The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)
4.20
it was amazing
It's been a couple years since I read Hyperion, but I can't imagine it was as good as its sequel. The Fall of Hyperion is extraordinary in its scope ...more
May 03, 2016
Mar 20, 2016
 
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
3.84
liked it
Hearing Murakami's voice clearly and directly, rather than through his narration or the voices of his characters, is an interesting experience. And, I ...more
Jan 23, 2016
Sep 19, 2015
 
The Medium is the Massage
3.94
liked it
Prescient, given that it was published in 1967, but nothing terribly too new. Visually interesting though. I might be underwhelmed because I studied a ...more
Mar 15, 2016
Mar 18, 2015
 
Tales of Moonlight and Rain
3.86
it was amazing
The introduction and copious notes are really good, but they do remove some of the stories' allure. Read the stories first. The stories are ...more
Apr 03, 2016
Jul 27, 2015
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.17
really liked it
This book took me so long to finish--I bought it sophomore year of college! In the time since then, I've started and finished three other Murakami ...more
Sep 26, 2016
Jul 16, 2014
 
Collection of Sand
3.88
liked it
The last part is quite good. Skip the other parts unless you’re a fan of Calvino’s fiction, and even then, they’re just okay: nicely written articles ...more
Jun 10, 2019
Apr 17, 2019
 
The Dirty Dust: Cré na Cille
3.64
it was ok
Very well-written/translated, occasional moments of brilliance, absolute slog to read.
Jun 08, 2019
Apr 17, 2019
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