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Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love
4.00
liked it
I didn’t even know I wanted to read a biography of a late 19th century gay British socialist. I saw this book prominently displayed on the New Biograp ...more
Oct 15, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
 
Nana (Les Rougon-Macquart, #9)
3.83
Maybe there's too much stress in my life right now, but I can't get into this book at all. I've read about 100 pages and it hasn't taken me anywhere. ...more
not set
Apr 12, 2012
 
In a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages
4.05
it was amazing
Page-turning historical fiction that manages to stay within the parameters of historical accuracy. This book had been recommended to me for a while by ...more
Mar 17, 2016
Mar 13, 2016
 
VALIS (VALIS Trilogy, #1)
3.94
really liked it
Shelve under hippy-trippy drug-addled meta-fictional quest novels. I didn't get to PDK until my late 40s. Definitely better late than never. I read th ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2011
 
Every Man Dies Alone
4.22
it was amazing
I loved this one. I'd file it just under Buddenbrooks as one of my favorite novels by a German author.
May 06, 2017
Jun 17, 2012
 
The Slaves of Solitude
4.08
really liked it
Another why-haven't-I-ever-heard-of-this-person-? writer. I really liked this book. You should read it.
Nov 02, 2016
Feb 26, 2014
 
Robots and Empire (Robot, #4)
4.17
really liked it
I read my first Isaac Asimov about a year ago and devoured the Foundation Trilogy, Prelude to Foundation, and the Robot Trilogy in short order. I kind ...more
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
 
The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores: A Tale of Sex and Murder
4.50
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Queneau, AR reminds me of Hooterville via Todd Solondz.
Feb 18, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
 
Ship of Fools
3.74
liked it
It's kinda funny: Not that Richard Russo and not that Ship of Fools. I remember this novel being surprisingly gripping. There's a 'twist' in the plot ...more
Jan 2011
Sep 18, 2011
 
It's Superman!
3.78
really liked it
I read this several years ago. I mentioned it to a few comic book geeks I knew, but none of them expressed any interest in reading it. Even though you ...more
not set
Dec 23, 2011
 
Tales of the Dying Earth
4.15
really liked it
I'm not much of a book critic, but I thought I should say something about this one. Tales of the Dying Earth is a collection of four novels that Jack ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
 
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
4.23
it was amazing
This was a wonderful fat little book. I must not have been paying attention because I had no idea this book even existed. Fortunately, I chose to conv ...more
not set
Jun 12, 2012
 
Voice of Our Shadow
3.82
liked it
While I like Jonathan Carroll, this one is a bit of a let down. It's certainly not bad fiction, but it sort of just ends abruptly and left me feeling ...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
 
The Yacoubian Building
3.65
it was amazing
****1/2. Other than Naguib Mahfouz, this is the only Egyptian writer I've read. Al Aswany paints a fascinating portrait of life among a group of Egypt ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
 
Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas
4.16
really liked it
This was a blast. Better than the TV show, though I like that, too. Preacher is crazy violent and perverse. Definitely not for kids, but the library s ...more
Sep 29, 2017
Sep 24, 2017
 
L'Assommoir (Les Rougon-Macquart, #7)
4.06
it was amazing
I read my first novel by Zola in December and I just can't get enough. L'Assommoir is an amazing novel. It also introduces Nana, which I'll be reading ...more
Apr 09, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
 
A History of the Sikhs: Volume 1: 1469-1839
4.12
really liked it
The book focuses on how the Sikhs gained contol of the Punjab region and on the endless political and military manoevering (lots and lots of bloody ba ...more
Apr 16, 2016
Apr 10, 2016
 
Joan of Arc
4.05
it was amazing
I'd only read Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer and that was long ago. It took a few pages to get into, but I really ended up loving this book. The stor ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
 
The Go-Between
3.93
it was amazing
This writer wasn't even on my radar. I learned about L.P. Hartley from a goodreads friend's review. I wonder if this novel influenced Ian McEwan's Ato ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
 
Preacher, Volume 2: Until the End of the World
4.28
really liked it
I liked it more than the first volume. I'm a fan of the TV series, but the comic is so much better than I imagined. I'm definitely hooked.
not set
Oct 12, 2017
 
The Player of Games (Culture, #2)
4.26
it was amazing
Took a bit to get planted and gain any traction. At first I was a bit disappointed it wasn't more like Consider Phlebas, but I ended up enjoying this ...more
Mar 02, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
 
Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue
3.03
liked it
Not one of the greatest rockstar biographies, but entertaining enough if you're a fanboy like me.
not set
Nov 03, 2015
 
Zod Wallop
4.11
really liked it
This one really was 'hard to put down.' The journey was better than the destination, but this is a really good book.
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
 
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
3.86
it was ok
I liked Shadow of the Wind and I was really looking forward to reading this. Such a let down. I almost tossed it aside several times, but I didn't wan ...more
Jan 13, 2012
Jan 01, 2012
 
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1)
4.01
it was amazing
This book was so good. Even if you're not a huge fan of science fiction, you should really put this on your 'to read' list.
Mar 16, 2017
Mar 12, 2017
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3.99
really liked it
I had a great time reading this one. I actually went to bed earlier than usual just to be sure I had enough time to fit it into my day.
Feb 11, 2017
Feb 05, 2017
 
Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)
4.03
liked it
Though more than a little meandering and sometimes downright frustrating, I liked it well enough to pick up something else by Ms. Willis someday.
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 12, 2013
 
The Road
4.21
really liked it
It didn't bowl me over like The Land Breakers, but still a dang good yarn.
not set
Nov 29, 2015
 
Sacred Hunger
4.10
it was amazing
I think it just might be one of the best novels I've ever read. Seriously.
not set
Sep 11, 2011
 
Wool (Wool, #1)
4.12
really liked it
Really good. Made me want to read the next one. And, it's fee for kindle.
not set
Oct 28, 2013
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