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The Rum Diary
3.83
liked it
This was the first time that I've actually ventured into the works of Hunter S. Thompson. I was immediately taken by how immensely readable it was. I ...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly
3.58
liked it
This may seem like a weird choice if you don't know me well and know why I was reading it. I can't really get into why I was reading it in this space, ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2011
 
Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr
3.67
really liked it
Not being an historian of any sort myself (I haven't taken a proper history class since my junior year of high school in 1996-'97), I have to admit th ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2011
 
Post Office
4.01
really liked it
Let us begin this post with a warning for the men out there: Do not read this book concurrently with Nick Cave's The Death of Bunny Munro unless you w ...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander, #1)
3.78
really liked it
Henning Mankell hits the ground running in Faceless Killers, the first in the internationally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series made popular in part by ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2011
 
House of Leaves
4.13
it was ok
If we're being honest here, my reaction to this book is tepid at best. While there are passages in the book that are engaging, too often the book veer ...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
3.81
really liked it
If I were to postulate a guess as to why I seem to have been preoccupied with racially focused media, I would imagine it would be because of a certain ...more
Oct 14, 2008
Dec 02, 2011
 
The Eye of the Leopard
3.64
it was ok
It occurs to me that if a random person stumbled across Inconsiderate Prick for the first two posts this week they would think that this is some world ...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1)
3.55
liked it
Right off the bat, I'll admit that reading Heat Wave is probably the nerdiest thing I've done as an adult*.

*Well, I did make shirts for the third time
...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
3.83
really liked it
Over the past year or two, I have come to realize that I rather enjoy reading about the role that music plays in other people's lives. Maybe it starte ...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Riding Toward Everywhere
3.52
liked it
Much like the book I read just before (The Rum Diary for those not up to speed), this was my first journey into the oeuvre of William T. Vollmann.

Goin
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Dec 02, 2011
 
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
2.95
liked it
If ever there was a case of my having purchased a book based on its title, it was this one. Marketing/presentation aside, the novel was a funny one. S ...more
not set
Nov 20, 2011
 
Wilco: Learning How to Die
3.86
really liked it
Obviously one is probably going to be a Wilco fan if he or she is going to dive into this book. As one who could be qualified as such, the book is pre ...more
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Nov 20, 2011
 
John Adams
4.05
really liked it
Obviously, this has gotten a lot of attention over the past few years, what with the Pulitzer and the HBO miniseries. For whatever reason (laziness, l ...more
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Nov 20, 2011
 
Basin and Range
4.17
liked it
Whenever I am handed a book that someone tells me I should read, it feels like a homework assignment.

I am not in school.

I shouldn't have homework.

Mo
...more
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Nov 20, 2011
 
Fletch Won (Fletch, #8)
3.76
really liked it
Years ago, I read and loved Gregory McDonald's Fletch, the first book written in what was ultimately an eleven-book series of mystery novels. This was ...more
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Nov 20, 2011
 
Cosmopolis
3.22
it was ok
I quite like Don DeLillo. I positively loved Underworld and White Noise. I liked Falling Man. Cosmopolis was a different story.

Cosmopolis felt like a
...more
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Apr 06, 2013
 
A Feast of Snakes
4.02
liked it
There is some dark shit afoot in Harry Crews's 1976 Southern Gothic/horror novel A Feast of Snakes. Set against the harsh backdrop of the rural white- ...more
not set
Apr 06, 2013
 
Pronto
3.73
liked it
With Pronto being the book in which Raylan Givens was first introduced, it made as much sense as any other book when choosing a re-entry point for Elm ...more
not set
Apr 06, 2013
 
Eating the Dinosaur
3.75
liked it
Last Tuesday, I sat down with the brand new Chuck Klosterman book of essays, Eating the Dinosaur.

Last Tuesday, I finished Eating the Dinosaur.

Aside
...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds
4.03
really liked it
I feel like I should set this entry up just a little by stating that before I go anywhere else on the internet I check my RSS tab on my browser to see ...more
not set
Nov 15, 2011
 
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
3.85
liked it
Continuing on until I have nothing left to read, I just finished Chuck Klosterman IV. Largely consisting of articles written elsewhere, the breadth of ...more
not set
Nov 15, 2011
 
Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
3.99
really liked it
If there has been one good thing about the Royals* only being watchable once every five games or so, it has been that I have found myself with slightl ...more
not set
Nov 15, 2011
 
Inherent Vice
3.71
really liked it
From what I have heard (and I can't say that I frequent book review sites and publications), the newest Thomas Pynchon book has been received with a s ...more
not set
Nov 15, 2011
 
The Fall
4.05
liked it
As I remember it, I read The Stranger at a coffee shop in a sitting, and I rather enjoyed it. It was an effortless read with such a unique point of vi ...more
not set
Nov 15, 2011
 
Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie & Gennaro, #4)
4.14
really liked it
The fourth in the Kenzie/Gennaro series, this is obviously the most famous of the now six books in the series. There is one obvious reason for this: B ...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1)
3.96
really liked it
The first in the Kenzie-Gennaro series (whose later installment, Gone Baby Gone, was brought to the big screen last year), A Drink Before the War is b ...more
not set
Nov 15, 2011
 
Recoil
3.65
liked it
For those of you who may need a refresher or a cluing in, Jim Thompson is the brains behind the books The Grifters, Pop. 1280, The Killer Inside Me, a ...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
Tree of Smoke
3.57
liked it
National Book Award Winner Tree of Smoke was a bit of a disappointment. I've read other Johnson and rather liked what I had read. While Tree of Smoke ...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
Indignation
3.69
liked it
Prior to furtively reading this*, the only other Philip Roth I had read was American Pastoral, which I wrote about here. While the scope was certainly ...more
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Nov 15, 2011
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