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The Magicians (The Magicians #1)
3.47
it was ok
I wanted to like this book. I really did. The jacket copy does not lie- this book really is an homage (read: rip off) of the Harry Potter and Narnia b ...more
Aug 03, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
 
Motherless Brooklyn
3.91
it was amazing
I have been on a bit of a mystery bender lately and I'm not quite sure what to make of that. Perhaps it's the return to the overcast North-West that s ...more
Feb 13, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
Cities of the Plain
4.07
really liked it
This has been one hell of a winter of McCarthy for me. Starting in early January I began his award-winning Border Trilogy with much trepidation. Havin ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
 
The Siege of Krishnapur
3.88
really liked it
You know those books that you think you know even before you read them. Those books that seem to strike those happy chords in your heart and call out ...more
Mar 07, 2009
Oct 27, 2008
 
The Children of Men
3.69
liked it
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I have a very large soft spot for the P.D. James mysteries that I'd read and Alfonso Cuaron's adaptation of ...more
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
The Serpent and the Rainbow
3.91
really liked it
I have a deep and abiding fear of zombies. I spend more time thinking about what to do in the event of a zombie outbreak than is probably good for one ...more
Nov 16, 2007
Oct 19, 2007
 
The Honorary Consul
3.79
it was amazing
This was an exemplary read. Comedic indictments of the Latin ideal of machismo, kidnappers who are absolutely no good at kidnapping, the consistently ...more
Mar 19, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
 
The End of the Affair
3.96
it was amazing
I finished Graham Greene's The End of the Affair last night. It was amazing. I've read 5-6 different Graham Greene books in the past year and I'm cons ...more
Sep 12, 2008
Sep 03, 2008
 
The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad
4.25
it was amazing
I found myself at the Portland Zine Symposium yesterday, talking with other very fervent, very impassioned, creators and wandering from table to table ...more
Jul 13, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
 
Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare
3.87
really liked it
Whenever a new friend is perusing my bookshelves, I always find myself mentally cringing when they reach a certain point awaiting the persistent judgm ...more
Nov 28, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
 
Blindness
4.07
it was amazing
This is an early contender for "book of the year" status. Many thanks to those who have recommended it to me, I would have missed out on an essential ...more
May 12, 2008
May 07, 2008
 
The Ninja (Nicholas Linnear, #1)
3.90
did not like it
I don't even know how to begin a review of this "book." It's a "book" only so much as it is a bound collection of words that form a "story" (I guess). ...more
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
 
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
4.03
really liked it
When it comes to the spy novel, John le Carre is the undisputed master. The man can fill a typically unexciting scene, say of a character reading lett ...more
Jul 14, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
 
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
4.02
really liked it
Books on sex are a dime a dozen these days. From tomes on how to create a more spiritual union or bring more spice to your marriage through the cunnin ...more
not set
Jun 30, 2010
 
Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me
3.36
really liked it
I heard this in its Audiobook format, which probably led me to appreciate it more than I otherwise would have. Having each author read their short ess ...more
Apr 10, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
 
The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (The Gonzo Papers, #1)
4.07
really liked it
Readers who only know of Hunter S. Thompson from his acid-washed hunt for the American Dream in one of this countries most deranged metropolitan waste ...more
Mar 17, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
 
Flicker
4.02
really liked it
If, rather than setting his tales in French bookstores or secluded Italian monasteries, Umberto Eco focused his paranoia about secret societies on the ...more
Nov 28, 2008
Oct 27, 2008
 
Fighting to Survive  (As The World Dies, #2)
4.11
did not like it
Know how to beat a crippling addiction to zombie books? Find the most poorly written series available and read until your eyes bleed. I think that thi ...more
May 10, 2012
May 10, 2012
 
Song of Kali
3.61
it was ok
Dan Simmons is one of the most skilled writers of science fiction currently putting pen to page (or however that metaphor would work in a post-paper a ...more
Nov 23, 2009
Jul 29, 2008
 
Midnight Mass
3.85
liked it
So a rabbi, a priest, a psychotic nun and a militant lesbian atheist walk into a bar... Sounds like the beginning of a truly awful joke, doesn't it? T ...more
Jun 06, 2009
Jun 04, 2009
 
Flow My Tears the Policeman Said
3.93
really liked it
Jason Taverner is on top of the world. He has it all- a house in the Swiss Alps, a beautiful girlfriend, an illustrious singing career, and a hit late ...more
Jul 24, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
 
White Teeth
3.75
really liked it
It's no secret that I've been in a reading slump for the larger part of this year. The books I've been picking up have been mildly engaging at best, m ...more
not set
Jul 02, 2010
 
Legacies  (Repairman Jack, #2)
4.07
liked it
F. Paul Wilson's Macguyver Redux is back in the second book in his Repairman Jack series. (Note: it took every ounce of my self control to resist typi ...more
not set
Sep 06, 2009
 
Doctor Zhivago
4.03
really liked it
I don't know why, but I always find it difficult to properly review a Russian novel. I find myself unable to decide upon whether to focus on the novel ...more
not set
Jun 22, 2009
 
Now Wait For Last Year
3.88
it was amazing
It's a strange feeling when you think you have an author pegged and then they go ahead and publish something straight out of left field. It's like Mic ...more
Jul 20, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.11
liked it
Let it never be said that I am immune to the international hype machine. Previously this pernicious influence has led me to a mixed bag of authors and ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
really liked it
Whenever it gets to be time to review a young adult book, I find myself at a curious loss. Those things which I normally take umbrage with- overly sim ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
 
Outer Dark
3.88
really liked it
It's been said that for writer's first novels, it is inevitable that they wear their influences on their sleeves. This is certainly the case with Corm ...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
 
Vulcan's Hammer
3.49
liked it
There are few things better for me during the gloomy overcast months of winter than a good genre fiction bender. On those days when the sky seems espe ...more
Feb 21, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
 
True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism-For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals
3.70
did not like it
When I met with my doctor the other week to pick up my prescription, she recommended a book to me that she said really helped her wife come to grips w ...more
May 19, 2013
May 02, 2013
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