Hypothermia (Inspector Erlendur #8)
3.88
really liked it
The term "thriller" (from the cover: "An Icelandic Thriller") doesn't exactly apply to this slow, atmospheric, character-driven police procedural, but ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 25, 2010
 
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
4.05
really liked it
You need to buy into the central premise (spoiler, if it's a spoiler to reveal something that comes up in the first 10 pages: ) which is that the prot ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Aug 15, 2008
 
Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
3.90
really liked it
I used to work for a company that tracked influenza, and the 1918 pandemic was a regular topic of lunchtime conversation. Read this as soon as it came ...more
not set
Jan 28, 2008
 
In Patagonia
3.75
it was amazing
From one of the gods of Travel-Writing-As-Real-Literature, Chatwin takes you on a lyrical journey to the literal End of the Earth. Just pour yourself ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2008
 
Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus, #1)
3.83
it was amazing
Okay, so he's a "loose cannon" and a "loner" who doesn't "do things by the book". Yes, he's a tired cliche of crime/mystery/cop fiction, but Ian Ranki ...more
not set
Jan 16, 2008
 
The City of Falling Angels
3.53
really liked it
Only gets 4 stars because I'm obsessed with Venice and Berendt knows his way around the English language and is quite a story-teller. Otherwise, it's ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2008
 
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
4.14
really liked it
Excellent examination of the conflict between medical culture and non-Western culture. A Hmong baby develops epilepsy, and disaster ensues as the loca ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 17, 2008
 
A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, #1)
4.06
really liked it
One of the great things about stumbling on a book like this is that if you like the writing and the characters, you are assured of many more hours of ...more
not set
Jan 16, 2008
 
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
4.06
it was amazing
This is the play that made me fall in love with live theater. Saw it done professionally when I was a senior in high school, and was entranced by the ...more
not set
Feb 06, 2008
 
Rule of the Bone
3.87
really liked it
You know when you pick up Russell Banks that all is not going to be sweetness and light, but this kid can't catch a break. The adults in his life are ...more
Jun 2008
May 16, 2008
 
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned
3.83
really liked it
Born in a trunk, as the saying goes, Alda has always been around the stage, and has a trunk-full of stories about life on the road. A very funny book, ...more
Jan 2007
Jan 19, 2008
 
English Passengers
4.05
it was amazing
Absolutely amazing. Although I have to confess I didn't actually read this book, but listened to an unabridged audio book. Whatever the format, it's w ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2008
 
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
4.11
it was amazing
Krakauer has the ability to bring you along with him to places you might not want to go. Why these people still do this, I don't know, but as long as ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2008
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.89
really liked it
The best book I ever hated. I couldn't finish it, and only picked it up again after my college roommate nagged and nagged and nagged. One of my standa ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2008
 
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
3.98
really liked it
Dense, dense, dense. If you're willing to commit to a book that combines the history of Mormon fundamentalism with a true murder, then this is for you ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2008
 
Holidays on Ice
3.95
it was amazing
Very, very funny. "Santaland Diaries" is by now a classic, which makes this book a Must Own so you can re-read it every year as an antidote to all the ...more
not set
Jan 14, 2008
 
Winter's Bone
3.92
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I love southern/Appalachian/Ozark writers, I love noir, and the writing was wonderful (sometimes reminiscent of Charles Frazier). Bu ...more
Jun 29, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
 
It's Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels
3.31
liked it
A flawed but still worthwhile book about a woman biking across Spain alone. It probably HELPS that I know next to nothing about Spain or Spanish histo ...more
Jan 2007
Jan 17, 2008
 
Tinkers
3.37
it was amazing
Lovely.
Apr 2011
Apr 07, 2011
 
Blue Heaven
3.93
liked it
Sort of Spoiler Alert: I can't give over 3 stars to anything that ends in a big ole shootout (not really giving anything away - you see the Final Conf ...more
Apr 2008
May 06, 2008
 
Notes from a Small Island
3.91
So much for my lifelong dream of walking around the British Isles. Great writing, but really makes the UK sound dreary and depressing - not just visua ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2008
 
In a Sunburned Country
4.05
it was amazing
I gave this book to a girlfriend who was transferred to Oz for work, and delighted to hear that she read it as she (inadvertently) followed Bryson's p ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2008
 
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
4.00
it was amazing
I read this long before Bourdain became a household name, and fell in love with the bad-boy who wrote this book. Funny and informative about life in p ...more
not set
Jan 14, 2008
 
He Who Fears the Wolf (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #3)
3.79
really liked it
A hot summer day in Norway, and bank robber takes a schizophrenic hostage who may or may not have just murdered an elderly widow, and go on the lam in ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 29, 2010
 
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska
3.68
really liked it
A series of well-written stories about the people living in Haines, Alaska -- an outdoor paradise hours from the nearest full-service hospital (IF the ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 13, 2008
 
Dead Lagoon (Aurelio Zen, #4)
3.89
it was amazing
An almost perfect book in an almost perfect series. Dibdin's writing is pure and evocative, from the "show me, don't tell me" school of writing. This ...more
Jan 2000
Jan 10, 2008
 
Me Talk Pretty One Day
3.97
it was amazing
Worth it if only for the debate, in fractured language, of why the concept of Easter Bunnies delivering candy is so much more logical than the concept ...more
not set
Jan 14, 2008
 
Lost and Found
3.26
really liked it
Follows several pairs as they compete in a very "Amazing Race" like reality TV show. Not all of the story lines are all that believable, but it's fun ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 02, 2008
 
Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans
4.21
really liked it
The story of New Orleans from Betsy (1965) to Katrina (2005), as told in the voices of long-time residents from the entire social spectrum. A coroner, ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 31, 2009
 
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
4.11
really liked it
My first graphic novel, and if I can find one as good as this, I'll read more.

Wasn't sure I liked it at first, but the entire book is worth the last
...more
not set
Jan 04, 2008
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