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The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.12
did not like it
Lowry's book is a piece of nationalist propaganda, using oversimplification, emotional appeals, and dualistic morality to shut down her readers' minds ...more
Jan 1993
May 26, 2007
 
Holy Bible: King James Version
4.43
it was ok
I usually like historical fiction, but this particular example has been so mitigated by the poorly-hidden didactic tautology of its too-many-cooks leg ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2007
 
The Kite Runner
4.26
it was ok
This is the sort of book White America reads to feel worldly. Just like the spate of Native American pop fiction in the late eighties, this is overwhe ...more
Jul 03, 2008
May 21, 2008
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.80
it was ok
Sometimes truth isn't just stranger than fiction, it's also more interesting and better plotted. Salinger helped to pioneer a genre where fiction was ...more
Aug 2000
May 26, 2007
 
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
3.98
did not like it
Are you the sort of person who hears other people discussing books and finding yourself wondering how they can even form opinions on stories? I mean, ...more
Jan 2000
May 26, 2007
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.80
did not like it
A thriller devoid of pacing or exciting language. A mystery devoid of clues, foreshadowing, or facts. A tell-all of half-truths based upon a forged do ...more
Jan 2004
May 13, 2007
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.97
really liked it
My friends call me Senex ('The Old Man') because of my taste in fantasy, or they would, if I had any. It's often been noted that I'll give at least fo ...more
Jul 2006
May 13, 2007
 
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
3.62
it was ok
The act of writing is strangely powerful, almost magical: to take ideas and put them into a lasting, physical form that can persist outside of the min ...more
Oct 2004
Jun 05, 2007
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
4.45
it was ok
Fairly standard kid's fantasy fare from Rowling as she re-introduces the world to the classic British fairy tale, which had been mostly forgotten sinc ...more
Jan 2003
Jul 26, 2007
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
4.47
liked it
This is my favorite installment of the quintessential modern bildungsroman. Nevertheless, it has its problems, familiar to any reader of Rowling's.

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Jun 2003
May 24, 2007
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