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Gilded Needles
4.12
it was amazing
Gilded Needles is without a doubt one of the darkest, creepiest tales of revenge that I've ever had the pleasure to have read.

The setting of Gilded N
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May 09, 2016
May 05, 2016
 
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley, #1)
3.93
it was amazing
if you're interested in the longer post I've made, you can read it at my online reading journal. Spoilers are noted where needed.

Tom Ripley is an ex
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Jan 20, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
 
Hag-Seed
3.90
really liked it
just delightful -- the perfect antidote to all of the dark books I've been reading this month!

arc - my thanks to the algorithms and the good people at
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Oct 24, 2016
Sep 27, 2016
 
The Expendable Man
3.93
it was amazing
9781590174951
NYRB Classics, 2012
originally published 1963
245 pp


My favorite fiction is the edgy, gritty kind where some poor guy, for some reason or an
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Jul 04, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
 
The Sense of an Ending
3.70
it was amazing
I don't often expect much out of a book that is only 150 pages long -- actually, I don't remember the last time I read one this short that I walked aw ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 16, 2011
 
This Sweet Sickness
3.79
really liked it
oh god. What a great book. For a little more about this book, you can go here to my reading journal; otherwise, continue.

This Sweet Sickness is Highs
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Nov 15, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
 
Nightmares Of An Ether Drinker
3.98
it was amazing
As I noted before, it just does not get any better than this.

I had no clue when I first picked up Lorrain's Monsieur de Phocas that it would mark the
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Jun 09, 2016
Nov 08, 2015
 
Entanglement (Teodor Szacki, #1)
3.84
it was amazing
4.5 rounded up; longer review here.

I can honestly say that this book is one of the best crime novels I've ever read -- not just this year, but in a
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Nov 28, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
Kokoro
3.99
really liked it
11/30/2016 - update: thanks to my love for foreign films, British comedy and other shows which for some reason we cannot get here, we have multi-regio ...more
Nov 11, 2016
Nov 07, 2016
 
In a Lonely Place
3.96
really liked it
First the bottom line: I loved this novel. It reads like something from Patricia Highsmith, with its focus on exploring the mind of a sociopath, but a ...more
Nov 12, 2016
Feb 02, 2016
 
Chinaman
4.15
it was amazing
There is a Sinhalese expression "Konde bandapu cheena," which translates as "ponytailed Chinaman," and connotes someone gullible -- someone who will b ...more
Feb 07, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
 
Lincoln in the Bardo
3.91
it was amazing
Oh my god. I loved this book. Just loved it.

I get that it's only March, but unless something equally outstanding comes along, this novel just may tur
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Feb 27, 2017
Feb 15, 2017
 
Experimental Film
3.85
it was amazing
Verdict: Simply excellent.

Not only is Experimental Files a book that pushed every single one of my horror-loving buttons, it is also a story very wel
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Jul 30, 2016
Dec 15, 2015
 
The Wretch of the Sun
3.79
really liked it
Extremely challenging, but well worth it, as are all of Michael Cisco's works that I've read, both in short story format and novels. If you google the ...more
Aug 09, 2016
Jul 29, 2016
 
The Stoning of Soraya M. - A True Story (Women & Islam)
3.93
really liked it
Let me begin by offering a quotation from the preface:

"After the shah was deposed and the fundamentalist regime headed by the Ayatollah Khomeini came
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Apr 2010
Apr 18, 2010
 
Reykjavík Nights: Murder in Reykjavík (Inspector Erlendur, #0)
3.64
really liked it
I'm still playing catch up here -- I actually finished this book about a week ago.

As usual, you can certainly feel free to choose between the longer,
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Oct 08, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
 
The Cocktail Waitress (Hard Case Crime #109)
3.55
I really, really, really wanted to like this book when I first opened it, but the truth of the matter is that I did not. Ostensibly the story of a wom ...more
Jan 12, 2017
Nov 25, 2014
 
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories
4.34
it was amazing
http://www.oddlyweirdfiction.com/2016...

I absolutely love this small indie publisher, and Valancourt's done it again with Volume One of The Valancourt
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Oct 07, 2016
Sep 24, 2016
 
Fingersmith
4.02
I'm not really sure how to rate this novel. I could go on about how there is a ton of detail here, some of which could have been left out or pared dow ...more
Jul 24, 2016
Dec 31, 2013
 
The Devil's Star (Harry Hole, #5)
4.03
it was amazing
Jo Nesbø is one of the best writers of Scandinavian crime fiction out there today.


summary, no spoilers:
Set in Oslo, Devil's Star features Detective
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Mar 15, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
 
Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America
4.23
really liked it
It's a 4.5 for me.

Between September and October of 1912, all but a very few of the 1,098 African-American citizens (according to the 1910 census) livi
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Sep 27, 2016
Sep 20, 2016
 
The Little Red Chairs
3.29
really liked it
It's tough to say everything I want to about this novel, because there's so much here worth talking about that I don't even know where to begin or how ...more
Jan 07, 2017
Jul 15, 2016
 
The Victorian Chaise-Longue
3.54
it was amazing
At the end of this novel, I was actually very relieved to be out of it -- not because it's not good (it's excellent, as a matter of fact) -- but rathe ...more
Apr 19, 2017
Apr 13, 2017
 
The Awakening
3.63
really liked it
My real-world book group just read this at the end of January, and it is a book that is perfect for anyone who feels hemmed in and repressed because t ...more
Jan 28, 2017
Jan 27, 2017
 
A Dark-Adapted Eye
3.98
it was amazing
More later, but in my opinion, this is Rendell/Vine at her very best. It's also one of the most powerful stories she's ever written, and I've read mos ...more
May 20, 2015
Feb 12, 2008
 
The Graveyard Apartment
3.19

brief plot etc: here.

The synopsis of this novel sounded like something right up my horror-reading alley, and it had potential to become a definite s
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Oct 16, 2016
Oct 11, 2016
 
Babbitt
3.64
really liked it
Actually, I read this as part of a self-oriented challenge to read a few of the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" list; like the ones I've cho ...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
 
Nightmare Alley
4.05
really liked it

I'm changing my previous rating from 4 to 5 stars. There is so very much I missed the first time through -- updated post coming soon.


Written in 1946 (
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Apr 29, 2015
Mar 01, 2008
 
Man Tiger
4.00
it was amazing
4.5 rounded up. The short version follows; if you want the chatty cathy version, you can always click here.

Man Tiger is just flat-out amazing, which
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Mar 24, 2016
Mar 10, 2016
 
The Lodger
3.64
really liked it
The Lodger has long been one of my favorite novels; reading it again a second time proved no less suspenseful than it did the first time through.

Mari
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Apr 08, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
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