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Born with Teeth
really liked it
It's so hard with autobiographies to judge the quality of writing more than the story itself, or (more importantly) the narrator. So, for the quality ...more
Mar 19, 2015
Mar 04, 2015
did not like it
This is the fourth Palahniuk book I've read, and it's going to be my last. It seems like he just sat down at the computer and thought, "What are the m ...more
not set
Feb 15, 2008
Homer & Langley
really liked it
This book presses in on me. In a bad way, like walls closing in. I finished it an hour ago, tossed it on the nightstand and turned out the light. And ...more
Mar 21, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
really liked it
The thing about The Lies of Locke Lamora, the first book in this series, is that I loved all the characters. Even the assholes.

The thing about Red Se
Oct 26, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
The Return of Jeeves: A Jeeves and Bertie Novel
it was ok
This is probably the most scathing review I'll ever write about Wodehouse. I borrowed this book from a friend as I was heading out to the train. It wa ...more
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
Dark Places
really liked it
If you liked Flynn's Gone Girl, you'll like this one. I always worry that the first book I read by an author is the same as the second book I'll read ...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
Geek Love
really liked it
I will read any book about a circus. This one has been on my to-read list for about 15 years. I kept trying to read it every few years and I just coul ...more
Nov 07, 2015
Aug 24, 2009
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
it was ok
I try not to read too much of the description of a book. It gives too much away. I love going into a book blind, or near blind, and experience the eve ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
The Martian
really liked it
Pretty good read. At first I thought, "Well, obviously he makes it. Look how long this book is!" But it's not just following him, it also follows the ...more
Jan 10, 2016
Jan 05, 2016
Burial Rites
did not like it
I didn't care for how the story was written. Rather than just telling a story and throwing in transcripts of a few letters, the author keeps trying to ...more
Aug 27, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
My Mother Was Nuts
it was ok
One part talking down to the audience, one part name dropping. After reading Mark Twain's rambling autobiography, I thought I'd enjoy a quick read lik ...more
Oct 03, 2012
Oct 01, 2012
The Little Friend
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I'm ok not knowing who killed Robin. Sometimes life is horrible for reasons we'll never understand.

What I'm not OK with is not know
Oct 31, 2014
Jul 02, 2008
Church of Marvels
liked it
I like to know as little as possible about a book before I read it. I like the surprise of it. Imagine if you didn't know Harry Potter was a wizard be ...more
Aug 07, 2015
Jun 18, 2015
Ready Player One
really liked it
It's a page-turner. If any video game more complex than Candy Crush or Mario Kart makes you numb with boredom, you'll hate it. If you can handle some ...more
Dec 07, 2014
May 14, 2013
The Night Circus
liked it
The pacing of the book was kind of frustrating, circling back and repeating itself in parts. I suppose it goes with how the circus was laid out - circ ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
Between the World and Me
This book should be taught in schools. Follow up "To Kill a Mockingbird" with this book. In fact, toss Mockingbird and teach this book instead. No kid ...more
Jul 11, 2016
Jul 11, 2016
Never Let Me Go
liked it
This was recommended to me by someone on the basis that I liked Haruki Murakami. I borrowed it without questioning it, and dove in as soon as I could. ...more
Apr 28, 2012
Mar 30, 2011
liked it
I don't have a head for science, so the parts of the story having to do with Lodge, Marconi, and wireless in general made this book a chore to read. T ...more
Feb 29, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
The Help
liked it
This book had characters that were strong and decently written, but I've seen them so many times in other stories that I wasn't terribly impressed wit ...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
Between the Bridge and the River
liked it
I got this book as a gift and I didn't expect much from it because, frankly, I've seen his show.

It's actually a pretty good read; it's funny and smart
Jan 07, 2009
Dec 28, 2008
The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan
liked it
The book was decent enough, but there was something uneven in the cadence of the story that left me wanting more. But, in the end, I'm sure there was ...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
it was ok
Not very well-written, plot is shaky. I kept finding myself thinking "I would have written it this way..." or "that would be better if he'd written th ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2008
Undermajordomo Minor
really liked it
I read The Sisters Brothers last year and the whole book seemed to be an inevitable, unavoidable, trudging journey to some bitter, dreary end. But the ...more
Dec 09, 2015
Dec 08, 2015
really liked it
Very fluffy, but in a way that won't make you ashamed to look your book nerd friends in the eye.
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
20 000 Leagues Under the Sea
really liked it
I don't like unsolved mysteries, but other than that frustration it was a great story.
Oct 30, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
The Sisters Brothers
it was ok
Meandering, unevenly paced, awkward dialog, depressing as hell. Absolute "Meh."
Mar 04, 2015
Nov 23, 2014
The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno
did not like it
I love books about the circus, and this was a huge disappointment. I couldn't manage to connect with the main character. The writing seemed disjointed ...more
Nov 2010
Jul 21, 2010
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
it was ok
People are crying about how this is borrowed mythology and the main character is overly heroic. All mythology is borrowed in some way or another, and ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
Johannes Cabal the Detective (Johannes Cabal, #2)
liked it
The reason I picked up the first volume in this series is because it was about a circus and magic. I am that easily amused. I am also guilty of judgin ...more
Jun 16, 2011
Aug 01, 2010
The Fear Institute (Johannes Cabal, #3)
really liked it
I adored the first Cabal book, and didn't quite adore the second. This one is in a weird flux, and I'm not sure it's through an oversight on the part ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Jun 15, 2011
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