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American Psycho
3.81
it was ok
"Hey, I'd sure like money. Maybe I'll write a book about cutting off a woman's jaw and facefucking her! Yea! People'll kick up a fuss and buy it based ...more
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Apr 24, 2008
 
Steal This Book
3.61
it was ok
What the fuck is Abbie Hoffman's problem? This book reads like the left's version of that smug nihilistic libertarian dick. You know the guy who consi ...more
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Sep 05, 2012
 
Tokyo Cancelled
3.21
it was amazing
AAAAAHHHH! Six stars! Perhaps seven. I've never read anygoddamn thing close to this book, and I doubt you have either. Do your self a favor. RIGHT NOW
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Feb 22, 2008
 
Amerika
3.73
it was ok
There's something I've noticed about pre 1900 European adolescent protagonists (Karl, anyone in Dickens, Jude The Obscure) that I just fucking loathe. ...more
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Jul 04, 2012
 
All the Trouble in the World
3.87
it was ok
Kind of weird to read a (what is admittedly a well written, for the form) right wing screed from the mid 90's today. LOTS of stuff that would go over ...more
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Nov 26, 2012
 
The People of the Abyss
3.99
it was amazing
Way more ballsy than Barbara Ehrenreich, way less ballsy than George Orwell. He doesn't get caught up in this wishy-washy just-the-facts objectivity t ...more
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Jan 22, 2010
 
The Tallest Liar
4.00
really liked it
Between this and Tlooth, I feel like there must've been this huge subgenre of people writing vaguely kafka-y things in the 70's, beyond just Pynchon a ...more
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Dec 04, 2015
 
Pick-Up
4.02
really liked it
It's like if L'Etranger bothered to at any point make even one goddamn bit of sense. Some crazy dark shit for an old pulp novel.
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May 04, 2012
 
2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
3.46
liked it
I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for any work of art that shows up Boomer narcissism i.e.

http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsm...

(late 50's a
...more
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Sep 19, 2011
 
Nightmare Alley
4.04
it was amazing
Strange to see the phrases "There's a fella that knows his onions" "The ol' Soup and Fish" and "come in my face" in the same story. Weird how when the ...more
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Jan 19, 2013
 
Cogan's Trade
3.62
liked it
Really naturalistic dialog. Obtrusively so.

If the one pole of exposition is a husband and wife reciting "as you know, our relationship to one another
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Sep 02, 2014
 
Harrison Bergeron
4.23
it was ok
What an insanely mean story by Kurt 'for God sake, babies, you've got to be kind' Vonnegut, of all people.

Dunno the history, but since this was writte
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Jul 13, 2017
 
The Ugly American
3.99
really liked it
Kinda funny that The actual Ugly American is the only entirely worthwhile character in the book (I very much doubt anyone is well served long-run by h ...more
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Nov 24, 2015
 
Conversations With the Enemy: The Story of PFC Robert Garwood
3.96
really liked it
Wow. What a shitty war Vietnam was, and what shitty people waged it. I have no doubt Garwood did everything he was accused of in the court martial, bu ...more
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Apr 20, 2015
 
No Exit
4.13
liked it
"Does my rating surprise you?"

Read through pretty quick, didn't quite get what anyone's sin really was, other than the vain lady who threw her baby of
...more
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Jul 18, 2016
 
Killshot
3.71
liked it
Liked it, the amount of time he spent in the bad guys heads was pretty cool, but then he just keeps making the characters behave stupidly to boost the ...more
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Dec 15, 2014
 
We
3.95
really liked it
Extra star for inventing a genre. But reading it was weird. Guy lived in Tsarist Russia, he knew how totalitarian despots worked. The plot just sort o ...more
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Nov 07, 2016
 
The Ginger Man
3.66
liked it
What kind of social lives do the people who review books professionally lead? I honestly looked at the back of the book more than once to make sure I ...more
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Apr 28, 2013
 
The Crow
4.26
it was ok
Couple things to get out there before I get into the rant proper.

Anyone who posits a street gang filled with people named things like 'Tin-Tin' 'Top D
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Oct 26, 2013
 
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
4.32
really liked it
Pretty interesting, also nice to see that dumb hippie "Scientists have no morals, they build these bombs and don't understand/don't care how they'll b ...more
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May 29, 2013
 
Snowshoeing Through Sewers: Adventures in New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia
4.00
really liked it
Some cool ideas, dropping a canoe in a piddly stream in central jersey and pushing yourself along till you're in the ocean sounds awesome, as does eve ...more
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Dec 03, 2013
 
Shoot
3.48
liked it
Not really sure if this book is a parody of macho-man posturing, or that's what the author actually believes. Either way, it's a good noir, and a quic ...more
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Jul 25, 2013
 
Travels in Hyper Reality: Essays
3.88
it was amazing
Lot of cool articles. Tough just keeping up with wikipediaing all the references. The man's an Italian Dennis Miller, only you know, smart.
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Sep 02, 2014
 
Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls
4.00
really liked it
Could've done without the annoying editorializing, but the stories themselves are awesome enough.

Edit: Now that they've made two movies (Revenant and
...more
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Nov 10, 2014
 
Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity
3.68
did not like it
I don't know why, maybe it's his three word name and the fact everyone seemed broken up when he died, but I figured he was some eminent figure of lite ...more
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Jul 25, 2009
 
White Noise
3.86
liked it
It was ok, first humorous DeLillo novel I'd read, and the funny bits are ok, but it would probably be better without them. The bureaucrat bits read li ...more
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Nov 21, 2013
 
By Night in Chile
3.86
liked it
Third Bolano book that washed over me with no effect. Think I'm gonna give him a maybe permanent rest.

Also, writers: Maybe I just have a bad memory an
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Dec 19, 2011
 
A Scanner Darkly
4.04
liked it
As usual, great ideas, ridiculous writing, in this case pretty much only the dialog. Those are some erudite strung out junkies. In my experience they ...more
Aug 29, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
 
Heavy Drinking: The Myth of Alcoholism as a Disease
3.72
really liked it
4 stars not really for the quality of the writing, which was good, but because a book titled "Heavy Drinking: the Myth of Alcoholism as a Disease" by ...more
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Mar 21, 2012
 
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
3.91
liked it
Pretty good when he sticks to reciting case studies, which I assume are checkable.

But when he's in the story something about it just smacks of all tho
...more
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Nov 28, 2016
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