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Stop-Time
3.94
really liked it
First I say that I don't much like memoirs and then I decide to read two in a row. I've been trying for a month now to figure out how to describe the ...more
Jul 2008
Aug 27, 2008
 
Arthur & George
3.70
really liked it
I don't go for whodunnits so much, mostly because I have such a poor head for plot that by the time the mystery is revealed, I've long forgotten who t ...more
Jun 2008
Apr 29, 2008
 
The Goldfinch
3.88
it was ok
As many have noted, this is Dickensian. Had it been A Tale of Two Cities Dickensian, it might have been more up my alley. But it's in the Great Expect ...more
May 02, 2015
Nov 08, 2013
 
The Sellout
3.78
really liked it
Seriously funny. As in, Beatty is such a brilliant humorist that I regularly found myself chortling while reading this book. Jokes would appear sudden ...more
Jan 31, 2016
Apr 26, 2015
 
Our Souls at Night
3.95
really liked it
Man, I'm going to miss new Kent Haruf novels. Since I grew up in Colorado—the Denver suburbs rather than Haruf's eastern Colorado setting—I've felt a ...more
Jun 21, 2015
Apr 20, 2015
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.33
really liked it
Although the account of the training that went into becoming an exceptional rowing crew—and of the competitions—was stirring, what I found most moving ...more
May 26, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
 
The Liars' Club
3.93
liked it
I don't often read memoirs, and not surprisingly even a well-written one like this didn't do a whole lot for me. One thing I did really like about it ...more
Jul 2008
Jun 28, 2008
 
1Q84
3.89
liked it
By the time I finished the second book of this alternative-world story, I was won over by the inventive story and compelling lead characters--despite ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
The Location Scout
4.26
it was amazing
Here's what I like about Kevin Fanning: he writes inventive, brilliant stories. Here's what I love about Kevin Fanning: he wants you to write stories, ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 01, 2009
 
Silence Once Begun
3.65
really liked it
I'm a sucker for books that use an unconventional structure effectively and Silence Once Begun certainly fits that bill. Jesse Ball builds the novel s ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Dec 20, 2014
 
A Tale for the Time Being
3.98
really liked it
Early in my experience of switching back and forth between the stories of Ruth, a writer living on an island in British Columbia, and Naoko, a Japanes ...more
Mar 11, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
 
Touch Anything Except Me
4.17
it was amazing
While I was reading this, I think my wife got a little tired of my little vocalizations of appreciation as well as my interruptions of her reading to ...more
Jul 2005
Jul 23, 2008
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.32
liked it
When this book—about a young, blind French girl who is forced to flee Paris during WWII and a slightly older orphaned German boy who becomes a radio o ...more
Jul 12, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
 
The Bone Clocks
3.82
really liked it
One of the great delights of reading a lot of Tournament of Books contenders the last few years has been reading things that I have entirely no expect ...more
Jun 14, 2015
Nov 29, 2014
 
The Marriage Plot
3.43
liked it
I didn't read this until after The Tournament of Books, so I'd already seen some of the frustrations with this book, but I think two of its shortcomin ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
Sudden Death
3.71
it was ok
The rating represents my level of enjoyment or appreciation while reading the book; if I were going to rate its quality it would have to be much highe ...more
Feb 04, 2017
Mar 24, 2016
 
The Throwback Special
3.53
really liked it
Reminded me of Then We Came to the End as a group portrait in which the group emerges clearly and the individuals blur together, although here it's do ...more
Feb 12, 2017
not set
Jan 12, 2017
 
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels, #3)
4.29
it was ok
Note that this is a rating and review from someone who hasn't read the first three books in the series. There were a few spots where I felt drawn into ...more
Mar 28, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
 
Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable about Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors
4.03
really liked it
More narrowly focused than The Five Dysfunctions of a Team but, like that book, and engagingly written way to make sense of how to rally a team around ...more
May 27, 2014
May 26, 2014
 
The Morning News Annual (2008)
3.57
really liked it
I think The Morning News is as good as anything on the Web. So a book of essays from the site and new essays from its writers can be expected to be a ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 26, 2009
 
Watchmen
4.35
really liked it
I think it's probably impossible for me to appreciate how ahead of its time this book was twenty-odd years ago, but one benefit of reading it now is t ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
3.78
liked it
For better and for worse, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia reads—at least for a while—like a harder-edged version of the movie Slumdog Millionair ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
 
Into the Wild
3.96
really liked it
(Listened to this as an audio book, for whatever that's worth. New experience for me.)

Since I saw the movie before I read the book, a lot of my early
...more
May 2009
May 11, 2009
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.98
really liked it
I hadn't read anything by Ray Bradbury since I enjoyed his collected stories one summer in high school, so I took Big Read Dallas as an opportunity to ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
 
The Dog Stars
3.91
really liked it
There's lots for Hig, the narrator of The Dog Stars, to be nervous about. Living in the Colorado mountains after a pandemic has wiped out most of civi ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
 
The Dinner
3.22
liked it
And it started out so strongly.

If you haven't read The Dinner and I told you that I don't even know whether the narrator had the main course in the e
...more
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
 
Let's All Find Awesome Jobs
3.96
really liked it
Useful, succinct, and very funny. You may think you know all this but--based on my limited experiences reading resumes and interviewing people on the ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
 
The Buddha in the Attic
3.60
liked it
Interesting but not particularly affecting description of the collective experiences of a group of Japanese women who come to the U.S. to marry in the ...more
May 20, 2012
May 16, 2012
 
Grief is the Thing with Feathers
3.90
did not like it
Experimental novella about a man and his two sons dealing with their mother's death. The grief is embodied by a giant crow. Simply not my cup of tea.
Jan 24, 2017
Jan 12, 2017
 
Salvage the Bones
3.86
really liked it
The description of this book didn't much interest me, but I was waiting for several other Tournament of Books contenders to get here, so I decided to ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
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