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The King of Torts
3.67
it was ok
The first thing which should be pointed out is that this isn't a "legal thriller" and no one's life is in danger at any point. This is one of Grisham' ...more
Mar 04, 2015
Mar 04, 2015
 
The Virgin Suicides
3.83
really liked it
I was plagued at times by the repetitiveness of some parts, the slow pace and the frequently-annoying first-person plural "we" that the book used to t ...more
not set
Nov 18, 2013
 
Empire Falls
3.91
it was amazing
This is the good stuff and well-deserving of its Pulitzer. Although I enjoyed "Nobody's Fool" more, that was a different sort of book with a different ...more
not set
Feb 11, 2015
 
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
3.67
really liked it
An interesting view from the "other side" of fundamentalism. Much is similar to what I've told my friends in the USA, about the need to how the role o ...more
not set
Jun 30, 2014
 
Nemesis
3.76
really liked it
If you like horror stories, this novel has all the elements except that it's real. Imagine an illness that attacks mostly children, randomly without g ...more
Jan 11, 2017
Jan 10, 2017
 
The Woman in White
3.98
it was amazing
This was really good, a classis thriller that was even better because it didn't try to solve a murder or fight off enemy intrigues and such; the crime ...more
not set
Jan 28, 2013
 
The Bone People
4.06
it was amazing
I was at first prepared for a different sort of book and as it developed into the idea of three of life's "misfits" forming a symbiotic relationship, ...more
Feb 2007
Apr 11, 2008
 
Her Fearful Symmetry
3.24
liked it
Love is complete selfishness and if you have to inflict the worst sort of suffering on those you love most, up to and including death, in order to ach ...more
not set
Dec 29, 2011
 
The Human Stain (The American Trilogy, #3)
3.85
it was amazing
This was really much better and more iteresting than "American Pastoral", to which it's been compared. Beyond the issue of race in America, it goes to ...more
not set
May 23, 2012
 
The Stone Diaries
3.85
liked it
I was really torn on this book because it's beautifully written but the story left me a little bored. I appreciate what a great literary experiment th ...more
not set
Sep 23, 2008
 
Dog Boy
3.87
really liked it
A futuristic book set in the present worthy of comparison with Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" or (in cinema) "Mad Max" except that it's about dogs - or ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2014
 
Quicksand
3.68
it was ok
For me, this book wasn't particularly anything except maybe dated. It really had few surprises in that most of the book was clear from the first pages ...more
Sep 05, 2013
Nov 04, 2010
 
Giles Goat-Boy
3.77
it was ok
If this book has one problem, it's that it's dated and it shows. To really appreciate this book, you have to put yourself in the mindset of the early ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2013
 
A Painted House
3.67
really liked it
I have to admit that I was reluctant to read this. It'd been sitting on my shelf for six or seven years staring at me but I'd read about eight Grisham ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2008
 
The Interpretation of Murder (Freud, #1)
3.52
did not like it
(I was going to upgrade this to two stars on the well-researched historical basis but then I read the author's note that quite a lot of the "history" ...more
Jun 17, 2014
May 24, 2010
 
The Ground beneath her Feet
3.78
really liked it
This book is a roller-coaster ride of a love story through the lives and deaths of a series of characters (principally an Indian pair that put Sonny a ...more
not set
Jul 05, 2012
 
Offshore
3.59
really liked it
An interesting book but in a sense unsatisfying as so much is left in the air. However, maybe this sense of incompleteness is part of the attraction o ...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
 
Dead Sleep
4.02
did not like it
What a sorry piece of crap this turned out to be! It was cruising along at a steady "2", despite one of the flattest female characters I've ever come ...more
not set
Oct 18, 2012
 
Mansfield Park
3.84
really liked it
This book didn't exactly drag through the first half so much as disappoint as Fanny seemed a pale heroine in comparison to so many Austen heroines bef ...more
Oct 24, 2010
Oct 06, 2010
 
It
4.19
it was amazing
I think this was my favorite of all the Stephen King books, mixing terror with childhood and adolescence (two of the most terrifying times in most peo ...more
not set
Jul 17, 2012
 
The Binding Chair or, A Visit from the Foot Emancipation Society
3.48
it was ok
Anyone looking to find a lot about the Oriental tradition of binding women's feet won't find much here; the truth is that there's an equal amount of e ...more
Oct 30, 2016
Oct 21, 2016
 
I Know This Much Is True
4.17
liked it
This was ALMOST a 4 for me but there were several points which sank it in my estimation. The book was sailing along until the grandfather's memoirs ca ...more
not set
Sep 09, 2010
 
The Best A Man Can Get
3.59
it was ok
This was pushed on me by a friend who had another friend leaving the country and friend #1 wanted to me to read this before friend #2 left so... I was ...more
not set
Jun 13, 2012
 
Saturday
3.62
really liked it
The biggest problem with this book is that it's another take on the James Joyce "Ulysees" style of recording a single man's thoughts through an entire ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Mar 11, 2008
 
The 42nd Parallel (U.S.A., #1)
3.83
it was ok
A well-written historical novel should at least have one character to root for but I found all of the people in this book so self-centered and unlikea ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2017
 
The Sheltering Sky
3.91
it was amazing
This is a book that builds as it goes, from a story of three young rich American adventurers at the end of the 40's, just after World War 2, who slowl ...more
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 24, 2014
 
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
3.97
it was amazing
This was a real rollercoaster ride, from the exhiliration of youthful adventure through first love and a vision of hell to some (typical of Cormac McC ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Dec 30, 2009
 
Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales
3.94
liked it
Like most short story collections, this was a mixed bag of highs and lows; really, you can't expect everything to be to your taste and the first stori ...more
Dec 31, 2016
Dec 07, 2009
 
Silence of the Grave
3.94
liked it
This was an interesting approach to a police novel in that the murder was committed 60-70 years in the past and almost everyone involved is either lon ...more
not set
May 09, 2012
 
Accordion Crimes
3.58
it was ok
This wasn't a great book but it had its moments. Really the explicit thread linking the parts in this collection of short stories, the green button ac ...more
Jun 30, 2009
Sep 29, 2008
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