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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
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A thing about it me is that I don't require books to have a plot to find them engaging. I love rhapsodic, brooding, introspective stories in which nothing happens. This book is certainly short on plot (all the action happens in the first and last 20 ...more
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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
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This is one of those books that highlights the difference between good stories and good writing. That is to say that while I found the book engaging and emotional, I think the writing itself is holding it back. Hank has a sense of craft, pacing, dram ...more
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
"I just sent a 3 page, 3,000 word email about why I didn't like this book to a friend, and I still feel the urge to express myself. I suppose that tells you just how much I disliked it.

This thing is a hot mess, the writing is clumsy, there are thin..." Read more of this review »
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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This book is trash. Admittedly, it may be many people's kind of trash, but I think you have to admit that's what it is. It's the kind of book that teases the idea of nuance, and then decides, what the hell, let's just find a way for all the bad guys ...more
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The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett
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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
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Using historical characters as a way to lend your protagonist's story importance and excitement feels cheap, particularly when the portrayals aren't exactly revelatory. Kingsolver feels dysfluent in writing in historical settings-- she certainly did ...more
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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
"Placed in context with Kingsolver's other books this is essentially worthless. She turns Freida Kahlo into the most magical pixie dream girl ever and gives us a main character so thoroughly desexed and generally grey that one sort of imagines him..." Read more of this review »
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Using historical characters as a way to lend your protagonist's story importance and excitement feels cheap, particularly when the portrayals aren't exactly revelatory. Kingsolver feels dysfluent in writing in historical settings-- she certainly did ...more
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