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Reading Old Books and Other Extreme Sports

I read lots

Currently reading

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lionel Shriver
Everything Is Illuminated
Jonathan Safran Foer
The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas, Robin Buss
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Jonathan Safran Foer
Barbara Kingsolver
David Foster Wallace
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Alexandre Dumas, Robin Buss
July 2014
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December 2013
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September 2013
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reviewed: The Cuckoo's Calling
“How easy it was to capitalize on a person’s own bent for self-destruction; how simple to nudge them into non-being, then to ...
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
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June 2013
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April 2013
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March 2013
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reviewed: Mysterious Skin
Cinematic writing, great characterisation, quietly horrifying and viscerally uncomfortable. Reading this felt like tasting bl...
Mysterious Skin - Scott Heim
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February 2013
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February 2013
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reviewed: It's Kind of a Funny Story
Yeoooowch. Pretty painful to read. Most accurate description of depression. Ever. Tentacles and anchors. Cycling and shifting...
It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini
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January 2013
23
reviewed: Lenz
I wrote a whole essay about how Georg Buchner predicted Nietzsche's famous "look into the abyss" quote, the entire stream-of-...
Lenz - Georg Büchner, Richard Sieburth
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January 2013
17
reviewed: The Last Guardian
RIGHT IN THE CHILDHOOD.
The Last Guardian - Eoin Colfer
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January 2013
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January 2013
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January 2013
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reviewed: The Importance of Being Earnest
Laugh out loud funny, typically razor sharp satire. As always, I adore Oscar Wilde in all his snarky glory.
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
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January 2013
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January 2013
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reviewed: The Fault in Our Stars
His best book by far. Captures death and grief with more clarity than any other book I've ever read. Not very subtle - metaph...
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
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December 2012
19
reviewed: The Princess Bride
Adored some parts, but not enough to compensate the bizarre author's notes, the icky sexism, and the "William Goldman" voice ...
The Princess Bride - William Goldman
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November 2012
16
reviewed: The Casual Vacancy
Most visceral characters I've ever read in fiction. Infinitely better than Harry Potter. Someone's editors have been holding ...
The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling
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October 2012
09
reviewed: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Catcher in the Rye with feminism and gay rights. Substitute completely-intolerable white male protagonist for mildly-tolerabl...
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
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June 2012
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May 2012
07
reviewed: The Master and Margarita
The Devil comes to Russia. Things get fucked up. Main characters were barely human so characterisation was a moot point. Cool...
The Master and Margarita - Diana Burgin, Katherine Tiernan O'Connor, Mikhail Bulgakov
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April 2012
01
reviewed: Atonement
Pretty pretty writing. Man knows how to metaphor. Ending seemed a bit cheap though.
Atonement - Ian McEwan
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March 2012
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January 2012
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reviewed: American Psycho
Startlingly effective in one capacity only. Not particularly subtle. A nuclear bomb in literature. Occasionally hypnotising w...
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
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September 2011
16
reviewed: The Girl Who Played with Fire
Glacially slow with complete lack of purpose or drive. Occasional sharp edged characters. Worse than the first one.
The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson
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