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About meI'm currently reading David Foster Wallace's The Pale King.

These are the books I've rated five stars:

Daniel Clowes - Ghost World
Denis Johnson - Jesus's Son
George Eliot - Middlemarch
George R.R. Martin - A Storm of Swords
Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Jon Krakauer - Into the Wild
Michael Chabon - The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Nick Hornby - High Fidelity
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
Shel Silverstein - The Giving Tree
Stanislaw Lem - Solaris
Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar
Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose

About my libraryMy rating system:

Five stars - Incredibly well-written, has personal significance for me.
Four stars - Great book, worth keeping and reading again.
Three stars - Worth the time, but not life-changing.
Two stars - Didn't enjoy, maybe didn't finish.
One star - Terrible, but at least I respected the effort.
Half-star - Intellectually offensive, made me feel personal hatred for the author.

Books I've read since I started logging here:

Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose (8/3/09 - 2nd time)
Jim Bouton - Ball Four (8/14/09)
Neal Stephenson - Anathem (9/21/09)
Frank Herbert - Dune (10/17/09)
Anne Tyler - Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (10/28/09)
Raymond Chandler - The Long Goodbye (11/10/09)
Denis Johnson - Jesus' Son (11/13/09 - 3rd time)
Michael Shaara - The Killer Angels (11/26/09 - 2nd time)
Nick Hornby - About a Boy (12/3/09 - 2nd time)
William Golding - The Inheritors (12/11/09 - 2nd time)
Tom Clancy - Debt of Honor (1/21/10)
Laurence Sterne - The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1/31/10 - didn't finish)
Nick Hornby - A Long Way Down (1/6/10)
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1/9/10)
A.S. Byatt - Possession (3/3/10)
Nick Hornby - How to Be Good (3/7/10 - didn't finish)
Robert Graysmith - Zodiac (3/17/10)
Tom Wolfe - The Bonfire of the Vanities (4/3/10)
Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind (4/4/10 - didn't finish)
George R.R. Martin - A Game of Thrones (4/16/10 - 2nd time)
Stephen Sherrill - The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break (4/18/10 - didn't finish)
George R.R. Martin - A Clash of Kings (5/18/10 - 2nd time)
Scott McCloud - Understanding Comics (6/18/10)
Erin Gruwell - The Freedom Writers Diary (6/19/10 - didn't finish)
Steven D. Levitt - Freakonomics (6/29/10)
Bryan Lee O'Malley - Scott Pilgrim (series) (7/4/10)
Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell - From Hell (7/5/10)
Julian Barnes - Arthur & George (7/6/10)
Charles Burns - Black Hole (7/18/10)
George R.R. Martin - A Storm of Swords (7/20/10 - 2nd time)
David McCullough - John Adams (7/29/10)
Scott Adams - Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain! (7/31/10)
Stephen Colbert - I Am America (And So Can You!) (8/4/10)
Neil Gaiman - American Gods (8/24/10)
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross - On Death and Dying (9/5/10)
Ursula K. LeGuin - The Left Hand of Darkness (9/22/10)
Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon (9/29/10 - 2nd time)
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day (9/29/10)
Norman Mailer - Harlot's Ghost (11/14/10)
William Goldman - The Princess Bride (11/23/10)
Robert Baer - See No Evil (12/7/10)
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones's Diary (12/15/10 - 2nd time)
Scott Adams - The Dilbert Principle (12/21/10 - 2nd time)
Sloane Crosley - I Was Told There'd Be Cake (12/24/10)
Stephen E. Ambrose - Band of Brothers (1/4/11)
Anne Tyler - A Patchwork Planet (1/12/11)
Stephenie Meyer - Twilight (1/16/11)
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1/22/11 - 2nd time)
Dave Eggers - What is the What (1/26/11)
Stephenie Meyer - New Moon (1/29/11)
Daniel Clowes - Ghost World (1/30/11 - read twice)
Stephenie Meyer - Eclipse (2/11/11)
Jeff Pearlman - Boys Will Be Boys (2/14/11)
Laurie Notaro - The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club (2/16/11)
Richard Matheson - I Am Legend (2/16/11)
Susanna Kaysen - Girl, Interrupted (2/20/11)
Adam Langer - Crossing California (2/24/11)
Stephenie Meyer - Breaking Dawn (2/27/11)
Laurie Notaro - Autobiography of a Fat Bride (3/7/11)
Lewis Black - Me of Little Faith (3/8/11)
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (3/18/11 - 2nd time)
George R.R. Martin - A Feast for Crows (4/5/11 - 2nd time)
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Fellowship of the Ring (4/10/11 - 3rd time)
Gordon Dahlquist - The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, vol. 1 (4/19/11)
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (4/22/11 - 2nd time)
Gordon Dahlquist - The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, vol. 2 (4/29/11)
Paul Feig - Kick Me (5/3/11)
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Two Towers (5/6/11 - 2nd time)
Jon Krakauer - Into the Wild (5/8/11)
Anita Diamant - The Red Tent (5/11/11)
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (5/22/11 - 2nd time)
Glen David Gold - Carter Beats the Devil (5/29/11)
Stella Gibbons - Cold Comfort Farm (6/1/11 - didn't finish)
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Return of the King (6/10/11)
Steven Erikson - Gardens of the Moon (6/23/11)
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (6/27/11)
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (7/3/11 - 2nd time)
Karen Joy Fowler - The Jane Austen Book Club (7/5/11)
Michael Tunison - The Football Fan's Manifesto (7/12/11)
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (7/24/11)
George R.R. Martin - A Dance with Dragons (8/2/11)
Kurt Vonnegut - The Sirens of Titan (8/7/11)
Jodi Picoult - Mercy (8/14/11 - didn't finish)
Benjamin Hoff - The Tao of Pooh (8/20/11)
Madeleine L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time (8/24/11)
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (9/3/11)
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (9/13/11)
Steven Erikson - Deadhouse Gates (9/29/11)
Robin Hobb - Assassin's Apprentice (9/30/11 - didn't finish)
C.D. Payne - Youth in Revolt (10/2/11 - didn't finish)
Steven Erikson - Memories of Ice (11/29/11)
Alison Bechdel - Fun Home (12/2/11)
Michael Lewis - Moneyball (12/17/11)
Greg Behrendt - He's Just Not That Into You (12/20/11)
Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar (1/2/12)
Adam Langer - The Washington Story (1/18/12)
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games (1/27/12)
Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire (2/13/12)
Robert Graves - I, Claudius (2/13/12)
Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay (2/24/12)
Audrey Niffenegger - Her Fearful Symmetry (2/29/12)
Seth Grahame-Smith - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (3/22/12)
Jane Austen - Persuasion (4/2/12)
Steven Erikson - House of Chains (4/19/12)
John Green - The Fault in Our Stars (4/27/12)
Robert Graves - Claudius the God (6/2/12)
Rick Morrissey - Ozzie's School of Management (6/3/12 - didn't finish)
Jim Butcher - Storm Front (6/13/12)
Elizabeth Wurtzel - Prozac Nation (6/18/12 - didn't finish)
Charles Dickens - David Copperfield (6/27/12)
Steven Erikson - Midnight Tides (8/20/12)
Jim Butcher - Fool Moon (8/30/12)
David Sedaris - Naked (9/7/12)
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (9/14/12 - 2nd time)
Rex Pickett - Sideways (10/5/12)
Neal Stephenson - Reamde (11/28/12)
Jim Butcher - Summer Knight (12/10/12)
Dee Simon - Play Something Dancy (12/14/12)
Umberto Eco - Foucault's Pendulum (1/23/13)
Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War (2/8/13 - didn't finish)
Steven Erikson - The Bonehunters (3/10/13)
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan - Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (3/13/13)
Heidi Julavits - The Effect of Living Backwards (3/30/13)
Jim Butcher - Grave Peril (4/12/13)
Steven Erikson - Reaper's Gale (6/4/13)
Marc Maron - Attempting Normal (6/11/13)
Jim Butcher - Death Masks (6/19/20)
Sudhir Venkatesh - Gang Leader for a Day (6/26/13)
Myla Goldberg - Bee Season (7/13/13)
George Stewart - Ordeal by Hunger (7/30/13)
Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall (9/7/13)
Michael Chabon - The Yiddish Policemen's Union (9/28/13 - 3rd time)
David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest (11/14/13)
Steven Erikson - Toll the Hounds (12/17/13)
Jim Butcher - Blood Rites (1/8/14)
Hunter S. Thompson - The Rum Diary (1/14/14)
Jim Butcher - Dead Beat (1/31/14)
George Eliot - Middlemarch (2/22/14)
Jim Butcher - Proven Guilty (2/28/14)
Sherrilyn Kenyon - Fantasy Lover (3/13/14)
Robin Wyatt Dunn - My Name Is Dee (3/29/14)


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You make some good points.
You called Jeff Shaara's "To the Last Man," namby-pamby bullshit. I'm okay with you having that opinion, but to not explain why it is, in your opinion, namby-pamby bullshit is both unfair to the author and lazy reviewing.
Yeah, I go back and forth on Memories of Ice. Some reads it really turns me off, other times I find it very emotional and powerful. I also get the Malazan fatigue. I think that is what happened to me on my last read of the series. This time around it doesn't seem to have hit me - perhaps because it has been so long since I've read them and I've been looking forward to reading the series in its entirety for so long. It also probably helps that I'm really busy and so I'm kind of reading in clumps - I'll get a lot of reading in on a weekend or something, but then won't pick it up again for a week or two, depending on my schedule. Having so much else going on probably helps keep Malazan a treat rather than a chore.

Anyway, I hope you come back to it. House of Chains can be difficult to get into because the first couple hundred pages start off with a completely new character and story line before it merges back in with the rest of the epic. That said, I really enjoy House of Chains and actually the one after that (Midnight Tides) is my absolute favorite of the series - pure genius.

I love it! Especially your comparison to Blood Meridian. Not a connection I would have made, but hey? I'm surprised in general when anyone enjoys Gardens more than Deadhouse (as an aside, I'm not sure which cover you're talking about - mine has a bunch of desert warriors riding out of the whirlwind on the cover). I'm so slow in moving through my re-read, I'm only two books ahead of you at this point. My other favorite of the series is Midnight Tides, which is up next for me if I ever get through House of Chains (leisure time is at a premium these days...)

Incidentally, are you reading the Bauchelain & Korbal Broach short stories as you go? I don't think they're fabulous, but they make for nice, lighter breaks from the main heavy story-line, and they're pretty funny. I find Ian Esselmont's contributions to the series much less fruitful...

I'm glad you're enjoying them, though. I'm eager to see what you think of Memories of Ice. I've read it four times now, and I alternate between finding it extremely emotionally powerful on one read, then a huge let-down with paper-thin characters on the next, then extremely emotionally powerful on the next... you get the idea. One thing I can definitely say about this series is you learn to love it all the more as you re-read, since you pick up so much more detail and genius planning as you look back from farther ahead in the books and have more insight into what's to come.

Best of luck!
Thanks. I was thinking that I needed to give Hornby another try, and based on your recommendation I definitely will.
Brilliant review of The Tao of Pooh. I loved it!!!
- Joseph.
Oh and I just looked at what's coming up for you: You're going to LOVE Deadhouse Gates. That's the book that convinced me Steven Erikson is a genius. Deadhouse and Midnight Tides are probably my two favorite from that series. I'm attempting a re-read of the whole series right now, now that the last book has come out, but I've found myself depressingly short of leisure reading time. I hope you love Malazan as much as I do!

Hi! Thanks for your note about my review. I appreciate the feedback, and I love your characterization of Blood Meridian as "the crazed utterings of a howling, genius madman." I can't wait to read more of his stuff!

Best regards,
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