Archive - 2019

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Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn

author: Jonathan Lethem

name: Steev

average rating: 3.91

book published: 1999

rating: 5

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date added: 2019/03/10

shelves: crime, novels, own-it

review:
This is great. Lethem is so consistently great and I don't know why I never read this sooner.
I love that the narrator has Tourette's. Is there any precedent for that? It's a great, at least to me, realistic take on OCD, from the inside.

The Subject Steve

The Subject Steve

author: Sam Lipsyte

name: Steev

average rating: 3.00

book published: 2001

rating: 4

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date added: 2019/02/15

shelves: fun, novels, own-it

review:
This is a great book. Laugh-out-loud funny, dark, profound. Poetic and snarky and satiric and brilliant. Certainly Lipsyte got better after this first novel. Homeland and The Ask are better. But if you're a fan and a completist, definitely read this.

The drawbacks are that Lipsyte is one of those authors that is all about style rather than realism. His books are bit like Aaron Sorkin's scripts. Nobody really talks that way, but, but it's so good that you don't care. Except you wouldn't want to read only this kind of thing. It's like poetry, rather than a story you can believe in. And that's fine.

The Baffler Number 42

The Baffler Number 42

author: Chris Lehman

name: Steev

average rating: 0.0

book published:

rating: 5

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date added: 2019/01/30

shelves: own-it, politics, fun

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A Feast of Snakes

A Feast of Snakes

author: Harry Crews

name: Steev

average rating: 4.02

book published: 1976

rating: 4

read at: 2019/01/29

date added: 2019/01/29

shelves: fun, novels, own-it

review:
I like this but it was pretty brutal. Kind of like a 70s version of Cormac McCarthy. Lots of senseless pointless violence, graphic sex, racism, misogyny. But there is a deeper thread somewhere. Southern redneck ex football player jock has an existential crisis in the midst of A bachanalian redneck mega party.

Strong Female Protagonist: Book Two (Strong Female Protagonist, #5 and 6)

Strong Female Protagonist: Book Two (Strong Female Protagonist, #5 and 6)

author: Brennan Lee Mulligan

name: Steev

average rating: 4.16

book published: 2017

rating: 5

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date added: 2019/01/01

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