Sunday, November 15, 2015


Tripwire, Lee Child

Good work, Lee, but I need to find some just slightly better books.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

Dolorous, but a more scientifically comic command of English I have not seen.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wolves Eat Dogs

Wolves Eat Dogs, Martin Cruz Smith

Grimy, black, wet and hot. But not the hot you think: excellent book.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Small World

Small World, David Lodge

Fun. Just a tiny whiff of a hint didactic. Otherwise fun.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Comment parler des livres que l'on n'a pas lus ?

Comment parler des livres que l'on n'a pas lus ?, Pierre Bayard


The Satanic Verses

The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie

I wish I could say I liked its comedy, its impertinence and its sexy girls, but it's hard to "like" a book that rent international diplomatic relations; and besides, it's just a little biological bit too gross.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Die Trying

Die Trying, Lee Child

Okay, we are clearly dealing with exciting, well-told stories, but in every one the bad guy gets shot in the head without knowing who killed him.

These are good revenge stories, but they are missing the watch-the-big-guy-fall pieces that make books like A Man in Full or Le Comte de Monte Cristo so satisfying.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Killing Floor

The Killing Floor, Lee Child

The heart pumping action and Reacher's not possible cleverness make up for the quick, weak ending.

The Survivor

The Survivor, Frank Herbert

I survived.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Wanted Man

A Wanted Man, Lee child

Odd narrative engineering: the story ends in the middle of the book, then a new one starts. It's pretty good, but feels like cut-and-paste.

And who's the actual wanted man?

The Hard Way

The Hard Way, Lee Child

Good story, well told. Abrupt ending.

Sunday, May 03, 2015


Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Is it illiterate of me to say that this was very funny?

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin

It's cold. But I happen to like the cold.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie

The sheer yet gentlemanly audacity of the ending should tie tighter to a murder motive. And then it would be genius.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


V., Thomas Pynchon

I think I'm gonna have to make a map.