BONERS: The Good Thief

The Good ThiefThe Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book so much that I may just have contracted my mother's bizarre fascination for books featuring orphans. (Oliver Twist just jumped up 200 places on my to-read list.) Megan Abbott once said that for stories to work they have to move and devastate. This did both to me in spades. Hannah Tinti is someone I'm keeping an eye out for, this was incredible.

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ps.  I think Tinti said she it took her six years to write this.  So she should be due for another soon, right?


The Heights

The HeightsThe Heights by Peter Hedges

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I normally enjoy Hedges's work. And I was really drawn into this book, despite the many things within it that didn't thrill me. But the last third was a steady disappointment. And the ending pissed me the fuck off. I still like you, Mr. Hedges, but I need the lit equivalent of Pepto Bismol now.

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ps.  That equivalent will probably be either a Raymond Chandler or a Megan Abbott novel. FYI.


Born to Run

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anyone who loves to run, anyone who loves to read, anyone who loves an amazing story -- everyone should read this book. LOVED it. It played out like a suspense/mystery novel, but it resonated on a personal, real-world level. I'm going to read Scott Jurek's book Eat & Run next.

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ps.  From now on, all my runs are fun runs.


The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the WindThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

By page 20 this book became my new drug of choice for the last couple of weeks. I really had a busy couple of weeks, but nonetheless this book infected my time. I missed sleep, I missed a stop on a train and went 12 miles out of my way, and I didn't get nearly enough work done. But I loved it. I'm sad it's over, and I'm scared to read the other two books in fear that they won't match the heady fix I got from this one. I love me some quality overwrought drama. ...My next read is SO gonna be a rebound.

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ps.  So true.  Sorry next book.


"Movies suck" good post-coital chit-chat

As a huge film nerd, all I ever hear about is how they don’t make good movies anymore. That is the conversation I have after having sex with everybody. It’s like, I’m wiping come off my stomach and I have to hear about how nobody makes good movies anymore. Jesus Christ, dude, maybe it’s happening right now, and if you weren’t so worried about cornering the market on it, you could let people sort of flourish in their creative spaces.

--  Leslye Headland

ps. I just love it.  Post here.


Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe, #2)Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gotta love Chandler. This one was fun and kept me off-kilter even more than The Big Sleep. And I loved Anne Riordan.

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ps.  Looking forward to The High Window.