Steve M. (DesertLiterati) - Reviews

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Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)
Author: Dan Brown
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/19/2007
Helpful Score: 6


Better than the Da Vinci Code, I thought, and the inside look at the workings of the Vatican was fascinating.


Another Metamorphosis and Other Fictions (European Short Stories)
Another Metamorphosis and Other Fictions (European Short Stories)
Author: Villy Sorenson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/16/2007


Well, the idiots who do the entering of info have done it again. Tiina Nunnally and Steve Murray are the translators of this book by the late Villy Sørensen of Denmark -- philosopher, literary critic, and fictioneer par excellence. If you like droll and twisted fables and parables, or Kafka and Borges -- miniatures that create a whole weird world in very few pages -- this is the book for you. We have lots of these to trade, tell your friends.


Deadeye Dick
Deadeye Dick
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/29/2011
Helpful Score: 1


Not one of Vonnegut's great ones, but has flashes of his wonderfully skewed insight.


Far from the Madding Crowd
Far from the Madding Crowd
Author: Thomas Hardy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/25/2007


First of the Wessex novels. The story of beautiful Bathsheba Everdene, a fiercely independent woman who inherits a farm and decides to run it herself. She rejects a marriage proposal from Gabriel Oak, a loyal man who takes a job on her farm after losing his own in an unfortunate accident. He is forced to watch as Bathsheba mischievously flirts with her neighbor, Mr. Boldwood, unleashing a passionate obsession deep within the reserved man. But both suitors are soon eclipsed by the arrival of the dashing soldier Frank Troy, who falls in love with Bathsheba even though he's still smitten with another woman. His reckless presence at the farm drives Boldwood mad with jealousy and sets off a dramatic chain of events that leads to both murder and marriage. -- My wife loved it.


Fishing in Utopia: Sweden and the Future that Disappeared
Fishing in Utopia: Sweden and the Future that Disappeared
Author: Andrew Brown
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/15/2012


This book was written by Andrew Brown!


Grass Fires: Stories
Grass Fires: Stories
Author: Dan Gerber
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/20/2010


"These are fine stories from the very heart of things." --Thomas McGuane

"The stories in Grass Fires are strong, visceral, poignant, out of the lineage of Willa Cather and Sherwood Anderson, perhaps the Irish Frank O'Connor and Edna O'Brien.... The collection carries a substantial weight, but flies, a night and day bird with a unique and peculiar vision of soul and landscape." -- Jim Harrison


The Idiot
The Idiot
Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/3/2016


The Constance Garnett translation.


The Last Quarry (Quarry, Bk 6)
The Last Quarry (Quarry, Bk 6)
Author: Max Allan Collins
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/9/2015


The first Quarry book I've read, and it won't be the last (although it is). Max Allan Collins has written a book that's a veritable guide to How to Write a Thriller! Don't miss it -- but probably better to read the others in the series first.


Runemaker: A Margit Andersson Mystery
Runemaker: A Margit Andersson Mystery
Author: Tiina Nunnally
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/15/2007
Helpful Score: 1


I like this book a lot, and not just because my wife wrote it. It was her first mystery, starring a technical translator of Swedish and Danish parentage who gets involved in a case where the bodies start piling up all over Seattle -- all because of a stolen Danish artifact that nobody knew existed. Lots of amateur sleuth fun here, and plenty of Scandinavian lore thrown in. Don't miss the sequel, Fate of Ravens.


Tal ohne Sonne
Tal ohne Sonne
Author: Heinz G. Konsalik
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/11/2010


Couldn't read this one, the prose was wooden. Don't know why he's a bestseller in Germany.


Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat
Author: John Steinbeck
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/26/2007


I reread this last year for the first time in 45 years, and experienced the perhaps familiar feeling of meeting an old friend who has changed in the interim -- when actually I'm the one who's changed. Give Steinbeck a chance, he can write circles around most writers of today -- too bad the Salinas Public Library withdrew their support for their most famous son! --from a native Bay Area Californian who's glad he left 23 years ago...


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