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2007 books (continuing) (14 titles)

2006 picks (5 titles)
books i read in 2006. just the top five I could think of. will most likely edit later. All pretty good books however.
Tomes (6 titles)
I've always had a fascination with hefty books. It never mattered what they were about, as long as they had a lot of pages. Oddly enough, House of Leaves is not in the system, but that is the best book to be written in the past 30 years.

Bookman's Comments    
Cover ArtNo country for old men
by McCarthy, Cormac
Before I read this, someone told me that it was just too graphic sometimes, and I have to say this was pretty tame. Provided you don’t mind reading "shot through the head" many times, you’ll be fine. This was an ok novel. I only had the large print of the novel from the library, and I don’t know if that affected my reading of it. However, McCarthy, at least in this book, did not use quotes. Everytime someone says something, it’s either a quick line, or just thrown into the paragraph. Sometimes hard to go with. Ending was Ok. 6/10.   posted Apr 26, 2007 at 11:55PM

Cover ArtKagemusha [DVD] = The shadow warrior
by Kurosawa, Akira
My lord, Kurosawa loves making long movies. The problem is, they are really good. I guess Kurosawa wasn’t making movies for a while, but all the time he was painting, and after that he started work on this movie with the helping hands of george lucas and oliver stone. You can almost see the influence from the painting, because there are many shots that are just one camera no switch scenes. There are some beautiful images. Worth the look if you have three hours to kill. But the ending took too long. Reminded me of the Lord of the Rings "Let’s take all seven endings and use them" idea. 8/10.   posted Apr 17, 2007 at 5:47PM

Cover ArtA Confederacy of dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
Toole killed himself after this book wasn’t picked up for the first time he sent it out to publishers. I believe it was published posthumously by the family or something. (Same thing goes for the book he wrote when he was like sixteen, called The Neon Bible.) However, this is a great novel. The only reason publishers were afraid to take it was because there is a lot of what would seem is making fun of the people of the southern states (I think this is based somewhere around the same place Mardi Gras is held.) Either way, Ignatius Reilly is the main protagonist of the story, and he is likened to Shakespeare’s Falstaff, a character who is always trying to get out of the hard work of life. It’s really good. 8/10.   posted Apr 17, 2007 at 5:39PM

Cover ArtTalk radio [DVD]
by Bogosian, Eric
Quite good. Not based after, but very reminiscent of Howard Stern’s style of shock radio. Actually a bit more extreme, because Stern is more about sex, and this dealt more with racism and prejudice. Good acting pretty much throughout. With the angry John McGinley from Scrubs (I think that’s his name). making a guest appearance. Check it out. worth the rent. 8/10.   posted Apr 9, 2007 at 7:35PM

Cover ArtSquat
by Taylor Field
Pretty good writing. Enough to keep you reading. I feel that the author really is holding back on the human language to make it readable for anyone. Because honestly, if we are talking about squatters and the homeless, they are bound to use a few curse words here and there. I’m halfway through the book right now, and haven’t seen one. But it doesn’t detract at all. I believe the author is a missionary or minister, or some other "M" word, and so he steps kind of lightly through the plot. But the characters are well defined in my opinion. I just wish there was a bit more colorful language. Maybe I’m just too used to it. My roommate curses a lot. 7/10.   posted Apr 4, 2007 at 4:37PM

Cover ArtThe Rover
by Mel Odom
Despite the fact that this is great writing, and I mean that whole-heartedly, Mel Odom takes it too close to Lord of the Rings so many times it’s almost as if this was a writing exercise for him to see how close he could write to. The plot and the backstory for the hobbits (or as Odom calls them, Dwellers), are different, yes, but all the events that occur are drawn directly from Tolkien. There’s a Dragon in a cave, A spider they defeat, dwarves drink and get plastered, and the Mysterious man (aragorn) falls in love with an Elf (i’m assuming at this point). But the writing is great. No sarcasm whatsoever there. I’d read it, but only if you can stand the fact that the events are so close to Lord of the Rings, you will guffaw. 8/10.   posted Apr 2, 2007 at 6:59PM

Cover ArtTo dance with the white dog [DVD]
So I didnt realize that this was a hallmark movie. If I did, I probably wouldnt have checked it out. That being said, it was ok. I think Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are the greatest old couple in show biz. Too bad they’re both worm bait. So anyway, pretty good to watch with kids and stuff. Nothing epic and blockbuster though. 6/10.   posted Mar 29, 2007 at 2:30PM

Cover ArtThe Gospel according to the Son
by Norman Mailer
Pretty good. Mailer is a great writer for the most part. This one was okay. I kind of expected a bit more, but really, it was just another telling of the life of christ, told from his perspective. It wasn’t bad, but not awe shocking. 7/10.   posted Mar 28, 2007 at 9:06PM

Cover ArtCell
by Stephen King
Ok, this wasn’t a remake of The Stand, and that being said, should not be sized up to it. This book was written as an homage to all the zombie movie makers King grew up with. I will agree that this writing was not the best, but it read along quickly. The idea for it was cool, but some of the descriptions of characters started to get annoying. 6/10.   posted Mar 25, 2007 at 3:52PM

Cover ArtA Heartbreaking work of staggering genius
by Dave Eggers
I disagree completely. If she only read the first 50 pages, she didn’t get the point of the book. Because in the first 50 pages, all you know IS the bad stuff. The book is mainly about how they cope. and might I say that the book is actually quite hilarious at points. Which is explained by the author, how he uses humor to get this dark stuff out off his chest. 9/10.   posted Mar 21, 2007 at 4:14PM

Cover ArtGate of flesh [DVD] = Nikutai no mon
by Suzuki, Seijun
Pretty good storyline. Kind of falls apart at the end. PETA would hate this movie. Must have been before they had passed any bills. Either way, Basically about five women who band together to protect each other's back while prostituting on the streets of Japan. apparently the world is post war, so times are down. Either way, pretty good. NOT FOR KIDS. 7/10.   posted Mar 8, 2007 at 5:53PM

Cover ArtMr. Thundermug
by Cornelius Medvei
Honestly, the plot was a bit thin. There were some slightly funny parts, but the whole, the plot seemed lacking. 105 pages, a first novel from the author. So I can't blame him too much. He's done more than I have. 5/10.   posted Mar 7, 2007 at 3:42PM

Cover ArtAnother fine myth
by Asprin, Robert
Fun book to read. It wanted to add humor into the fantasy genre, like piers anthony, or terry pratchett. It does quite well. Make back in 1984, so I suppose it's heard all these praises before. Still fun to read, and the magik structure is complex enough to enjoy reading about. although I hate when its spelled magik, and not magic. 7/10   posted Mar 5, 2007 at 10:38PM

Cover ArtA day with a perfect stranger
by Gregory, David
Quite a good book. good read. Simple writing, but written out easily to understand, makes you want to think about for awhile. Takes about an hour to read. It's basically a woman in crisis meeting this certain person on her trip to Tucson. That's all I'll say. 8/10.   posted Mar 5, 2007 at 10:35PM

Cover ArtThe last opium den
by Tosches, Nick
Pretty much an essay in a small book format. the book is like 6 inches tall. about 70 pages, but the pages are small. I'd say roughly an hour of intense reading. Good read. Tosches is a brilliant writer, and it basically talks about how he doesnt like drugs, but wants opium because it might help him with his diabetes. I guess opium is known for helping diabetes. good quick read, 8/10.   posted Mar 1, 2007 at 12:44PM

Cover ArtBoot tracks
by Matthew F. Jones
A good solid read. explicit in many ways, so not for young adults I guess. A double narrative that's hard to run with in the beginning. Well done, ending not too shabby. 7/10.   posted Feb 22, 2007 at 7:25PM

Cover ArtJournal
by Kristine Atkinson and Joyce Atkinson
God what a horrid attempt at a plot. The ending is predictable. The reading is timid. Humor is repititive to the point of annoyance. Read only if at gunpoint by the authors. 4/10.   posted Feb 22, 2007 at 7:23PM

Cover ArtTravels in the scriptorium
by Paul Auster
A quick read. took about four hours total I guess. One nightsworth of reading. Good narration, multiple narratives that mesh quite well. No chapters, but having them would most likely have ruined the pacing. Ending is decent. Pick it up. What's the risk? 8/10.   posted Feb 16, 2007 at 2:09AM

Cover ArtThe Shepherd, the angel, and Walter the Christmas dog
by Dave Barry
The book is written out kind of three short stories that intersect. Pretty good, and slightly heartwarming. Delivering quick laughs as only Barry can do. Read this one in roughly two hours or less. Only about 100 pages and big type. 7/10.   posted Feb 8, 2007 at 11:25PM

Cover ArtThe Architect
by Keith Ablow
Pretty solid ending, good beginnings. The description of architecture doesn't go on forever (in most cases). This novel is also an ongoing mystery series, much like Clive Cussler and the character Dirk Pitt. This detective's name is Frank Clevenger and he is a forensic psychiatrist. and he isn't blowing smoke when he talks, because the author himself is a credited psychologist. pretty good, reads quick enough. 8/10   posted Dec 21, 2006 at 11:32PM

Cover ArtThe Sum of all men
by David Farland
Though a friend of mine thought this book was too sappy at points, I disagree whole-heartedly. This is actually a fresh step in my view of the fantasy novel realm. It's High Fantasy, so everyone's trying to stop a madman from ruling the world. But what really gets to you is the show of sacrifice to gain power. and that sentence makes more sense once you get into the book. Runelords have followers with runes put on them, and basically through them, the Runelord can get stronger, wiser, etc through as many runes as he can collect. read it. worth the words themselves. 8/10   posted Dec 21, 2006 at 11:28PM

Cover ArtRadical prunings
by Bonnie Thomas Abbott
Basically a bunch of letters on gardening, and throughout, the narrator, or writer of the gardening articles splashes them with her own life. Funny in parts, but the descriptions of what to do to for gardening, as well as the run on joke of tips about lawn care (which the writer does not write about) meh. 6/10.   posted Dec 21, 2006 at 11:23PM

Cover ArtBy the light of the moon
by Dean R. Koontz
A friend once told me that there are five main plots that Koontz uses when he creates a novel. It's hard to debate it as well. Though Koontz does create odd characters that you can't help but either have sympathy for them, good and bad. Which is exactly why he's a bestseller. good read. about some brothers who meet a female songwriter with a pet cactus. 7/10   posted Dec 21, 2006 at 11:20PM

Cover ArtAngels & demons
by Dan Brown
Before the controversial Da Vinci code, Brown came out with Angels and Demons, and I must say it would have made a better movie. More eye candy so to speak, and you'll know what I mean once you start reading. I was at a used bookdealer, and he revealed to me that Brown has a tendency to have every chapter of his end on some sort of cliffhanger. I have to admit, I didn't even notice when I read it, but now I can't help but see it. And considering the fact that he has roughly 80 chapters per book, its a lot of suspense. maybe too much. who knows. 8/10   posted Dec 21, 2006 at 2:27PM

Cover ArtHouse of leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski
Quite possibly the best novel to have been written in the past ten years. maybe 25. I can't say enough about it. Though not to take anything from the experience of the novel, it took the author nine years to create the arrangement of the book. A daunting task to read. But it will change any perception you had of the common novel. 10/10   posted Dec 21, 2006 at 2:20PM

Cover ArtDie a little
by Megan E. Abbott
Set in a femme fatale film noir narration, the novel was enjoyable to read, may have been slow in a couple parts, but not enough to hinder the story very much. 7/10   posted Dec 21, 2006 at 2:17PM

Cover ArtPassarola rising
by Azhar Abidi
Extremely good reading. Slight philosophical wordings every now and then. The characters are never static. The author even makes the technical aspects of the ship sound interesting. Kudos to Azhar. 9/10.   posted Dec 21, 2006 at 2:14PM

Cover ArtCome closer : a novel
by Gran, Sara
an ok novel. reads extremely quick. though the ending was not expected, there wasn’t a very large buildup to it. characters were displayed pretty well. worth a read for your own eyes. 7/10.   posted Dec 21, 2006 at 2:12PM

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