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srnm has commented on (5) products.

Glittering Stone #04: Soldiers Live by Glen Cook
Glittering Stone #04: Soldiers Live

srnm, June 6, 2010

A Gordian knot of tying up all that came before, including admitting to a good many of the never made sense, incongruent, and anachronistic threads of the ever ever after tale and setting up the situations for a new set of characters in a maybe new series.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

srnm, June 1, 2010

Sherman Alexie at his finest. A wry funny sad tale of how being even a good kid is hard on or off the rez, particularly if you're from the rez, poor, alone, and people insist on dying on you.
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Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Black Swan Green

srnm, June 1, 2010

Since I once nearly strangled a 19-year-old who spent a 3 hour drive extolling the wonderfulness of Catcher in the Rye, you may understand how I nearly didn't read this after seeing it blurbed as "a coming of age story." How fortunate I did read it. It's a masterful and engaging story of changing perspectives on who's big, who's important, what hurts, and who's who and there for a narrator who's bewildered, insightful, and growing up despite himself and without being a self-centered egotist.
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The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life by Tom Reiss
The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life

srnm, June 1, 2010

Very much what I (negatively) consider a standard New York Times Notable Book-- a not particularly well-written meandering tale of an era and a figure not particularly well known or frequently written about. It will serve as a placeholder until something better is written.
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The Good Thief: A Novel by Hannah Tinti
The Good Thief: A Novel

srnm, December 1, 2009

Awkwardly written, poor grasp of daily life of the times--simply a poorly written, but targeted for the lists, example of YA at its most historically inept.
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