Tag Archive: 5 star


You Should Read This: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

March 14, 2014 | Bridget | 33 Comments

Book: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Rating: 5/5 evil supernatural nannies from another dimension Recommended if you like: Coming of age tales; surreal, fairy tale-type stories; really really vivid prose First Lines: “It was only a duck pond, out […]


You Should Read This: Alice Fantastic by Maggie Estep

January 23, 2014 | Meghan | 14 Comments

Book: Alice Fantastic Author: Maggie Estep Published: May 2009 by Akashic Books First lines: “I’d been trying to get rid of the big oaf for seventeen weeks but he just kept coming around.” Genre/rating: Literary fiction, 4.5/5 three-legged hounds named Ira Recommended if you like: Books […]


Review: Beethoven: The Man Revealed, by John Suchet

December 12, 2013 | kateofmind | 7 Comments

Book: Beethoven: The Man Revealed Author: John Suchet Published: American edition, December 2013 by Grove/Atlantic; UK edition October 2012 by Elliot & Thompson First Line: “Thousands of people flocked towards the Altes Schwarzspanierhaus, as word spread across Vienna that Beethoven had died.” Genre/Rating: Biography, 5/5 […]


Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

October 8, 2013 | lucysfootball | 16 Comments

Book: Doctor Sleep Author: Stephen King Published: September 2013 by Scribner, 544 pages First Line: ”On the second day of December in a year when a Georgia peanut farmer was doing business in the White House, one of Colorado’s great resort hotels burned to the ground.” Genre/Rating: Horror; 5/5 women […]


Review: Safe as Houses by Marie-Helene Bertino

September 7, 2013 | lucysfootball | 11 Comments

Book: Safe as Houses Author: Marie-Helene Bertino Published: October 2012 by University of Iowa Press, 164 pages First Line: ”Growing up, I have dreams that my father sets our house on fire.” Genre/Rating: Short stories; 5/5 little boys lugubriously printing the names of his classmates on their valentines, only to […]


The Booksluts Discuss: Spoonful by Chris Mendius

July 12, 2013 | Susie | 3 Comments

Book: Spoonful Author: Chris Mendius Published: February 8th 2012 by Anything Goes Publishing; 332 pages First line: “Nobody ever says, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a junkie.’” Susie’s rating: 4/5 paintings in your collection that were purchased by rock stars Rob’s rating: […]

Review: Double Feature by Owen King

April 26, 2013 | lucysfootball | 9 Comments

Book: Double Feature Author: Owen King Published: March 2013 by Scribner, 419 pages Date Read: April 2013 First Line: ”The steel-on-steel whisk of the curtain rings scraping along the rod seemed to come from the sky, and for the last seven or eight seconds of his dream, Sam Dolan found […]


You Should Read This: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

February 24, 2013 | lucysfootball | 14 Comments

Book: Tell the Wolves I’m Home Author: Carol Rifka Brunt Published: June 2012 by The Dial Press, 368 pages First Line: ”My sister, Greta, and I were having our portrait painted by our uncle Finn that morning because he knew he was dying.” Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 5/5 teenage girls who dream […]

Review: No Alternative by William Dickerson

November 18, 2012 | TheEnabler | 16 Comments

Book: No Alternative Author: William Dickerson Published: April 5, 2012 by Kettle of Letters Press First Line: “Suicide is a universally human phenomenon.” Rating: 5/5 Stewart Copeland Tama Signature Snare Drums (A review copy was provided by the author.) No Alternative is one of those […]


You Should Read This: The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon

October 14, 2012 | Susie | 16 Comments

Book: The Polish Boxer Author: Eduardo Halfon (translated by Daniel Hahn, Ollie Brock, Lisa Dillman, Thomas Bunstead, and Anne McLean) Published: October 2012 by Bellevue Literary Press First line: “I was pacing among them, moving up and down between the rows of desks as if trying […]