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reviewed I served the King of England. June 23, 2009
Bohumil Hrabal, I served the King of England
Some people think this is a comedy. We could laugh ourselves to death. What this is: a frog perspective tale of history in a servant country. Its sense of humor is exuberant, eccentric, depressing and …
reviewed The Draining Lake: A Thriller. June 19, 2009
The Draining Lake
  Leipzig and Iceland share the location of this story, it is about 50 : 50 between the two. Some chapters tell us of the Leipzig of international students and the Stasi in the 50s. Those were hard …
reviewed Arrowsmith. June 19, 2009
Lewis Sinclair's Arrowsmith
Harry Sinclair Lewis was a notorious dissenter (supporting progressive politicians and labor leaders) and skeptic (having deserted good manly Christianity), as well as, in his later life, an alcoholic …
reviewed Elmer Gantry. June 19, 2009
Books and Bookmen
Lewis' satirical portrait of a hypocritical preacher and con artist in the US of the early 20th century is one of his best known novels. It is claimed by the publisher that it was the 'most hated …
reviewed What Was Lost. June 19, 2009
What Was Lost by Catherine Oflynn
This is the debut novel of a very talented writer. It is a working class mystery set in the industrial ruins of the English Midlands and in a shopping mall in Birmingham. The story is set in two time …
reviewed Jung Chang, Mao: The Unknown Story. May 24, 2009
Clearly not a "neutral" biography, this story of infamies is totally convincing. One wonders what the defense team might come up with. Some negative opinions about this book blame it for not being neutral …
reviewed Steve Tesich, Karoo. May 23, 2009
This novel of the 1990s is entertaining and competent, but I thought that Bellow or Updike or P.Roth had already written it. In other words, it doesn't seem to walk new paths, really. But since it does …
reviewed In Cold Blood. May 23, 2009
In Cold Blood
...if it only were one! I would feel so much better liking it. It is a brilliant piece of borderline writing, mixing 'fiction' and journalism.   Unfortunately it also seems to have done something …
reviewed Voices: A Reykjavik Thriller. May 14, 2009
Indridason, Voices
I have been on a Nordic crime spree with the novels by Indridason from Iceland or Nesbo from Norway, but now I have been slowed down a bit. I was really impressed by Indridason's Jar City (about the Icelandic …
reviewed Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude. May 14, 2009
Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude
Now and then, I have the happy experience of discovering a new writer. Usually recommended by a friend, sometimes by a magazine review, or by another writer.   I knew Hrabal by name for a while, …
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January 11, 2010

Hey Schneider, how’s it going? I just wanted to fill you in on what's new at Lunch. There are lots of great new features to explore! Thought you might like to check out this review on the book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by @MichaelN or a review on what your favorite authors are reading by @anniec. You could write microreviews on anything you wish (140 characters or less) or create lists on topics that interest you. Let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you around Lunch!

May 07, 2009
Hi HWSchneider – it's nice to have you hear at lunch and it's great to see your first review up! You should check out this FAQ on wikis vs. reviews, as it's always helpful to get some factual info up on each review you write. Since you're into books, check out the tag on books for some great reads, by members like @luan_gaines . By rating the data points there, you'll be able to quickly build up your similarity network. Anyways, stop by my page anytime to say hi and let me know if I can help with anything! And when you have a minute, I'm sure the community would also love to see the a photo & profile behind your reviews :)
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