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The Gathering
When I see that some people have given this book five stars, I start to question my own sanity. For me, the book had wonderful potential when I took i ...more
Apr 04, 2008
Mar 24, 2008
The Magician's Assistant
I enjoyed reading the book, but after reading it I couldn't say that I loved it (hence, three stars).

Sabine, the main character, spends time with her
Jun 02, 2008
Mar 24, 2008
Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself
In the spirit of full disclosure, Alan Alda has always reminded me of my own father; As such, I think I would enthusiastically applaud his reading of ...more
Jun 07, 2008
May 21, 2008
The Abortionist's Daughter
Maybe I'm getting curmudgeonly in my old age. I probably would have liked this book when I was 15 and I thought that anything with the word "abortioni ...more
Apr 24, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)
I can't imagine that anyone who picks this book up is not at least somewhat familiar with the historical story of Henry VIII and his unfortunate marit ...more
May 19, 2008
Mar 24, 2008
Loving Frank
I love it when a book is as wonderful as the buzz claims it to be. It's amazing that a first-time author could pull off a story this thoughtful and nu ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Aug 18, 2008
And Only to Deceive: A Novel of Suspense (Lady Emily #1)
I have a soft spot for historical novels like these, pseudo-romance, pseudo-suspense, not wholly one, but also not wholly the other. I'm in a generous ...more
Jul 16, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln
This fictionalized autobiography of Mary Todd Lincoln was supposedly penned during the time when her son, Robert, has her committed to a sanitarium. H ...more
Apr 22, 2009
Jun 16, 2008
The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption
Disclaimer: The following review is based on the BOOK. It is not a repudiation or defense of Georgia Tann or the adoption network. I am reacting to th ...more
Jun 10, 2008
May 19, 2008
A Prayer for Owen Meany
I hope that readers are not put off by the length of the book. Yes, it is long. Yes, it is meandering (in a good way). Unfortunately, you'd also miss ...more
Oct 14, 2008
Jun 11, 2008
Assassination Vacation
Great book! I wish that all of history could be taught like this. We'd have more historians and fewer bankers (at least one less anyway!). I spent the ...more
Jul 14, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
The Poisonwood Bible
The novel's title is apt as Christian dogma and African tribal customs, here, create a combustible mix. The story is told from the various viewpoints ...more
Sep 02, 2008
Mar 24, 2008
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
Okay, so the the series may be wearing on me. The love triangle is making me faintly nauseous and Bella's whining and selfishness is turning tiresome. ...more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 09, 2008
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
Can Dan Brown become its own genre? At least then I would have a better grasp on how to rate his books. It's unfair to rate The Lost Symbol as literat ...more
not set
Apr 06, 2011
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
A nice ending to the series that wrapped up a few loose ends that were driving me a little batty. I can defintely understand the appeal of the series ...more
Jan 08, 2009
Dec 11, 2008
The Double Bind
I'm being generous with my rating because I believe that the writer has talent, but I believe that this book was a poor showing of it. It's hard to wr ...more
Dec 08, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines
I sincerely believe that this book was only published because of the novelty in marketing a "dad-said," vs. "child addict-said" pair of memoirs. I mad ...more
Nov 10, 2008
Mar 24, 2008
The Anatomy of Deception
This suspense/mystery novel is similiar to The Alienist in that it takes well-known historical figures and prominantly features them in a historically ...more
Sep 05, 2008
May 29, 2008
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
This is one of the best non-fiction books that I have ever read, although I spent probably half of the book being appalled at the lack of real human u ...more
Jul 03, 2008
Jun 02, 2008
The Reader
The story allows the author to explore the generational schism that results in Germany as both the war generation and their children have to confront ...more
Jan 28, 2009
May 29, 2008
The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Many people put this in the same grouping as Time Traveler's Wife and I would adamantly disagree. This novel has a unique quasi-linear timeline, but t ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
The Eyre Affair is hard to peg down. A Pythonesque, literary, science fiction mystery? Be ready to jump into a completely alternative reality when you ...more
Oct 23, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
Suite Française
A very somber and compelling book that details the life of the multitudes caught between a retreating and broken French army and the conquering German ...more
not set
Mar 24, 2008
Those Who Save Us
An interesting book that tells the moving story of a woman who fights, as much as she is able, against the unspeakable cruelties inflicted by the Nazi ...more
Jan 05, 2009
Jun 02, 2008
Never Let Me Go
Interestingly, I find myself rating this book highly even though I would have preferred a different story entirely--but maybe that is the beauty of no ...more
Mar 25, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
The Lovely Bones
As a parent, it was hard reading through the first chapter of the book--I almost couldn't do it. Luckily, the novel couldn't maintain that intensity f ...more
Oct 27, 2008
Mar 24, 2008
Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia
Ahhh, the good ol' days, when the Middle East was just a chaotic region of civil war-makin' Third World countries that loved and admired the American ...more
Dec 09, 2008
Jul 03, 2008
Little Bee
Going by the cute little request made by the author not to reveal the plot, I thought that this book was going to be a romp, but I was WAY off-base! I ...more
May 24, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII
Poor Katherine, Henry and Anne. If I couldn't keep up with the names and key courtiers and players and I was trapped in a car for hours on end with no ...more
Sep 09, 2011
May 16, 2011
A Thousand Splendid Suns
After reading a non-related book, I have been asking myself the grand question: what defines a well-lived life? Surprisingly, this book delived the an ...more
Aug 05, 2008
Jul 11, 2008
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