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American Gods
In 2003, I walked away from my childhood religion – a high control (some would say abusive) group with a tiny little worldview and a severe superiorit ...more
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Mar 24, 2008
The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1)
(Updated 1.30)
1.27.11 (20% read) Having a difficult time with this one. That's what I get for jumping on the popularity bandwagon. So far, the titular
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
33 A.D.
#1, Vampire conversion. No I don't mean humans converting into vamps after bloodsucking, I mean vamps seeing Jesus and converting to Christianity. Oka ...more
Sep 19, 2010
Sep 03, 2010
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I've started and erased my little book commentary so many times because this story is so overwhelming and so important on multiple levels, I'm not sur ...more
May 29, 2011
Dec 27, 2010
**spoiler alert** Another one-star book for the "so bad it pissed me off" category. I so wanted to like this book. Up until this book I think I read n ...more
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Mar 26, 2008
The Historian
It has been some time since I read this, so my recollections may not be that accurate. I tend to make these decisions (do I like or not like a book?) ...more
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Mar 24, 2008
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed
For weeks, I attempted to finish Patricia Cornwell's "Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed" I haven't written a real book review, (or ev ...more
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Mar 26, 2008
I've read quite a few reviews of this book saying that it was patchy in places, or it bogged down in the historical parts, the character not being bel ...more
May 2008
Mar 24, 2008
Odd and the Frost Giants
Each time I read something by Gaiman, I think, “This. This is where he excels.” Whether it's a fairy story (Stardust,) or a children's story (Coraline ...more
Jan 17, 2011
Sep 30, 2009
The Handmaid's Tale
**spoiler alert** I feel vaguely guilty about my opinions of this novel, considering that it seems to be generally regarded as a feminist classic. (Wh ...more
May 08, 2008
Mar 30, 2008
Wow. I've been talking about Deliverance to all my friends, who all roll their eyes at me, because I haven't seen the movie.

This was one of the best
Jul 09, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
Kept feeling like I was reading an amalgam of Angels and DaVinci's Code. When I started wandering off in search of snacks in the middle of paragraphs, ...more
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Dec 02, 2010
The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)
This book was a gift while I was working as a nanny. At first it was funny, with all of the little observations that all nannies make- mainly about a ...more
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Mar 25, 2008
Out of Time  (Out of Time, #1)
Here's the thing: I turned 40 last week, and while I know that 40 is the new 30, and I'm only as old as I feel, (blah blah blah, whatever else my birt ...more
Dec 28, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
Sandworms of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #8)
I did it, I finished this book, after it sat on the shelf for 3 years with a bookmark stuck in at page 202. Maybe I should say "mired." And all I'd li ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Mar 31, 2008
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)
I'm getting better at my new "don't read bad books" plan. Not that this one is "bad," exactly, so much as it is a little bit irritating. The two kids ...more
Jul 20, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
The problem with March is that it's tied in to a beloved children's story. While this might have been a terrific marketing ploy, (fan fiction often is ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5)
The most important thing is that I got my Harry Dresden "fix." Everytime I read one of these books, I tear through it like a hyperactive child in a bu ...more
Dec 18, 2010
May 25, 2010
The Windup Girl
I think I've recommended this to more people than any other book I've read (except maybe American Gods,) and yet I had to let it tumble around in my m ...more
Jul 25, 2010
Sep 18, 2009
The Golden Acorn
Why is it that some adults can write for children, and create a whole new world for the child to get lost in wonder, and others write as if "child" is ...more
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Apr 30, 2011
The Magician's Elephant
A charming story of love and hope, The Magician's Elephant was a delightful surprise. I can't recall who recommended it to me, but if I could remember ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
Crisis of Conscience
This book was written quite a few years back as an expose of the JW religion, told by a former high-level insider.

It is well written, with enough doc
Jul 2003
Mar 26, 2008
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
Sunday afternoon, I arrived at the Seattle train station, with a book I thought would last me the two days of my quick trip. I was wrong, and I finish ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
Full Dark, No Stars
Ages ago I read two stories by King: “Chattery Teeth” (which I persist in remembering as “Clackety Teeth,”) and “You Know They Got a Hell of a Band,” ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Dec 20, 2010
Blackout (Oxford Time Travel, #3)
Blithering idiots.
Read rage.
That is all.
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Jul 04, 2011
Homeland (Little Brother, #2)
Well crap. Once again Doctorow paints a pretty grim and believable picture of what happens when we allow our rights to privacy, autonomy and freedom o ...more
Mar 16, 2013
Dec 10, 2012
The Unnamed
I read an excerpt of The Unnamed right before the release date (a year ago.) It had such a weird set-up, I couldn't get it out of my head, and I wante ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 16, 2010
Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower, #6)
I've enjoyed this series immensely, all the way up until this book. Now I am reading the last one just to see if he can straighten out the mess he mad ...more
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Dec 21, 2008
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
I'm not sure I can adequately express how profoundly this novel affected me. I certainly wasn't expecting such a personal examination of faith. I can' ...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
In the 6th novel, redacted, redacted, redacted. We get some answers, a whole lot more questions, and a little bit of heartbreak. Also, I might be a ti ...more
Feb 13, 2014
Feb 05, 2014
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