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Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
update 11/6/2012: I just wrote this elsewhere, but I think it says something apropos, so I'm quoting myself, which is no doubt worst possible manners....more
May 11, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality
Oh, hell no.

I'm frankly horrified that there are people who have read this book and believe that it offers anything other than bigotry and hate.

1. Sex...more
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Aug 15, 2013
Wicked Pretty Things: 13 Dark Faerie Romances
Yeah, no anthologies edited by Telep for me. I like love stories, regardless of character orientation, and asking an author to make the m/m couple a m...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
The Little Red Book: 1000 Things Every Girl Should Know
A guy thoughtfully shares with girls his ideas on how they should properly behave. Oddly, his idea of how girls should behave is perfectly in line wit...more
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Nov 17, 2011
Coming Out Straight: Understanding and Healing Homosexuality
Look, if people want to appease bigots by passing, I can certainly understand why. The bigots will kill you, and not everyone can withstand that kind...more
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
How to Save Your Daughter's Life
Most sexual assaults and murders occur where? In the home. How does Brown advise you to keep your daughter safe? Keep her at home all the time: homesc...more
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May 16, 2012
The Help
A feel good story for whites about how they fought against racism during the Jim Crow era.
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Aug 17, 2011
The Island Of Dr. Moreau
I really don't know why I keep thinking that Wells' stories aren't any good. Before much reading time had passed I was talking to the Spouse about how...more
Mar 19, 2014
Sep 17, 2009
I've been a Rudnick fan since, let's say 1989 when his last novel, I'll Take It, was published (in the meantime I've been forced to keep up with his s...more
May 20, 2014
Feb 21, 2013
Nobody Told Me: What You Need to Know About the Physical and Emotional Consequences of Sex Outside of Marriage
A book that rejects all the international research into ways to protect the health of teens and reduce teenage pregnancy in favor of a religious messa...more
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Mar 24, 2014
The Children's Book
Byatt is curiously prone to report the behavior of her characters, rather than just show them. If she weren't dealing with so much: fairy tales and fo...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
Tales of Two Cities: Paris, London and the Birth of the Modern City
Nonfiction, particularly when it is written for the popular audience, way oversells itself. I enjoy reading the social history of this or that item, c...more
Mar 13, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
Rowling continues to impress me. She's got a good set-up for her series: Cormoran has an elaborate backstory, Robin has an elaborate backstory, and th...more
Sep 06, 2014
Aug 13, 2013
The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys
From the book cover:
While the manifestation of sexism against women is widely acknowledged, few people take seriously the idea that males are also th
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May 17, 2012
Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism
My contempt knows no limits: "healing" autism, my ass
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Apr 05, 2012
Cat Says Meow: and other animalopoeia
The secret of anything done really well is that everyone looks on from outside and thinks "wow, that looks so easy, I could do that." Of course, it ne...more
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
We Were Liars
Cadence spends every summer on her grandfather's private island with her mother, her two aunts, and her cousins. Two years ago, the summer before the...more
Jul 22, 2014
Nov 13, 2012
The Martian
This is the book to read if you enjoy: smart characters, snarky comments, space exploration, problem solving,man-against-nature, McGuyver-like improvi...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
What Makes This Book So Great
This fulfills that same sweet spot as Hornby's writing for The Believer and Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris: I really enjoy reading what a devoted reader has...more
Jun 12, 2014
May 31, 2013
His books have never sounded appealing to me, but his attack on Edith Wharton's looks in the New Yorker just put him over the line
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Mar 08, 2012
Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness
In the summer of 1939, Donn's father takes his sons and their friends on a fishing trip in Maine. Along the way, the decide to climb the tallest mount...more
Apr 05, 2014
May 04, 2014
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
2011 October 4

One of the things usually left out of children's books is dying. Not death, characters are dead all the time, but the miserable, painful...more
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Aug 27, 2010
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
Natasha read this and loved it, talking me into starting as soon as she was done. It deals realistically with both the surveillance on students today...more
Jun 06, 2014
Jan 22, 2009
Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1)
I wrote a review of this and it disappeared. It was a good review, too, nicely scathing about the tedium and the kids playing with matches and ending...more
Apr 26, 2012
Sep 18, 2009
Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)
I wish I'd loved this because the name Skulduggery Pleasant is probably the best name ever.

Library copy
Feb 06, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
Probably I should start out by saying that I didn't know the fairy tale this is retelling, although I know similar ones (lots of overlap if fairy tale...more
Mar 15, 2014
Feb 19, 2010
Welcome to the Monkey House
1982 January 6
2014 October 3

Where I Live - Keenly observed. I wonder what an update would be like 50 years on?

Harrison Bergeron - This one has aged a...more
Oct 03, 2014
Jun 03, 2009
The Thirteenth Tale

such a Readerville book: lots of Jane Eyre and Victorian references, both allusions and stylistically, ends well *** This is what happens if...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
There's two different stories going on here: in one, Flavia is trying to find out about her mother, missing, presumed dead, since the girl was an infa...more
Apr 2014
Sep 16, 2010
Tales of Known Space: The Universe of Larry Niven
Fair warning: one really nasty tale of homophobia.

Classic stories from the 60s and 70s, one out-of-date (as science) practically before it was publish...more
Mar 29, 2014
Aug 15, 2011
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