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The Devil Wears Prada (The Devil Wears Prada, #1)
3.62
**spoiler alert** Meh.

I actually listened to the audiobook version of The Devil Wears Prada on a recent road trip. I hope that counts as "reading" it....more
May 24, 2008
May 27, 2008
 
The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero
3.83
When I set out to find resources for my in-progress novel about Houdini, I was recommended this book by a professional magician who knows an awful lot...more
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May 05, 2009
 
The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, #12)
4.30
UUUUUUGGGHHHH.

I waited a couple of years after The Gathering Storm came out to read it. I still felt some affection for Egwene and her plight, and I w...more
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Jun 07, 2011
 
The Kin
3.83
I truly cannot understand why so many people rate this book so highly, here and on Amazon.

I could give myself a headache trying to delineate all the...more
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Nov 27, 2010
 
The Shore of Women
3.81
I'm a "visual learner." I need to be shown with a clear example before I can really absorb crucial information. As a writer, that makes it quite diffi...more
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Jul 25, 2008
 
The Complete Artist's Way : Creativity as a Spiritual Practice
4.30
Not bad. This book was recommended by a friend because it has some good exercises that she thought I might find useful in overcoming a particularly ba...more
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Jun 01, 2008
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
Easily one of the worst book I've ever subjected myself to.

First: Why I read it. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I'd been hearing for a...more
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Nov 22, 2009
 
Bend Sinister (Penguin Modern Classics)
3.87
Shockingly enough, Bend Sinister manages to rival Lolita for the position of my favorite Nabokov novel, and therefore my favorite novel by any author....more
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Nov 22, 2009
 
In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop
3.98
One of the few books about writing I frequently and strongly recommend to writers and aspiring writers. When I, a prose writer, met a group of poets w...more
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Nov 27, 2010
 
The Twentieth Wife (Taj Mahal Trilogy, #1)
4.04
Great book! I actually listened to the unabridged audio version of this book while I worked. It was so captivating that I kept finding reasons to keep...more
Dec 24, 2008
Nov 29, 2008
 
The Book of the Dun Cow (Chauntecleer the Rooster, #1)
4.05
This book ranks very highly among my all-time favorite novels. It's an allegorical story told in a kind of romping, hand-clapping narrative that is at...more
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Nov 22, 2009
 
The Red Tent
4.13
This is one of my favorite historical novels of all time. It is, in fact, the book that got me hooked on historical novels when I was about twelve yea...more
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Nov 22, 2009
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.41
I finally have another book to add to my "what to recommend to Twilight-obsessed girls who need to understand what REAL quality fiction is like" list,...more
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Nov 29, 2008
 
Zen in the Art of Writing
4.09
This is hands-down my favorite book about writing EVER.

Ray Bradbury showcases his dark, musical voice in this collection of previously published essay...more
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Nov 22, 2009
 
Cascade-Olympic Natural History : A Trailside Reference
4.58
I have owned this book since I was eight years old. In the twenty years I've had this on my shelf, I've completed literally hundreds of "purges" of my...more
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Jul 25, 2008
 
Wyrms
3.34
This is one of the under-appreciated gems of the sci-fi genre. One of Card's earlier works, this reflects his darker style that was prevalent during t...more
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Apr 16, 2008
 
The Crimson Petal and the White
3.81
I love delicious prose and can forgive almost anything in a book if the wordplay is interesting enough. However, the plot, if there was one, in The Cr...more
Nov 27, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
 
Camping Made Easy
3.29
A few months ago my husband and I decided that we'd both like to rekindle our childhood interest in camping. In preparation we searched our favorite u...more
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Jul 25, 2008
 
World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
4.19
I'm a bit cool on World Without End. While the story is nice and the characters are as well developed as were their predecessors in Pillars of the Ear...more
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Jul 25, 2008
 
Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot
3.89
Very funny stuff. Al Franken was part of the SNL team during the glory days of SNL, when it was actually funny and often featured brilliant political...more
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Feb 02, 2009
 
Lavinia
3.68
Wow!

A creative re-telling (sort of) of Virgil's Aeneid, through the eyes of young Lavinia and her ghostly poet friend.

This book has the rhythmic, sin...more
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Nov 22, 2009
 
Holy Sh*t!: The World's Weirdest Comic Books
3.35
I am a huge fan of pulps and old comic books, so this book really tickled my fancy. It's bizarre and hilarious and just plain weird. There are some ty...more
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Feb 02, 2009
 
Why I Am Not a Muslim
3.81
This is an incredibly thorough and scholarly overview of Islam. There is much to be disturbed by, as other reviewers have noted. It is an honest and c...more
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Nov 29, 2008
 
Lady of the Reeds (Lady of the Reeds, #1)
4.18
After Child of the Morning and The Eagle and the Raven, I was disappointed by Lady of the Reeds.

The editing or house style (whichever it was) was ter...more
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May 01, 2008
 
Judgement of the Pharaoh: Crime and Punishment in Ancient Egypt
4.03
Delves into parts of ancient Egyptian life that are seldom covered in other books. Tyldesley gives us a fascinating look into the lives of the citizen...more
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May 01, 2008
 
Black Stars: The Life of Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt
1.00
Unfortunately not an enjoyable read. As it is self-published, it's full of typographical errors, inconsistencies, and the type of writing you'd expect...more
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Dec 06, 2010
 
The Catswold Portal
4.03
I read this book long ago and remember thinking even as a kid, "The characters aren't very believable." But I do also recall thinking that it was a fu...more
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Nov 22, 2009
 
The Pastelist's Year: Painting the Four Seasons in Pastel
4.33
Great tips and techniques! This book has guided me into my first attempts at pastel painting and so far I have found success, so that must be a testam...more
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Nov 29, 2008
 
Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show
3.86
Decent short spec. A couple of the stories were rather weak, I felt, but others made up for their shortcomings. Not the most wallop-full collection of...more
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Nov 29, 2008
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
This one didn't have the same page-turning appeal that The Hunger Games held for me. Still a great book and extremely enjoyable to read, but not quite...more
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Nov 22, 2009
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