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The Post-Birthday World
3.48
You know when you express an interest in, say, boats, and then for the next five years all anyone ever gets you has to do with boats? I'm experiencing ...more
May 2008
Apr 29, 2008
 
The Sea of Trolls (Sea of Trolls, #1)
3.97
I loved reading this book - epic adventure, full of all the traditional elements of a good fantasy: trolls, dragons, warriors, bards, and magic. But t ...more
not set
Oct 26, 2011
 
King Matt the First
3.64
I do not understand the love for this book.

King Matt the First is a story about a prince who becomes king at a young age. Obviously he has no idea wha
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not set
Jan 06, 2012
 
Dirty Havana Trilogy
3.79
I'm . . . not quite sure how I feel about this book. From what I can gather it's a semi-fictional autobiography of the author himself, who used to be ...more
Apr 23, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
 
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
3.66
Bomi sent me this book as an afterthought to score Amazon free shipping on my birthday present, but it's the sweetest little story I've read in a whil ...more
Apr 21, 2008
Apr 21, 2008
 
Belly Up
4.07
For a kid's book, it's pretty entertaining. Teddy comes across as a smart but bored kid who is more interested in animals than normal kid things like ...more
Sep 26, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
 
Speak
3.97
This book feels like it was written by a teenager, which I suppose is what the author was aiming for. It starts off as a mystery - why did the narrato ...more
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)
3.79
This is an odd sort of book. It starts off rather dark, with the narrator recounting his grandfather's seemingly wild flights of fancy about his past ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
 
The Mouse and His Child
4.03
Short version: This is a more involved and philosophical version of The Velveteen Rabbit.

Long version: I have to admit, I was initially skeptical of t
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Nov 07, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
 
Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1)
3.94
Calling this historical fiction might be a bit of a stretch, but it's a fast and enjoyable read. I'm afraid I do have a soft spot for historical ficti ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2008
 
The Book of Lost Things
3.98
I loved this coming-of-age story, made up of a patchwork of dark, upside-down fairytales. The central plot revolves around David, a child grieving for ...more
not set
Sep 12, 2011
 
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
3.87
My overall reaction is a resounding "meh." Sure, the book touches upon themes of Big Brother and conformity and what price, O Lord, what price a world ...more
Feb 04, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
 
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
4.09
Sort of a modern-day Little Women - a story of four sisters and their various escapades. It fits nicely within the tradition of books for young girls ...more
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
Breadcrumbs
3.75
I love anything to do with fairytales, so I really really wanted to love Breadcrumbs. The story is based on Andersen's The Snow Queen, and revolves ar ...more
not set
Mar 12, 2012
 
The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain #2)
4.13
The trend for children's fantasy these days seems to follow a set formula: write long, lengthy books that turn into a sprawling series where the plot ...more
not set
Feb 08, 2012
 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
3.73
I imagine this is what Sophie's World would have looked like if the protagonist had been a crazy middle-aged guy who likes motorcycles, rather than a ...more
May 14, 2008
May 01, 2008
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.94
Very unconventional science/fantasy - urban, gritty, and absolutely mesmerizing. I had to stop after some chapters and take a minute to breathe becaus ...more
Sep 30, 2008
Sep 28, 2008
 
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
4.10
Quite bluntly, it is a bit of Mary Sue fanfiction. But the Mary Sue in question manages to be charming rather than annoying. I know Sherlock Holmes pu ...more
not set
Nov 04, 2011
 
The Maze of Bones  (The 39 Clues, #1)
3.80
This book is soulless. The plot is entertaining enough, I suppose, but it held no charm for me. Everything is so slick and contrived. To be fair, I am ...more
not set
Jan 19, 2012
 
Kimchi & Calamari
3.54
It REALLY annoys me when people write books about Korea or Korean culture and they are clearly talking out of their asses. So many details about Korea ...more
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
 
The Whipping Boy
3.51
I'm not sure what my kids thought of it. I think the dated language and expressions confused them mostly. (For example, Gemmy keeps saying "Gaw!" and ...more
Nov 23, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
The Art of Loving
3.99
A very "hetero-normative" view of love, I suppose. It's an interesting read if only because it concisely sums up commonly held views - masculine and f ...more
not set
Sep 28, 2008
 
The Silver Crown
3.93
I'm not sure what the point of this book is. Everything is black and white and none of the characters seemed particularly interesting. I wasn't sure w ...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
The Iron Giant
3.92
Interesting book. Starts off with an iron giant that eats metal and ends with Kepler's theory of the music of the spheres. Seriously, Ted Hughes, WTF? ...more
not set
Nov 07, 2011
 
Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)
4.00
Trash like no other, but highly enjoyable trash. I suppose it's pretty much like Buffy, if Buffy raised zombies for a living as well. And had lots of ...more
not set
Sep 28, 2008
 
Life of Pi
3.86
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Feb 13, 2013
 
The Passion
4.13
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Nov 09, 2011
 
Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1)
4.32
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Nov 06, 2011
 
Caddie Woodlawn
3.97
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Oct 31, 2011
 
The Blue Castle
4.23
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Apr 17, 2008
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