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Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
4.07
I enjoyed this a lot at first, in a stupid trashy way, but got bored after a while, which is why I took so long to finish it. I think it reaches its h ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 31, 2007
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
3.97
Things I liked about ANCILLARY JUSTICE: a list

- Everyone is she (not everyone is actually she)

- The protagonist is a SPACESHIP

- There is a scene where
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not set
Oct 11, 2013
 
Gone with the Wind
4.26
Copied over from my blog:

I'd known this was racist in a vague sort of way, not remembering much about the book or movie except bosoms and swooning, bu
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Jul 03, 2011
 
Daddy-Long-Legs
4.07
Man, I love this book. It was my first introduction to epistolary fiction, and it's just so adorable. Now the fact that she called her romantic intere ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 09, 2007
 
The Woman Warrior
3.70
Mmm, not a huge fan. Ought to write up a thinky review, with lots of discussion of representation and acknowledgment that it's unfair to expect every ...more
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Jul 15, 2008
 
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, Volume 1
3.97
**spoiler alert** Oh god the translation why whyyyyy. Or should I say, "Wherefore???" I can't imagine why the translator/editor thought this medievalo ...more
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May 11, 2012
 
Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)
3.90
**spoiler alert** This was really good -- perhaps the best of the Temeraire books so far, though I may just feel this way 'cos every time I read a new ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 14, 2008
 
Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This
4.10
This was OK, I guess. It was quite interesting finding out what sort of person Dorothy Parker was and where she was from, and it was well-written enou ...more
not set
Jun 09, 2010
 
Fangirl
4.20
I picked this up mostly because runpunkrun gave it a good review, and really loved it! (Some of the prose actually reminds me a bit of Punk's style -- ...more
not set
Jan 04, 2014
 
Just Patty
3.71
It's a pleasant novelty to read American schoolgirl stories. I kept thinking I was reading Susan Coolidge and wondering when it was going to get didac ...more
not set
Jan 04, 2011
 
Magic for Marigold
3.72
Happy tweeness about a classic L. M. Montgomery heroine, until the very last chapter, which is called 'The Chrism of Womanhood' and is pretty much as ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 16, 2007
 
Anybody Out There? (Walsh Family, #4)
3.89
This wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be, but it was not the kind of book I would ever have picked up on my own. This is because it is pretty ...more
Apr 2007
Jun 05, 2007
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
4.22
Excellent -- substantial and compulsively readable. The characters were like people! I felt I knew them by the end. And I liked how people did bad thi ...more
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Mar 30, 2009
 
Larklight (Larklight, #1)
3.81
So much fun! There isn't any other word for the book: just, fun. I'd pretty much recommend this without any qualifications.

More light-hearted than the
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Sep 2007
Sep 22, 2007
 
Martin Chuzzlewit (Penguin Popular Classics)
3.81
Reread. Martin Chuzzlewit is one of my favourite Dickenses; I love (and invariably start rereading at) the part where Martin falls ill in an American ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 05, 2007
 
Psmith in the City (Psmith, #2)
4.04
Comfort reading par excellence. I think this is the pslashiest of the Psmith books. Interesting for the stuff about class -- I think it was TFV said t ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 21, 2007
 
Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910-1939
3.47
Celebrity gossip with a patina of literary scholarship. I enjoyed reading it and found the writing fluid and reasonably intelligent. But it was from a ...more
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Apr 26, 2010
 
Among Others
3.67
I really liked this a lot, though I didn't identify with much of it apart from the terrible book hunger of the unsociable child. Parts of it were like ...more
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Mar 01, 2011
 
Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1)
4.21
**spoiler alert** I really like what I've read by Octavia Butler so far and I wish I could give this at least three stars, but I can't because I hate ...more
May 2007
Jun 05, 2007
 
Verdigris Deep
3.69
THIS WAS SO GOOD. It was a standard "British kids find magical thing, are led into adventures", like Five Kids And It, but turned up to eleven. I high ...more
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Aug 29, 2011
 
Lud-in-the-Mist
3.86
ahhhh this rocked!!! It's funny how this mostly takes place in the Real World (as opposed to Fairyland) and Neil Gaiman's Stardust mostly takes place ...more
not set
Aug 14, 2009
 
The Diddakoi
4.10
See review of Peacock Spring for critique. I did find this enormously satisfying in a lot of ways. I was tremendously invested in the characters, and ...more
not set
Sep 25, 2011
 
Travel Light
4.02
I thought this was a bit twee at first but got into it after a while, and ended up liking it a lot. The point at which it gets really good is when she ...more
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May 07, 2011
 
The New York Trilogy
3.93
Paul Auster is very good at writing desperation, and ominousness, and just impending doom in general. The foreshadowing could have got on my nerves, b ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 05, 2007
 
Sense and Sensibility
4.04
Rereading in bits and pieces; watched the Emma Thompson movie in between. I think Edward Ferrars is not a very vivid character in the book -- there's ...more
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Jul 31, 2008
 
Beyond the Glass
4.10
When I read The Lost Traveller I wasn't sure if it was actually a good book, or just a good bad book (i.e. a book I found it very easy to be intereste ...more
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Dec 18, 2008
 
The Peacock Spring
3.90
An absorbing read -- I started and finished it in one day -- but even though Godden's prose is beautiful and her characters are all fully-fleshed peop ...more
not set
Sep 25, 2011
 
Love Over Scotland (44 Scotland Street, #3)
3.94
I find it difficult to understand why people dislike Alexander McCall Smith. I can kinda see them not getting the point (I can't get the point of Henr ...more
Jun 2007
Jul 14, 2007
 
The Portable Dorothy Parker
4.35
It's not that portable, but Dorothy Parker's a bracing companion for travel, and well worth the bother of lugging her around. I love how mean she was, ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 19, 2007
 
A Circle of Quiet (Crosswicks Journals #1)
4.22
This book is about teaching children, writing, family and community, the modern world, love, religion and some other things. I don't agree with L'Engl ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 14, 2007
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