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Kebaya Tales
3.55
Awww, I really liked this. It was a birthday gift from my best friend, who said, "It's like a collection of all the old family stories your mom and au ...more
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May 11, 2012
 
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
not set
Jul 31, 2008
 
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 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
 
The Peacock Spring
3.89
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
 
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
 
Brothers and Sisters
3.76
EVERYBODY IS RELATED

This book is full of an awful brutality even though the things the domineering mother does don't seem that bad, relatively speakin
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not set
May 07, 2011
 
House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3)
4.00
Yay! The paperback didn't take very long at all to come out, did it?

It is DWJ so of course I enjoyed, but agreed with whoever it was -- on LJ flist, o
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Jul 13, 2008
 
The Bell Jar
3.95
Liked it just as much as I expected to. The friend I borrowed this from said it reminded him a lot of Catcher in the Rye, which is very true. (I hate ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 19, 2007
 
Black London: Life Before Emancipation
3.97
I thought this was excellent -- an eminently readable account of the lives of black people living in Britain in the eighteenth century thereabouts. At ...more
not set
Apr 12, 2011
 
From Eroica With Love, Vol 11
4.38
so in love!

This is the one where there are Laughing Cardinals in a Swiss monastery, and Dorian is there because there is a beautiful monk and Dorian w
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Apr 2008
Apr 10, 2008
 
After The Banquet
3.69
Interestingly observed clash of personalities in a marriage. Reading this was sometimes helped by imagining the stern, dignified husband possessed of ...more
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Apr 15, 2009
 
The Icarus Girl
3.54
**spoiler alert** People are doing Oyeyemi a serious disservice in not marketing her books as horror. They are also doing ME a disservice because then ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2010
 
Bad Boy Brawly Brown (Easy Rawlins #7)
3.90
Walter Mosley, you write supah poetic heartbreaking stories and you are sharp and illuminating on race; why you gotta be so relatively gender-faily? I ...more
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Mar 11, 2010
 
How I Live Now
3.59
Readable and pretty, though just a little too, hm -- precious is not quite the word. Let's just say that I shall henceforth approach books told in the ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 10, 2008
 
Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5)
3.98
Am shockingly late, but I wanted the pretty cover in paperback. It came at exactly the right time. omg dragons are so CUTE SO CUTE.

I appreciate how yo
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Feb 13, 2009
 
A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend
3.63
Enjoyed this! Like reading a slice of life manga, but set in America. Reading this sort of thing always makes me reflect upon the fact that I've ended ...more
not set
Jul 06, 2013
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.00
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is fun! Why didn't anyone tell me he was so much fun? I have Missed Out.

This is the one where everyone was named Aureliano, Jos
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Jul 2007
Aug 19, 2007
 
Letters of a Woman Homesteader
3.92
It was all right, I guess. Stewart keeps on doing a thing where she suddenly has a new baby and you're like, wot? This is a different one from the bab ...more
not set
Mar 12, 2011
 
Saints (Boxers & Saints, #2)
3.82
**spoiler alert** Given Vibiana's end in Boxers I was a little surprised by the lack of certainty in this narrative -- I sort of thought she'd be this ...more
not set
Oct 06, 2013
 
When We Were Orphans
3.43
What a strange book.

At first I wasn't impressed, then I got more impressed because I figured the narrative was keeping a lot of things from us, so wel
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not set
Mar 01, 2009
 
The Graveyard Book
4.09
**spoiler alert** OK, I guess. I'm increasingly finding Neil Gaiman too twee for my tastes -- I liked Anansi Boys, which was the last book by him that ...more
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Nov 06, 2009
 
Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was
4.05
Now, is this voice Gorodischer, or Le Guin? Presumably Gorodischer, but the style is so very much that of a female sff fan/writer of a certain era tha ...more
not set
Jan 04, 2011
 
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
4.11
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this very much! It's the first book I read on my new Kindle. \o/ (Er, the two statements are not related.) Notes I made as ...more
not set
Jan 08, 2011
 
A College of Magics (A College of Magics, #1)
3.69
**spoiler alert** I loved this, to my mild surprise. A couple of complaints first:

1) I've already complained about this on my blog, but it doesn't mak
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not set
May 11, 2012
 
Cousin Rosamund (VMC)
3.89
**spoiler alert** This was a funny one. It was so incredibly mannered it was ridiculous. All the characters sounded the same, and their dialogue was a ...more
not set
Jan 04, 2011
 
But My House Was Here And Other Stories
3.00
Bought direct from the author, who is a friend's dad.

I really enjoyed this. There were grammatical and typographical errors, so it could have done wit
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not set
May 11, 2012
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.86
Enjoyed rampant geekery. Is this magical realism or SFF? Think it falls on the magical realism side but open to disagreement; I'm fuzzy on the distinc ...more
not set
Jan 05, 2010
 
Blonde Roots
3.26
This book is hard to classify! I really liked it, and again enjoyed the springing vitality of the language that I liked in The Emperor's Babe -- it mu ...more
not set
Nov 11, 2010
 
Northanger Abbey
3.77
Reread. Enjoyed it more than I thought it would -- when I was younger I think I was too embarrassment-squicked to really get into it. But now I don't ...more
not set
Mar 12, 2011
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