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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
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Mar 12, 2011
 
A College of Magics (A College of Magics, #1)
3.68
**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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May 11, 2012
 
The Fall of the Pagoda
3.84
Eileen Chang is cool! This isn't technically about real people as it's a semi-autobiographical novel, but it's close enough that the tag can stand. I ...more
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Oct 03, 2010
 
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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May 11, 2012
 
Kebaya Tales
3.56
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
 
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
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Jan 08, 2011
 
The Book of Tea
3.83
Tourist guide to Japanese tea culture, though not really so much about tea itself as about a bunch of other things. Has kind of the problem of all suc ...more
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Jan 31, 2011
 
The Pride of Chanur (Chanur, #1)
3.88
Book includes 'The Pride of Chanur', 'Chanur's Venture' and 'The Kif Strike Back'. Was a bit indignant to discover that 'The Kif Strike Back' wasn't t ...more
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Oct 24, 2009
 
Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai, #1)
3.36
Really liked this, and will look out for the next book. I found Mas interesting and sympathetic and liked the portrayal of a multicultural community - ...more
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Apr 26, 2010
 
Halfway Human
4.01
Absorbing and fascinating, but hm, I dunno. It's as much about marginalisation and oppression as it is about gender -- well, more about that than gend ...more
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Dec 04, 2011
 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.83
Marvellous prose. Noted that it was a slower read than it should have been, because I wasn't used to reading the kind of dialogue. Wonder if it's the ...more
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Jul 04, 2009
 
The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales of Hindu Lore (Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies) (Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies)
4.09
A very interesting read, though the stuff about the male being the spiritual and the woman being the material got a bit depressing after a while! Inte ...more
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Aug 16, 2013
 
The Naked Sun (Robot, #2)
4.07
**spoiler alert** Quick, easy read. Unsurprisingly sexist. I found the phobias of the different characters the most interesting, but didn't think they ...more
Feb 2008
Mar 08, 2008
 
Unseen Academicals (Discworld, #37; Rincewind #8)
3.94
Good stuff! I liked Nutt and enjoyed the whole riff on the idea of orcs (though the Discworld definition of an orc seems more like a Tolkienian Uruk-h ...more
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Aug 16, 2010
 
Making Money (Discworld, #36)
4.19
I'm not really that fond of Moist, and Adora Belle is a bit forgettable (though I did like the part where she was all, how come only men get that craz ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 22, 2007
 
Redemption in Indigo
3.87
**spoiler alert** Ahhh, that was SO much fun! I really liked Paama. The main comparator I thought of is Terry Pratchett -- Lord's narrative voice is f ...more
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Jan 10, 2011
 
Borrowed Tongue
4.00
My tag literaryquoteunquote is kind of snarky, but I don't mean it snarkily in this case. I thought this was excellent, and am pleased to have my susp ...more
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Aug 22, 2010
 
The Silent Traveller In London (Lost & Found Classic Travel Writing)
3.62
A good book for dozy afternoons. It's really just a collection of observations, but written with humour and charm. Contains a good painting of Trafalg ...more
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Aug 11, 2009
 
From Caucasia, With Love
3.96
Hmm. This was readable and I enjoyed it and found it interesting, but wasn't much moved, for some reason. The dialogue and characters didn't feel enti ...more
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Feb 13, 2009
 
The Tower of London
3.62
Oddly enough, I found the part where Natsume visits the Tower of London and fantasises about the past the most boring part of this book. The other par ...more
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Jan 04, 2011
 
The Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African
3.00
Sancho is a really entertaining writer but I wish the ebook had had more footnotes! It got super confusing when everybody was Mr M-- and Miss C-- and ...more
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Dec 04, 2011
 
The Diary of Lady Murasaki
3.83
Unsurprisingly, I liked the personal analysis bits better than the records of rituals bits. The gossiping about the other court women bit was also goo ...more
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Jan 20, 2010
 
The Greengage Summer
4.00
A brand of heavy, poetic, sticky YA/children's literature you don't see as much of nowadays, though I recall reading a fair amount of it when I was yo ...more
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Sep 25, 2011
 
Dragon Fire (Dragon Fire, #1-3)
3.74
I'm surprised I hadn't heard of this before when I picked it up, wholly on the strength of a quote by Diana Wynne Jones on the back cover. It's actual ...more
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Jul 15, 2009
 
Charity Girl
3.45
Yeah, hmm, not one of my favourite Heyers. I got positively bored while the Viscount was looking for Cherry's granddad, and was not especially convinc ...more
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Mar 12, 2011
 
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories
3.98
The Yellow Wallpaper is very good, and works both as Important Feminist Critique and plain old creepy horror story. Most of the other stories are just ...more
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Jun 09, 2010
 
A Beginner's Guide to Acting English
3.79
I really loved this, much more than I expected to. I kind of picked it up on a whim, and because I'd seen and quite liked some of Shappi Khorsandi's s ...more
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Apr 20, 2011
 
Stories of Your Life and Others
4.35
SF at its best! That's what one of the several quotes on the book cover said, but it's true. Reading these was so exciting; I had to put down the book ...more
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May 08, 2010
 
Kafka on the Shore
4.12
What I learned from this book:

No more bloody Haruki Murakami. What a load of rubbish.

A very quick, easy read, but no substance to it. I'm willing to a
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Jul 2007
Aug 19, 2007
 
100 Celebrated Chinese Women
4.50
We had these beautiful Asiapac illustrated books when we were kids -- the 100 Buddhas and 100 Chinese Gods. I don't think I'd read this before, though ...more
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Aug 30, 2011
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