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Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910-1939
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
River of Smoke (Ibis Trilogy, #2)
I liked this a lot, but I didn't LOVE it the way I loved Sea of Poppies. I don't think it's the contempt bred by familiarity, or that I'm a more disce ...more
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Dec 30, 2013
White is for Witching
**spoiler alert** Wah, I thought this was really very good! Absorbing on a story level and impressive on a literarary level. Also frickin' scary. I we ...more
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Nov 30, 2010
Among Others
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
Kebaya Tales
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
Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, #1)
Woo, this rocks! Looking forward to the next book.

C&ping what I said about it on DW.


It's about the indentured labourers who are sent by the Brit
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Dec 07, 2009
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
**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
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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)
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)
**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
Making Money (Discworld, #36)
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
**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
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
From Caucasia, With Love
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
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
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
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
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
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories
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
Charity Girl
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
Dragon Fire (Dragon Fire, #1-3)
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
Stories of Your Life and Others
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
A Beginner's Guide to Acting English
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
Kafka on the Shore
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
Jul 2007
Aug 19, 2007
Uzumaki, Volume 2
Two of Kirie's schoolmates turn into giant snails, mate ("What the hell? But they're both males!" "Snales are hermaphrodites!") and have eggs together ...more
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Mar 30, 2009
100 Celebrated Chinese Women
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
Miss Manners' Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding
This was really fun to read, though it's basically just an anthology of her columns. I hadn't realised that Miss Manners was so FUNNY. The wedding ind ...more
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Apr 04, 2012
Captive Prince: Volume Two (Captive Prince, #2)
I think this probably counts as SFF! Even though no magic happens in it, it takes place in a secondary world with obvious real world analogue countrie ...more
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Nov 01, 2013
The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery
Light, fast read, entertainingly written. Useful for its go-over of mad cow disease -- I only had a very vague idea of what it was all about because I ...more
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Mar 30, 2010
Sweet Hearts
Thought this was all right. It did tend to go on a bit -- I'm not a very patient reader of poetry, so it's prolly a testament to Thon's skill that I w ...more
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Jul 29, 2009