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The 19th Wife
3.61
This book tells two stories - one is the story of Ann Eliza Young, who was one of Brigham Young's wives but who left him and went on the lecture circu...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 03, 2009
 
Flygirl
3.91
Ida Mae is a black girl in the World War II-era American South whose only dream is to fly. When she hears about the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WAS...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
 
Still Life
3.80
Not quite as strong as The Virgin in the Garden, but not-quite-as-strong Byatt still outranks most authors at full strength, in my book. Stephanie's s...more
Jan 14, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
 
True History of the Kelly Gang
3.79
Fictional memoir of Ned Kelly, the Australian bushranger.

I almost put this down soon after starting it - the writing style is pretty rough going. It's...more
Mar 15, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
 
Gentlemen of the Road
3.40
Michael Chabon does historical adventure or, as he terms it, "Jews with swords." I read the first half of this book a couple of years ago, and quit be...more
Jan 03, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
 
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
3.92
Kit grew up in Barbados on her grandfather's plantation, but after his death she travels to the Puritan colony of Connecticut to live with her only li...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
 
Fingersmith
4.00
Sue has been raised by thieves in Victorian London, and is recruited to help in the con of a wealthy young woman in the country, though this becomes m...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
 
The King's Last Song
3.81
Tells a fictionalized story of King Jayavarman VII of Cambodia, and about an archaeologist who discovers a gold book that tells Jayavarman's story, an...more
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
Waiting
3.45
Set in China during the Cultural Revolution, this story focuses on the couple Lin and Manna. Lin is a military doctor who is married to a country woma...more
Nov 03, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
 
The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy #3
3.72
OK, these books are enjoyable, but I do have one major beef. I've read three books so far and there have been two (extremely minor) female characters...more
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
 
Togo
4.22
About Togo, one of the less famous sled dogs involved in the 1925 serum run to Nome, but one of the ones who ran the longest (over 350 miles).

The pain...more
Mar 19, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
 
What I Saw and How I Lied
3.53
Just after World War II, a teenage New York girl and her mother and stepfather take off for a sudden Florida vacation. Girl meets boy, boy served with...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
Number the Stars
4.07
About a girl, Annemarie, growing up in Denmark during the Nazi occupation. Her family helps to save the lives of her best friend, Ellen, and her famil...more
Mar 05, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
 
Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)
3.90
I have much love for this book. It has a different tone than the rest of the series - much more sad than even Black Powder War, but also more purposef...more
Oct 2007
Oct 30, 2007
 
Earth and Ashes
3.58
Novella about a man whose village has been destroyed during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, who has to take the news to his son. About as fun as t...more
Dec 2008
Jan 26, 2009
 
The Midwife's Apprentice
3.69
Sweet book about a girl who starts out with no name, no home and no family or friends who finds a name, a cat, friends and a profession.
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
 
The Kingdom on the Waves (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, #2)
3.72
Continuing Octavian's story, in this book he ends up with Lord Dunmore's Ethiopian Regiment. Beautifully written, sad, educational - this book serious...more
Nov 18, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
 
The Not-So-Jolly Roger (Time Warp Trio #2)
3.74
Still funny. I, not surprisingly, love the super-geeky trio member, Sam. He's adorable!
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
 
Angels and Insects
3.65
5 stars to the first novella, 3 to the second.
Jun 06, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
 
Post Captain (Aubrey/Maturin, #2)
4.29
**spoiler alert** This is an immensely silly book, and I mean that in a positive way. It lacks what gravitas there was in the first book, and instead...more
Jul 12, 2008
Jun 04, 2007
 
Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5)
3.97
I'm really impressed with Naomi Novik - five books in, and the series is still compulsively readable. The story suffered a bit from Laurence being so...more
Oct 29, 2008
Oct 27, 2008
 
O Jerusalem (Mary Russell, #5)
4.15
Funny enough, I thought I had already read this book. But once I got into it, I discovered that I hadn't. For the record, I'm glad I finally got aroun...more
Aug 2007
Sep 05, 2007
 
H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey/Maturin, #3)
4.40
**spoiler alert** Enjoyed this a lot, though Stephen befuddles me at times. She's just not worth it, dude.
Jan 31, 2009
Jul 18, 2008
 
Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire, #6)
3.59
None
Aug 2010
Jun 02, 2011
 
So Far from the Bamboo Grove
3.97
None
May 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
Copper Sun
4.28
None
Aug 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
Elijah of Buxton
3.89
None
Aug 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
Brooklyn
3.61
None
Aug 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
Before We Were Free
3.81
None
Aug 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
Esperanza Rising
3.84
None
Aug 2009
Dec 31, 2009
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