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Remember Me?
This would usually be the time when I would ask the largely rhetorical and semi-pathetic question, “Why do I keep reading Sophie Kinsella books?” Well ...more
Apr 30, 2008
Apr 30, 2008
One Day
**spoiler alert** Let's talk about death. Not death which is inevitably part of life, but death in fiction, where it is not inevitable at all. Death i ...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
Shopaholic & Baby (Shopaholic, #5)
Ahh, how times have changed. I used to consider these books a good guilty pleasure; now I find there's a lot less pleasure and a lot more guilt. Kinse ...more
Apr 2007
Jun 03, 2007
Nineteen Seventy Four
Okay, so. I'm fucking sick of it.

I'm sick of thrillers that burn through female characters like the author is keeping score. None of these women have
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 14, 2010
The End of Mr. Y
Like Thomas' PopCo, I found this both fascinating and frustrating. Thomas definitely achieves something really special with her ability to make her w ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 03, 2007
When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)
Oh, stab me in the heart some more, Kate. Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels (the trilogy that begins with Case Histories) just get more and more depre ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 25, 2008
The Imperfectionists
So Christoper Buckley wrote this review in The New York Times which was basically, “OMG! BEST BOOK EVER! TOM PLEASE RESPOND POSITIVELY TO MY FACEBOOK ...more
May 30, 2010
May 29, 2010
The Dark Is Rising (Dark is Rising, #2)
Reread. I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie—and more importantly, I saw Darcy's furious reaction to the trailer for the upcoming movie, and I rea ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 14, 2007
The Thirteenth Tale
Vida Winter is a bestselling author—a modern day Charles Dickens—but her past is entirely unknown; she gives one interview per year and always lies. ...more
May 2007
Jun 03, 2007
A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift, #1)
This book contains one truly fantastic conceit: magician Matthew Swift is brought back from the dead, but he doesn't come back alone; he contains with ...more
Jun 2009
Apr 26, 2009
Life Class
I love the Regeneration trilogy so much, but I just can’t get into Barker’s other work. Her latest novel struck me as weirdly unfocused: the first ha ...more
not set
Jul 19, 2008
Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour
A really amusing anthropological look at the English by an Englishwoman. Fox’s sense of humor is what really makes this book; it’s a bit long and repe ...more
Jan 2007
Jun 04, 2007
Un Lun Dun
A sort of kiddie Neverwhere (and Miéville does indeed credit Neil Gaiman in the intro), this is one of those books that’s packed with cleverness—and ...more
Mar 14, 2008
Mar 14, 2008
The Innocence of Father Brown (Father Brown, #1)
Chesterton is perhaps best known for his Father Brown stories, so I was deeply disappointed to find that they represent him at his preachy, intolerant ...more
Feb 12, 2010
Feb 12, 2010
Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
Basically, it's Escape From New York, except with fantasy instead of post-apocalyptic trappings. The characters are stock, and the action is propelled ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 01, 2010
Changing Places
To everyone who was telling me I should read this: you were right, you were right, you were so so right. One of my favorite books is Kingsley Amis' ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 03, 2007
Juliet, Naked
You can really tell that it's been 15 years since Nick Hornby wrote High Fidelity, and I mean that in the best possible way. Though I've always liked ...more
Sep 02, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
These Old Shades (Alastair, #1)
Most fandom people I've talked to either love or at least rather like this book, but it seems it's my turn to feel all "bwah?" and left out, as Punk d ...more
Aug 2007
Jun 12, 2007
How I Live Now
In this novel, teenager Daisy escapes her "evil" stepmother to live with her cousins in England; embarks on a semi-incestuous relationship with her co ...more
Mar 07, 2008
Mar 07, 2008
The Masqueraders
This was my first Heyer, and a wonderful introduction it was. Such a romp! The central premise involves cross-dressing—a brother and sister essentiall ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 03, 2007
Cock & Bull
Will Self really needs to shut up about vaginas. If I have to read another highly-pretentious, “literary”-crude, half-lustful and half-petrified descr ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 29, 2007
Snake Agent (Detective Inspector Chen #1)
Really fantastic fantasy/sci-fi/mystery fusion. Wei Chen is a detective in the slightly futuristic Singapore Three; his area of expertise is the super ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 18, 2007
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
This is one of those books that makes me feel stupid. It’s made up of two interrelated novellas, the first of which follows an English reporter named ...more
Jun 11, 2009
May 25, 2009
Flying Dutch
British comic fantasy that really pales in comparison to the Terry Pratchett I’ve been reading lately. To start with, it’s just not that funny—the pl ...more
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Jul 07, 2008
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray, #1)
**spoiler alert** I was disappointed by this. It did one of my least favorite mystery things: having the bad guy die in some accidental or self-inflic ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 03, 2007
The Devil You Know (Felix Castor, #1)
The first in a new series of novels by Mike Carey, whose Lucifer and Hellblazer runs I really like. The series is set in a world very like ours—excep ...more
May 2007
Jun 03, 2007
Blonde Roots
What if Africans had been the ones to enslave Europeans instead of the other way around? That’s the premise Evaristo uses to launch this harrowing alt ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
Doctor Who: The Last Dodo
I think the basic premise of this book, in which the Doctor and Martha visit the Museum of the Last Ones, is quite cool; the book in general, however, ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 01, 2008
In the future, a group of people volunteer for a scientific experiment in which they agree to immerse themselves in a community mimicking long-gone 20 ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 03, 2007
The Children of Men
I loved the recent film version of this (which should have gotten WAY more Oscar nominations, dammit!), so of course I had to read the book, which I’d ...more
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Jun 04, 2007
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