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Fire in the Blood
About ten years ago I took a course in French Women Writers (in translation). Irène Némirovsky wasn't included, but we read a lot of Colette, de Beauv...more
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Jan 23, 2008
The Bone Key: The Necromantic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Booth
You know, the more I think about this book, the more I really love it. As stated elsewhere, it's a a series of interlocking short stories in the life...more
Jul 11, 2008
Jan 17, 2008
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living
Eh. 1.5 stars.

For every hundred suggestions, maybe five of them were useful. The rest were either common sense or unworkable for my situation. The te...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
Avengers Assemble
Silly space opera with weird pacing and 8 to 10 spare characters sitting around in the background holding up walls on any given page -- and Bendis is...more
May 11, 2014
May 10, 2014
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade  (Lord John Grey, #2)
warning: spoilers follow!

I think this is definitely the best of the Lord John books so far. I'm really delighted to see a mainstream bestseller write...more
Oct 2007
Oct 23, 2007
London: The Biography
**spoiler alert** Atrociously bad. It could be turned into a drinking game -- drink any time Ackroyd uses fallacious logic or uses a completely unrela...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
Melusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths, #1)
Read while traveling. I didn't have a good reading environment for enjoying this until midway through, and then I was hooked. I need to reread the fir...more
not set
Sep 19, 2007
The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1)
Gah. So many mixed feelings. Basically, if I'd hit CTRL-H and inserted Natasha Romanov/Natalia Romanova for every mention of Jason Bourne (and various...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
Tropic of Cancer
Read this nearly fifteen years ago, but barely remembered it. The surrealist style doesn't do much for me, but it's a nice portrait of the drinking an...more
not set
Jul 21, 2007
Cold Fire (Spiritwalker, #2)
**spoiler alert** What I loved about Cat in the first book was her resourcefulness, even while alone in a strange land with no allies. Even when other...more
Aug 30, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
**spoiler alert** This book came out in 2002, so bits of it are fairly out of date, but the historical information is fascinating. I am easily squicke...more
Jan 28, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them
Published in 1993. The politics and world-view is dated, and the overt homophobia and ingrained Judeo-Christian moral sensibility are a little surpris...more
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
The Old Wine Shades (Richard Jury, #20)
**spoiler alert** read to check for content in/appropriate for passing along.

-entertaining in places.
-very well characterized children and pets.

not set
Feb 16, 2008
For Whom the Bell Tolls
**spoiler alert** I've read this before in excerpts but never the entire novel.

About this edition, this is an audiobook read in a matter-of-fact, almo...more
not set
Jan 24, 2009
Love Stories: Sex between Men before Homosexuality
**spoiler alert** The scholarship is somewhat less than awesome, and he's terribly long-winded about his argument, but the real value of Katz's book i...more
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #12)
**spoiler alert** Disability tag for unsympathetic minor characters proselytizing eugenics (specifically the extermination and/or forced sterilization...more
May 23, 2014
May 23, 2014
The Postman Always Rings Twice
This is a little slip of a novel, only 116 pages, published in 1934. It's a gorgeous slice of life for early twentieth century enthusiasts.

I haven't...more
Nov 2007
Nov 08, 2007
Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant, #8)
**spoiler alert** oh motherfucker. GoodReads ate my long-ass bitchy review.

In short: all the brown people get massacred FOR NO REASON but white people...more
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
**spoiler alert** Not really three stars. Parts are 2 stars, parts are solidly at least 4. Which means the writing is uneven in the way that first nov...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
**spoiler alert** Wins at character, but the plot is ridiculously convoluted and incredibly simple all at once and, at the same time, totally fails to...more
Aug 24, 2013
Aug 23, 2013
Heart-Shaped Box
I went into this blind, without any idea what it was about (but Res liked it, so I'd give it a try). I should probably give it more than three stars -...more
Aug 2007
Aug 15, 2007
Captain Marvel, Vol. 2: Down
**spoiler alert** 4 1/2 stars for the first 3-issue arc with Monica Rambeau. That was AWESOME.

Unfortunately this is one of those trades where the seco...more
Jun 10, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
**spoiler alert** Wow, that took ages to read, but was ultimately worth it.

yay: I love the 'verse (hell, I requested fic in this 'verse for Yuletide)...more
Jan 2008
Dec 26, 2007
The Spell of the Yukon
I find reviewing poetry really difficult, so I don't have anything particularly brilliant to say. I loved this book a lot. It's authentic Canadian pio...more
not set
Nov 08, 2007
Kingdom of the Wicked (Skulduggery Pleasant, #7)
**spoiler alert** Docking at least one and a half stars for the ending. There was no reason to fridge Carol. None at all. The gender dynamics of this...more
Aug 20, 2013
Aug 18, 2013
The Big Sleep
Have just reread this due to seeing the movie a few days ago. I remembered the movie being significantly different from the novel, even though Chandle...more
not set
Jun 11, 2007
Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant, #6)
The last quarter of this was good, but otherwise it had horrible pacing problems. It's still an insane festival of gratuitous violence, some of which...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
The Quantum Thief
Audiobook read by Scott Brick. I wish he'd done more to distinguish between the female characters and some of his pacing decisions seemed a little wei...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #9)
GLBT-interest tag due both to the amazingly overt Holmes/Watson language in this collection AND to the one about the Boer War vet named Jimmie with th...more
Sep 30, 2010
Sep 30, 2010
The Leper of Saint Giles (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #5)
**spoiler alert** Eh. This one did not work for me at all. I was bugged throughout by the vast number of unsympathetic characters and wildly uneven pa...more
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
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