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The Wind Singer (Wind on Fire, #1)
3.84
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I was very disappointed in The Wind Singer by William Nicholson. It seems to be an overly simplistic "message" book about the value ...more
May 06, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
Jenna Starborn
3.30
did not like it
This book slavishly follows Jane Eyre, upon which it is based. Even though it's been several years since I last read Jane Eyre, I recognized, almost s ...more
Jun 09, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
Hitler's Daughter
3.60
it was amazing
This is an impressive book and one I can't recommend highly enough.

Anna tells stories her friends love to hear. Then, one day, she starts to tell a de
...more
Oct 31, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
 
The Power of Myth
4.30
it was amazing
An amazing book. Despite the obvious level of intelligence and knowledge demonstrated by Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell, it's very readable and made ...more
Apr 02, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
 
A Field Guide to Surreal Botany
4.33
it was amazing
I'm calling this an anthology, but it's not, really. This is exactly what it claims to be: a field guide. But, you won't find the plants listed growin ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Sep 08, 2008
 
The Science of Fairy Tales: an Enquiry Into Fairy Mythology
3.64
liked it
This book was hard to read for many reasons, most notably the lack of organization as the author compared multiple stories and analyzed the links betw ...more
Jun 2013
Mar 20, 2013
 
The Time of the Ghosts
4.62
really liked it
Gillian Polack's writing just keeps getting better and better. I loved this book with its unusual cast of characters, all of them haunted, one way or ...more
Dec 31, 2015
Jan 15, 2016
 
Ms Cellophane
3.57
really liked it
Romance, mystery, magic. And a slow build to a creepy finish.

I was especially disturbed by the protagonist's ex-boss, Penelope, aka The Bee Hive. I'v
...more
Nov 05, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
 
In the Night Garden (The Orphan's Tales, #1)
4.13
it was amazing
I loved the ways in which the many stories in this unique novel were all strands in a woven tapestry. Or, perhaps it was a knitted tapestry, for there ...more
Apr 03, 2009
Aug 19, 2008
 
Sand of Bone
3.97
really liked it
I enjoyed this story and its world, and I'm very much looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
 
Night Calls (Night Calls #1)
4.30
really liked it
Excellent. Katharine Eliska Kimbriel does an excellent job at creating the early American frontier life that is the core of this novel's setting while ...more
Mar 03, 2016
Mar 04, 2016
 
Shards of Honour  (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)
4.12
it was amazing
Shards of Honor is Bujold's first published novel and the first in a long series of novels, if I can claim that it, along with Barrayar, are part of h ...more
Jun 10, 2008
May 15, 2008
 
Grimm's Household Stories (Children's and Fairy Tales)
4.14
really liked it
The illustrations by Walter Crane are just wonderful, and I found the translations by his wife Lucy Crane to be well-done (although, admittedly, since ...more
Aug 2012
Jul 28, 2012
 
Dark of the Gods (Kencyrath, #1-2)
4.51
liked it
The story in this two-novel compendium had everything: an epic setting, interesting world-building (including an interesting set of religions), magic, ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Oct 19, 2008
 
Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters, #2)
4.32
really liked it
It has been a while since I'd read the first book in this series, and I don't remember it well, so I can't comment on how this volume compares to the ...more
Sep 30, 2008
Sep 24, 2008
 
The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
3.98
I found this book on the library shelves when I was in El Paso this summer. I was really enjoying it, but my schedule while there made my progress slo ...more
not set
Aug 19, 2010
 
No Turning Back
4.50
really liked it
Lidia Falcon's celebrated feminist novel of a woman's struggles for freedom, both personal and national, within the context of the aftermath of Franco ...more
Mar 20, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
 
The Sea Lady: A Tissue of Moonshine
3.35
really liked it
I enjoyed this book far more than I had expected from my early (read teen years) reading of H.G. Wells. The social commentary in this story had far mo ...more
Oct 30, 2012
Oct 27, 2012
 
Unknown Book 4618933
4.00
really liked it
This textbook has many positive qualities and is a great book for students with strong reading skills who just need a bit of a boost to gain study ski ...more
not set
Apr 19, 2009
 
White Night (The Dresden Files, #9)
4.41
liked it
My son has been pestering me for years to read more books in the Dresdaen Files series, by Jim Butcher, so when I saw White Night on the library shelf ...more
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
 
Dogland
3.71
it was amazing
This novel hit just the right notes time and time again. Dogland, the attraction, is so quintessentially American that just about anyone who has ever ...more
Sep 2007
May 27, 2008
 
Expiration Date (Fault Lines, #2)
3.84
really liked it
Of the three books in the Fault Lines trilogy, I think this is the strongest. It's hard hitting and not for those with weak stomachs, but his primary ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 11, 2008
 
Drujienna's Harp
4.60
really liked it
I borrowed this book from the library and read it as a child. I loved it. The dark brooding setting and the ending haunted me for years, but I was una ...more
not set
Jun 20, 2009
 
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, #1)
3.87
really liked it
What happens when an ordinary accountant gets turned into a vampire? Not much. That is, until he returns to his home town to attend his high school re ...more
Feb 26, 2016
Feb 26, 2016
 
The Gods of Gotham (Timothy Wilde, #1)
3.87
it was amazing
I was very impressed by this book. While I am no expert on mid-nineteenth century New York City, Lyndsay Faye sure seems to be. The place and people c ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
Bone Garden: An Erisinian Intrigue
3.62
really liked it
I enjoyed this short work. The writing is smooth, but that's only to be expected from Amanda Downum. I've read stories set in this world before and wa ...more
Jul 2016
Jul 04, 2016
 
The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America
3.83
liked it
I've only just started reading the introduction, but already I feel this should be required reading for elementary or middle school history classes. ( ...more
Jun 05, 2008
May 24, 2008
 
Firebird
3.17
did not like it
I loved the setting and a lot of the story, but ultimately the frequent references to the the heroine and other female characters as teens were too di ...more
not set
Jul 25, 2009
 
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
4.14
it was amazing
I read this when I was just a kid and it is one of those kids' books that holds up excellently well when reread as an adult.

I found this mystery to be
...more
Jan 1967
Aug 22, 2008
 
The Raven and the Dancing Tiger (Shadow Wars, #1)
3.79
really liked it
This was a fun and compelling read. I enjoyed it and found it hard to put down. The various types of shapeshifters, each with their own culture and ab ...more
Mar 02, 2016
Mar 04, 2016
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