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Rama II (Rama, #2)
I'm about 1/5 in and this book SUCKS. Nothing has happened, the pacing is at an absolute crawl, and all I'm getting in the way of story is far too muc ...more
May 27, 2009
May 23, 2009
Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War, #4)
First impressions: This DEFINITELY reads like a YA book, even though it was shelved in the adult section of my local library. Zoe is an annoying littl ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 09, 2009
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time #13)
Tor is apparently refusing to issue this as an ebook. Guess I'll have to see. I like the series, but I won't read large paper novels anymore. I simply ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Oct 20, 2010
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
History: I had a birth where with some minor interventions. Preparing for my second birth, I'm striving to be intervention-free (again), so I'm readin ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
Foundation's Fear (Second Foundation Trilogy, #1)
So it took me over a month to get through this disaster of a book, and I ended up skimming some of it just to get through it. If you haven't read the ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 13, 2008
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance, #1)
I'm about 75% through this now. Bland bland bland. Irritating infodumps. Weird sex scenes (flying through the universe and seeing whales? really?). La ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Aug 05, 2010
Meh. Put this in the same category as the last third of Stranger in a Strange Land: the characters were delightful, the situations were interesting, b ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 10, 2008
Reflex (Jumper, #2)
The first half of this book was really fun, the whole idea of creating a “reflex” in a jumper (much like Pavlov’s dog) was interesting as a training m ...more
May 14, 2009
Dec 21, 2008
The Anubis Gates
A decent idea, loved the Horrobin character, but the story was all over the place. This would have been much better if it spanned several books instea ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Nov 11, 2008
Mothering Magazine's Having a Baby, Naturally: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
Should be titled "the hippy guide to childbirth".

Perhaps I misunderstood the title. I was looking for information on unmedicated (ie - "natural") bir
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
Authors themselves say "flexibility is the key to success" -- seems so commonsense, but also seems like too many readers take their word for the end-a ...more
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
Hidden Empire (Empire, #2)
Hidden Empire, aka, OSC Takes Writing Lessons from Dan Brown. And also, the movie Outbreak.

I shall sum-up this book in one sentence: "Do the ends just
Apr 2010
Mar 22, 2010
Avempartha (The Riyria Revelations, #2)
**spoiler alert** The Good: Just about everything. From pacing to details to plot, this is a solid read. There was one instance with Hadrian where I t ...more
Apr 05, 2009
Apr 05, 2009
The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations, #1)
After the first few pages into this I was a little afraid I'd made a mistake. I tend to enjoy sci-fi more than fantasy/adventure, and the first charac ...more
Mar 2009
Dec 11, 2008
Bitter Seeds (The Milkweed Triptych, #1)
This book was a little... odd. Tons of interesting ideas, but I think it could have been more polished and cohesive. While I mostly enjoyed it, it rea ...more
Jun 04, 2010
May 26, 2010
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
Author tries really really hard to be Lewis Carroll. Didn't work for me. I spent most of the book being highly annoyed at the ridiculousness of it all ...more
Oct 12, 2012
Nov 01, 2011
Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting: Go Beyond the Basics
Finally, a book that explains German Twist cast-on (my favorite, and I've always wondered why it's not in books), and I've learned tubular cast-on (ya ...more
Jan 16, 2011
Nov 05, 2010
**spoiler alert** I liked this book enough to recommend it as a "good book", but it had some issues.

The story idea was fabulous. The book was fun, eng
Mar 2009
Mar 26, 2009
The Suicide Collectors
**spoiler alert** This book was good, but the more I think about it the more unhappy I am with it. The set-up was great: some unknown Despair is overt ...more
Apr 03, 2009
Apr 05, 2009
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
I'd recommend getting the DVD instead of this book. It's just as repetitious, but it's much shorter to get through, and you don't miss anything from t ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 02, 2010
The Pregnancy Instruction Manual: Essential Information, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice for Parents-to-Be
Wish I would have STARTED with this pregnancy book. It contains everything that I've gleaned from about 20 different books and my doctor, all in a nic ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience
As I'm getting ready to give birth for the first time and thinking about where/how I would like to deliver, this book was a great help. Many things he ...more
Aug 2009
Sep 06, 2009
The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence
Reading some books, preparing for my second child. Didn't care for this one. Instead of taking a rational and reasoned approach, all hospitals and doc ...more
Feb 04, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
The subject matter is both horrifying and engrossing. I... just... treating people like that... I can't wrap my head around it. The abuses are horrify ...more
Dec 13, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes
I can see why EZ was (is) considered such a badass. But today's knitting has taken EZ's plans even further, making this book somewhat dated and superf ...more
Oct 17, 2010
Oct 17, 2010
Three-Martini Family Vacation: A Field Guide to Intrepid Parenting
There are several other quotes that made me laugh as I was reading them, but these translate well out of context.

"...I go through life generally assu
Apr 21, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings
Jesus. Not rating this one.

I cannot imagine how those 3 girls made it through the daily torture and came out on the other side a decade later as still
Jan 31, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
BirthCONTROL: A Husband's Honest Account of Pregnancy
I'm really surprised by the 5-star reviews for this. The book is ok (2-star), but I laughed out loud a few times, so maybe a 2.5-star. Even some of th ...more
May 31, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
Behind the Woodpile
This is the second book in a row that I'm going to call "horrifying", and not in the sense of bad writing. Most of this I was able to read without a p ...more
Oct 28, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Reading in preparation for my second child. So I already know all the basics of birthing, really just wanted a refresher on what to expect during labo ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
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