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Laura Rider's Masterpiece
**spoiler alert** It should surprise no one who knows me to learn my bookshelves have a ranking system.

Where a book is placed -- on five sets of shelv...more
Jun 2009
Jun 29, 2009
I seem to have outgrown Clive Barker. It's been years and years since I picked up anything of his, but he's always lived on my shelves.

Maybe Cabal wa...more
Jun 2009
Jun 23, 2009
Water for Elephants
**spoiler alert** It thrills me to have a book like this land in my lap. (OK, literally, in my mailbox at work.) I'd seen a little of the hype, but so...more
Jun 2009
Jun 21, 2009
Slacker Girl
Books like this are why I don't read chick lit.

Given that I've been sick in bed, I was ready for something light and fluffy. And Slacker Girl was a li...more
Jun 2009
Jun 17, 2009
Petal Pusher: A Rock and Roll Cinderella Story
If you've ever thought life in a rock band is glamorous, Laurie Lindeen is more than happy to dispel your fantasy.

I'd never heard of Zuzu's Petals (fo...more
Jun 2009
Jun 19, 2009
Atmospheric Disturbances
I didn't mean to read back-to-back books about crazy people. But it makes for an interesting comparison.

Atmospheric Disturbances and Lowboy have a lot...more
Jun 2009
Dec 08, 2008
The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death
It's amazing how polarizing this book seemed to be -- you folks either loved it or you hated it. Count me in the former camp.

The NYT review intrigued...more
Jun 2009
Jan 06, 2009
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9)
My first Sookie book since True Blood aired last year, Dead and Gone was mostly useful as a comparison between the two genres. I found I was easily ab...more
Jun 2009
Jun 04, 2009
Cage of Stars
Mitchard's Deep End of the Ocean is one of those books I turn to when I want to be sad. I figured Cage of Stars would be similar. And in a lot of ways...more
Jun 2009
Jun 17, 2009
Hedge Knight Volume 1
The Hedge Knight and its sequel have been sitting in an Amazon box in my spare room for a few months now, despite the eagerness with which I ordered t...more
Jun 2009
Jun 17, 2009
Will Heller believes the world is about to end, and only he can save it.

Without knowing anything else, that's a promising -- if a bit schlocky -- prem...more
Jun 2009
Apr 08, 2009
I adore Christopher Moore's satire. And Shakespeare is one of my favorite humorists in his own right (the opening scene between Kate and Petruchio cou...more
Jun 2009
Feb 12, 2009
The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again
I'd forgotten how much I love Bilbo.

I reread the LOTR trilogy before the movies came out a few years ago, but somehow didn't pick up The Hobbit again....more
Jun 2009
Jun 25, 2009
The Wordy Shipmates
I (heart) Sarah Vowell.

But I didn't (heart) The Wordy Shipmates. And it took me a little while to figure out why. I think it comes down to this -- to...more
Jun 2009
Dec 16, 2008
My Jesus Year: A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith
It's impossible not to compare this book to The Year of Living Biblicallly. (A.J. Jacobs is even quoted on the cover.)

And while it's not as laugh-out-...more
Jun 2009
Oct 10, 2008
Multiple critics have compared Netherland to The Great Gatsby.

And while I can see the poetry, the longing in both books ... Gatsby isn't one of my fav...more
Jun 2009
Dec 08, 2008
The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword (The Hedge Knight Graphic Novels, #2)
Jun 2009
Jun 17, 2009
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