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Never Let Me Go
3.80
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Hm. Let's see. It's by the guy who wrote Remains of the Day, so it has a bit of a "modern literature, good-for-you, subtly subtle in ...more
Jan 25, 2008
Mar 02, 2008
 
Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy and the New Science of Desire
3.72
did not like it
Likely interesting ideas completely subsumed by self-aggrandizement and shitty writing. This book is structured pretty much like an episode of America ...more
not set
Apr 29, 2011
 
Cairo
3.76
really liked it
This. This. This is what graphic novels are for. Augh. I want to read more stuff like this immediately.

A hashish dealer, a wannabe revolutionary jour
...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
 
Carnet de Voyage
3.75
it was amazing
This is one of those ratings that I fully admit may not be equally applicable to everyone picking up this book. Yes, it's very, very good, but what ma ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
 
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)
3.89
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Dude. Best serial killer book I've read in a while. Funny, creepy, yet not horrifying in the way that American Psycho is. What can I ...more
Jun 28, 2008
Jul 02, 2008
 
Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter, #2)
3.84
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Okay, dude, this not-killer takes the cake. I think this may be the most gruesome, horrifying torture I can think of. It's the takin ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 02, 2008
 
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
4.21
really liked it
**spoiler alert** It's truly remarkable - Cassandra Clare has managed to create a slew of fantasy characters who are neither entirely one-dimensional ...more
Sep 07, 2008
Jul 02, 2008
 
Wasteland
3.88
it was ok
**spoiler alert** You know, I always think I should like Francesca Lia Block, that I do like her, and then I read her stuff and am reminded that, no, ...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jul 02, 2008
 
The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters, #1)
3.98
it was ok
Goddammit. If I end up reading this entire freaking series just because of the Wimsey homage character, I swear I will....not be surprised.

Okay, so,
...more
Sep 22, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
 
A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne World, #1)
3.67
really liked it
It's like the Lessa books from the Pern series, except with wolves instead of dragons, with all the creepy aspects of soul-bonded mating fully fleshed ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 02, 2008
 
The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibet
4.08
liked it
**spoiler alert** Alas. Alas and alack. The first half, three-quarters of this novel were awesome, a really lovely pastiche, maybe the best I've read ...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
 
Simply Unforgettable (Simply Quartet #1)
3.81
it was ok
Put it down 10% in because of dickbag hero; picked it up again and enjoyed it in a procrastinatey manner. Then, about 65-70% in, I was committed enoug ...more
May 17, 2015
May 17, 2015
 
Outdated: Why Dating Is Ruining Your Love Life
3.63
really liked it
If you've been immersed in the feminist blogosphere for any length of time, nothing here is particularly revolutionary, and most of the first half fel ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 14, 2012
 
Mark of the Lion (Jade del Cameron Mysteries, #1)
3.60
it was ok
If I could, I would rate the descriptions of East Africa at least 3 stars, all the rest a grudging 2 stars. I wanted so much to like both this book an ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 22, 2013
 
The Blessing
3.81
really liked it
Marvelous for Mitford's exquisite devotion to France and French society, but the characters begin to grate, ever so slightly. Whereas her frivolous so ...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
 
Nekropolis
3.62
liked it
**spoiler alert** I. Hm. I don't know. This book is very much science fiction, very much not in the style of science fiction, and that's both its stre ...more
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 28, 2011
 
The Architecture of Desire (White Crow Sequence, #2)
3.32
liked it
**spoiler alert** Well, hell. The cat just sat on the keyboard and erased a long, rambling review, so y'all should probably thank him.

In short - am t
...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
 
Arcadia
4.19
it was amazing
Ugh. I just. This play makes me so *happy.* I love that it's a play about ideas that's still remarkably human. I love that it treats grand ideas about ...more
Jul 10, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
 
Under the Poppy (Under the Poppy, #1)
3.45
Oh, I have tried with this book. Tried twice now. There is so much here that I should like, so much that I generally enjoy while reading, but if given ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2011
 
The Skull and the Nightingale
2.86
Blar. I'm tired of protagonists being all rapey in the guise of being "edgy." If I'm going to read about an amoral, detached investigator of human nat ...more
Feb 22, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
 
Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)
3.77
really liked it
"Prunella had once thought life in London would be all flirting and balls and dresses, hitting attentive suitors on the shoulder with a fan, and break ...more
Aug 05, 2016
Aug 05, 2016
 
Blood Red (Elemental Masters, #9)
3.83
liked it
A vast, vast improvement on earlier books in the series, though that is faint praise, indeed. (And yet, and yet I still read them all.) The pacing is ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
 
Seating Arrangements
3.02
really liked it
Rarely have I been so enthused to read about wretched people being awful to each other. Shipstead does a remarkable job making me want to know more ab ...more
Aug 07, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
 
Beyond the Sunrise
3.54
it was ok
Points to Balogh for making me buy into and even root for a relationship dynamic I generally loooooathe. This is all I-hate-you-so-much-I-love-you, ex ...more
Apr 05, 2017
Apr 05, 2017
 
The Game and the Governess (Winner Takes All, #1)
3.41
How unfortunate that this is the second Kate Noble I've had to nope out of in the last few months. There's so much here that I usually enjoy, especial ...more
not set
Apr 12, 2017
 
Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling, #5)
4.22
liked it
Oooof, I don't even know what to do with these books. Like, the world-building and setup and politicking feel very Anne McCaffrey's To Ride Pegasus/ t ...more
May 09, 2017
May 10, 2017
 
Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1)
3.92
liked it
This series was recommended ever so thoroughly to me, as it seems to be absolutely my thing (England, lady mystery-solver, historical setting), and I ...more
Oct 03, 2014
Oct 04, 2014
 
Bonds of Justice (Psy-Changeling #8)
4.07
it was ok
Hm. Hmmmmmm. In which I have a lot of feelings about stuff that is patently not the point of the book. Heyo, liberal world view ahead.

I super-dug the
...more
May 23, 2017
May 23, 2017
 
Point of Honour (Sarah Tolerance, #1)
3.72
really liked it
I'm giving this four stars because of how much I like the idea of this book, how all the parts of it are things that I adore and have sought so much i ...more
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
 
Blankets
4.06
really liked it
It's a brick of a graphic novel, but I read it in one sitting. Well, one sitting-on-the-stool-drifting-to-the-couch-back-to-the-stool-can't-put-it-dow ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
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