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Never Let Me Go
3.79
**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
 
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
4.23
**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
 
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)
3.87
**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)
3.83
**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
 
Wasteland
3.88
**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
 
Carnet de Voyage
3.75
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
 
Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy and the New Science of Desire
3.67
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
3.75
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
 
A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne World, #1)
3.71
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 Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters, #2)
3.95
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
 
The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibet
4.08
**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
 
Mark of the Lion (Jade del Cameron Mysteries, #1)
3.59
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
 
Nekropolis
3.58
**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
 
Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography
4.22
The most delightful thing about this book is the sheer glee the author seems to be taking in rolling around in his Holmesy geekery. That enthusiasm is ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
 
Under the Poppy
3.40
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
2.81
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
 
Seating Arrangements
3.01
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
 
Blood Red (Elemental Masters, #10)
3.73
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
 
Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia, #1)
3.93
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
 
Death Comes to Pemberley
3.10
Ugh. So tragic. A wonderful mystery author working with a wonderfully pasticheable story, and oh my god was this book boring. One part axe-grinding fi ...more
May 02, 2012
May 10, 2012
 
The Architecture Of Desire
3.34
**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
 
Starship Troopers
3.97
Oh, man. How did I miss the poorly-disguised political ranting when I read this in seventh grade? Heinlein has, like, a fleet of axes to grind. And so ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
 
Point of Honour (Sarah Tolerance, #1)
3.75
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
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
 
The Domino Men
3.40
**spoiler alert** Hm. Hm. I just don't know. The whole thing just has a general air of eau de litfic writer dabbling in genre and being slightly smug ...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
 
Outdated: Why Dating Is Ruining Your Love Life
3.69
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
 
Sorry Please Thank You: Stories
3.63
Lordy, I like the way this guy plays with ideas, the way he pokes at reality, the cleverness of their exploration. Lordy, I do not like the way he wri ...more
Jul 06, 2013
Jul 06, 2013
 
A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3)
3.98
**spoiler alert** I thoroughly enjoyed the heroine and at least thoroughly believed how much she loved the hero, even if I stayed upset longer at some ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
Madame de Pompadour
3.84
My interest was held much more unevenly than the four stars would otherwise indicate, but the good parts were just that good.

Mitford makes no attempt
...more
Feb 07, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
 
Unveiled (Turner, #1)
3.91
Wildly anachronistic social mores in Regency set dressing? Yes, please! Also a completely baby-free epilogue that provided a satisfying bonus resoluti ...more
Feb 04, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
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