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Never Let Me Go
3.78
**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
 
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)
3.68
**spoiler alert** I am painfully, painfully addicted. Not entirely in spite of the trashiness (because a small part of me finds the constant detailed...more
Mar 2008
Mar 02, 2008
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
**spoiler alert** So there is absolutely nothing earthshattering about this book. First person POV, a teenage girl who's new in town, who falls in lov...more
Feb 19, 2008
Feb 29, 2008
 
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
4.24
**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)
3.86
**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
 
Horns
3.91
**spoiler alert** Oh, Joe Hill, how ridiculously I enjoy your books.

Ig wakes up one morning a year after his girlfriend was raped and murdered (for w...more
Feb 21, 2010
Feb 20, 2010
 
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
 
The White Dragon (Pern, #3)
4.14
**spoiler alert** Okay, wow, I had forgotten how unpleasant I find Jaxom about half the time. He's a sympathetic character in that he gets to do all t...more
Jan 31, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
 
Carnet de Voyage
3.74
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
3.65
Likely interesting ideas completely subsumed by self-aggrandizement and shitty writing. This book is structured pretty much like an episode of America...more
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Apr 29, 2011
 
The Drowning City (The Necromancer Chronicles, #1)
3.40
Two things make this book for me: 1) interesting worldbuilding and 2) oh my god the female characters. They're everywhere! Doing everything! With, lik...more
Apr 03, 2010
Apr 09, 2010
 
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
 
Dear Enemy
3.77
Huge swathes of charming, with one egregious, icky icky caveat. I do love me a good epistolary novel, and this one is splendidly done, with a light to...more
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
 
Slightly Sinful (Bedwyn Saga, #5)
3.94
Oh, Mary Balogh - always with the really good stuff, be it excellent use of cliches or exploration of interesting themes within the context of histori...more
Jan 29, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
 
Santa Olivia (Santa Olivia, #1)
3.82
This is the post-apocalyptic gay superhero with soulbonds underdog sports story OF MY HEART. While quality may vacillate between three and four stars,...more
Oct 30, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
 
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
 
The Renegades of Pern (Pern: Dragonriders of Pern, #7)
3.79
Dude, even McCaffrey got bored with her own new (deeply boring) characters halfway through the book, chucked the whole Holdless plotlines for huge swa...more
Jan 31, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
 
Pleasure and Purpose (Order of Solace, #1)
3.80
Dude. It's like the Valdemar or Pern books, but instead of ponies or dragons, the lucky few get religious hookers. It's like Valdemar and Kushiel had...more
Nov 18, 2009
Dec 14, 2009
 
Test of the Twins
4.12
This almost got bumped down to three stars, because I cannot begin to tell you how much I still don't care about Tanis and Kitiara, but while the good...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jul 22, 2009
 
The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibet
4.03
**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
 
The Hunter (The Forbidden Game, #1)
4.04
**spoiler alert** L.J. Smith is such a guilty pleasure of mine. I discovered her in sixth grade and have never really given her up. I didn't stumble u...more
Jan 2008
Feb 10, 2008
 
Court Appointed: A Serving Love Story
3.41
Free from amazon. Better than many of the free erotica samples/shorts from amazon, with an actual frisson of tension between Our Heroes and a wee litt...more
Nov 2010
Jan 02, 2011
 
Dragonsdawn (Pern: Dragonriders of Pern, #6)
4.09
**spoiler alert** Okay, yeah, I still love this one. I have to not think about science or villain!logic or much of anything at all, but I love this bo...more
Feb 2009
Jan 31, 2009
 
Nekropolis
3.60
**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
4.21
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
 
Potluck Survival Guide: Care and Feeding of the Athletic Supporter
4.20
Has pretty much my favorite gumbo recipe ever. There are some recipes I don't use, because they're focused on feeding little kids (something I don't d...more
Jun 19, 2008
Apr 20, 2009
 
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
 
My Dearest Holmes
4.17
**spoiler alert** A lesson worth learning: it's often not worth paying for what the internet does better elsewhere for free.

Some exquisite pining and...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
 
Untamed
3.86
The crossdressing genderqueerish rake hero with painful secrets and an army of dandies and the awkward butchish heroine with painful secrets and occas...more
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
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