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Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Heart, #1)
Two thirds of the way into the book, when the heroine has discovered who the villain is and that he has murdered several people, the villain asks the...more
not set
Apr 15, 2012
Wisdom's Kiss
I love this author's contemp YA's so was eager to try her fantasy.

I am very sorry to say this book drove me crazy. I'm 2/3 of the way through and it'...more
Feb 2012
Oct 03, 2011
The Mirror of Her Dreams
In a word: Boring. Prolix.

In two words: glacial plotting. Unsympathetic characters.

In five words: Pathetic, colorless, wimpy uninteresting heroine.

Dec 2012
Jul 16, 2012
On the Road With Ellison, Vol. 1
This contains clips from various speaking engaggements.

I did get to hear him speak once at LA Con IV. I thought the hall he spoke in would be full so...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
Hollow World
Gah! I'm glad the kickstarter had ended when I discovered it. Based on how much I enjoyed Sullivan's Riyria series, I would have supported it.

Sadly, t...more
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
Rustic Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Backyard Décor from Trellises to Tree Swings, Stone Steps to Stained Glass
The book is nicely organized and has lots of useful high quality pictures illustrating the steps involved in making the various projects. I picked it...more
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
An Available Man
I gave this book the 73 page test and it didn't pass. I was bored. I read the last ten pages and decided to read books that interested me more.

The pro...more
Feb 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Fairy Garden Handbook
This book is for people who have kids and/or who are very new to fairy gardening. It contains lots of high quality pics, but not many of inspiring/int...more
May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4)
WTF????? I hate, really HATE, unfinished books.

The ending sucked. It just stops in the middle of no-effing-where.

I love the narrator, I like Peter Gr...more
May 24, 2014
May 24, 2014
Valor's Choice (Confederation #1)
I listened to this and was confused at first, trying to keep track of names, species, ranks. Then I decided it didn't matter all that much. As I read...more
not set
May 13, 2012
The Complete Birdhouse Book: The Easy Guide to Attracting Nesting Birds
Excellent resource for building birdhouses. There's a very handy summary sheet in the first section listing birds and recommended dimensions for birdh...more
Jul 28, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
Monster Hunter International (MHI, #1)
1.5 stars. It isn't baaaad, it's just brain candy geared towards men.

The characters are one-dimensional archetypes. Ugly, strong, sensitive, intellige...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 29, 2014
The Shape of Desire (Shifting Circle, #1)
I started listening to this book but the plotting was glacial, so I switched to reading/skimming (thank you LA County library!). Turns out there isn't...more
not set
Apr 18, 2012
Reimagining the California Lawn:Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs
This book is printed on great paper, mostly to ensure the pictures stay clear and vibrant. And the pictures make the book. I am trying to get rid of m...more
not set
Apr 28, 2011
Asking for Trouble (Fran Varady, #1)
The biggest problem was the main character, who was a tedious idiot.


She's sure who the killer is and does really dumb things! She continuall...more
not set
Jun 29, 2012
Rangers Apprentice, Book Five: The Sorcerer of the North (Vol 1 of 2)
I am changing my rating system. Cliffhanger endings get one star.

This has a cliffhanger ending. One star. I should have stopped with the last book.

Aug 23, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, #5)
I am changing my rating system. Cliffhanger endings get one star.

This has a cliffhanger ending. One star. I should have stopped with the last book.

Aug 22, 2014
Aug 24, 2014
The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade
With the recent collapse of a building in Bangladesh which killed ~1100 people, Planet Money (NPR) had several programs about garment manufacture. The...more
Jul 08, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)
This book was fairly OK. Mostly it was annoying.

1. I didn't care for the main character. She keeps saying she never fails, she can kill any one, any...more
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra, #1)

Why didn't I like this book? Evil Being who is responsible for many deaths and wants to control the kingdom *could* have been killed by one...more
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
Dun Lady's Jess
I liked it. Interesting characters, decent-paced plotting.

It's been a couple of days but some things are niggling at the back of my brain. Why does Je...more
Jun 13, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)
This book didn't work for me for me. It could have been my mood. I think lots of people who like urban fantasy and smart-alecky strong women will love...more
Mar 2011
Mar 30, 2011
Polymer Clay Techniques Book
Good reference for the beginning sculptor. A lot of this material can be found on the internet (youtube and pinterest) but this is a very handy guide...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
Someone highly recommended this book and I was able to get it from the LA Co Public Library, which is AWESOME for keeping an obscure OLD paperback boo...more
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 06, 2014
The Blight of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood, #2)
Halfway in and I don't think i want to bother finishing. Still don't care about the main characters. And frankly, the blatant religious overtones are...more
May 22, 2013
May 19, 2013
Hellstrip Gardening: Create a Paradise between the Sidewalk and the Curb
The first thing I do with most gardening books is look at the pictures. The pictures in this book were disappointing. Most were not of hellstrips, but...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)
I was wary of reading another book of "Secret Society Protects Humans From Evil Supernaturals". I mean, that's been done to death. But I was pleasantl...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
The Dog Stars
IMO, this could/should have been a novella. It's fairly descriptive and there isn't much plot. Interesting enough story but some of it drove me crazy....more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 22, 2013
A Garden Makes a House a Home
This is a picture book of 25 gardens with lots of beautiful pictures on high quality paper. The gardens are grouped in regions: 5 in the NE, 5 in the...more
Oct 31, 2013
Oct 31, 2013
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2)
Plot so far: Harry gets beat up a lot, is physically drained but manages to pull power out of his ass to save himself several times, Murphy arrests hi...more
Apr 02, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
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