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Super Sad True Love Story
Cannot finish. Super gross whiny execution of pretty good idea (observations of a society obsessed with illiterate twenty-somethings who can't put dow ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 22, 2011
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
A disappointment. I was so taken with The Pillars of the Earth, I really looked forward to this book. However, this has a real paint-by-numbers feel a ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
A Week in Winter
This is one of those days I truly loathe Goodreads. Somehow my writeup was deleted after I finished it but before it was posted. Sigh. Once more into ...more
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)
I’m beginning to think of this series as sort of eating M&M’s. That are good for you. I kinda want to give them 5-stars, and maybe I should, but r ...more
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
Just remembered this book after watching the recent (awful, plodding too dark - literally) release of Jane Eyre. One of the most creative ideas I've r ...more
Jan 2006
Apr 06, 2011
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
I am adding to this review, since I just listened to it on CDs. (I read the book in late 2009.)

I generally don't listen to books on tape/CD, because I
Jan 19, 2011
Oct 08, 2009
People of the Book
I think this is really a 4-star, but I went to Bosnia in 2005 so this had a lot of resonance for me. This is a nice piece of historical fiction about ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
The Painter
I picked this up because I had loved his previous novel, The Dog Stars so much. This one doesn't disappoint. A lot of what made the Dog Stars such a c ...more
May 21, 2014
May 21, 2014
The Little Stranger
I've never developed an appreciation for psychological horror/ghost stories. This one is also steeped in the crumbling of the British social classes p ...more
Mar 24, 2010
Mar 24, 2010
The Other Side of Silence
This is first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. I can't honestly remember how/why it ended up in my reading pile, probably Sact ...more
May 21, 2009
May 21, 2009
Lonesome Dove
I don't really have to sell anyone on this one, do I? Just listened in bliss, then watched the miniseries (again).
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
Night And Day (Jesse Stone, #8)
This is latest in Jesse Stone series. I never read the Spenser books, maybe someday, because I like Parker's style, but he is doing them (the Jesse St ...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 14, 2009
A Town Like Alice
A wonderful read. The casual racism of the 1940's and 1950's in Malaya and Australia is quite jarring, but I'm sure it is an accurate reflection of th ...more
Dec 05, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
Ordinary Grace
A very well written coming-of-age-in-small-town-America-in-the-60's story that also has a decent mystery gluing it together. Very reminiscent of The B ...more
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
The Wild Shore (Three Californias Triptych, #1)
I had already read his Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars) and had liked them but had trouble at times with his didactic style/approach ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
Life After Life
This is an amazing book. Just the prose alone would make it worth reading, but Atkinson has developed an idea I have seen before, but never delivered ...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
Pelican at Blandings
Hilarious. I have never before read anything by Wodehouse. Found this on audiotape while making a basement cleaning attempt recently and thought, Why ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 01, 2013
The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
A funny thing happened to me on the way to.... seriously, this book was given high marks by two friends. I tried listening to it, and abandoned the ef ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
The Invention of Wings
Interesting, but not compelling. Nice construct of alternative chapters narrated by slave and slave owner. I was truly swept up by the Secret Life of ...more
Oct 13, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
The Black Box (Harry Bosch, #18)
Connelly just keeps putting out these novels that use clean exposition, interesting plots, and page turning action to keep moving forward with Harry B ...more
May 04, 2015
May 04, 2015
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Remarkable book. Both profoundly funny and tragic at the same time. Reaches deeply into the notion of what it means to be human, and whether that enti ...more
Nov 13, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
If you like snark, this book gives full measure. But, pleasingly, it is more than just snark. I had avoided this book since it came out, largely becau ...more
Apr 12, 2015
Apr 13, 2015
Time and Again (Time, #1)
Well, this is one of those averaging an "A" and an "F" to get a "C". I almost gave up on this book several times. The first half (two-thirds?) dragggg ...more
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 30, 2015
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
This is a novel about the grace of simple things, and the peculiar
human qualities that fight that notion. Harold Fry is approaching the end of his lif
Jul 03, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)
A really good 200 page book that goes on for a lot longer. Seemed like 1000 pages, but was probably 500. And I often like 1000 page books. A very frus ...more
Dec 24, 2014
Dec 30, 2014
Cinnamon and Gunpowder
Just a treat.

Pirates. Lady Pirate. Red-headed lady pirate. She captures a renowned chef and lets him live a week at a time, as long as she enjoys his
Jul 31, 2014
Aug 01, 2014
All the Light We Cannot See
A lovely, lovely book. Which is surprising, given the subject matter. World War II novels, Nazi occupation of France, the Russian front, Hitler Youth, ...more
Mar 19, 2015
Mar 19, 2015
Station Eleven
Reading this, back to back with "All the Light We Cannot See", may have ruined me for the next few books I try to read. Whatever praise this book has ...more
Apr 07, 2015
Apr 07, 2015
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
So much potential, so little realized. A lot of interesting possibilities - cool vintage photos, grandfather with a secret who was murdered by montrou ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
The Secret River
Heart-breaking, difficult telling of the early settlment of New South Wales (now Australia) by English convicts. As horrifying as it gets at times, it ...more
Jun 11, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
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