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The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Volume One (Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson, and Cardinal Chang #1.1)
Probably my favourite steampunk novel - and I've only just read the first volume! Dahlquist creates a beautiful, intriguing world with plot reveals th...more
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 19, 2010
The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures
This book is an absolute must-read for anyone planning on interacting with other people in any kind of sexual or romantic context, regardless of wheth...more
Jan 15, 2012
Dec 22, 2011
Lockpick Pornography
Unabashedly profane, explicitly sexual and incredibly funny. This book reads like a war cry, rallying the support of open-minded people everywhere aga...more
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Nov 03, 2008
The Complete French Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke
I am working my way through a lot of Rilke all at once, but this is the first text I've managed to get the whole way through. I read it in both French...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Volume Two (Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson, and Cardinal Chang #1.2)
I liked this volume a little less than the first because it took far too long to get through some portions of the action from the point of view of all...more
Jan 07, 2011
Dec 19, 2010
The Analysis of Biological Data
Here is a livejournal entry I made upon first cracking open this wonderful statistics textbook:

My biostatistics textbook is probably the nicest textbo...more
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Feb 01, 2009
How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
Wow, this book was a wake-up call for me. I knew my writing habits were sub par and that I had a backlog of data from summer research building up whic...more
Nov 2010
Nov 01, 2010
No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics
A great collection of literary (not strictly erotic) works from three major time periods in queer comic publishing. On the whole a wonderful look at t...more
Sep 22, 2013
Sep 28, 2013
Unifying Biology
Not as helpful as other books about the modern synthesis I've read. It doesn't deal with the history of the synthesis itself so much as its implicatio...more
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Nov 14, 2009
The Paris Wife
More like a 3.5 overall, and after the first half there was a hundred page lull that gets at best 2/5. Seriously, once you've put the premise out ther...more
Mar 20, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
The Rope in the Water: A Pilgrimage to India
This book, while filled with lovely prose, rich description and interesting subject matter (traveling across India, experiencing many aspects of the l...more
Jul 21, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Although there are weaker stories along with the stronger ones, reading all the original Sherlock Holmes tales together is an experience not to be mis...more
Oct 03, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
Complete Contemporary Craft: Embellishments
A really good resource for the beginner in the crafts of beading, embroidery, crochet, and knitting -- the introductory sections give examples of vari...more
Nov 07, 2013
Nov 08, 2013
Bitter Virgin 1 (Bitter Virgin #1)
Reading this series was like having a tooth pulled; painful but in a good way. Based around the author's experience of having a stillborn child, it is...more
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Dec 13, 2008
Angel of Death (The Chosen Chronicles #1)
**spoiler alert** This is probably closer to a 3.5, but I'm rounding it up to a 4. Now, one disclaimer: I am not normally a big fan of vampire fiction...more
Jan 04, 2012
Dec 19, 2011
The Metamorphosis
So I cheated and listened to this as an audiobook while doing greenhouse work. The rating here is for the actual story, as written by Kafka and as if...more
Jan 10, 2011
Apr 18, 2009
Am I Blue?: Coming Out From the Silence
I read this book back in middle school, and it came along at just the right time. As I hit one of the first major periods of time spent questioning my...more
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Sep 15, 2011
The Horns of Ruin
I receieved this book as a thank you gift for being a panelist at the Canadian National Steampunk Exhibition, and to be honest, I expected more. The s...more
May 28, 2011
May 21, 2011
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969
While still enjoyable, I found this instalment of LXG to be rather light on content and mostly concerned with romanticising and/or parodying a decade...more
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
Crappy Children's Art
Very funny, aside from a few instances of gross misogyny. Pretty much on par for Maddox. Don't read the "unintentional Hitler" section on public trans...more
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
Dignifying Science: Stories about Women Scientists
Closer to a 3.5 star rating. As I am coming to expect from Jim Ottaviani, this was a meticulously researched book with great notes and a comprehensive...more
Jun 10, 2011
May 31, 2011
Japanese Fairy Tales
While the stories within were quite good, spanning a nice range of themes and characters, the overall quality was disappointing. The translation was a...more
May 09, 2011
May 08, 2011
R Is for Rocket
Bradbury will always be the quintessential space-themed sci-fi writer for me. His descriptions of space - of the feelings and dreams associated with i...more
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
Torchwood: The Lost Files
Not as good as the first set of radio plays was, but these things are like crack. So easy to listen to over the course of an afternoon's work in the l...more
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Mar 23, 2012
Are You My Mother?
As a huge fan of her previous graphic memoir, Fun Home, I definitely came to this with higher expectations than I perhaps should have had. I read it o...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
Bigger Than Jesus
I could tell just from reading it that this would be a very powerful play to watch. It's also quite funny in places and cleverly written. However, the...more
Nov 2013
Oct 27, 2013
The Cheese Monkeys
Design and execution: brilliant.
Storyline and character development: Hackneyed clichés and lacking, respectively.

Reading this book was a bit of a rol...more
Jun 09, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
White Ravens
This novel started off very promising. Sheers' writing style is very readable and the book was nicely designed. Yet once one of the main characters me...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
Vainglorious Sun (A.K.A. "The Shaman")
First off, let me just state that I thoroughly enjoyed Mark D. Longo's Vainglorious Sun. For a first novel it was very well paced, and the editing mus...more
Sep 14, 2012
Aug 03, 2012
A Study in Scarlet  (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
The first book was magnificent - everything I could want in a Sherlock Holmes story (mystery, Victoriana, sexy subtext with Watson, etc.) - but it is...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
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