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Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
4.01
review in progress

Review (May 2012)

Five stars? Four and half? Quite possibly my favorite of the trilogy.

In running for best read of 2012.

Original Thou
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Jan 09, 2014
Nov 04, 2009
 
Kindred
4.13
On October 5, 2004, Octavia E. Butler visited my graduate university to give a lecture and book signing. I was really impressed by her. She actually s ...more
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Jul 22, 2008
 
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #4)
3.89
You’re not reading this book for the story. You know the story. If you’re picking up this book, you’ve seen movie – movies – more times than you can c ...more
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Apr 12, 2013
 
Are You My Mother?
3.63
Very introspective, even for a memoir. More about Alison's therapy sessions than about her relationship with her mother. I found myself more curious a ...more
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Jun 06, 2012
 
Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #6)
3.72
I don't know why I'm so disappointed in this book. It's probably my fault for having my expectations unreasonably high. It's not like Lackey's written ...more
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Dec 14, 2011
 
Mr. Darcy's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #1)
3.62
My Dear Readers,

It is with grave misfortune that I dissuade you from whatever excitement you may have upon learning of the existence of this novel. J
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Jul 22, 2008
 
Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul, #1)
4.07
Ugh. This book is so trite and clichéd as to be nearly unreadable. The nerveless bit of fluff who ranks as the heroine is a horrid mixture of syrupy s ...more
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Jul 22, 2008
 
Written in Red (The Others, #1)
4.34
Advisory note -- This has become less a review and more a collection of topical essays.

March 2013:
Oh, thank you thank you thank you for giving me resp
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Jun 18, 2012
 
Dracula in Love
3.38
Beach Vacation Read #6: My habit of borrowing any ebook that sounds remotely interesting does not always pay off. DNF.

This is dire. It starts off with
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Aug 05, 2010
 
Lord Loss (The Demonata, #1)
4.20
I'm all for reading about DEATH MATCH CHESS, but even that cannot save this book for me. It seems poised to snag whatever parts of the YA demographic ...more
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Jul 05, 2009
 
We Need to Talk About Kevin
4.05
**spoiler alert** I really didn't like this — it's like chicklit/horror and comes perilously close in the attempt to make horror fluffy. The narrator ...more
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Jul 20, 2012
 
The Guide to Getting It On: A New & Mostly Wonderful Book About Sex
4.31
Because everyone should have a sex guide book that quotes The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

This is an excellent, general guide to sex and is desi
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Jul 22, 2008
 
Grave Secret (Harper Connelly, #4)
3.93
**spoiler alert** This book reads like a series conclusion, and I find that very disappointing. Harris has ramped up Harper and Tolliver's relationshi ...more
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May 09, 2009
 
Masques (Sianim, #1 / Aralorn, #1)
3.83
ETA July 2010:
Release date for the Masques reissue is set for October of this year! The sequel, Wolfsbane, will be released in November. New Briggs bo
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Jul 22, 2008
 
At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories
4.05
All of these stories are exquisite. And reading them is like reading razors. You don't even feel the cut, then suddenly you're bleeding.

Very highly re
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Jan 09, 2014
May 22, 2012
 
Shalador's Lady (The Black Jewels, #8)
4.31
**spoiler alert** Original Speculations, October 2009:
Excerpt for this novel finally up! (link)

God, Theran is such an ass. I desperately want him to h
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Oct 26, 2009
 
Bridge of Dreams (Ephemera, #3)
3.97
I'm just going to have to admit that Ephemera is my least favorite of Bishop's works and be done with it. As excited as I had been to learn of the dev ...more
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Sep 28, 2011
 
The Chocolatier's Wife
3.82
Oh, this was fun. It's probably the very definition of a 'nice' story: well-written, well-grounded, omitting a great deal of the emotional angst that ...more
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Dec 19, 2012
 
Writing Horses: The Fine Art of Getting It Right
4.07
I started off as highly impressed with Writing Horses, but my opinion has dwindled the longer I've worked on this review. It is an excellent resource ...more
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Feb 02, 2011
 
Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators
4.21
I am overjoyed that I was able to snag this through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program. Now that I've finished reading it, I am not a bit less p ...more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
Hellblazer: Rare Cuts
4.11
It is perhaps a bad idea to jump into reading the Hellblazer series by grabbing at whatever graphic-novel collection I happen to come across first, bu ...more
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Feb 09, 2009
 
The Last Vampire (Hunger, #2)
3.48
Drivel. God, so bad. The whole thing is a series of puerile man-boy sex fantasies splashed up on the page, luridly written and poorly plotted to boot. ...more
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Oct 30, 2008
 
Kraken
3.59
Beach Vacation Read #3: Thank god is all I say for having an ereader at all. I complained about the state of the library in last year's beach house? H ...more
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Mar 29, 2010
 
Dragon Lovers (Includes: Guardians #2.5)
3.41
Dreadful. Cloyingly sweet. I feel like I've gorged myself on electric-colored cotton candy and will be sick at any moment.

Avoid avoid avoid.

The Dragon
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May 27, 2010
 
A Wind in Cairo
4.07
This book has been hugely recommended to me for years. It's also been out of print for about as long as I've been aware of its existence, which has hi ...more
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Jan 15, 2011
 
The Last Unicorn: The Lost Version  (The Last Unicorn)
3.93
Wow, I am glad that Beagle rewrote The Last Unicorn. This original unpublished version is missing all the heart. Every so often, as I was reading it, ...more
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Jan 07, 2010
 
I Was A Doctor In Auschwitz
4.37
I had a hard time reading this. It's a slim little publication, not 200 pages, but it took me weeks to complete. I had to omit my original plan to rea ...more
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Jan 03, 2013
 
Seducing an Angel (Huxtable Quintet, #4)
3.75
Honestly, I understand that women were legally considered possessions in this time period, but this book strikes me as just a bit much. Particularly a ...more
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Jul 17, 2009
 
Ghosts in the Snow (Dubric Bryerly, #1)
3.75
Ghosts in the Snow might not have been a waste of time reading, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. The premise had been attractive—the book had ...more
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Apr 18, 2009
 
Cobweb Bride (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, #1)
3.65
Brilliant and lush, rich like nothing I had expected. Nazarian's wordsmithing is beautiful and immersive in the vein of Patricia A. McKillip's. If thi ...more
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Apr 25, 2013
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