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The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing (Vish Puri, #2)
I have a definite fault that was plainly manifest when I read this book. I started reading, and was enjoying it quite a bit. I thought that the Mr. Ha ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 20, 2011
The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, #2)
How many different scenarios can one man create in which the world is about to end? [No, Bog, I'm the one typing. Get away from the keyboard.] All you ...more
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 08, 2011
The Map That Changed the World
I have not yet read The Professor and the Madman, which is supposed to be very good and is written by the same author. Unfortunately, because of the r ...more
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 30, 2010
One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2)
According to my source, Gordon Korman planned this series with Rick Riordan, the author of The Maze of Bones, the first book in the series. They wrote ...more
Feb 03, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
Although I concede that Frankenstein is an imaginative creation, I found the book more tedious and tragic than filled with horror. Shelley does a good ...more
Mar 25, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
The Case of the Missing Servant (Vish Puri, #1)
Ah, India. How I long to see you and breath your diesel fumes and eat your greasy pakoras. Mr. Hall's first book about India's Most Private Investigat ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
The Architecture of Happiness
"Belief in the significance of architecture is premised on the notion that we are...different people in different places - and on the conviction that ...more
Apr 19, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)
Except for two glaring mistakes, this book was tightly written and edited. I enjoyed the fast pace, the unpredictable plot turns, fairly developed cha ...more
May 26, 2010
May 26, 2010
Time Quake (The Gideon Trilogy, #3)
**spoiler alert** I think I might have liked this book better than the previous one in the series, only because I had months to become accustomed to t ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Nov 29, 2009
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
In general, Bourdain's writing varies.

At times, this book is extremely entertaining and informative. One story in particular, the one about what he l
Nov 18, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
So I understand that the U.S. is a large country and he can't visit everywhere. But it seems to me that his travels were not to see small town america ...more
not set
Apr 25, 2009
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)
What's that old joke? "If it looks like HarryPotterPercyJacksonCamiMorganetc., and smells like HarryPotterPercyJacksonCamiMorganetc., and tastes like ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Sep 28, 2010
My Life in France
In general, I enjoyed this book immensely. It made me want to go live in a foreign country. Well, it amplified my desire to go live in a foreign count ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 28, 2010
Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society, #2)
Would I like my fifteen year old daughter hanging out and in love with a guy who backed her into a corner and breathed heavilly on her every time they ...more
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
The New Kings of Nonfiction
I've read some great non-fiction, and some of the articles in this book are pretty darn good. No doubt. But I wouldn't label them all kings (and queen ...more
not set
Sep 26, 2009
The Viper's Nest (39 Clues, #7)
It's getting to the point where I can't keep these books separate in my mind. Also, I don't feel like I missed much (except the supposed death of a ma ...more
Mar 18, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Sarah Vowell stuck with her roots in humor by writing a bunch of short essays about very little. She gives a bit of self-disclosures. She shares a few ...more
Jan 03, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
World Architecture: The Masterworks
Yes, the pictures are beautiful. But from what I can tell, this book's extremely broad and superficial review of a large amount of old buildings indic ...more
May 06, 2012
May 11, 2012
Independence Hall (I, Q, #1)
Exciting, well written, and interesting characters. There are some surprising twists in the book, which keep it interesting, even when it is another o ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
Terry Pratchett is an excellent writer. He especially knows how to write action that isn't trite and ordinary. The scene near the beginning of the boo ...more
Sep 02, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Into the Gauntlet (The 39 Clues, #10)
This was a decent end to a long and sometimes enjoyable series. I did enjoy the human side of the story where the younger generation, plus one old per ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 28, 2010
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Better is a series of essays about aspects of the medical profession that can be, or have been improved through various means. Mr. Gawande describes t ...more
Dec 18, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
The Maze of Bones  (The 39 Clues, #1)
Yet another semi-spy type novel. This one is somewhat different from the others in that the characters are on their own in a treasure hunt of sorts. H ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 05, 2010
Notes from a Small Island
Ah, England. Someday I will tramp across your misty hills in the rain. Bryson, I am jealous of you and your weeks of following your traveling whims.

Dec 10, 2010
Dec 18, 2010
The Sword Thief (The 39 Clues, #3)
I would have to say that this book was actually a bit better written than book 2 of the series. Again, the new author used a somewhat different style, ...more
Feb 24, 2010
Feb 25, 2010
Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls, #5)
Better than the previous book in the series by far. But still some logical inconsistencies that make it necessary to avoid any questions you have abou ...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
Roadside Geology of Utah (Roadside Geology Series)
Page turner, it was not. There was quite a bit of repetition and often not enough information. Yet it gave a great overview of some of the geology of ...more
May 17, 2010
May 22, 2010
Storm Warning (The 39 Clues, #9)
Compared to the writing of many of the books in this series, the prose in number nine did not distract from the story. Also, there was finally a major ...more
Aug 28, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
The Emperor's Code (The 39 Clues, #8)
Perhaps I'm getting soft or the story has drawn me in, but I thought this book was more interesting, more exciting, and better written than previous o ...more
May 26, 2010
Jun 03, 2010
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
The writing style leaves a lot to be desired. But if you can force your way through it, there is a lot about the politics of the Pakistan/Afganistan r ...more
not set
Apr 17, 2009
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