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Outlander (Outlander, #1)
I read the first 300 or so pages of the book. The first 200 had me hooked...and then the sex scenes started. I've got nothing against a sex scene or t ...more
Nov 2007
Aug 26, 2007
Smoke and Mirrors
Wow. I have to say that just about every story in this collection was highly engaging, and I had strong emotional reactions to several of them, and ma ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Oct 07, 2008
Cast In Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra #2)
I cannot remember the last time I have wanted to like a book so much & wound up being so incredibly annoyed with it. I was deeply disappointed in ...more
Sep 24, 2008
Sep 21, 2008
Cast In Secret (Chronicles of Elantra #3)
As with Cast In Courtlight, I really struggled to like this book. I read it primarily because I'd purchased it WITH Cast In Courtlight, after being so ...more
Jan 2009
Dec 23, 2008
The Persian Pickle Club
This came recommended from a friend who's recommended other books to me in the past -- ones I would normally have completely bypassed, like The Help a ...more
Jul 30, 2010
Aug 01, 2010
The Reader
I read this book after having seen the movie, and I have to say that I prefer the movie, which rarely happens for me. I think it may be that there was ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
Dark Moon Defender (Twelve Houses, #3)
Some have said that of the Twelve Houses books thus far, this is Sharon Shinn's weakest effort ... well, I beg to differ. I loved it. I think I liked ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 17, 2008
The Shape-Changer's Wife
I can certainly see why this novella earned Sharon Shinn the Best First Fantasy Book award from Locus! It is very well thought out & sweet moralit ...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 20, 2008
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
First of all, this was not quite what I was expecting from this book, and that's a GOOD thing. Although friends I know had rated this highly, I was an ...more
Sep 04, 2008
Sep 03, 2008
The Art of Racing in the Rain
This is a book I normally wouldn't have given a second glance, but it was given to me by a dear friend with a stellar recommendation. That, plus Sara ...more
Jun 05, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
The pace of Eclipse seemed a bit off to me, but to be honest, I read half of it, went on vacation, and came back to read the other half, so it may hav ...more
Oct 07, 2008
Sep 25, 2008
Water for Elephants
I have to say I found this book an easy read & thoroughly engrossing. It moved along at a rapid pace, and the author did a fabulous job of portray ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
Again, Jim Butcher does not disappoint. With rich characterization & bold storytelling, Death Masks treads the lines between black and white, enco ...more
Aug 04, 2008
Jul 31, 2008
Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
The books in the Dresden Files series just keep getting better. Halfway through the book, new characters were still being introduced, and it felt like ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
The Blood of a Dragon
As with other of Watt-Evans' books set in Ethshar, it features an unexpected hero, who has to cope with mundane issues in a magical world. The author ...more
May 04, 2008
Apr 29, 2008
Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #4)
4/2/09: I've read 9 of the short stories thus far ... and only 3 of them are mildly appealing. So far, this book is a huge disappointment. It definite ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
A delightful read!!! :D A good friend loaned me his copy to read & I am ever so pleased to have been exposed to this book! It was a fascinating st ...more
Sep 19, 2008
Sep 14, 2008
Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses, #4)
Another great novel in this series! I enjoyed seeing all of the characters develop further & to see lots of loose ends get tied up (the appearance ...more
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
Reserved for the Cat (Elemental Masters, #6)
Not as riveting or as engaging as Ms. Lackey's first Elemental Masters novels, but still entertaining and enjoyable. I found the introduction of Wolf, ...more
Apr 09, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat
I was actually highly impressed with this book, and that's strong praise considering it's one that typically I would not seek out. I would have to say ...more
Jul 04, 2008
Feb 22, 2008
The Vondish Ambassador
Another enjoyable journey to the realm of Ethshar, by Mr. Watt-Evans. Like his other works, this is an enjoyable blend of fun fantasy & the amusem ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
The Ninth Talisman
Another brilliant offering from Watt-Evans, a favorite author of mine for some time. The story flowed very smoothly & even as it drew to a conclus ...more
Dec 2008
Nov 25, 2008
The Well of Shades (The Bridei Chronicles, #3)
Another beautifully stirring tale by Juliet Marillier. It has a little bit of everything: historical fiction, sweeping romance, grand adventures, hein ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Apr 20, 2009
Dear Birthmother: Thank You for Our Baby
This book was recommended to me as a "classic" in adoption literature, and I would have to concur with this assessment. Originally written in the earl ...more
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)
This book is hard for me to review. Do I compare it to other epic novels (i.e. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time)? If so ... this is a 5. Do I compare it ...more
Nov 07, 2011
Jul 21, 2010
The Snow Queen (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #4)
Another amusing romp in The Five Hundred Kingdoms, full of plucky & wry heroes and heroines. If I'd managed to wait to read it for summer, I'd say ...more
Mar 30, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
Cotton In My Sack
My 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Rothgeb, gave me this book. It's been ages since I read it & when I was debating putting it out in my book exchange, I ...more
Mar 22, 2008
Mar 22, 2008
Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7)
The problem with rating book 1 of a series with 4 stars is that it doesn't leave much room for improvement, which I really should have! In the Dresden ...more
Aug 12, 2008
Aug 08, 2008
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
This book has deepened my respect for the development of the English dictionary. It had not registered what a monumental undertaking it was, spanning ...more
Jul 13, 2008
Apr 10, 2008
Foxmask (The Light Isles, #2)
Juliet Marillier is quite adept at conveying human emotion. As in many of her other books, the characters reach points where all hope is lost and desp ...more
Oct 2007
Jul 17, 2007
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