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Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
4.12
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it's almost worth the purchase price for the explanation of the difference between negative re ...more
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Feb 26, 2010
 
Midnight Come Again (Kate Shugak, #10)
4.24
MIDNIGHT COME AGAIN was my introduction to Dana Stabenow and Kate Shugak. In this I was lucky, because earlier books in the series were out of print b ...more
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Feb 21, 2010
 
Justice Hall (Mary Russell, #6)
4.17
JUSTICE HALL is my favorite Russell/Holmes mystery. In general, this series has the blend of mystery, finely drawn characterization and setting, humor ...more
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Feb 21, 2010
 
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4)
4.14
I can't remember why I picked this one out of the available Charlaine Harris books to read, but it was a great introduction to what is now known as th ...more
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Feb 23, 2010
 
Birds, Beasts, and Relatives (Corfu Trilogy, #2)
4.32
This book contains, for my money, quite possibly the funniest scene in the English language. The characters are the author's family and friends (and t ...more
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Feb 21, 2010
 
The Grand Sophy
4.15
TGS is a great introduction to the originator and still unrivaled practitioner of the modern Regency comedy of manners. Heyer wrote period dialogue mo ...more
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Feb 22, 2010
 
Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
4.08
This was my introduction to TP. The Discworld series now takes up an entire shelf on my bookcase. This book leads off with a blasted heath, a cry of, ...more
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Feb 21, 2010
 
Creating a Family Garden: Magical Outdoor Spaces for All Ages
4.36
This is one of the most useful garden-planning books I have read, and I have a pretty respectable shelf of them. It's geared to families who have chil ...more
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Feb 26, 2010
 
Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir
3.98
For anyone who loves Hillerman's Navajo Reservation mysteries, or for anyone who hasn't read him but is interested in a self-sufficient frontier world ...more
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Feb 24, 2010
 
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden, #1)
3.65
This is Charlaine Harris' first mystery series, and still the favorite of some readers. Although it is considered a "malice domestic" with theoretical ...more
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Feb 23, 2010
 
Melusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths, #1)
3.63
This is a really, really well-done series. It switches back and forth between first-person viewpoints in a thoroughly successful fashion. The world-bu ...more
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Feb 28, 2010
 
Fledgling
3.91
This is a different and disturbing take on vampires. Butler was African-American, and FLEDGLING is on one level about racial prejudice. On other level ...more
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Feb 24, 2010
 
Through Wolf's Eyes (Firekeeper Saga, #1)
3.93
This is a neat take on the feral child story, set in a universe in which some animals are sentient and magic is a force in some areas. The world-build ...more
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Feb 25, 2010
 
Dragon Bones (Hurog, #1)
4.01
I tend to give five stars to the first book I read of any author who then becomes a must-read. The announcement that PB's new release, SILVER BORNE, h ...more
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Feb 21, 2010
 
The Graveyard Book
4.09
This may be my absolute favorite Neil Gaiman. He put it aside for decades while he was learning to write well enough to do it justice. So worth it! I ...more
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Feb 28, 2010
 
Skinny Dip
3.76
The first Hiaasen I read and still a favorite, this book will cause bystanders to ask why those tears are running down your face, in a good way. Hiaas ...more
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Feb 22, 2010
 
A Night Too Dark (Kate Shugak, #17)
4.11
Chapter Two is a roller coaster. Oh my.

Another great entry in this great series. The Park is in transition in a big way this time out. While I figured
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Feb 22, 2010
 
The Black Company (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #1)
3.96
This book is considerably darker than my usual fare, but has at least enough comic relief to keep me going. One suspects that Cook has served either i ...more
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Feb 22, 2010
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
3.83
For a book whose narrator has a very tenuous grasp of humor, this one is very funny. It's also heart-wrenching. Welcome to the world of an autistic te ...more
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Feb 22, 2010
 
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)
4.04
This series is often described as Patrick O'Brien with dragons. To that description should be added "plus more fluent period dialogue and more sense o ...more
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Feb 22, 2010
 
A Good Life
3.84
This is a pretty good read for anyone who remembers Watergate, or wants to know what the heck they were thinking then, or who grew up in or around Was ...more
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Feb 25, 2010
 
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)
3.78
The first book in this series was promising, and they only get better. Grafton was a screenwriter before she was an author, and you can almost see the ...more
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Feb 25, 2010
 
Personal History
4.12
Charles Krauthammer has written, in my memory, two columns which made sense to me. One was his elegant eulogy for Katharine Graham. Here is her story ...more
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Feb 25, 2010
 
The Essential Earthman: Henry Mitchell on Gardening
4.38
Henry Mitchell wrote The Washington Post's gardening column for many years. I still miss him every Sunday. He wrote just about the loveliest prose aro ...more
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Feb 23, 2010
 
Lord Demon
3.89
Zelazny was working on this book when he died, after asking Jane Lindskold to finish it for him. It's pretty seamlessly in his voice, but IMHO has a l ...more
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Feb 25, 2010
 
Feet of Clay (Discworld, #19; City Watch #3)
4.22
This is a City Watch book, and possibly the most affecting. Down below the levels of adventure, mystery, humor, and fantasy, this is a story about wha ...more
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Feb 21, 2010
 
Creation
4.21
Here is a perspective on history we don't often see: that of a cranky, worldly, ancient Persian courtier, finishing his life in exile among the barbar ...more
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Feb 25, 2010
 
That Winning Feeling!: Program Your Mind for Peak Performance
4.62
This is a really readable, useful book, not just for equesrtians, but for anyone who wants to learn more positive thought patterns. I have recommended ...more
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Feb 26, 2010
 
The Road
3.94
There is not a wasted word in this entire book. It's an exceedingly grim but not entirely hopeless story about love and family. It's one I would only ...more
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Feb 24, 2010
 
Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)
3.91
This one jumped the shark a little bit in my mind, with the whole lost-civilization thing and all. Maybe it's an homage. Still a fun read, just not qu ...more
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Feb 22, 2010
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