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Contemporary Irish Knits
I suppose I should wait to give a five-star review until trying to knit a pattern from this book, but I very much enjoyed the spotlight on the Irish m ...more
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Dec 28, 2012
How to Knit a Love Song (Cypress Hollow Yarn, #1)
The protagonist is a knitter and it's set in coastal Northern California: I was already primed to like this book. I loved the protagonist's mentor bas ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
I enjoyed this--I love biographies and putting fiction I enjoy in historical context--but of course it only tells half of the adventures of its fictio ...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
The Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #2)
My mom gave me this book for my tenth or eleventh birthday, because it had a unicorn on the cover. It's not a kid's book, exactly, but it wasn't above ...more
Jan 1987
Jan 09, 2014
I'm probably starring this more highly because I know Mr. Beagle and can hear his voice in this story, and I like it, but it also has so many other el ...more
Sep 2010
Dec 17, 2010
Zombies Vs. Unicorns
I'd have liked to have seen another story other than Garth Nix's that had both zombies and unicorns. I'm obviously by default on the side of unicorns ...more
Nov 2010
Dec 17, 2010
The Secret Garden
One of those girls' classics I never picked up for some reason. It was free or cheap on Kindle, so why not.

I could do without the Yorkshire folks' spe
Dec 28, 2013
Jan 09, 2014
The Dragon and the Unicorn (Arthor, #1)
I have a collection of books that I first read because they have "unicorn" in the title. Unsurprisingly, most of them are fantasy, which was my first ...more
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Jan 09, 2014
Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns
Every pattern in this book is fantastic, and the discussion of 19th-century knitting and review of different types of heels and toes are lovely refere ...more
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Dec 30, 2009
Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously
A light reflection on the function of knitting in the modern woman's life, with a fascinating side trip into the history of the Alice Starmore "brand" ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 06, 2010
A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2)
Maybe more like 3 1/2 stars, or maybe The Beekeeper's Apprentice is more like 4 1/2 stars. This wasn't as good to me as its predecessor, I suspect bec ...more
May 06, 2011
May 16, 2011
California Bones (Daniel Blackland, #1)
There's so much good stuff going on in the world of this book. Fossil fuels are disappearing, but the fuels are the bones of mythical creatures that o ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
I love referential meta-humor, and I've now seen enough Star Trek that I found this book very satisfying. I thought the three codas were kind of unnec ...more
Jul 22, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
The Windup Girl
Though the post-industrial world portrayed in this is pretty grim, the characters are a realistic mixture of likable and not, and that is what makes m ...more
Jul 2010
Aug 06, 2010
The Crofter and the Laird: Life on an Hebridean Island
A portrait of the lives of some of the people living on the Scottish Hebrides islands of Oronsay and Colonsay in the 1960s. A little bit of anthropolo ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Jan 15, 2009
Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
This and all the Little House books are among my all-time favorites. For some reason I only currently own this one--I need to do as Jessica did and pi ...more
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Dec 30, 2009
Emily of New Moon (Emily of New Moon, #1)
Have not re-read since college or high school, but did read it many times through elementary and middle school. So my rating is based on fond memories ...more
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Nov 05, 2014
The Darcys of Pemberley (The Darcys of Pemberley, #1)
This goes the way a preteen who's only seen the modern film adaptation would imagine it going. Granted, I'm only halfway through it, so more plot may ...more
Sep 2012
Aug 31, 2012
Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot Unravels the Mysteries of Swatching, Stashing, Ribbing & Rolling to Free Your Inner Knitter
This was the book that got me started as an obsessive knitter. It is a light introduction to the craft, but I've made the good, plain sock recipe my g ...more
Dec 2006
Dec 30, 2009
Doctor Who: Shada
It's definitely Douglas Adams, and it's definitely the Fourth Doctor, which is lovely, but it starts to drag a bit once the villain and the protagonis ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
Indiana Jones and the Unicorn's Legacy (Indiana Jones: Prequels #5)
I actually did read a couple more in the Indiana Jones series after this one.
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Jan 09, 2014
Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #8)
I found the continual specific references to geography of WWI battles both annoying and sort of charming, since I think real people at home did pore o ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Dec 23, 2014
The Secret Lives of Dresses
I want Mimi's to exist in real life.
Jan 2013
Jan 30, 2013
The Baker Street Dozen
I first acquired this book in high school, after finding that I enjoyed The Hound of the Baskervilles. When I read it then, I skipped all the essays r ...more
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Oct 08, 2008
Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Speech Recognition
This is a good introduction to all the major topics of computational linguistics, which includes automatic speech recognition and processing, machine ...more
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Oct 08, 2008
The Bones of Paris (Harris Stuyvesant, #2)
A macabre murder mystery set in Paris during the Jazz Age. What's not to love? I learned a bit more Parisian history to supplement what I've learned t ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
Actually only got halfway through before getting distracted by other stuff. Didn't think I'd be able get through it if I started over, so I left it at ...more
Jan 10, 2011
Aug 06, 2010
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Very enjoyable for this Anglophile. I found some of Mrs. Ali's family's plot-driving behavior rather cliched. If I were going to discuss this in a boo ...more
Jan 16, 2014
Oct 18, 2011
Pumping Insulin: Everything You Need for Success with an Insulin Pump
*The* reference for insulin pumping. Accessible to people who want to know more about pumping and to people already on the pump who want to fine-tune ...more
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Oct 08, 2008
Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present
So far "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" was the one that really grabbed me, while "Anda's Game" didn't so much. Will have to report back once I finish ...more
Apr 05, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
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