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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
That was a ton of fun! Nerdy, modern AND classic. I'm going to be watching for what he writes next.

This book made me keep flashing back to Microserfs.
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 04, 2012
Love without Shadows
This is an absolutely amazing book and I recommend it highly! I bought it on a fluke at Amazon, because I love Ms. Finney's historical suspense/myster ...more
Feb 07, 2014
Feb 06, 2014
The Wedding Officer: A Novel of Culinary Seduction
2.5 stars
Very cinematic. I could almost hear the soundtrack swelling behind me as I read through this book. Several plot points were obviously include
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
Peregrine's Rest
I love this book! It is so quirky and unusual and fun. It's a gothic and a paranormal and a mystery/suspense, and a romance and...just plain weird. I ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 02, 2008
The Adventures of Goodnight & Loving
It took me a little while to get into, but I ended up really enjoying this oddly humorous book.

George Goodnight, a Fleet Street lawyer is bored. He's
Apr 22, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm
I got a copy of this short story anthology just to read it's title selection "Christmas At Cold Comfort Farm" set (pre Flora Poste) at Cold Comfort. I ...more
Jun 17, 2009
Jun 04, 2009
Skinny Dip
I enjoyed this. It did however feel like it was an action movie wannabe. Especially the 'romance'--yes, I used those quotes intentionally. Throughout, ...more
Aug 18, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
Driving Sideways
Going in, from the cover art and book blurb, I expected this book to be chick lit. It turned out to be something else entirely. Like life, it was both ...more
Mar 18, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
The Lonely Polygamist
**spoiler alert** What a hilarious, sad, and heart-wrenching book! It was truly weird to me to read a 'Great American Novel' about a polygamous family ...more
Jun 02, 2010
May 05, 2010
A Famine of Horses (Sir Robert Carey, #1)
Loved it! Got to track down the rest of the series!

(It is so nice to find an author who can write something besides fluff.)
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
A Power To Charm
I've always loved Frances Murray's books, especially The Burning Lamp, The Heroine's Sister and The Dear Colleague. I'm intrigued to find she has new ...more
May 18, 2013
May 15, 2013
Mermaids on the Moon
You can watch videos of Weeki Wachee mermaids (which she is obviously referring to in this book) performing on Youtube if you're interested.

And what i
Mar 31, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Very, very odd and good.
Dec 15, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
I found it best to equate this with a magically-realistic romantic fairytale. Kind of Cindarellaish, but with food. Strictly speaking, there's no magi ...more
May 17, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
Her Fearful Symmetry
Slow-building, atmospheric, and quietly macabre.

The 'twinishness' reminded me of Barbara Trapido's The Travelling Hornplayer, although the plot, of c
Oct 07, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise
A review for a quirkily odd and sadly sweet book like this deserves a little hyperbole.

After all, where else are you going to find:
*The Tower of Lond
Feb 2011
Jul 21, 2010
Home to Woefield
1st read 4/20/11
Okay: You know that plot where the sophisticated urbanite goes to live in the country? And finds out that it is not quite what s/he ex
Aug 29, 2013
Mar 10, 2011
Jul 13, 2014
Dec 07, 2013
Seating Arrangements
3.5 stars.

Darkly humorous. Great character descriptions and observations. Funny and depressing in a satirical way.

Reminded me of: Pride and Avarice:
Jan 09, 2013
Jun 21, 2012
Nightingale Wood
Oh, I did so enjoy that!

The humor was less overt than Cold Comfort Farm, but it was certainly there. I'd call this a skewed Cinderella tale with ever
May 04, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
Small Blessings
Doesn't this cover look unassuming? And doesn't the plot synopsis sound familiar and predictable?

Well, guess what? Don't let your preconceptions hold
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
Miss Buncle : Containing Miss Buncle's Book and Miss Buncle Married
3.5 stars. It was a pleasure to go back temporarily to a time where you can need to pinch pennies yet still have 2 grooms, 3 maids and a cook! It woul ...more
Oct 29, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
Conference At Cold Comfort Farm
Very enjoyable, I chortled throughout!

I do wish that I were a little more familiar with the history/setting of this period. Since so much of the conf
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 04, 2009
My Summer of Southern Discomfort
Based on the cover art, I thought this would be chick lit. It wasn't, at least not much--i.e. no shopping, manolos, one-night-stands, and the bar-hopp ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
Goatsong: A Novel of Ancient Athens (The Walled Orchard #1)
Reread 9/16/13: Reading my textbook reminded me of this favorite book. Time to pull it out for a re-read!

It's amazing how much information, as well as
Sep 17, 2013
Oct 17, 2008
A Guide to the Beasts of East Africa
I wish Drayson's books weren't so difficult to get in the U.S. But if you can get your hands on them, it's worth the trouble. (I resorted to borrowing ...more
Jun 27, 2014
Apr 01, 2013
Deaf Sentence
An intelligent and essentially decent man reflects on his deafness, aging and death. There is a quietly-wry humour to this book.

It reminded me of my
Dec 09, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
Sweet and sentimental southern women's fiction/coming of age tale with some romance. Contains a little magic realism.

If you like Rebecca Wells and are
Sep 24, 2009
Jun 15, 2009
Eleanor & Park
Before: I don't know if I can handle the abuse part of this. I'm considering whether to read.

After: Masterly writing. Eleanor's story was very painful
Mar 12, 2014
Dec 07, 2013
Pride and Avarice: A Novel
Miles was so incredibly evil that I kept wanting to squash him like a bug! I glommed the whole book in suspended animation waiting for him to get his ...more
Sep 25, 2010
Dec 17, 2009
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