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Philip Pullman is known, perhaps infamously, for His Dark Materials trilogy, which has been attacked because of Pullman's atheist beliefs as well as t...more
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Oct 09, 2008
Effects of Unfairly Unfavorable Book Reviews on Independent Authors
I was going to take this down because I'm redrafting all my freedom of speech reviews. Then I thought, no that would make too many people happy. Fuck...more
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
There is a debate (or at least an ongoing conversation) among teachers who help college students hone their reading skills. What exactly, do you have...more
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Dec 14, 2009
London: The Biography
Dear Mr. Ackroyd,

Will you marry me? I know you're gay, and I'm a woman. I understand that such details present wrinkles in the grand scheme, but I'm s...more
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Nov 11, 2010
On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)
I feel it necessary to admit a few things before starting this review proper.

1. I have watched the Horatio Hornblower movies that were shown on A&E...more
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Dec 25, 2009
The Hobbit
2012 - Reread - What to add to my original review for this site? I don't. There is something everlasting and yet almost tragic about this book. Thorin...more
Dec 03, 2012
Oct 10, 2008
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
Do you have an old, worn piece of clothing? Perhaps that sweat shirt that you can’t wear anywhere except to bed or walking your dog? Perhaps it is an...more
Dec 10, 2012
Oct 10, 2008
Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape
I’ve been asked why I wasn’t a fan of Torchwood. You’d think I would be. Who doesn’t like Captain Jack? I turned on the first episode and that ruined...more
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
Peaches for Father Francis (Chocolat, #3)
Disclaimer: I received an ARC via Netgalley. Receiving said ARC made me squeal in glee. Whatever power at Penguin books said let her have it, I love y...more
Jun 09, 2012
Jun 09, 2012
Code Name Verity
There is something lacking in war stories that make it to television. We have great battle epics, such as appear on HBO, and we have the rescue storie...more
May 28, 2012
May 28, 2012
The Goodreads Killer
**spoiler alert** I might change the star rating. I see this as 1.5.

Humor is a funny beast. It really is. One’s person’s crack up is another person’s...more
Aug 28, 2013
Aug 26, 2013
The Alchemy of Stone
When I re-read The Little Mermaid as an adult something about it bugged me. This something bugs me more and more each time I re-read the story. It's n...more
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Jun 05, 2010
Death Masks (The Dresden Files #5)
Reasons to read this book.

1. Harry Dresden is a believable character. He learns, he grows, but he does not gain a new power every book. In fact, he do...more
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Jul 12, 2009
Mornings in Jenin
Disclosure: Won in Goodreads giveaway.

I suppose this is a type of book that will get some people's panties in a twist, so let me say a couple things.

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Jan 23, 2010
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
**spoiler alert** I should admit two things before I start this review. I didn't finish this book; however, it does not belong on my ick-attack shelf...more
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Jun 03, 2010
Portrait Of A Killer: Jack The Ripper -- Case Closed
**spoiler alert** Despite the rather presumptuous sub-title of "case closed", Cornwell doesn't prove her thesis. In fact, this book is a text book for...more
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Oct 19, 2008
Black Beauty
Black Beauty is one of those rare books that can preach without being preachy. Anna Sewell wrote this to illustrate the abuse of horses, in particular...more
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Oct 24, 2008
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)
**spoiler alert** I have a problem with time travel plots. I really do. I don't know why. Maybe because they make my head hurt. Even Brigadoon, does t...more
Jul 19, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal]
Sex is a complicted subject. Sometimes, literature doesn't make it easier. Neither do movies or television. There is something to be said for this; ho...more
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May 02, 2010
The Stepsister Scheme (Princess, #1)
One of the more recent cultural phenomenon is the rise of the Disney princesses. Everywhere you look, you see young girls wearing Disney Princess gear...more
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Mar 20, 2010
The Scarlet Letter
The best advice anyone can get about The Scarlet Letter is to skip the whole introductory bit about the Chapter House, unless you want a degree in Eng...more
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Oct 13, 2008
The Long Earth
Those poor French. You lose to Spain at the Euro and Terry Pratchett takes an accurate pot shot at you in this book.

C'est la vie.

I'm unsure to give th...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling
Dear Duke Thesus,

What is it with you and threatening women with death during your wedding? Do you think it is romantic?

Dear Wife of Bath,

You go girl!

Nov 13, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #11)
Why I did I not like this book? I suppose it could have been the fact that a once kick ass heroine is now a sex fiend. However, Anita is Hamilton's ch...more
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Oct 13, 2008
The Magic Mountain
This book had been sitting, unread, on my bookshelf for some time. It has the reputation like Ulysses. It doesn’t help that I know people who gave up...more
Aug 22, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
The Sekhmet Bed (The She-King, #1)
Disclaimer: I picked this up as a freebie. It got bumped up my reading list because the author posted some intelligent comments on a friend’s review.

Sep 10, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
For me this book is between 3 and 4 stars. Lynch does a wonderful job of creating a world and characters. The characters, overall, breath. The world i...more
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Jun 26, 2009
Those Who Hunt the Night (James Asher, #1)
There seems to be a trend in current dark fantasy novels, and that is of the misunderstand vampire lover. Most vampires in popular fiction today tend...more
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Oct 18, 2008
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley.

When you think of an Egyptian female ruler, who do you think of?

If the answer is Elizabeth Taylor as...more
May 02, 2014
May 02, 2014
The Beauty Myth
I probably should not have tried reading Mercedes Lackey’s Fire Rose after reading this book. That novel, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, has a...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
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