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Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter, #1-7)
This is a review for the HP series as a whole, not this particular boxset.

Overall, I loved the series. The biggest thing for me was the world Rowling
Jan 2009
Dec 22, 2008
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith
It occurred to me once that the vast majority of the words we regularly read from Joseph Smith are not his own words but things he translated or other ...more
Jan 1997
Oct 24, 2008
Heart of Darkness
I expected something a lot different. I'd always heard it was a trippy and mind-bending read, but this wasn't the case for me.

It's easy to see why col
Dec 2008
Nov 14, 2008
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
Didn't finish. After 150 pages or so, it looked like this wasn't going to stray much from the basic fantasy adventure: characters must get to a certai ...more
Apr 2011
Aug 09, 2011
The Book of Mormon
This is so much more than "a book" for me that I rarely think of it as one and didn't immediately think to include it here, even though it's a book I ...more
Jan 1994
Oct 21, 2008
Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)
- First of all, this novel was written by Brandon Sanderson, a guy who has created some phenomenal things in the last decade, so maybe my expectat
Feb 2014
Dec 02, 2013
The Double
The author's chosen writing style bogged down an otherwise interesting plot. So I read the synopsis on Wikipedia and sent the book back.
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
Batman: The Black Mirror
**spoiler alert** Plenty of people like stories about serial killers, even psychopathic torturers and mutilators. (It seems like every other cop drama ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 19, 2014
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Gladwell writes well and is always interesting, but I think this book rises above his other stuff because of its significance and usefulness. It gets ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 15, 2010
Santa Claus and His Elves
Find this book online if you can! My older brother brought it home from Finland and would translate it for me. A few years ago I found a used, English ...more
Jan 1986
Oct 24, 2008
Characters and Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing)
I read this book at a point where I'd already read a couple dozen books, a hundred Writers Digest magazines, and a zillion web pages on writing. Upon ...more
Aug 2008
Oct 24, 2008
The Invisible Man
Overall I liked it. I was expecting the invisible man character to be your regular, do-gooding citizen. So it was a fun surprise to find that he's sho ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 11, 2009
Batman: Knightfall
I didn't know much about Bane, so I read this--trying to get ready for The Dark Knight Rises next year. The writing was poor. Bane's origin story and ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 28, 2011
The Secret Garden
What I liked most was the mood of this book. It’s the kind of story that makes you want to build a nest of pillows in a little nook and fall asleep re ...more
Jun 2014
Jul 12, 2014
Star Wars Complete Locations: Inside the Worlds of the Entire Star Wars Saga
Fantastic book for people who love cross-sections, maps, and everything Star Wars. You can spend an hour or more on a single spread and still not noti ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 08, 2008
Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down
Dave Barry is so good at what he does that I found it frustrating to laugh so hard and then fail so miserably when trying to retell his stuff to my wi ...more
Nov 2008
Oct 21, 2008
Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life
Everybody likes to gang up on Terry Brooks. I don't know all the reasons except the biggest, that "he's a Tolkien copycat." (He addresses this in the ...more
Sep 02, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
A lot of fascinating ideas and questions raised in this book. It is mind-broadening and entertaining.

My only gripe is that he seems to leave the reade
Oct 15, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
I liked this book. I mostly enjoyed the wilderness survival stuff, and wasn't all that drawn to the character or storyline. This book should be requir ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 03, 2009
The Encylopedia of Immaturity
I was thrilled to open this on Christmas morning. I learned later that my wife had debated whether to give this to me or save it for our 12-year-old n ...more
Jan 06, 2009
Dec 28, 2008
The Road
It would have made a great short story or novella. For 300 pages the man and the boy rummage through stuff and say the word "okay," but none of that b ...more
Nov 2009
Jan 14, 2009
It was okay. I liked Grendel's character a lot. He was intriguing and very funny at times. I enjoyed the writing and narrative voice. But my interest ...more
Jan 2008
Oct 22, 2008
The Host (The Host, #1)
I really liked this book and almost loved it. I loved the premise—-two souls inhabiting/warring over the same body. And, this being my first foray int ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 29, 2009
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
1-2-3 Magic is a system that all of the elementary teachers at my school use--which says a lot considering how hard it can be to get a group of people ...more
Aug 2007
Oct 24, 2008
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Jeeves, #13)
The writing in this book is top-notch. I'd heard that Wodehouse labored over every phrase and that he was a master of the English language. I give my ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 19, 2008
The Man in the High Castle
For a book with such a promising premise (what would America be like if Germany and Japan had won WWII?), it could have been a whole lot more interest ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 05, 2011
A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought, #2)
This one wasn't as inventive as A Fire Upon the Deep, I thought. The plotting was interesting, but extremely slow. At page 300 I was thinking about gi ...more
Jul 2012
Aug 06, 2011
Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist
This book provides great insight into how an excellent painter works. What didn't appeal to me was that an essential part of his process for virtually ...more
Mar 2010
Apr 07, 2010
The Mansion
This is an enjoyable book and worth a try. President Thomas Monson says he reads it every Christmas season. I had looked for it for a few years before ...more
Dec 16, 2008
Dec 16, 2008
Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow, #2)
For my tastes, too much politics (not enough action) and not enough sci-fi. But I liked it. Did anybody else wonder this same thing while they read: " ...more
Mar 2010
Apr 07, 2010
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