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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
4.53
A dry first half lays the ground work for as thrilling a set of three hundred pages as the series has ever had, with monumental swings in momentum tha ...more
Jun 2013
May 08, 2012
 
Approaches to Teaching the Works of Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz (Approaches to Teaching World Literature Ser.)
3.75
A wealth of opinions on what works with the Magical Mujer, you should be able to find a perspective that can challenge and illuminate the text for you ...more
Dec 2009
Jan 31, 2010
 
His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #1-3)
4.23
It's a nice little swipe at Milton, and an interesting way to look at a magical world without the ocassionally irritating insouciance that other child ...more
Apr 2005
Jul 25, 2007
 
The Woman Warrior
3.70
I really enjoyed this, especially while all the other students in class were comparing it to Amy Tan and I was free to simply enjoy it for itself. The ...more
Apr 2004
Aug 05, 2007
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.28
I'm tempted to teach this, but then I'd have to review Locke and Demonsthenes' philosophies. And it's far more easy to enjoy the "coming of age" theme ...more
Mar 2005
Aug 05, 2007
 
Literary Self Fashioning In Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz
4.00
An impressive, comprehensive and thoroughly researched analysis of Sor Juana's work.

Also, drier than a barbeque pit on the morning of July 5th.

If yo
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Dec 2009
Jan 31, 2010
 
Snow Falling on Cedars
3.74
Lindsey says she doesn't get this book, and to be honest I don't think it's quite the brilliant novel that others think it is. But I do like the spin ...more
Feb 1999
Jul 25, 2007
 
Hurrah For Little Noddy (Noddy Classic Library)
3.87
I love Noddy. He is my hero (just like Bryan Powles). He is my best friend (besides Bryan Powles...who is Noddy incarnate!). I wish I was Noddy (or Br ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 06, 2007
 
Raising Curtains on Education: Drama as a Site for Critical Pedagogy
4.00
Clar Doyle's compelling argument for the increased importance of Drama in school curriculum is a great tool which should be in any literature or drama ...more
Dec 2009
Jan 31, 2010
 
Matilda
4.25
Dahl has been criticised for being a simple formula kind of writer, but that misses out on the detail that he uses to illuminate his novels above and ...more
not set
Jul 25, 2007
 
To the Lighthouse
3.74
My birthday buddy--look it up, she's the only famous person to be born when I was--is really the queen of stylistic flair. Though my attention waned a ...more
Apr 2003
Aug 03, 2007
 
All Quiet on the Western Front
3.85
For the current war generation this is a brilliant book to read and explore, finding humanity in the souls of increasingly marginalized soldiers (on b ...more
May 2007
Jul 24, 2007
 
Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #2)
3.94
Not nearly as compelling as the first book in the series, McCall-Smith does an abrupt u-turn from a woman involved in dangerous and unique crime solvi ...more
May 2007
Oct 28, 2007
 
The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant, #5)
3.97
It's a little simple, clearly based on a series of characters and formula that was supremely successful for Tey. But even without reading the other bo ...more
Jun 2007
Jul 03, 2007
 
Emma
3.97
I knew the story...well I knew that Gwenyth Paltrow was pretty and that Clueless was funny...but I was not fully prepared for how enjoyable Emma actua ...more
Sep 2004
Aug 12, 2007
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
4.18
The original remains the msot enjoyable of the series (at least for me) because the inventiveness and originality of Adams work had not yet begat the ...more
Aug 2006
Apr 19, 2008
 
Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide #5)
3.93
Adams last book summarizes the whole series. It's not perfect, it's not brilliant, it's a little too long, too complicated and too inane to be totally ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 19, 2008
 
Border Crossings: Cultural Workers and the Politics of Education
4.18
In analyzing what it means to teach performance to children who often feel the need to perform for approval, attention, or just plain old entertainmen ...more
Dec 2009
Jan 31, 2010
 
The Sun Also Rises
3.82
For every hackneyed high school English class that talks about the lost generation and bores disinterested American teens with the story of disinteres ...more
Jan 2004
Sep 08, 2007
 
Sor Juana: Or The Traps Of Faith
4.14
You know you're in for a beautiful biography when the text itself is as compelling as the subject matter. Having a nobel laureate like Octavio Paz wri ...more
Oct 2009
Jan 31, 2010
 
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
3.88
Remarkably an English teacher loved a book that is as far away from "classic" as it is possible to be.

This is a fascinating exploration of how the wor
...more
Jul 2007
Jul 03, 2007
 
Cloudstreet
3.98
My boss, Bryan Powles (see my review of Noddy) informed me that I "had to read this book" because, of course, it was Australian, and all things from A ...more
Dec 2006
Sep 08, 2007
 
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)
4.48
One of the great things about having a dork for a roommate is that it enables your dorky tendancies.

Brent had this book on his shelf. Which meant I go
...more
Mar 2003
Sep 08, 2007
 
The Old Man and the Sea
3.64
Slow doesn't quite do this book justice, glacial even seems too fast. But that really doesn't make or break the book. The methodical pace is really al ...more
Jan 2004
Jul 25, 2007
 
Equus
3.94
An excellent drama that's so much more than just beastiality. It's a beautiful portrayal of passion and the evolving nature of religion and love, the ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 24, 2007
 
Fungus the Bogeyman
4.09
Trust my boss to get me a christmas present based on mucus, ogres, philosophical yearning, and children's lit. (He really is a great man.)

The inventiv
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Feb 2008
Feb 24, 2008
 
Me Talk Pretty One Day
3.94
It's quite something when your father drags you into his room after you return home from a play rehearsal in order to read a book to you. Even more so ...more
Mar 2001
Aug 12, 2007
 
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide, #4)
4.05
The best since the original is the most inventive since the original.

Adams veers away from his standard plot twists to give us something more. Arthur
...more
Apr 2008
Apr 19, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
4.38
I recently reread this book, in advance of the 7th books arrival. (I'm going to do the same with the other books, though with two weeks left I better ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 03, 2007
 
Colonialism's Culture: Anthropology, Travel, and Government
4.67
Thomas raises a lot of interesting questions about Colonialism, Some comfortable, some less comfortable. More than anything else he seems determined t ...more
Oct 31, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
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