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Quiet, Please: Dispatches From A Public Librarian
Is this what working in a library is like? Well yes and no. Every library is different and from what I've seen in my time in the profession, every lib ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
Foreigner (Foreigner, #1)
This is my first attempt at Cherryh, and I'm on the fence as to whether or not there will be more. I'm surprised that the reviews of this aren't more ...more
May 16, 2009
May 06, 2009
Meg (MEG, #1)
A to Z Project, Book 11
Wow, I know that thrillers are for fun and excitement, but this book is just so relentlessly dumb that I couldn't suspend disbe
Oct 21, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #1)
A to Z project, book 6
What a delightful mystery/adventure! Set in 1876 in Russia (and other parts of Europe) it follows an energetic but naive young m
Dec 19, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
When We Were Animals
Looking back on her life from a conventional middle age, Lumen Fowler remembers her teen years in a small American community where teens don't just "r ...more
Feb 16, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
I read this because I wanted to understand urban fiction just a little better. As it turns out, this book is very hard on the audience for urban ficti ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
King Dork (King Dork, #1)
I'm very conflicted about this book. The end is a mess, with many plot lines resolved awkwardly in a long-winded epilogue and some plot lines not reso ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Nov 20, 2008
Writing Reviews for Readers' Advisory
Brad Hooper is a book man of the first degree, a generous and wide-ranged reviewer from whom I have learned much about the craft of review writing by ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Aug 15, 2010
Tintin in America (Tintin, #3 )
My first taste of Tintin... I can see the cheeky appeal.

There isn't much plot here, just a long series of narrow escapes, some through clever planning
May 18, 2010
May 18, 2010
The Kingdom of Ohio
First time author Flaming does a good job of creating a nice atmosphere for a ripping speculative historical tale. He's got the ambience of period New ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
Tehanu (Earthsea Cycle, #4)
So very different from most fantasy fiction, so very beautiful. It's kind of like an extended riff on that last part of The Lord of the Rings that I'v ...more
Jun 11, 2011
Jun 09, 2011
The Vaults
This is a spooky period thriller set in "The City," a 1930s metropolis dominated by Red Henry, a corrupt former prizefighter who bullies his foes with ...more
Sep 30, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
Pocket Kings
A self-important writer finds solace in the world of online poker after his second book is widely panned and his third fails to find a publisher. Fran ...more
Dec 30, 2011
Dec 14, 2011
The Dream of Perpetual Motion
This is a great book with some serious flaws that shouldn't stop you from giving it a whirl.

The story is told from the point of view of Harold Winslo
Dec 19, 2009
Dec 09, 2009
Orphans of Chaos (Chronicles of Chaos, #1)
This one had been on my list for quite a while. The anticipation was better than the book.

The premise is good. Five young people are the only students
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
Ready Player One
I finished this book quickly and would recommend it to other readers without hesitation, but it isn't without bugs.

Ready Player One is a dystopian nov
Oct 11, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
Miserere: An Autumn Tale
Probably more like 4.5 stars. Frohock's first novel is an original tale, one set on Woerld, a kind of mystical counterpart to Earth, and also a waysta ...more
Oct 09, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
Travel as a Political Act
I love Rick Steves. Yes, he's nerdy, but his travel books are the model of what I think travel books should be. They're unabashedly excited about the ...more
Sep 06, 2009
Aug 25, 2009
Escape from the Deep: The Epic Story of a  Legendary Submarine and her Courageous Crew
This is well executed WWII adventure nonfiction. It's the story of the USS Tang, a submarine in the Pacific theater that was one of the most successfu ...more
Apr 21, 2010
Apr 06, 2010
A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America
As a Virginian waking up happily to a newly blue state on November 5th, I had mixed feelings about Senator Webb's book.

In the chapter where he directl
Nov 05, 2008
Oct 30, 2008
Anthopology 101: Reflections, Inspections And Dissections Of Sf Anthologies
If you're not already a raving fan of science fiction from the story-dominated era of 1930-1975, is there a reason to read a book that focuses entirel ...more
Nov 06, 2010
Sep 22, 2010
The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #2)
As the Vorkosigan Saga turns from the parents to the child, Bujold is in top form. This novel is just pure unadulterated adventure from start to finis ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
The People, Yes
I'm not sure how I got through all those American lit classes without ever hearing about this. When it came to Sandburg, I can only remember the Chica ...more
Dec 13, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
This is the play set in the teens in Wilson's long decade by decade Pittsburgh cycle. Here, the owners and residents of a rooming house are stirred up ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales
This book was very helpful in developing a talk on the subject. It's got a good range of entries and enough information to get you started for the fai ...more
Nov 09, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
Crystal Rain (Xenowealth, #1)
This is first rate SF, blending exciting action with interesting ideas in a plot that is paced beautifully. Buckell fits a lot into these 350 pages.

Aug 16, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
Armstrong spins a dystopian future that's perhaps more focused on fashion than I personally could relate to, but if one goes with his premise, the res ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
The Island at the End of the World
What a strong little book. A family lives in an ark on a remote hilltop after a great flood has destroyed the rest of the world. Chapters alternate be ...more
May 21, 2009
May 16, 2009
Beautiful Ruins
This is the best book I've read in a while. It starts in 1962, in the tiny town of Porta Vergogna, too small to merit inclusion in the Cinque Terre, t ...more
Apr 22, 2013
Jun 17, 2012
Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations
OK, I'm a sucker for this kind of big grab-bag travel book with pretty pictures but rather impractical content. This book takes a new approach and I a ...more
Dec 09, 2008
Dec 04, 2008
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