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How to Disappear: Erase your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish without A Trace
This is, without a doubt, one of the most paranoia-inspiring things I've ever read. Everytime I go "whatever, this is ridiculous" he reminds the reade ...more
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 10, 2010
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed it, but not as much as I was hoping. Ned isn't the most... relateable character, though he isn't odd, he just isn't awesom ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
The Windup Girl
Really excellent sci fi, focusing on personal connections, morality, and priorities. Takes place in a potential future (not post-apocalyptic) where ge ...more
Aug 2011
Jun 30, 2011
Death and Justice
I could not stop reading this once I began, for a number of reasons. I'm against the death penalty, and I found much of what was described to be horri ...more
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 29, 2012
Under Heaven
Oh man, I finished this weeks ago.
What can I say? Kay is a master, and this is stylistically very different from Tigana and the Fionovar tapestry, muc
Jul 28, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth
This is the kind of thing I want to be able to do some day-- research and write a book that has a central concept, but where the chapters are really o ...more
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape
4 our of five, because while i did really enjoy it, some of the essays seemed a little off, and I would have liked at least another male-perspective e ...more
Dec 05, 2010
Dec 05, 2010
Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense
Oh man, SO GOOD! I do not have a ton of experience in this genre, but I so enjoyed this book. Some stories, obviously, I liked more than others, but t ...more
Sep 08, 2013
Sep 01, 2013
Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate, #1)
Absolutely delightful! And an example of constrained writing, too!

So, this is definitely YA, but it is so fun. I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of the pr
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
The Collector
Eerie, creepy, and powerful. Told first through the eyes of a kidnapper, then through the journal of the woman he's kidnapped. It deals with class iss ...more
Oct 08, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
Mystery Writers of America Presents The Prosecution Rests: New Stories about Courtrooms, Criminals, and the Law
Ugh, what an awful collection of short stories. Several of them had predictable, evil prosecutor or evil defense attorney twists, two of them starred ...more
Aug 04, 2014
Aug 02, 2014
Cemetery Girl
Ridiculousness plot, characters that are neither sympathetic nor understandable nor interesting.

Nov 15, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
The Juniper Game
**spoiler alert** If I was still a kid, this would have a higher score. but I'm not, and it doesn't stand up well reading it now. The parents are just ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
This is not a good book, but it was solidly entertaining, and is definitely readable in an afternoon so it isn't a waste of time, really. The romance ...more
May 09, 2013
May 08, 2013
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
So, the only parts i really enjoyed were right at the end-- learning how certian frequencies and noises can trick the brain into thinking it sees ghos ...more
May 11, 2011
May 10, 2011
A Natural History of Dragons (Memoir by Lady Trent, #1)
Well, that was quite lovely, but um, its rather... short.

Ok, I enjoyed it a lot, really, but man, it seems like a LOT was left out that would have bee
May 07, 2013
May 05, 2013
Love Minus Eighty
I really enjoyed this. It's definitely more on the speculative fiction, personal interaction side of sci fi and the guns and spaceships side, but you ...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
Parable of the Talents (Earthseed, #2)
**spoiler alert** Really enjoyed this, though i did get angry a lot. Liked the global warming consequences, as well as Butler's almost prescient descr ...more
Jan 28, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
The Twelfth Enchantment
Napoleonic era fantasy is fast becoming one of my favorite sub-genres.
Ok, so I'm not a huuuuge fan of real people and Jane Austen characters from nove
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 09, 2011
Annie on My Mind
I think this is a really adorable book, if a little preachy at times. Liza's confusion and questioning is very real feeling, and while Annie annoyed t ...more
May 10, 2011
May 10, 2011
Origin (Corpus, #1)
Sigh, another disappointment in YA fiction. An interesting concept that turns into some kind of deranged criticism of science research. Yes, killing p ...more
May 21, 2013
May 19, 2013
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1)
**spoiler alert** Set in the near future, after global warming has created a water shortage, and after an economic crisis has created a work shortage. ...more
Jan 26, 2011
Jan 26, 2011

I liked the story until it got up to the possible hallucination/talking to dead people bit, and I feel like it did not properly close up
May 22, 2011
May 22, 2011
Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)
**spoiler alert** Sooooo trashy and just... the kind of thing that makes you twist around in your skin. The mom and grandma are such horrible people, ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Aug 16, 2013
Sea Change
Weird and delightful fantasy-- except no, it isn't so much fantasy, as it is a fairtale. At least, the attitudes towards magic, the quest structure, a ...more
Sep 16, 2013
Sep 12, 2013
The Word for World Is Forest
Ok, ok, ok. Reading this in the year 2012, I've seen the same basic concepts in Fern Gully, Pocahontas, Avatar, and I hear they're in Dancing With Wol ...more
Feb 07, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits
I've been interested in the ideas of choice and free will for as long as I can remember, coming from both a religious angle (the Presbyterian Church h ...more
Nov 27, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
So! I really enjoyed the book, and learned a lot of interesting facts about different fruits and veggies. I found her writing to be very engaging and ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Mar 05, 2010
The Selection (The Selection, #1)
Well, that was utterly adorable. There were some annoying times, but on the whole it's some quality romantic fluff.

Writing style wasn't awesome, but w
Oct 2012
Sep 30, 2012
Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life: A Psychologist Investigates How Evolution, Cognition, and Complexity are Revolutionizing our View of Human Nature
Oh, where to start.

It's a fast read, and it has some entertaining bits. But the science seems light and shaky, and the author is overly preoccupied wi
Jun 2012
May 26, 2012