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The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
From a hole in the ground came one of my favorite characters of all time, the very reluctant and unassuming hero of the story, Bilbo Baggins. As a chi...more
Jan 1982
Nov 22, 2008
Charlotte's Web
I don't give a fig if it is a kid's book, Charlotte's Web is one of the most well-crafted stories ever written. This classic children's tale deserves...more
Jun 07, 2011
Aug 15, 2010
Robinson Crusoe
I understand it's an early novel and should be respected as a pioneer of the craft, but dang it, this is the most boring pioneer ever! Reading Robinso...more
Jan 2008
Nov 22, 2008
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
Give me a few friends,
a stretch of pleasant hills and an ominous wood.
Let us romp in the remnants of innocence,
free of the fear pumping through the ve...more
Jan 1983
Nov 22, 2008
Little Penis:  A Finger Puppet Parody Book
When I took Little Penis in my hands I was surprised at how hard it was. Sure it's little, but it's also thick. I'm talking about the pages, which wer...more
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
The Diary of a Young Girl
Ya gotta hand it to this teen girl who was writing about her life with such clarity and eloquence when her life was hanging by a thread.

I've read revi...more
Jan 2008
Nov 22, 2008
To Kill a Mockingbird
If the total output of your entire career should include only one thing, make it something special.

Not only was To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee's on...more
Jan 1986
Nov 22, 2008
Dancing With Cats
(Click on the link to see a moving picture show version of this review!





not set
May 25, 2013
A Tale of Two Cities
Hands down my favorite Dickens' I've read yet! It's got love, sacrifice, revenge, revolt and other exciting verbs! I'm a big fan of a solid marriage b...more
Dec 2008
Nov 22, 2008
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
A Game of Thrones is really good. You may not think so after reading the rest of this review, but yes, I enjoyed this book. I liken it to Tolstoy's An...more
Mar 06, 2012
Dec 15, 2008
War and Peace


That was the one thing I thought was missing from Leo Tolstoy's title, War and Peace. I was wrong. Love is in the title, you just have to look fo...more
Oct 2013
Aug 27, 2011
There's so much to hate! Some readers are going to toss this book across the room to get it as far from them as possible.

There's so much to love! And...more
Apr 02, 2014
Mar 23, 2013
The Swiss Family Robinson
More appropriate title suggestion: SHOOT TO KILL! A less catchy but even more precise title would be We Killed a Lot of Animals: The Story of a Family...more
Apr 07, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)

Gut reaction review:


Post blown-gasket review:

A Storm of Swords should be called A Storm of Suitors for all the matchmaking going on through out....more
May 07, 2013
Apr 23, 2013
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
On Writing is for me hands-down the best book I've read about the craft of writing and living the life of a writer by a writer.

This is not a textbook...more
Jun 29, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
David's mah dawg, yo! I love this little guy!

I always listen to him read his own stuff in audiobook form, as opposed to reading it myself. I can't do...more
Jul 23, 2013
Mar 28, 2013
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic worl...more
Jan 2008
Nov 22, 2008
Mansfield Park
"I can not but think good horsemanship has a great deal to do with the mind." Jane Austen always did a great job of planting ridiculous declarations i...more
May 11, 2013
May 07, 2011
Dear John,

You were kind of a jerk to me when we were kids first going out. I mean, you really scared the shit out of me. I understand all the problems...more
Jun 2009
Jun 27, 2009
I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
This really makes you think...and wanna smoosh fuzzy faces!!! Yes, these cat-penned poems are structurally unsound (The iambic pentameter is a mess!),...more
Sep 30, 2012
Aug 25, 2012
Sense and Sensibility

Call me Elinor.

Being the older sibling, while growing up I often felt like I was shoved into the role of being the sensible one, the reasonable one, t...more
Jan 2008
Sep 26, 2010
Treasure Island (Children's Classics)
ARRrrr, me reader! Embark now on a voyage of high seas adventure with scurvy pirates, honest jack-tar sailors, marooned souls, and a vast treasure bur...more
Jan 1986
Nov 22, 2008
Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans
A heavy-browed, hirsute hunter crouches among the undergrowth frozen still...


…silently observing an encampment of creatures much like himself…


…yet dec...more
Jan 2014
Dec 27, 2013
Memoirs of a Geisha
A Cinderella romance that unexpectedly swept me away! Memoirs of a Geisha is a very picturesque and dramatic tale of a young village girl taken from h...more
Mar 05, 2009
Nov 29, 2008
The Road
Everyone warned me it was depressing, but I read it anyway. I read it anyway because each and every one of those people also said The Road was really...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
The Graveyard Book
I've got a doctor's appointment scheduled for Monday. Maybe I'll ask what's wrong with me, I mean, why don't I love Neil Gaiman as much as everyone el...more
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
This was like a coloring book of pre-Pilgrim North America for me in that it filled in a lot of unanswered questions and brilliantly illuminated some...more
Jan 2009
Nov 22, 2008
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
A wonderful tale for its time, this book has transcended its own intentions and exploded into an iconic creation that continues to instill its fans wi...more
Oct 04, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Jeeves in the Morning (Jeeves, #8)
Jeeves in the Morning, aka Joy in the Morning is the stuff to give the troops! It's one of my all-time favorites in the Jeeves/Wooster line, as penned...more
Jan 2008
Nov 23, 2008
Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t
Strident yet understanding and always smart, Bottled Up is a thoughtful argument for chillaxing on the women that formula-feed their babies as opposed...more
Oct 02, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
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