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The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone, #1)
once again i'm longing for half stars (2 vs. 3). i'm settling on this just being ok/2 stars, though, because:

- the dialogue is not afraid to spell thi
Oct 2007
Jul 21, 2007
What The Bible Really Says About Homosexuality
granted this is a 13-year old review BUT...this book was pivotal for me. i was deeply faithful, attending a baptist college, and coming to terms with ...more
Jan 1995
Jun 23, 2008
there was very little i enjoyed about this book. palahniuk has a flair for quirky juxtaposition in his imagery, something i appreciate -- and probably ...more
Dec 2007
Jul 30, 2007
The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America
what i learned from this book... i guess i learned to think carefully before i make a michelle tea selection.

i found this book at the library, with a
Jan 2008
Dec 16, 2007
this is an extremely character-driven book, to the degree that i wished for a little less dialogue. and certainly less posturing or lecturing, because ...more
Mar 2008
Jul 07, 2007
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
If you're an introvert, this book will feel like a couple hundred pages of validation. As an introvert myself, it certainly was nice to see some scien ...more
Aug 06, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
i really wanted more from this book; it felt like the introduction to a more in-depth exploration. as such, there certainly were things new to me, but ...more
Nov 2008
Oct 10, 2008
Mary Modern
like most of the people who've reviewed this book, i enjoyed this book because it tackled the issue of cloning so differently. imagine someone cloning ...more
Mar 2008
Jul 24, 2007
Salvation Boulevard
i wanted to like this book a lot. religion? murder? mystery? disenfranchisement? by the guy who wrote Wag the Dog? sign me up!

i was bored the first 3r
Oct 2008
Oct 10, 2008
The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)
this book won't change your life, but it will make you think, and hopefully feel grateful for what you have, be that family, food, home, or some combi ...more
Mar 2008
Feb 14, 2008
The Possibility of an Island
well. this is the first time i've felt stumped at the prospect of giving a review. as mentioned earlier, this book gave me weird sex dreams. there is ...more
not set
Jul 08, 2007
Turning the Tables: A Novel
i'd have given this 4 stars if the writing were more smooth. the first third of the book is a bit choppy in terms of dialogue and sentence structure. ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 16, 2007
The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Classics)
i'd heard of a few authors (that i DO like) being pynchon-esque. so when i saw this book on the cheap, and the basic premise sounded intriguing, i lai ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 30, 2007
Not Quite Dead
this book was so boring that i'm tempted to write no review at all. the only things that saved it were the occasionally enchanting turn of phrase, my ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 07, 2008
i will give grossman credit for weaving the whole historical conspiracy thriller genre with a bit of geekitude -- it's an interesting idea. however, t ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 16, 2007
No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
if you're thinking about writing a book, buy this. it's witty, smart, and challenges your ideas of what is possible with your life. although i have no ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 07, 2007
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
this may not be the best book i ever read, but it was an absolutely delightful, addictive little book. which is why, when i finished it one night, i w ...more
Nov 2007
Jul 08, 2007
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
growing up, i saw the david lynch version of this book dozens of times, since it was a family favorite. for better or worse, that deeply informed my r ...more
Mar 2010
Apr 12, 2010
Magic for Beginners
Another reviewer here said "I think because it's not grounded in any kind of reality that I can recognize, I just couldn't invest in the characters."

Oct 2009
Nov 01, 2009
John the Revelator
This book was a nice change of pace, at least for me. I don't read much on teenagers, and certainly not those in rural, present-day Ireland.

For the m
Feb 2010
Feb 16, 2010
The Pleasure of My Company
This book is so lovely that I think I will not trade it to my biblioholic friend, Powell's, for a very long time. This is because I expect I'll reread ...more
Jun 15, 2008
Jul 08, 2007
The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun
if i were a preteen, i might give this 4 stars instead of 3. i think kids will relate easily to the protagonist, zack, and his role as the unsuspectin ...more
Jun 2008
Mar 12, 2008
I Capture the Castle
cassandara mortmain is delightful. she is witty, self-doubting, self-sacrificing, occasionally wicked, vibrant and utterly human. the format of the st ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 18, 2009
The Bestiary
**spoiler alert** this book is the definition of simmer. it does not boil, ever, and therein lies my main complaint, but it simmers along interestingl ...more
May 2008
Feb 03, 2008
simply put, i thought this book was smashing. the characters were fairly well rounded, imperfect, vivid, their personalities ever so distinct. gaiman ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 28, 2008
Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy
this is a solid 3, because it has tons of great ideas and pointers for sf/fantasy writers. if you are seriously considering writing such a book, make ...more
May 27, 2008
Mar 16, 2008
Winter's Tale
this book was simply lovely. before, i said this author has a love affair with the world. that love was so infectious that it kept me reading despite ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 21, 2007
it's been at least 10 years since i read a poetry book. in fact, this is a novel, but it plays like bad poetry for the first two chapters. being so lo ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 07, 2007
i really wanted to like this more than i did. kelly talked him up, and i did see winton recently at a reading (which she told me about!) and enjoyed h ...more
Jun 2008
Aug 31, 2007
Year Zero
a few years ago I read his book The Descent. a ripping yarn, as they say. needless to say, it set the stage for round 2: Year Zero. i was a little wor ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Aug 28, 2007
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