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God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Let me begin this review by telling you that I'm an atheist. In fact, I'm with Douglas Adams in calling myself a "radical atheist", just to make sure ...more
Sep 20, 2009
Sep 16, 2010
American Gods
"Read Gaiman!" they say. "I can't believe you've never read Gaiman! You have GOT TO read Gaiman!" "Gaiman is SUCH an important part of popular culture ...more
Sep 2007
Jul 01, 2008
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impres ...more
Jun 2006
Jul 14, 2007
The Brief History of the Dead
Here's the story how I came by the best book I read in 2007:

So I'm standing at King's Cross station, waiting for a friend of mine to arrive by train.
Jun 08, 2007
Mar 01, 2008
Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
**spoiler alert** This is one of the handful of books I have read where I have read the ending first. See, Marley and Me is a book about a dog. And bo ...more
Jun 2006
Jul 14, 2007
The Catastrophist
First I'm going to tell you what the Financial Times has to say about this book:

"Bennett's writing is as lush and sensual as ripe mangos... The tone,
Feb 14, 2008
Feb 12, 2008
The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific
Ah, Theroux! How much do I love Theroux?

This is one of my favourite books by him, not only because of where he is traveling. I know, many readers don
Sep 2005
Jul 01, 2008
The Coma
The Coma was on the bargain table at Chapters when it caught my eye. Alex Garland, I said to myself. Isn't that the guy who wrote The Beach? Yes, he i ...more
Mar 2006
Jul 14, 2007
That Old Ace In The Hole
I resent myself a little for not liking Annie Proulx more than I do. I WANT to like her. I read the descriptions of her books and I want to read them. ...more
Apr 2011
Jun 09, 2009
Origins (Supernatural Graphic Novel, #1)

Ok, so I'm not a comics fan. I like exactly three kinds of comics: Donald Duck, Peanuts and Calvin &
Apr 27, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
I'm probably not the right target group for this book (or rather, I'm too right for it), but I read it anyway.

"Thin" is the account of the authorÄs an
Jun 11, 2011
Apr 22, 2011
An Accidental Cowboy
If you've been following my reviews for a while, you might have noticed that I'm a huge fan of tv shows. All sorts of tv shows, old and new ones.

Feb 07, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
Moon Palace
So there is that guy who grows up, moves to New York and then ends up living in Central Park for a while.

Doesn't sound interesting? Yep, I admit I wou
Mar 2007
Mar 02, 2008
Claws and Effect (Mrs. Murphy, #9)
Ok, I'm going to do a standard review for the rest of the Mrs. Murphy books I read, because I really can't think of something smart to say about every ...more
Aug 27, 2001
Apr 04, 2009
Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone
Fair warning: I did not finish this book.

And yet, I'm giving it a one star rating.

Here's why:

"Nothing to declare" is a book about a woman moving to M
Dec 16, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Shopaholic, #2)
This is not the kind of book I usually read, but my father, fully aware of my handbag addiction, had given me one of the sequels for my birthday once, ...more
Jul 2006
Jul 14, 2007
High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never
I try not to do this often, but in this case, the New York Times Book Review review on the back of my paperback edition, really says everything about ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 18, 2008
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
Oh, I liked this. I really really liked this. I picked it up at the airport for lack of better shopping opportunities and almost finished it during th ...more
Jun 09, 2008
Jun 20, 2008
A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
AKA "A Dead Hand: Paul Theroux does Ayurveda"

Oh, I missed Paul Theroux. And here he is writing about India again, writing about a writer again, and wh
Sep 22, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
The Tail of the Tip-Off  (Mrs. Murphy, #11)
Ok, I'm going to do a standard review for the rest of the Mrs. Murphy books I read, because I really can't think of something smart to say about every ...more
Jan 2004
Apr 04, 2009
Water for Elephants
And here I thought I had already read the one good book 2010 would bring (two good books in a year? What are the chances?), and then I finally read "W ...more
Jan 25, 2010
Sep 30, 2008
Sniper One: On Scope and Under Siege with a Sniper Team in Iraq
Oh, what to say, what to say?

I'm sure by now you've figured out that I'm in one of my "military book" phases. It'll pass, don't worry, but for now thi
Jan 20, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
What Was Asked of Us: An Oral History of the Iraq War by the Soldiers Who Fought It
Roughly divided into four chapters (Winners and Losers, Bringing them America, Don't Look Away and Nor Fear the Dangers of the Day), this story lets t ...more
Jan 25, 2012
Apr 16, 2011
206 Bones (Temperance Brennan, #12)
And yet another Tempe Brennan novel. Wait, what was this one about again?
Oh, right. Tempe is framed for not having done her job properly. Of course, t
Oct 08, 2009
Oct 07, 2009
Bruce Chatwin
Nicholas Shakespeare's biography of Bruce Chatwin, praised as "one of the most beautifully written, painstakingly researched and cleverly constructed ...more
Jun 2005
Jul 14, 2007
Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal
Yes, I'm a rabid fangirl, and yes, I completely loved this book. Hell, I'll take every bit of additional canon that I get my hands on, because this sh ...more
Apr 30, 2009
Apr 26, 2009
Edward Trencom's Nose: A Novel Of History, Dark Intrigue And Cheese
The most entertaining thing about this book were the cheese metaphors I came up with while I read it.

It started with a weak "cheesy", developed into "
Apr 2008
Apr 06, 2008
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)
I don't think there's anything left to say about this book. Yes, I read it, too, (more than once), and yes, I loved it, and yes, I can quote huge part ...more
Jan 1995
Jun 28, 2009
It Must've Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything
It Must Have Been Something I Ate is another typical case of me being left unattended in a book store. It, too, was on the bargain table. It had a dog ...more
Feb 2006
Jul 14, 2007
The Casual Vacancy
I'm on page 25 (or so) of this book, and I've been on page 25 (or so) for quite a while.

Ok, for a moment there I got distracted by the pretty, shiny,
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
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