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Loving Frank
**spoiler alert** I am conflicted about what I think about this book. The writing was a pleasure; the smooth flow and gentle build-up in each chapter ...more
Jul 02, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
So Much for That
I'm always excited for a new Lionel Shriver book. I raced to get So Much for That as soon as it was released. But my enthusiasm waned the further into ...more
Mar 16, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
The Secret Life of Bees
What a wonderful story about the business of living. That sadness, grieving, despair cannot be wished away. That nature holds us to certain truths: on ...more
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
I was torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. I thought the author did a brilliant job of creating an absorbing, enveloping ambiance. His eloquent ...more
Jun 05, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
Her Fearful Symmetry
I've been debating for days whether to give this book three or four stars. Ultimately, even though the story was lacking in places, I decided on four ...more
Oct 09, 2009
Oct 02, 2009
The Tale of Murasaki
I hate that I will never again read The Tale of Murasaki for the first time. Liza Dalby's story transcended time. While I was between these pages I fe ...more
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 17, 2010
Sea of Glass
I'm not sure what I think of this book. The first three-quarters are quite different from the rest. Most of the story tells of Thomas Windom, a boy wh ...more
Feb 06, 2010
Feb 06, 2010
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
World War Z tells the history of the worldwide zombie war through a series of interviews. Millions of zombies are still roaming the earth, being syste ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Oct 18, 2009
The Toss of a Lemon
I wanted to like this book. I've read and enjoyed many books about India. And I was excited that this one was going to give me a better understanding ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
Dayworld (Dayworld #1)
I was drawn to this book for its premise: due to overpopulation, a person only lives one day a week, spending the other six in a suspended state. But ...more
Apr 18, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
I liked The Hunger Games but loved Catching Fire. The first book set up the larger backstory that this book flushed out, making it more engaging and t ...more
Oct 19, 2009
Oct 13, 2009
The Arrival
I am quite impressed with how well author Shaun Tan was able to tell this story using illustrations alone. I expected to have to decipher the tale on ...more
May 26, 2009
May 26, 2009
The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology
I am impressed with the variety of stories included in this anthology. The authors explored a diverse range of possibilities, from traditional zombie ...more
Jul 11, 2010
Mar 30, 2010
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog is light on plot, character development and action and heavy on tedious philosophical ruminations.
May 19, 2009
May 15, 2009
As with any Indian novel or movie, Shantaram is epic at times, fraught with suffering and laced with lessons, but always there is hope, which I find e ...more
Jun 23, 2009
Dec 08, 2008
The Eight
Couldn't finish. It reads like a bad Dan Brown book with some Harlequin romance thrown in.
not set
Apr 12, 2010
Extras (Uglies, #4)
This trilogy unfolded as a standard dystopian tale in which the masses are kept controlled. But the forth installment parallels many issues up for gra ...more
May 06, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
This trilogy unfolded as a standard dystopian tale in which the masses are kept controlled. But the forth installment parallels many issues up for gra ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 28, 2009
Paradise of the Blind
November's book club selection
Nov 16, 2010
Nov 07, 2010
The Clothes on Their Backs
January's book club selection
Jan 16, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
The Windup Girl
I made it 80 pages then finally admitted that I didn't care. The last 30 pages I had been skimming anyway, hoping that my interest would set in. The a ...more
Feb 02, 2010
Oct 12, 2009
Cloud Atlas
Dec 04, 2012
Nov 23, 2012
Lost City Radio
Daniel Alarcon is a gifted writer, his words a pleasure to read and often forming an eloquent picture, for instance: "It was a clear night, just past ...more
Mar 18, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
The Red Queen
I worked away at this book diligently, since it was for book club. I was never compelled to sit down and read though. Even 100 pages in I was still wa ...more
not set
Jan 21, 2009
Never Let Me Go
I kept waiting for this book to start; I felt that the story never fully engaged. I began the book expecting this to be a dystopian tale. But that ele ...more
Feb 26, 2010
Aug 02, 2009
Serious Girls: A Novel
Nov 28, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
Year of Wonders
Jan 2003
Dec 08, 2008
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Oct 2005
Dec 08, 2008
Cold Mountain
Jan 1999
Dec 08, 2008
The Historian
Nov 21, 2005
Dec 08, 2008
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