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Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
4.01
The writing was not good. It is the type of writing you find in books written by people who have little exposure to children's literature, yet think t ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
 
The Great Gilly Hopkins
3.82
What I really like: Paterson never takes the easy way out and it doesn't have a traditional 'happy ending.' There are things to be happy about in the ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
The Devil's Arithmetic
4.07
Twelve year old Hannah is sick of spending Passover 'remembering' the past with her relatives. During the Passover Seder, she is transported to 1942 P ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
The Printer's Devil
3.46
Set in Victorian London, this historical thriller features murder, intrigue, colonial interests, orphans, gender roles, and many many characters. I'll ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr
4.02
Fabulous! I just wish that Hoffmann had lived long enough to write the third book/section. We're left with a cliffhanger that will never be resolved ( ...more
Jan 08, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
 
New World History and Geography in Christian Perspective
2.40
Horrors I've read so far: "Indians have a long heritage that goes back to our first parents, Adam and Eve. Like all people everywhere, the Indians wer ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
 
Amish Vampires in Space
3.68
Absolutely Dreadful!

Random ridiculousness found within this one:

"As spacecraft land on the Amish planet of Alabaster, Bishop Samuel watches in amazem
...more
Dec 03, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
 
Toward a Civil Discourse: Rhetoric and Fundamentalism
3.78
One-word reaction: Conflicted

Elaboration

I'm not comfortable with the way Crowley uses the terms "fundamentalists" and "apocalyptics" - while she brief
...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
Whoreson
4.31
**spoiler alert** Yeah, that's right, I read Donald Goines' Whoreson.

I'm a member of the Jail Library Group - we are having a book club-like meeting t
...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
The Fairies in Tradition and Literature
4.12
Briggs' described this book as a continuation of her book The Anatomy of Puck in which she examined fairies in relation to Shakespeare's work, as well ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
Mothering for Schooling
4.20
This was more of a skim than a read. The authors focus on the relationship between mothers and their children's schooling. The results are in some way ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2009
 
Out of the Dead House: Nineteenth-Century Women Physicians and the Writing of Medicine
4.60
In Out of the Dead House: Nineteenth Century Women Physicians and the Writing of Medicine, Susan Wells explores the theses, journals, and written reco ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2009
 
Copper Sun
4.29
That is how I feel after finishing Sharon Draper's YA novel Copper Sun. Blessed to have read such a beautifully written piece of historical fiction ch ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2009
 
Woolvs in the Sitee
3.75
Wow - It's frightening, disturbing, dark, and amazing! A dystopian look at a post-apocalyptic world, this amazing picture book from this Australian au ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy's Greatest Science Fiction
4.12
This has really great production value and great writing. As a reference book, it covers a lot of territory, but it comes up short when it comes to co ...more
Dec 28, 2014
Nov 07, 2014
 
The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship
3.47
My primary complaint is that it seems shallow - Willinsky is trying to cover so much ground that he doesn't cover any of it in depth. Some of this sup ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
Water for Elephants (movie tie-in, mass market)
4.05
2.5
Jun 15, 2013
Jun 15, 2013
 
Memory Practices in the Sciences
4.19
I just finished reading Geoffrey Bowker's Memory Practices in the Sciences for the book club over at Reading Information Sciences. I gave myself a bre ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
Wringer
3.61
Every year in Waymar, at the conclusion of the Family Fest at a local park, is the annual pigeon shoot in which the men of the town use pigeons - 5 th ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2009
 
The Haunting
3.86
On his way home from school eight year-old Barney discovers he is being haunted, and not much later he learns his great-uncle Barnaby (whom he was nam ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2009
 
The Lost Island
4.00
A fun book, though I think that I would have enjoyed it even more if I had brushed up on Irish folklore before reading it. It does contain references ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart
3.61
1.5 - The writing is fine, but between the self-absorbed author/narrator and the fact that I couldn't stop feeling like Mr/ Owita was a prop in her st ...more
May 24, 2014
May 23, 2014
 
1,000 Steampunk Creations: Neo-Victorian Fashion, Gear, and Art
3.78
The items in the photographs are great, but there is very little information about them, the media used to create them, etc. It is presented as a muse ...more
May 28, 2012
May 28, 2012
 
The Book Thief
4.35
Oh dear! I cried so much tonight as I was finishing this book that I think I frightened my cats.

It is wonderful. Once again, I feel broken and damaged
...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
How I Live Now
3.59
21st century war in England and most of the rest of the world, kids/teenagers in the English countryside, an enemy that has lured most of the British ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
3.71
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Parts of it were great and others sent me into selective skimming mode. The backflap mentions that it is f ...more
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
 
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War
3.85
2.5 - I just kept wanting more in terms of the storyline. I would have been very happy if the story followed the characters to the second camp and pro ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
 
Tender Morsels
3.55
I'm not entirely sure what I think about this one. I couldn't stop reading it and I'm still thinking about it, yet, I'm not sure if I actually enjoyed ...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jul 28, 2013
 
Far Far Away
3.89
4.5. My only real quibble is this: Since I foresaw what was coming (which was fine) because I've read so many fairy tales, surely the ghost of Jacob G ...more
Aug 31, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
 
The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)
3.93
2.75? Plenty of cliches, a bit derivative, and some logical inconsistencies, but the storyline is interesting enough that I'll read the next book and ...more
Jul 25, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
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