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169
Romeo and Juliet
3.72
Doesn't everyone know the basic plot of Romeo and Juliet? Though I was fairly familiar with the story, I had forgotten how young Juliet was (14) and t ...more
Feb 07, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
 
180
The Man in the Wooden Hat (Old Filth, #2)
3.99
Possibly enjoyed the second reading more than the first time: read it in the proper order and took detailed notes to keep track of Gardam's subtle iro ...more
Jan 10, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
 
142
Bold as Love
3.54
From Christmas Critics.:
If submerging yourself in a fully furnished fictional world that goes on and on is more to your taste, you can do no better th
...more
not set
Feb 06, 2011
 
152
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
3.41
I’m thrilled to have finished a Shakespeare play — regardless of the play’s merits and faults. I like the theory that the male friendship bond is stro ...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
 
123
Johnny and the Dead (Johnny Maxwell, #2)
3.73
Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, this book also takes place mostly in a graveyard -- one that is threatened with removal after being p ...more
Aug 04, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
 
157
The Taming of the Shrew
3.82
My second Shakespeare play in the The Play's the Thing blog in which we're reading ALL of Shakespeare's plays and some of the sonnets. Much discussion ...more
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
65
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
4.08
A new character, Will, who is looking for his missing Explorer father, is introduced into the trilogy in this middle volume. I found the first part an ...more
Apr 28, 2010
Apr 24, 2010
 
163
Henry VI, Part 2
3.66
This is the second historical play by Shakespeare that I've read, following Henry VI, Part 1 and the genre that I like the most. All set to read more ...more
Dec 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
158
Titus Andronicus
3.70
I found this to be entertaining and dramatic, despite the ridiculous amount of violence. The subtitle could be "Everybody Dies – Violently". Because i ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 10, 2011
 
149
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
3.75
The Simon Winchester books I've read have been interesting and enjoyable and this one on Joseph Needham and China was no exception. I loved the descri ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
 
124
Johnny and the Bomb (Johnny Maxwell, #3)
3.77
Love the humor and the time travel. Interestingly intertwined with what we can learn (but generally don't) from history as well as from the words of w ...more
Aug 06, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
 
162
Henry VI, Part 1
3.55
Lots of excitement, political intrigue, battles with the French, Joan la Pucelle aka Joan of Arc, and much sword play. I love the history part even if ...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
171
The Man Who Knew Too Much
3.59
Listened to this on Classic Tales Podcast in eight episodes, one per week. A great book to be enjoyed this way since the book is divided into eight "a ...more
Apr 02, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
 
127
The Secret History of Tom Trueheart (Tom Trueheart, #1)
3.65
Action, suspense, adventure, and familiar characters come to life in the Land of Stories – home to the Trueheart family and all other fairy tale chara ...more
Aug 16, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
 
46
Life Class
3.43
My fourth Pat Barker book and probably my favorite so far. The Regeneration Trilogy dealt with the same time period, although perhaps later during Wor ...more
Feb 21, 2010
Aug 16, 2009
 
89
Strangers: A Novel
3.39
A thought provoking psychological novel about the pitfalls and freedoms of solitude and a life filled with strangers. Sometimes we are strangers even ...more
Jun 03, 2010
May 19, 2010
 
161
A Short Guide to Shakespeare
3.33
Thought a lot of this seemed familiar but then again I have been reading lots of books about Shakespeare. Then found out when I read the preface, afte ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Nov 30, 2011
 
48
Counter Clockwise
3.37
An interesting twist on time travel when Jason's grandfather returns from the dead to help Nathan save his father from ruining time. At times (an enig ...more
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
 
120
Cosmic
3.90
Twelve-year-old Liam's "problem" is that he looks like he's 30. When he wins a contest to take his "child" to a preview of a fantastic new theme park, ...more
Jul 21, 2010
Jan 17, 2009
 
76
Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
3.38
Venice, England and Los Angeles are the settings for these somewhat intertwined stories. Wonderfully developed characters dealing with love, changes i ...more
May 27, 2010
May 19, 2010
 
50
Broken Soup
3.79
Fifteen-year-old Rowan keeps her family together after her brother's death by covering for her Mother and caring for her 5-year-old sister, in this te ...more
Mar 2010
Jan 17, 2009
 
167
The Comedy of Errors
3.72
Shakespeare's earliest comedy is full of much confusion, complications, and misunderstandings among the characters as two sets of identical twins are ...more
Jan 25, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
 
168
A Midsummer Night's Dream
3.93
A play within a play, involving three separate sets of characters who interact in dream-like comedic sequences. Consequences of harsh laws, fairy tale ...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
 
164
Henry VI, Part 3
3.75
I very much liked all three of Shakespeare's historical plays about Henry VI, reading and watching the BBC's performances of them in order. despite th ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
54
A Long Way Down
3.39
Mixing suicide, depression, and family/friend connections into a humorous look at what makes life worth living is not easily done but I was impressed ...more
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
 
182
Something New (Blandings Castle, #1)
4.16
Humorous light mystery involving a purloined Egyptian scarab, a love triangle, deceptions, misunderstandings, possible blackmail, and a fitness plan p ...more
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
 
113
Fever Crumb (Fever Crumb, #1)
3.65
High hopes combined with memory strain equals mild disappointment. Loved the imaginative futuristic post-technological world of the original quartet o ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Jun 18, 2009
 
117
Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6)
4.31
Light, easy and fun reading – this is the first actual novel I've read about Jeeves, previous ones, The Man with Two Left Feet and My Man Jeeves, have ...more
Aug 20, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
 
125
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
3.45
A confusing, schizophrenic, view of the art world, Venice, and Varanasi, in two separate stories containing the same character (or are they different? ...more
Nov 30, 2010
Dec 10, 2009
 
51
The Carbon Diaries 2015
3.38
A teen eco-thriller set not far in the future after a "great storm" has worsened the already bad environmental conditions and Britain takes a big step ...more
Mar 20, 2010
Jan 17, 2009
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