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Pegasus in Flight (The Talent, #2)
I loved this book when I was young and read it at least a dozen times. But when I picked it up this time (years after I last read it), I was unpleasan ...more
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May 26, 2009
Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business
Properly speaking, this book should have been called "Sprout Your Handmade Business." It's about building your business from the pre-conceptual stage, ...more
Jan 03, 2014
Jun 17, 2012
French Girl Knits
This book looks like an excellent primer into seamless sweater construction. Griffen-Grimes covers several knit garment constructions with good detail ...more
Jan 27, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
The Pearl Diver
People like to blame misfortune on its victims. When a sore on a young pearl diver’s arm is diagnosed as leprosy, she is chased down, declared dead, a ...more
Jan 15, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
The Age of American Unreason
I loved this book: it has earned a bookplate and a permanent spot on my overly crowded shelves. That said, Jacoby writes much more persuasively when s ...more
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 20, 2010
Joseph Anton: A Memoir
There is a story in this book. There should be: Rushdie is a talented writer, and his memoir is not just about his time in hiding during the fatwa dec ...more
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
The Collected Works of Pierre Louÿs
This was given to me in college by a friend who bought it unread as a vehicle for a gift card. He was, to say the least, dismayed to realize that he h ...more
Mar 2008
Aug 23, 2013
A Stranger in Olondria
This is the sort of book that sits with you and forgets to leave, and at some point you turn around from whatever you're doing and realize you're stil ...more
Jun 2013
Jun 01, 2013
Sea Change
Sea Change put me strongly in mind of The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington. Unlike the latter, its tone is decidedly serious, bu ...more
Jul 25, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles, #1)
This was an enjoyable children's book, but more than that, I thought this would be a wonderful gift book: it is lovingly put-together, with deckled pa ...more
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
The Steel Remains
In his first fantasy book, Morgan delivers his usual: smart, dark humor; truly sexy graphic sex; an un-romanticized portrayal of the damage done by ph ...more
Mar 2009
Jan 20, 2009
The Margarets
**spoiler alert** I want to love Sheri Tepper's writing, and sometimes I do... but this wasn't one of those times. This felt like a lengthy outline mo ...more
Aug 17, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The pacing of the book worked well, and I found the author's portrayal of cats charming.

However, for a supposed social critique, this book conformed
Jul 08, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
Tits and Clits
A satirical and smart series that deserves more recognition in the underground comix/feminist canons. Every volume is loaded with sex, but dismissing ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
All Men of Genius
The sex in this book is adorable. It gets a little overwhelming, though, when you realize that no one -literally no one- is going to leave the book si ...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street (Transmetropolitan, #1)
I read vol. 1 after having devoured the rest of the comic in a weeklong binge (involving much curling into a fetal position over defenseless little pa ...more
Oct 2007
Jan 21, 2009
The Simple Art of Murder
Unlike many, I was absolutely delighted by the title essay of this collection; unfortunately, thus far the rest of the stories have yet to follow suit ...more
Oct 07, 2009
Sep 18, 2009
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
This book profiled the development of forensic medicine in New York, primarily through the actions of a reformer and a chemist.

It's a good crash cour
Mar 05, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
Boutique Knits
These patterns are charming and make me wish I wore hats. In this book, Irwin plays with customary shape, changing the construction of common garments ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
The Bird of the River (Lord Ermenwyr, #3)
Technically a 3.5. Likeable characters, good world-building and setting. But deus ex machina makes me feel tired and a little spiteful, and I kept exp ...more
Jun 12, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
This is an amazing collection. I picked it up initially because of the cover art (it is a style I wish genre fiction used more often), without having ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)
I was given this book as a gift several years ago and never managed to get involved in the first one (I suspect I'm just worn out on coming of age boo ...more
Dec 22, 2008
Jan 22, 2009
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
James Tiptree (Alice Sheldon) is a grandmaster of sci-fi who has not received the full recognition she deserves. This collection of short stories writ ...more
Jan 2007
Jan 21, 2009
New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One
A book filled with good, clear tips on customizing the design and fit of socks. A few of the cuff techniques provide more excitement than they're wort ...more
Aug 2007
Jan 26, 2009
Dreadnought (The Clockwork Century, #2)
I liked this book but wish the author had explored the political impact of slavery and the Civil War head-on instead of glancingly. The book felt a li ...more
Oct 07, 2010
Oct 05, 2010
Captain Alatriste (Adventures of Captain Alatriste, #1)
I liked this the least of all of Perez-Reverte's books; the twists were unremarkable and I knew what was coming long, long, long before it happened. I ...more
Sep 2008
Jan 22, 2009
The Flame Alphabet
In many ways this was a stellar book. The premise is unique and the prose, in particular, is beautifully dangerous.

If the writing style had not been
Mar 18, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
Market Forces
Reading this book is like being struck repeatedly over the head with a hammer-- both refreshing and unusual in a genre that tends to lean more on the ...more
Mar 2008
Jan 20, 2009
The Uncommon Reader
I expected this concept to be trite but was delighted to find nuggets of ingenuity here and-- well, really, the entire book (it is quite short, a nove ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 20, 2009
Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America
An excellent subject but the delivery was repetitive; I could have stopped reading after the first couple chapters and come away with what I did after ...more
Aug 09, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
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