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It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
4.11
I mostly bought this book to express support for the Hartwigs - the core of their plan, the Whole 30, is available totally for free on the website and...more
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Jul 04, 2012
 
Split Infinity  (Apprentice Adept, #1)
3.91
This is one of those books that I have read a hundred times (quite possibly literally) and cannot be objective about. I first read it when I was maybe...more
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May 27, 2012
 
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
3.67
The first half of the book is pure food porn. Detailed, multisensory descriptions of super-unhealthy menu items from chain restaurants or snack foods...more
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Mar 22, 2011
 
The Crippled God (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #10)
4.39
I really wanted to end the series on four or five stars, but three is all we get. (I am not avoiding spoilers here, fyi.)

It's workmanlike. It wraps th...more
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Sep 17, 2011
 
The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew, #3)
3.88
This is a comparative review of the 1930s and 1950s editions of this book - if you get a chance to read them side-by-side, I very strongly recommend i...more
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Jun 08, 2011
 
By the Sword (Valdemar: Kerowyn's Tale, #1)
4.20
There's no question in my mind that this is the best Valdemar book by far. (It might partly be because Kerowyn is so very much the fantasy heroine I w...more
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Dec 26, 2009
 
The Secret at Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew, #5)
3.90
This continues my series of comparative reviews of the 1930s and 1950s editions of the Nancy Drew books.

Shadow Ranch was the mystery with the biggest...more
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Dec 23, 2011
 
Scarlet (King Raven, #2)
4.00
Scarlet is at least an improvement over Hood. There are sympathetic characters and an actual plotline, even if it's near-hopelessly muddied by transit...more
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Nov 19, 2010
 
Naamah's Blessing (Moirin Trilogy, #3)
4.17
The presumably final book in Terre d'Ange has a thoughtful, bittersweet tone throughout. I found it a little less engaging, in some ways, than the ear...more
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Jun 17, 2011
 
Unicorn Point (Apprentice Adept, #6)
3.77
Oh, dear. Where to start?

1. The kids are wildly implausible and a little bit irritating. When they're introduced, they're four years old, yet capable...more
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Jan 29, 2009
 
Fifth Quarter (Quarters, #2)
3.86
While set in the same world as Sing the Four Quarters, it isn't a direct sequel. This actually helped a lot, because the sort of idealized original se...more
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Jan 04, 2012
 
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
3.46
I guess I sort of grudgingly respect this book for setting up and proving its thesis, but I didn't like it, I know that. I have no patience with unlik...more
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Sep 28, 2012
 
Polgara the Sorceress
4.03
Oh, Polgara. Ten books of characterization completely undercut in this explosion of sexist twaddle. Depressingly, I think it's a better book in a lot...more
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Jul 12, 2009
 
The Magician King (The Magicians, #2)
3.86
I did not like The Magicians and I did not expect to like this one, and I was mostly not wrong. I found it less tedious, for sure - the adventures mov...more
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Jan 21, 2013
 
Stormrage (World of Warcraft, #7)
3.64
This was a terrible book. I expected this. I read it anyway. I'm not sure why.

From the most generous possible perspective (meaning, let us assume that...more
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Jul 15, 2011
 
The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, #1)
3.95
I found these reprints of the 1930 versions of the Nancy Drew series, and read them side-by-side with the 1950s versions. What a fascinating exercise!...more
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Jun 08, 2011
 
Blue Adept  (Apprentice Adept, #2)
3.88
It's not actually worse than Split Infinity, really - it actually moves faster, the stakes are higher, and the many brief Tourney scenes remain entert...more
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May 28, 2012
 
Hawkmoon (Eternal Champion, #3)
3.87
Hawkmoon was much more straightforward, and thus somewhat less interesting but also less annoying, than Von Bek or The Eternal Champion. It's a four-p...more
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Jun 26, 2011
 
The Wild Ways (Gale Women, #2)
3.88
I positively squeeed with joy when I heard that the sequel to The Enchantment Emporium featured Charlie, who was far and away my favorite character. A...more
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Jan 15, 2012
 
Wielding a Red Sword (Incarnations of Immortality, #4)
3.91
I only have a couple of the Incarnations of Immortality series, because it is a wildly uneven series as a whole (Anthony, predictably, can't write fem...more
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Jan 29, 2009
 
Exile's Honor (Heralds of Valdemar, #6)
4.12
This is up there with my very favorite Valdemar books. I started reading Valdemar stuff when I was nineteen or twenty so I very much appreciated the p...more
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Nov 24, 2011
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
4.55
I picked this up primed to think it was awesome, which is an awkward way to come to a book. It's pretty awesome, don't get me wrong - but it's awesome...more
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May 30, 2011
 
Coffee Will Make You Black
3.95
I read the first chapter, in which the only thing discussed are comparative skin tones, and had to put it aside and read something else. Then, being s...more
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Jan 05, 2011
 
Sacred Ground
3.79
I couldn't finish it. Honestly, I couldn't even get a quarter of the way into it. It has much the same flavor as her urban fantasy Burning Water, but...more
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Dec 22, 2010
 
Roseanne: My Life as a Woman
3.51
I *really* wanted Roseanne's latest book, but this was all that was handy at the library. It wasn't bad - it was definitely a quick read, and entertai...more
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Jun 26, 2011
 
Running And Being: The Total Experience
3.82
This was a hilarious book. Crazy over-the-top paeans to physical fitness as the ultimate virtue, wild claims about spirituality and its connection to...more
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Mar 02, 2011
 
Sing the Four Quarters (Quarters #1)
3.76
I've read enough fantasy involving music-based magic that it was neat to see it treated as magic, not music. Music theory is interesting, I suppose, b...more
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Jan 04, 2012
 
Midnight Tides (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #5)
4.31
This is the first of the series that I really don't like all that much. There are some great characters and some interesting elements, but the negativ...more
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Jul 12, 2009
 
Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart
4.52
Kiernan is brilliant, and this collection of stories blew me out of the water. I don't generally care for horror, and these are mostly pretty horrific...more
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Jan 14, 2013
 
Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris, #1)
3.83
This is a very silly book in the best possible way. The magic system - being able to literally reach into books and pull out useful things, like guns...more
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Feb 06, 2013
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