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The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide
3.94
it was ok
This read like a mix between a textbook and an infomercial. I dislike not finishing books so I persevered, but I definitely heaved a sigh of relief an ...more
Mar 07, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
 
Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt
3.95
liked it
There's a lot of good information here about ancient Egyptian life but most of the author's conclusions about the lives of ancient Egyptian women seem ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
 
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth #1)
3.93
liked it
Piers Anthony is a master of the bad pun (and not too shabby with the good ones either). I started reading his Xanth novels when I was... much younger ...more
Jan 1986
Feb 22, 2009
 
Universal Harvester
3.32
I honestly have no idea how to rate this one. I picked up the audio version because anything written by Darnielle really needs to be listened to with ...more
Feb 16, 2017
Feb 16, 2017
 
The Things They Carried
4.12
it was amazing
You know those books that are just so powerful that they grab you and shake you like a rag doll, leaving you unable to articulate what you think or fe ...more
Feb 20, 2015
Mar 07, 2015
 
Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)
4.11
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I think that what bothered me the most about this book- beyond the fact that it read like a Harlequin romance- is that the author te ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)
4.06
liked it
I wasn't really impressed with this one. It wasn't bad but it seemed forced. The gimmick of breaking into the narrative to remind the reader that the ...more
May 16, 2010
May 16, 2010
 
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
3.93
really liked it
It's so well researched, and touches so many different people, that it kind of sprawls. Go with it. That sprawl gives you a real sense of the organic, ...more
Apr 05, 2017
Apr 06, 2017
 
Event (Event Group Thriller #1)
3.86
did not like it
Disclaimer: I did not actually finish this book. It might have gotten better, but as of Chapter 13 (about 175 pages in) it was still a mess of one-dim ...more
Mar 07, 2015
Mar 07, 2015
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.57
did not like it
I read this book because I just couldn't believe that so many people could be so rabidly in love with something with no redeeming qualities. In fact, ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 21, 2009
 
The Sleeper and the Spindle
3.90
it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations and prose.
Mar 05, 2017
Mar 05, 2017
 
Star Wars: Darth Maul #1
3.85
really liked it
My favorite part was actually the short mini-story at the end that explained away one of the continuity errors in The Phantom Menace.
Mar 15, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
 
The Sand Dragon
3.53
it was ok
I wish half-stars were available for rating, because while this was better than a 2 it wasn't quite up to a 3 star designation. A quick and easy read- ...more
May 25, 2010
May 17, 2010
 
The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, #1)
3.73
did not like it
I will state right off the bat that this review is only for the first half of the book. The second half might get better, but I seriously doubt it and ...more
Oct 03, 2009
Oct 03, 2009
 
The Devouring (The Devouring, #1)
3.92
really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. There's a high gore factor (even within the context of the story it's imaginary, but still... waaaay icky ;p) and the chara ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
Wolf in White Van
3.72
it was amazing
I loved the construction, the way the chapters unfolding mirrored the set up in the game. I have read several reviews that talked about how bleak and ...more
Mar 03, 2017
Mar 04, 2017
 
Blood in the Skies
3.62
liked it
This was fluffy fun and I enjoyed the banter between the two main characters. It's an action story with lots of running, fighting and explosions and t ...more
Jun 04, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
 
A History of India (The Great Courses #8350)
4.00
it was ok
The information is interesting, but the Professor's diction and pacing... it was like having my GPS program read to me for 18 hours. This would have b ...more
Oct 20, 2016
Oct 20, 2016
 
Under the Dome
3.89
liked it
An 'OK' story that would have benefitted from someone smacking the author each time he indulged in 'literary showboating'... the constant switching be ...more
Nov 29, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adaptation
3.36
liked it
An "okay" adaptation. Nothing really stands out, either story or artwise. Some adaptations feel like revisiting the original, some feel like rehashing ...more
Jan 09, 2017
Jan 10, 2017
 
The Martian
4.39
really liked it
This was a fantastic read. It was believable and captivating- I had to drag myself away from the pages and at times literally could not wait to get ba ...more
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 18, 2015
 
Mile 81
3.62
liked it
Sadly, this was merely 'OK'. The writing wasn't bad, but it didn't grab me, and the plot was almost farcical, which I don't think was intended. Also, ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
 
The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1)
3.77
liked it
You can tell that this story is told from a filmmaker's perspective. The pacing, the visuals, the scene changes are all pure 'Hollywood Summer Blockbu ...more
Oct 16, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
 
Blade Runner
4.08
it was ok
An interesting premise, but a surprisingly- and you'll have to forgive the sci-fi blasphemy here- clumsy execution. The theme deals with what it means ...more
Aug 31, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
 
You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys
4.01
liked it
This was... interesting? I'm not sure that's really the best word to use. It's a collection of poems and stories from the perspective of young (mid to ...more
Jan 2017
Jan 01, 2017
 
Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works
3.86
liked it
This was well produced, and the format of 30 minute (approx.) sections made it very convenient to pick up and put down as my available time allowed. I ...more
Jan 27, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
 
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
4.47
really liked it
When I first read 'The Lord of the Rings' I found it painfully boring, I admit it. There was page after page of travel minutiae (what I refer to as 'f ...more
Mar 07, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
 
Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
4.23
it was amazing
This is one of my 'comfort reads'; I come back to it and it's sequel "Dragonsinger" every couple of years. It's soft sci-fi (I would have thought it w ...more
not set
Feb 21, 2009
 
Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, #1)
3.90
liked it
Despite the gratuitous use of apostrophes and a very weak attempt to create a dialect for his og're I enjoyed this one. It was a fast read and his cha ...more
Dec 15, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
 
You Are (Not) Small
3.99
it was ok
Normally I don't have a reason to read toddler books so no one warned me not to do voices. I read this book- to a child I didn't even know!- probably ...more
Oct 25, 2016
Dec 01, 2016
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