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Pretties (Uglies, #2)
3.87
What I found most interesting about Pretties was its thematic use of various forms of bodily mutilation/eating disorders. In a perfect society, where...more
May 2007
Jul 24, 2007
 
Switch Bitch
4.04
Roald Dahl's short stories for adults are amazing, terrifying, creepy, disturbing, sexy, disgusting, morally bankrupt, and well-written. It's an entir...more
Mar 2006
Jul 24, 2007
 
Waterland
3.93
Waterland, published in 1983, is a semi-postmodern examination of the end of History, the trajectory of the promise of the Enlightenment. It is set in...more
Feb 2006
Jul 24, 2007
 
Alias Grace
3.94
**spoiler alert** Okay. My beef with Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace? It was a technically impressive novel - very impressive. Her skill with narrative...more
Jan 2006
Jul 24, 2007
 
The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4)
3.78
The Queen's Fool was stupid. Historically inaccurate and completely out of touch with the tone of the era. Some books - Michael Faber's The Crimson Pe...more
not set
Jul 26, 2007
 
Union Street
3.90
This was like Dubliners, if Dubliners was written in the 1980s about English women living in poverty in the 1970s, and it didn't suck.

Ahaha, Joyce fa...more
not set
Jul 24, 2007
 
The Crow Road
4.04
I can't say enough good things about Iain Banks's The Crow Road. My only question is, why didn't I hear of him and read his work sooner? He's brillian...more
May 2006
Jul 24, 2007
 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1)
3.46
AUGH. SO GOOD. WHY IS THIS BOOK SO GOOD.

Here were my first thoughts after finishing the book, February 1, 2010:

Finished Wicked. I am amazed beyond all...more
Feb 2010
Jul 20, 2010
 
Her Fearful Symmetry
3.21
I wasn't sure that this was going to move me the same way The Time Traveler's Wife did - but putting aside my expectations, I still found this to be a...more
Jul 2010
Jul 20, 2010
 
Atonement
3.83
**spoiler alert** Atonement was incredible. It was so much more than I thought it would be. The gimmick of authors writing about authors bores me usua...more
Jan 2009
Jul 19, 2010
 
The Crimson Petal and the White
3.82
This is a novel about a Victorian prostitute and her lover, how she becomes a kept woman, and her weird skin condition. Seriously. And it shouldn't wo...more
Jan 2005
Jul 24, 2007
 
First Among Sequels (Thursday Next, #5)
3.99
I fell in love with the Thursday Next series this year, and here are a few of the many reasons why:

1. A wholly lovable and admirable protagonist, who...more
Jun 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3)
4.08
I fell in love with the Thursday Next series this year, and here are a few of the many reasons why:

1. A wholly lovable and admirable protagonist, who...more
Jun 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, #2)
4.13
I fell in love with the Thursday Next series this year, and here are a few of the many reasons why:

1. A wholly lovable and admirable protagonist, who...more
Jun 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
Something Rotten (Thursday Next, #4)
4.13
I fell in love with the Thursday Next series this year, and here are a few of the many reasons why:

1. A wholly lovable and admirable protagonist, who...more
Jun 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)
3.92
I fell in love with the Thursday Next series this year, and here are a few of the many reasons why:

1. A wholly lovable and admirable protagonist, who...more
Jun 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Thursday Next, #6)
3.90
I fell in love with the Thursday Next series this year, and here are a few of the many reasons why:

1. A wholly lovable and admirable protagonist, who...more
Jun 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
The Art of Racing in the Rain
4.15
SPOILERS!




There were some things I loved about this book, and some things I couldn't stand. For the most part, the dog's narration was interesting, and...more
Jul 2010
Jan 19, 2011
 
The Cement Garden
3.56
SPOILERS AHEAD!




Boy, McEwan sure likes his incest, doesn't he? In fact, although I began this book out of morbid curiosity, the incest nearly turned me...more
May 2011
May 26, 2011
 
Why Don't You Stop Talking: Stories
3.63
Why Don't You Stop Talking is a collection of short stories from jack-of-all-trades Jackie Kay. She was a playwright, a poet, a novelist, and now she'...more
Mar 2006
Jul 24, 2007
 
The Lovely Bones
3.72
I was blown away. This was a great example of yet another book that I assumed was mediocre because it appealed to the masses - and, wonderfully, I was...more
May 2012
May 09, 2012
 
Neverwhere
4.16
OH GOD SO COOL! Neverwhere was AWESOME. Neil Gaiman is so incredibly smart and creative. He just blows my mind, every time. Each time I think he's hit...more
Mar 2006
Jul 24, 2007
 
Only Revolutions
3.19
My one-star review reflects my experience with the book - not the quality of the author's writing. For me, I couldn't crack the plot of the book, base...more
May 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
The Tiger's Wife
3.35
While this book had a slow start, it ultimately lived up to all of its reviews, awards, and good press. The first two-fifths failed to draw me in, and...more
Dec 2011
Apr 05, 2011
 
Watchmen
4.31
Like much of Alan Moore's work, the wonderful thing about Watchmen is its almost open-ended finale. You always get a sense of the creeping horror of s...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
Amazing! The structure, ingenuity, and staunch adherence to reality (despite the zombies) all made this book a thrilling read. I couldn't put it down;...more
Feb 2012
Feb 22, 2012
 
Every Secret Thing
3.51
The summary intrigued me, but upon beginning the book, I didn't enjoy it much. However, it worked its way up to a well-earned plot twist at the end, a...more
May 2011
Apr 06, 2011
 
Flight Behavior
3.71
Absolutely gorgeous, and classic Kingsolver: several complex and interwoven themes (as always, about women and their lives and independence, and human...more
not set
Dec 29, 2013
 
Room
3.95
I was worried that the concept would produce a hackneyed or sentimental book, but I found this compelling and original. The narration was authentic an...more
Jul 2011
Sep 20, 2011
 
The List
3.33
Long story short, the book wasn't as good as I thought it would be. It jumped off the shelf at me, and because I have this sort of spiritual reverence...more
Apr 2007
Jul 24, 2007
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