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Cannery Row
I enjoyed this book for so many reasons, I don’t know where to start. Doc is just such a likable, human character. His curiosity is inspiring, his ins...more
Oct 07, 2008
Sep 30, 2008
Gargoyles: Clan Building, Volume 1
Gargoyles was easily one of the finest cartoon shows of the 90s, and certainly some of the best televised fantasy ever. After recently re-watching the...more
Nov 16, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
Following a brief, somewhat endearing exposition on the quirky Bigtree family and their gator-wrasslin' ways, this book descends into what, to me, fel...more
Jul 03, 2012
Dec 25, 2011
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
I picked up this book because I'm an atheist and I wanted to read something by one of the New Atheists, because the notion that anyone would want to c...more
Dec 26, 2013
Jul 04, 2012
Daniel Deronda
**spoiler alert** My sister wrote her senior thesis on this book, so I figured if I was going to stand half a chance at understanding but a quarter of...more
Jun 06, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Wonderful, wonderful book, full of fantastic info and insights. My main critique is Pollan's main conceit, and the language used to express it: plant...more
Dec 2006
Aug 26, 2007
Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (Studies in Environment and History)
Walking around with this book made me feel like yet another Berkleyan post-hippy fuming over my unresolved anger and guilt over yet another heinous cr...more
Apr 28, 2013
Oct 09, 2009
Elfquest Book #01: Fire and Flight
Elfquest is a story very close to my heart, and I believe it's one of the most undervalued and unknown masterpieces of American fantasy. This is the f...more
Jan 1995
Nov 28, 2007
Sin City
This was another one of those formative, mind-blowing comics I read as a kid. I distinctly remember the guy at Sarge's Comics in Old Saybrook, CT eyei...more
not set
Oct 08, 2010
The Graveyard Book
Utterly wonderful. It baffles me that Gaiman can find magic, real magic, in ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and other defanged and debased monsters curs...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 09, 2009
Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology
Books like this make me look back at all the decisions I've made in my life and think, "I'm doin' it wrong." I mean, I get outside, I've seen some coo...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
Gargoyles: Clan Building, Volume 2
I wasn't really expecting much given the relative disappointment of the first volume, but I just re-watched the series (again), and was in need of a f...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 14, 2009
It Is Folly To Assume My Awesome Lies Dormant: The Paintings of the Mincing Mockingbird
Bird paintings plus hilarious titles: The Mincing Mockingbird in book form. A superb gift choice for the birder in your life, unless that birder happe...more
not set
Dec 26, 2012
There aren't many graphic novels I've read that can match Watchmen for its density and convolution, but I can't say it earned a place in my heart. Whe...more
Mar 24, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted
Picked it up because of Whedon, but despite a few choice snippets of Whedonesque repartee, there wasn't a whole lot else beyond your standard X-Men fa...more
Jun 03, 2009
May 28, 2009
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
**spoiler alert** Another fun ride. Apparently some found fault with a lack of action in this tome, but seriously people, Danaerys rode a dragon. Bran...more
Feb 09, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought, #1)
I don't even remember when I read this. All I remember are the Tines, and what wonderful inventions they were. Tine is also an excellent Scrabble word...more
not set
Feb 17, 2009
The Far Pavilions
**spoiler alert** Elizabeth recommended this to me based largely on my mixed heritage, and my mom had a copy at home and it was waiting for me on my b...more
Jan 26, 2010
Dec 10, 2009
I'm not sure why Hicksville has always appealed to me. It has all the abstruse ambiguity that characterizes the kind of literature I usually despise....more
Jan 2001
Nov 28, 2007
Life of Pi
Old review from 2006

Trusted sources have both encouraged me to and dissuaded me from reading this book, the latter mostly founded on reports of over r...more
Aug 2006
Jul 30, 2007
Up and Down California in 1860-1864: The Journal of William H. Brewer
First-person history is truly amazing. Even if all you do is marvel at how some things have changed while others have stayed the same, it is still fab...more
Nov 05, 2010
Apr 30, 2010
Never Let Me Go
Interesting book. Tragic, bittersweet, moving, all those dust-jacket adjectives. It doesn't really matter if you know the premise of the novel going i...more
Jan 2006
Nov 28, 2007
On Natural Selection
Finally wrapped up this slim volume. I'll go through my notes later, but for now I'll just say it was fascinating how many aspects of evolution Darwin...more
Feb 11, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
The Illustrated Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Old review from 2005.

Since my fondest wish is to sail the high seas of the 19th century, I need to learn how to find myself without GPS. I also love t...more
Dec 26, 2005
Oct 03, 2009
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
I enjoyed this book because I enjoyed meeting Anne Lamott. This is a collection of personal essays on writing, and they are personal not just because...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
The Brief History of the Dead
**spoiler alert** Diverting, but not much more. The book didn't displease me, but it never left the blocks of its central conceit: there's a city you...more
Sep 14, 2008
Aug 31, 2008
Second Nature: A Gardener's Education
All Pollan's books explore the ways people relate to the world around them, from plants to food in general to space itself. This one's about gardens a...more
Sep 2010
Apr 24, 2010
**spoiler alert** Old review from 2007. I'd actually forgotten that I'd read it and picked up another copy! Think my UK edition got loaned out and nev...more
Jan 05, 2007
Oct 14, 2008
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
I enjoyed this book, despite not grasping it, but I didn't come away understanding why so many people I know rave about it. Perhaps all the recurring...more
Aug 09, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
**spoiler alert** Another beautiful trip through the Austenverse, replete with Jane's stock cast of regulars. We've got The Heroine: can perfection be...more
Jul 30, 2010
Dec 17, 2009