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Robert Paul Weston's "Zorgamazoo"
is poetry, page-turner and lots of fun too

This is a book that you must read aloud
whether by yourself or amongst a sma
May 12, 2009
May 12, 2009
The Samurai
In The Samurai, Endo tells his story from the point of view of two different characters: Father Velasco, a Spanish Franciscan missionary, and Hasekura ...more
Apr 07, 2008
Mar 31, 2009
A History of the State of Washington
I've lived in the state of Washington for about 10 years now, and this is the first actual history of the state that I read. I picked up a hardcover v ...more
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 29, 2010
End Zone
Have you ever been reading a book and been kind of lost? I mean, you understand what’s going on and who the different characters are, but you’re lost ...more
Oct 30, 2008
Mar 31, 2009
My Rows and Piles of Coins
Saruni lives in rural Tanzania and every week, he goes with his mother to the market to sell what they grow on their farm. The market holds many wonde ...more
Apr 16, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)
The first book was very very good. Fascinating fantasy world (almost an alternate reality, really) and interesting characters. Halfway through book tw ...more
Jan 1999
Mar 31, 2009
A. Lincoln
There are a lot of Lincoln biographies out there, and some of them are probably pretty good. Since this is the only one I've read, I can't really comp ...more
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 20, 2010
Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States
My trip to Taiwan 5 years ago led to a fascinating discovery: the Chinese food you get in the United States is very different from what you get in Chi ...more
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle, #1)
The book started slowly, and I read through many other books between starting this one and finishing it. But right about page 300, things started to p ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Jun 18, 2009
Color: A Natural History of the Palette
Have you ever wondered where the colors for paints and dyes come from? I'd thought a bit about colors, mostly in connection with the jerseys of my fav ...more
Apr 08, 2010
Apr 09, 2010
The Cricket in Times Square
While I remember reading this book for school when I was very young, I didn't remember much about the plot. It's really an interesting look at New Yor ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 31, 2010
The Memory of Earth (Homecoming, #1)
Nafai lives with his father and his brothers outside of the great city of Basilica. He's not a child any more, but he doesn't know what he wants to do ...more
Mar 17, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
I generally love the idea of alternate histories, but usually am disappointed with the execution. Not so this time! Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan was a ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Feb 01, 2010
The Princes of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #1)
Edward Rutherford writes long novels that take place over several centuries and follow several families that live in a particular location. The Prince ...more
Aug 08, 2008
Jun 15, 2009
Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro is a novelist who is studied in literature classes, much like George Orwell or Margaret Atwood. I wasn't sure how much I'd like Never L ...more
Jan 31, 2010
Feb 01, 2010
The Dragon's Child
Gim Lew Yep is 10 years old, and he is seeing his father for only the second time in his life. That's because his father is a Guest of the Golden Moun ...more
May 10, 2009
May 10, 2009
A Day In The Bleachers
The Giants have had their share of memorable moments these past few years: Matt Cain's perfect game, Barry Bonds breaking the single-season home run r ...more
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 12, 2012
Parade of Shadows
Julia is bored with her life. Her mother is dead, her father is always busy with his work for the British Foreign Office and the only place she ever g ...more
Jun 16, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
The Explosionist
Sophie's favorite class is chemistry; Mr. Petersen is so handsome! Too bad all her classmates seem to know about her crush - they won't stop teasing h ...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly
Firefly, the cowboys-in-space TV show that was cancelled before it could find its feet, has become a cult favorite among fans of science fiction on te ...more
May 03, 2011
May 03, 2011
Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)
7 Australian teenagers go on a camping trip into the bush. When they come back, they find that all of their parents are gone and their pets are dead o ...more
Apr 29, 2008
Jun 18, 2009
The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex, #1)
When Aoife turns 16, she's going to go crazy. She knows it will happen: her mother's in a sanitarium, her beloved brother disappeared awhile ago after ...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
I'm calling Boneshaker by Cherie Priest an "alternate history" - it reimagines events of the past, so the genre fits - but it is perhaps more properly ...more
Nov 18, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
The Separation
I'm beginning to wonder if I have too high of standards for alternate histories; I seem to be disappointed in them more often than not.

The Separation
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 07, 2010
The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force, 1939-1945
In 2004, I visited England on a study abroad trip. I came back with postcards, a Cambridge University sweatshirt, lots of memories, and a CD from the ...more
Dec 26, 2009
Dec 27, 2009
The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #2)
Miles Vorkosigan has a famous military father, whom he wants to impress. The best way to do this is (obviously) to get into the Military Academy, but ...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors
I've recently become interested in learning more about China, particularly its 3,000+ year history. When I saw China's First Emperor and His Terracott ...more
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 31, 2009
The Chronoliths
In 2021, a gigantic memorial appears out of nowhere in the middle of Thailand. The text on the memorial refers to a great battle fought there and a vi ...more
Feb 20, 2010
Feb 20, 2010
Rapunzel's Revenge (Rapunzel's Revenge, #1)
Most people know the story of Rapunzel: locked in a tower, hair long enough and strong enough to climb on, etc. So it's always a pleasure to read a bo ...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
The Lion Hunter (The Lion Hunters, #4)
The 39th book of the 2008 Book Count was The Lion Hunter by Elizabeth Wein. Overall, it was an okay book, with likeable characters and a very interest ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 18, 2009
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