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Anything Worth Doing: A true story of adventure, friendship and tragedy on the last of the West's great rivers
4.14
Ok so you can't review your own book. And I won't BUT I do get to click the five star rating to show how great it feels, after 17 years of hired-pen w ...more
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Aug 10, 2012
 
Under the Dome
3.88
Another reviewer said that this book is small in scope if not in actual word count. That's the nutshell for me as well.

King has two interesting ideas
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Mar 13, 2012
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.20
Here's my review, http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/m.... "All the Light We Cannot See" is my current favorite novel. Some critics have faulted it f ...more
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Sep 15, 2014
 
Surfacing
3.44
I really hate when a masterful book is poorly edited. Running into typos in Margaret Atwood's surreal journey into and -- arguably -- through the sane ...more
May 10, 2012
May 01, 2012
 
Style: Toward Clarity and Grace
4.10
Yum, grammar porn! I could watch Williams parse beautiful, grammatically sophisticated sentences all day long. I also appreciate his easy refreshers f ...more
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Aug 11, 2012
 
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
4.27
The pages of this book are not a place to go for new craft ideas, but an excellent place to meet one of the masters of the modern page turner while he ...more
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Jan 06, 2014
 
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
4.04
I love the Goodreads prompt, 'what did you think?'

After spending more than 600 pages with the Lannisters, Freys and Tullys recently, I think so many
...more
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Jun 21, 2011
 
Boocoo Dinky Dow: My Short, Crazy Vietnam War
3.80
The summer after highschool graduation in 1967, Grady Myers decides to escape from his boring hometown of Boise, Idaho, a “Western backwater where tim ...more
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Feb 15, 2013
 
Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land
3.65
I'll try to remember to link to the full review when it is published:

McClintock succeeds beautifully at sketching the rich web of Antarctic life and t
...more
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Nov 06, 2012
 
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
3.46
Holy cow I could not have been more disappointed in this book.

(moderate spoiler alert....)

Probably I was set up for disappointment by a reviewer who,
...more
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May 30, 2010
 
The Republic of Love
3.74
Carol Shields sees with such deilghtful clarity. It almost doesn't matter, the story you're there to experience. Those crystalline moments in which sh ...more
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Sep 20, 2010
 
Halfhead
3.62
So have you seen the cable series, 'Spartacus,' in all its blood-spattered, orgy-filled lushness?

Maybe if you did you had the same reaction to it I d
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Feb 14, 2012
 
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
4.26
The friend that loaned me this book told me she loved the author's lovingly detailed descriptions of scenes. I didn't, and for the most part skimmed o ...more
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Feb 14, 2012
 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.91
I've been thinking a lot lately about conversations, about how what a book becomes has to do, among other things, with who is talking about it and wit ...more
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Jun 06, 2012
 
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
4.02
Ok, so I clicked 'read,' but that's only because there isn't a 'half-read' option. I give up. I have enjoyed every Kingsolver book I've read and I enj ...more
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Feb 13, 2012
 
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
4.56
I hugely appreciate a fantasy world that doesn't feel derivative, and respect the hard work required to create one. I've spent two books with Patrick ...more
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Jan 06, 2014
 
Mountainfit: Fjällsommar, Fjällsjälv
4.60
I know Meera from the #cnftweet community on Twitter, where she posts highly crafted, delightfully obscure microessays that often remind me of the Hem ...more
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Jan 06, 2014
 
A Gift Upon the Shore
3.91
A dystopian novel that paints, and mostly with clean, effective strokes, a coastal America after a combination of nuclear war and a pandemic have esse ...more
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Jun 06, 2012
 
Where the Heart Is
3.97
It's almost a genre, right? Feelgood, dogood, with a happy ending. The bad people exit stage left in a hurry and are never allowed to do permanent dam ...more
Apr 14, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
 
Here We Are in Paradise: Stories
3.89
Tony is the real deal. Eccentric and spot on, with a voice that, once you catch it, you could listen to forever. The story i liked best in this collec ...more
Jan 2009
Jul 11, 2009
 
Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror
3.58
Hynes does a fine job of making characters come to life and just as fine a job of plotting his creepy stories. At the word and sentence level he satis ...more
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Jan 03, 2012
 
Whispering in the Giant's Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia's War on Globalization
3.87
I'm not done with this one yet but I'm starting to think I won't ever be. I feel a bit like I'm on a dangerous expedition with a guide I just caught n ...more
Jun 18, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
 
Soulwoven (Soulwoven #1)
3.82
Jeff was a guildmate in my MMO years, so it kinda hurts to only click 3 stars, which in today's inflated star economy feels a little like a slap. Plea ...more
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Sep 15, 2014
 
The French Lieutenant's Woman
3.83
As a window onto the Victorian age this novel is fun. As a window on the modern age's view of the Victorian age even more so. As an examination of gen ...more
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Jul 12, 2011
 
The Tortilla Curtain
3.64
Holy cow but this book cuts you. And cuts you. And cuts you. You can almost predict the events of the book by asking yourself, what would be the most ...more
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Sep 20, 2010
 
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
3.94
I read a generous but unfavorable review of a book by my #cnftweet friend Meera the other day. It made me think about the fact that I tend to pan a bo ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
 
Ordinary Wolves
4.08
Put a seriously talented writer together with a lifetime of unique, powerful, disturbing material and you get, well, 'Ordinary Wolves.' There were thi ...more
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Feb 13, 2012
 
Revising Fiction: A Handbook for Writers
3.93
Recommended by a writer friend in a back and forth about favorite books on writing. Here's what she said:

"It's set up as question and answer, it has
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Oct 06, 2009
 
Play It as It Lays
3.87
Note to self: do not get into an argument with your husband and then, that same night, start reading a book about a woman going slowly crazy as her cr ...more
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Jul 08, 2011
 
The Brothers K
4.41
Here's all I have to say: I cannot wait to read David's next novel, due out this year last time I heard, and (at least tentatively) entitled "Sun Hous ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Jun 06, 2012
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