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The Master and Margarita
4.33
Summary

The Devil went down to Moscow, he was looking for a soul to steal. Or was he? Bulgakov's Devil eludes our expectations of a Satanic presence, a
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Feb 2008
Nov 05, 2011
 
Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible, or, Adventures Over the Forest of Fire (Tom Swift Sr, #33)
3.50
My edition leaves out the subtitle and is just called "Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible," but since everyone natters on about how damn dry the forest i ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 02, 2013
 
Housekeeping
3.83
My review from the blog

I didn't know anything about this book and so had no particular expectations of it, but if I did have expectations they probabl
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May 2008
Sep 21, 2010
 
Tintin in America (Tintin, #3 )
3.74
Probably the worst of the Tintins from an adult perspective (although I loved it as much as all the others as a kid). It is interesting from a sociolo ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 11, 2011
 
Vanity Fair
3.73
A lot of people, even people who read classic novels, hate Vanity Fair. I have some theories as to why:

(1) It's a historical novel, making fun of the
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Jul 2013
May 20, 2013
 
Tintin in Tibet (Tintin, #20)
4.17
Good Tintin, not great Tintin -- a very linear storyline, essentially one long trip. Some great large-panel illustrations: Tintin waking up from his n ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 11, 2011
 
Wuthering Heights
3.79
An overcooked potboiler: lots of wuthering, not many heights.

For instance: “Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! only do not leave me in
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Sep 2014
Sep 18, 2014
 
Stumbling on Happiness
3.77
My Goodreads list has been by far the most successful attempt I've ever made at tracking my reading. I still occasionally find brave beginnings of ear ...more
Oct 2006
May 08, 2010
 
Fever Pitch
3.68
My Goodreads list has been by far the most successful attempt I've ever made at tracking my reading. I still occasionally find brave beginnings of ear ...more
Sep 2006
May 08, 2010
 
A Short History of Nearly Everything
4.17
My Goodreads list has been by far the most successful attempt I've ever made at tracking my reading. I still occasionally find brave beginnings of ear ...more
Sep 2006
May 08, 2010
 
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
4.17
My Goodreads list has been by far the most successful attempt I've ever made at tracking my reading. I still occasionally find brave beginnings of ear ...more
Sep 2006
May 08, 2010
 
Foreigner (Foreigner, #1)
3.97
My Goodreads list has been by far the most successful attempt I've ever made at tracking my reading. I still occasionally find brave beginnings of ear ...more
Oct 2006
May 08, 2010
 
Snow Falling on Cedars
3.74
In an old email recently rediscovered, I told my sister that this was one of my three "books of the year" for 1996.
Jan 1996
Apr 26, 2010
 
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3)
4.27
Hey, these are actually pretty good! I thought I was just checking them out for historical interest...
Oct 2014
Sep 30, 2014
 
The Guns of August
4.20
First read in high school; listened in 2013. Barbara Tuchman was some kinda writer.
Jan 2013
Jan 17, 2013
 
The Shipping News
3.77
In an old email recently rediscovered, I told my sister that this was one of my three "books of the year" for 1996.

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I was expected to be disappointe
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Aug 2012
Apr 26, 2010
 
Sense and Sensibility
4.04
It has long been the Jane Austen book that I can't remember, and now I know why: nothing happens in it. A great big snooze.
Mar 2014
Feb 03, 2014
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
3.74
Read before I was on GR. Listened on Audio Oct 2012.
Oct 2012
Oct 13, 2012
 
Middlemarch
3.89
In an old email recently rediscovered, I told my sister that this was one of my three "books of the year" for 1996.
Apr 2014
Apr 26, 2010
 
The Great Gatsby
3.84
On audiobook. I eye-read it ten years ago and twenty years ago, I think.
Apr 2011
Apr 03, 2011
 
Our Mutual Friend
4.08
Read Summer 1989. Audio Fall 2010; again, Summer 2012.
Jul 2012
Nov 20, 2010
 
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
3.76
Among the best novels in English.
Feb 2011
Feb 07, 2011
 
The Tombs of Atuan
4.05
None
Mar 2013
Mar 19, 2013
 
The Remains of the Day
4.09
None
not set
Nov 14, 2012
 
A Room with a View
3.91
None
May 2010
May 08, 2010
 
Martin Chuzzlewit
3.80
None
Mar 2013
Feb 08, 2013
 
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
3.96
None
Mar 13, 2013
Mar 07, 2013
 
Life of Pi
3.86
None
Aug 2006
Jan 31, 2009
 
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
4.12
None
Aug 2004
Jan 31, 2009
 
Dombey and Son
3.86
None
Oct 2013
May 20, 2013
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