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The Orchardist
There is detachment here so studied that I have to think it is purposeful. The characters in this book are quiet, reserved, stoic. Except that they're...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
This is my favorite book. I have bought countless copies of it for gifts and bribes for family, friends, coworkers, management consultants and other a...more
Sep 15, 1993
Aug 10, 2009
A Drop of the Hard Stuff (Matthew Scudder, #17)
This book is such a comfortable read, it may as well be wearing a cardigan sweater, sitting in a cushy chair, smoking a pipe, with a cup of tea on the...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
A Strong West Wind
Where and when we are formed shapes us - whether we fight it, attempt to outrun it, or succumb - time and place is who we are. Our stories begin and e...more
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
The Fat Girl's Guide to Life
A zippy, entertaining, intelligent, yaHOO romp through the world of size 12 +. There are laughs ("Back a zillion years ago, before the sexual revoluti...more
Aug 13, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
The Golem and the Jinni
A beautiful book, inside and out; richly potent with history, characters, dialogue, adventure, weather, romance and rooftops. The protagonists are eng...more
Aug 2013
Jul 22, 2013
Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5)
I waited for ev er for this book and started reading it in the car on the way home which was never a great idea and less good at my age. Book candy. I...more
Nov 21, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
"I awoke to darkness." Among opening lines, it's in my top 10. This book was on a list from a symposium around women-written sf: which books would mak...more
Jul 17, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
The Circle
Frown or meh or something in between. I'll give the author credit for chronicling the speedy transition to a world overseen by something, whether it's...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
This is an entire confectioner's shop of a book. The author swirls words into a batter of engaging plot, sprinkling traditional once upon a timing wit...more
Dec 24, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
Profoundly moving storytelling about first contact, initiated from earthside in this book in response to an intercepted signal interpreted as singing....more
Sep 10, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang
Lyrical river of prose flowing over the bedrock of a plot. The Shenandoah provides a genius metaphor: whatever can be built to best the river, those f...more
Sep 08, 2014
Sep 07, 2014
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
Excellent science fiction for geeks, nerds, fans and those who have yet to make up their minds. 50 years ago, I liked the technology of scifi, knew th...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
313: Life in the Motor City
Need a word that combines heartbreaking and heartwarming. 313 is both. Carlisle interviews and honors the Last Standing in Detroit neighborhoods, prop...more
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
Fear Of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir
With any luck, Jong will do Sashaying Toward Seventy. I found in my journal the word "sprezzatura" which means making the difficult look easy, and I k...more
Jan 1994
Sep 06, 2009
Rage Against the Dying: A Thriller
Well now. I chose this book from the list of debut novels nominated for the 2014 Edgars. The title comes from the Dylan Thomas poem: "do not go gentle...more
May 08, 2014
May 02, 2014
The Temple of Gold
I read this book in 1970, and it had an enormous impact on me. I'm not going to read it again because I don't want it out of time. J. D. Salinger just...more
Jan 1970
Aug 21, 2009
The Secret History of Fantasy
Peter Beagle's introduction tells us that once upon a time all literature was fantasy. Ancient peoples sitting around the campfire had to explain what...more
Jun 03, 2014
May 23, 2014
A Time to Keep Silence
A marvelous gem of a little book. Humbling and ennobling; meditation by proxy. I hope the feeling that shines out from the pages stays with me in the...more
Feb 19, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
I have loaned this book to friends, all of whom couldn't finish it.

Ellen Burstyn opened in a Broadway show of the same name, and it closed that night....more
Aug 1989
Aug 11, 2009
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
Flavia de Luce is a remarkable character, a richly complicated mix of scientific maturity (coping with her world in the chemistry lab), while juggling...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
A ComicCon of a book. What adds to the terrific writing and DNA strand plot spirals is Scalzi knows how to manipulate the reader like an unvolunteered...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
The star choices disappeared. All I see is "clear." Which frees me to give this book 12 stars. The benefit of reading the not-so-great Caldecott winne...more
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir
This book is the culmination of research in support of a dissertation, and reads like one, which worked for me because I need new information told mor...more
Mar 20, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
Underfoot in Show Business
Hanff is a gifted memoirist. This book includes the timeline of 84, Charing Cross Road, which makes the story seem even more personal–as though the au...more
Jun 2014
May 30, 2014
Free Will
Well, this is a pickle and no mistake. Harris didn't come close to convincing me, but that's not the 3 stars. The 3 stars are for being irritating abo...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Three Hainish Novels
There are hundreds of years between the three novellas, which are quite short and require the reader to fill in the backstory, which is fine with me....more
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science
Time well invested in understanding how I'm understanding. Neuroscientists are focused on this other brain - white matter, glia, oligodendrocytes, ast...more
Aug 02, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
Maybe I'll break my rule about reading the first novel by an author I haven't read before. The first is new work, a writer getting their writing muscl...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
Four Ways to Forgiveness
This book was on the list from the Worlds Beyond Worlds Symposium, must-reads or would love to see as a film. Didn't know 'til just now that it was a...more
Jul 19, 2014
Jul 19, 2014