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The Arm of the Starfish (O'Keefe Family, Book 1)
This book influenced me to become a scientist. It takes a heck of a lot more skill to write a really good "kid's book" than a best selling adult novel...more
Jan 1980
Mar 04, 2008
Blue Monday (Frieda Klein, #1)
This is my first Nicci French book so unlike many readers I had no previous novels to compare to. I enjoyed this book but can't make up my mind about...more
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
This novella was what Giono wrote for practice as a character study of Angelo Pardi, his hero of the "Horseman on the Roof". He wanted to play around...more
Jan 09, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #1)
An engrossing read over the xmas holidays. The entries written by the killer going into nasty detail about how they tortured, filmed, killed and subse...more
Dec 26, 2009
Jan 02, 2010
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
Book Two is just as absorbing as Book One. Like many people, I am guessing, I reread The Name of the Wind before cracking my brand new hardcover Wise...more
Jun 2011
Sep 07, 2011
Shopaholic & Baby (Shopaholic, #5)
**spoiler alert** I read all 5 of these books in a week or two as I slowly recovered from extreme sleep deprivation during summer school teaching. I d...more
Jul 25, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
The Sweet Girl
Perhaps I have unwittingly started a private reading series that I could call: When life sucked for women XXX BC - 1960sAD. This would be one th third...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
Summers in Supino: Becoming Italian
This book is so authentic and loveable. For anyone who has ever spent time in Italy beyond the touristy but actually become acquainted with locals in...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)
I definitely felt that this was a teen book. It's decent but with the really timeless YA books you don't feel that it is definitely written for a teen...more
Apr 27, 2012
May 03, 2012
How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9)
I bought this book in early fall but my work life has been so hellish this term that I didn't get a chance to read this book until now.
What a wild ri...more
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium #2)
I liked this book even better than the first in the series because we get more glimpses into the life and thought processes of Lisbeth Salander, one o...more
May 2010
Jun 10, 2010
Broken Harbour (Dublin Murder Squad, #4)
Oh holy wow did this book keep me up at night. I got very unnerved! I don't know why but I can stay awake longer reading in bed if I turn the lights o...more
May 2013
Jul 25, 2013
Touchstone (Harris Stuyvesant, #1)
An interesting new set of characters for Laurie King. I liked learning more about the tensions at the time of labour uprisings in post WWI Britain and...more
Apr 2009
Jul 27, 2009
I have never read the Aeneid and truthfully I probably never will but I appreciate the scholarship of Ursula Le Guin and her idea to flesh out the wif...more
Jun 04, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q, #1)
As others have said, I figured out who did it early on but that didn't detract from the story. I kept reading to see how it would turn out. The charac...more
Aug 19, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
The Language of Bees (Mary Russell, #9)
Another good Mary Russell/Holmes mystery. This one takes in a number of different sacred sites within the UK. Once you travel around the UK countrysid...more
Aug 24, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1)
Ah, Three Pines and Armand Gamache continue to please. This is the third book I have read in the series although it is the first one published. At lot...more
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
Sigh. It's 2012 but you'd never know it. This female protagonist started off strong and independent with a functioning brain but it didn't last. Much...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
The Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura, #1)
Not my favourite Martha Wells book but nevertheless it held my interest at a time when finishing a book is very hard work...with a 6 month old baby th...more
Jul 2011
Sep 07, 2011
Shivering World
I haven't read any SF in a while but this wasn't bad. The world was interesting, the struggles seemed genuine and the characterization was also good....more
Aug 20, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
This is an excellent page-turning thriller. I saw the film and then on my way home from the movie theatre I bought the first two books in this series....more
May 2010
Jun 10, 2010
An Uncertain Place (Commissaire Adamsberg, #8)
It has been a while since I have read an Adamsberg mystery. I did not remember in that past that Vargas spent so much time discussing all the quirks o...more
Feb 19, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #5)
I am enjoying this series so much. A pity that I am currently halfway through the only one I haven't already read. This newest book doesn't disappoint...more
Nov 2009
Nov 05, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Romantic crack cocaine is the best description I can come up with. Highly highly drawn out romantic tension such that I actually was experiencing some...more
Feb 17, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
Garment of Shadows (Mary Russell, #12)
Much better than the Pirate King (previous book), but still not quite as gripping as the previous couple of books set in the UK. I liked the return of...more
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
**spoiler alert** Redemption by violence. Yeesh. A chilling book which I have never forgotten. Whenever I have gone hiking in the American southwest I...more
May 1997
May 02, 2008
Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1)
**spoiler alert** The best book I have read in 2006. Although William Gibson is known for Science Fiction and number of his stories have been made int...more
Apr 2006
May 02, 2008
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
The world is waking up (I hope) to this book. At least the traffic at the farmer's market these days is pretty busy plus the markets themselves are ex...more
Jun 11, 2008
Feb 08, 2008
Bury Your Dead
Although there is still some of the secondary story happening in Three Pines the main stage for this mystery has moved to Quebec City in the dead of w...more
Dec 22, 2010
Jan 08, 2011
**spoiler alert** I seesawed over this book. Robin McKinley is my favourite author bar none but ~eh~ at times the run-on-sentence conversational tone...more
Apr 21, 2006
May 02, 2008
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