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The Angry Woman Suite
2.5 stars, I guess. I wavered between really kind of hating this book and being completely intrigued by it. I guess that's how I managed to finish it, ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
The 19th Wife
3.5 stars. I gobbled this up in two days. I was sick. (Literally. Not the book's fault.)

I've been thinking about polygamy a lot lately. Not in the "ma
Sep 05, 2014
May 09, 2014
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
Fifth star lost for length. It was sooooo long and half an ounce not-compelling-enough for me to not notice the length. Half an ounce. Because this no ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Aug 26, 2012
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
Something about this book, and particularly the main character - 11-year-old Flavia - intrigued me very much, and I found her greatly compelling. An 1 ...more
May 20, 2014
May 21, 2014
The Rose Labyrinth
I really wanted to like this book. As a rule, I'm fond of anything that has to do with conspiracy theories, history, grails, Shakespeare, and labyrint ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 28, 2011
Locked Rooms (Mary Russell, #8)
Such an interesting installment in the series. I think this is my favorite since the first two books.

To my slight disappointment, this did not actual
Jan 28, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
Pirate Latitudes
I am grateful Michael Crichton left behind one last book. The novels he published most recently before his death were so disappointing. This novel, wh ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 28, 2011
The Strangler Vine
I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Look Giveaway.

Also, with no strings attached, I really liked this book. (The fifth star was not lost
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
The King's Gambit (SPQR, #1)
Confession first: I listened to this on audio, and whether it was author's narrative or the audio's narrator, I could not stay awake. Dustin had to ke ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
The Lady and the Unicorn
After the disaster that was The Virgin Blue, I started this book was some trepidation, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The Lady and the Unicorn i ...more
Dec 17, 2009
Jul 28, 2011
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Cicero, #1)
For a novel titled "Imperium," I found it odd that Cicero only manages to HAVE imperium for about the last six pages of the novel. I did enjoy followi ...more
May 2010
Jul 28, 2011
Easy Go (Hard Case Crime MC3)
This book was a really fun read. Zoomed right through it. 3.5 stars, leaning toward 4.

The first thing that struck me about the story is that you're b
Oct 27, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
Aah, it's been a rough month for good reads.

I really wanted to like this book. It's set in a period of history that I find completely fascinating. In
May 2013
Apr 01, 2013
Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)
Delightful. 4.5 stars. I liked everything about this book. Particularly:

The characters, for the most part, were three-dimensional and sympathetic. I w
Mar 05, 2014
Mar 20, 2013
The Bone Garden
I am SO glad we've discovered germs.

This book was a frequently-disturbing tour through 19th century medicine, with a fine little mystery threading thr
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
3.5 starts. I enjoyed this read quite a bit, despite several irritating little flaws.

Howe's writing style is easy to read and her grasp on her subject
Apr 21, 2013
Oct 09, 2011
Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art
This was exactly the book I needed after reading a long string of serious, boring, and/or overly-lengthy novels, and I enjoyed it wildly.

Moore's writ
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 26, 2013
Day of War (Lion of War #1)
So, I'm not a fan of war stories. Not movies, not novels, not even the news. I know war happens. I know in a general way what goes on, but I don't lik ...more
Feb 2010
Oct 17, 2009
The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1)
I found this to be a so-so example of both historic fiction and mystery. I liked reading about life in 17th century Schongau, the life of the hangman, ...more
Sep 12, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
Justice Hall (Mary Russell, #6)
A very enjoyable read. The writing was superb, the historic events that inspired the plot were heartbreaking and beautifully handled, but I felt like ...more
May 06, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)
I enjoyed reading this book SO much (4.5 stars, really.) Part of this is because I read it immediately after reading a book that was kind of painful, ...more
Oct 18, 2013
Sep 13, 2012
Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope, #2)
3.5 stars, really. I received this through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I liked this book a lot as a snapshot of a moment in history. I liked it a
Sep 22, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
The Count of Monte Cristo
Whew. There we go. The story was as good as I was told to expect, the plot was satisfying in every way, and even the length was't a great struggle, as ...more
Sep 2014
Oct 18, 2009
The Taming of Lady Kate
Despite the saucy title and questionable cover art, this is not the scandalous book it appears at first glance, but a perfectly respectable Regency ro ...more
Dec 17, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
The Kingdom of Ohio
I love alternate histories, but I found myself frequently confused by this one. I had a hard time understanding where actual history should have ended ...more
Apr 08, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
The Anubis Gates
This story was such a fun, wild ride that I can completely forgive Powers for his heinous abuse of adverbs. The story also functions on my very favori ...more
May 21, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
Death Comes to Pemberley
... Meh. That's sort of my summary. I liked the mystery well enough, and its resolution was satisfying. But the telling was so dry. The characters spe ...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
The Janissary Tree (Yashim the Eunuch, #1)
Listened to this on audio, which occasionally left me confused about which Turkish word referred to which character. That small difficulty aside, this ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Dec 25, 2012
The Moon and the Sun
Beautifully researched and convincingly written. Considering all the rave reviews the book received, however, I had a difficult time getting into the ...more
May 2010
Oct 17, 2009
The Last Dickens
I think this is my favorite Matthew Pearl book, so far. I love how his affection for Dickens shows so clearly. His characters - both historic and inve ...more
Nov 23, 2012
Oct 09, 2011
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