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The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6)
I had listened to the first Marlowe book as read by Elliot Gould, which I liked, but the rest of his readings were abridged, so I went on to read the ...more
Apr 13, 2015
Apr 04, 2015
Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World---from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief
What a terrific find - I was honestly looking for a travel narrative covering several global train routes, and this did not disappoint!

India seemed a
Feb 10, 2015
Jan 30, 2015
This book contains an character pun: Yeller Baby - who had sufferend from severe infantile hepatatis, leaving him little more than a vegetable, and wh ...more
Jan 2005
Jul 09, 2008
Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells A Story
Twenty-six entries each starting with a brief overview of a letter of the alphabet (historical background, phonetics, etc.), used as a jumping off poi ...more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
The Clock Winder
One of Tyler earliest works, in which she shows promise, though the book never really comes together. Worked okay for me to fill time, but if you're l ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
Lady of the Ashes
Perhaps I'm being a bit generous, but I liked the protagonist a lot, and the historical setting was well done. Agreed that the plot became long with t ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Nov 14, 2013
Panthers Play for Keeps
I liked listening to the previous book in the series, featuring a salty-tongued parrot, quite a lot, so got this one out of the library. Plot seemed a ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
Doctor's Notes
I dunno ...the doctor and I just didn't bond, as she came across a bit too self-impressed for me. Guess she realizes that "sex sells", since the first ...more
May 18, 2015
May 12, 2015
To Hull and Back: On Holiday in Unsung Britain
Chesshyre picked out some of the least likely spots in the U. K. anyone would deliberately visit ... and went there as a visitor. He managed to find l ...more
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
A Game of Hide and Seek
My big problem here is that I don't think I understood the ending, which would make a difference, but here goes ...

I didn't find this a love story at
Apr 22, 2013
Feb 28, 2012
Do You Dream in Color?: Insights from a Girl without Sight
I find this book difficult to comment upon as it's well written, with parts being quite interesting, but as a whole something seemed "off" here. Early ...more
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru
I read Shah's book on renovating his home in Casablanca a couple of years back and liked it. So, when I saw this one on my library's New Books shelf I ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table
I had resisted reading this library book for quite a while; it'd been an impulse grab from the new books shelf. What more could the author really have ...more
Mar 16, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
A Window Across the River
I had liked the movie of Morton's Starting Out In the Evening, so when the Constant Reader gang put this one on a discussion list, I decided to go for ...more
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
Dark Places
I really wanted to like this book more than I honestly did. I ended up fast-fowarding through some scenes, which is rare. Writing a review without spo ...more
May 27, 2011
May 23, 2011
Night Train to Lisbon
First of all, I want to get out of the way that I had no real problem with the translation, being hooked almost right away into the premise of Gregori ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 01, 2012
Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet
Friend is a truly fantastic writer, but I'm deducting a potential fifth star as the book was just too long for me, with my interest starting to flag b ...more
Jan 30, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
Continental Drifter
I really liked this book ... a lot. However, I could see others absolutely hating it, as Tim Moore's humor tends towards the snide side, largely self- ...more
Aug 05, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
Gospel Truth
Rather than give a long, detailed review, I'll just say that the author does an excellent job with his intention in giving historical context to the t ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe
The travel essay parts are quite interesting, but the ... ummm ... reflective parts not so much. Lots and lots of obscure eastern European place names ...more
Dec 09, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
C'est La Folie
I really wanted to dislike this book: it's written in the first person present tense, with details of animal husbandry and home renovation aplenty - y ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Jun 18, 2009
I liked the first two books, but by the middle of this one I was left wondering where it was headed? After a couple of red herrings, the duo finally c ...more
Mar 15, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
The Man with the Beautiful Voice: And more Stories from the Other Side of the Couch
A fairly quick read covering some of the author's more noteworthy cases as a therapist. I found all but the last one highly engaging, and that because ...more
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
The Secret Life of Objects
Some folks complain that the organization of content is too random for them, but I figured it must've made sense to the author, and left it at that. S ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles
I liked Outposts and Fracture Zone; Korea, however, was the end of line for me. Winchester makes a repeated point of how popular he is among South Kor ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2007
The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith
I was going to give this one four stars, but really can't as the book seemed drawn out by the last 25% - 30% or so. Manji's main point that defining I ...more
Jan 05, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
The Other Side of Midnight
Protagonist you want to root for and decent (not cardboard) secondary characters kept my attention. Paranormal mystery in 1920's Britain - what's not ...more
May 07, 2015
May 04, 2015
A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan
I liked the book quite a lot as a travel narrative, and the author does a good job narrating her own work. My issue was that I found her a bit of a do ...more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day
Sequel to "Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day" -- that one could be described as "Falco gets a gig writing for Lonely Planet", while this one struck me a ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
Gone Girl
You've probably read many reviews already, so I'll add here that I agree with those who hated the ending, which I found grimmer than it needed to be. ...more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 17, 2013