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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
An eventful and illuminating entry in the series, and probably my favorite since the debut. Go, Flavia!
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Jul 02, 2013
The Thin Man
This was a big disappointment after having read The Maltese Falcon, in all its stark, atmospheric glory. If this is all Hammett had left to give in hi ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Thanks to many recommendations, I overcame the idea that this was one of those treacly heart-warmers that make me want to run, screaming, for the hill ...more
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Dec 28, 2008
The Language of Bees (Mary Russell, #9)
Fabulous read! One of the best entries in an insanely good series.
Feb 26, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
The Queen of Bedlam (Matthew Corbett, #2)
I'm not sure why this mystery series isn't better known. It's enormously fun, and this entry, set amidst the evolution of rudimentary law enforcement ...more
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Jan 27, 2014
The House of Mirth
This book mostly made me thank God I wasn't alive back in this stultifying birdcage of an era. Strangely, although times were probably just as stultif ...more
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Jun 04, 2014
The Mote in God's Eye (Moties, #1)
A great premise, and a thoughtful look at first contact with a truly alien species. If only the characters had been 3-D. But I guess you can't have it ...more
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Jun 04, 2014
Okay, I'm re-rating this one. After following it with the same rating for Bet Me (a fun romance) the next day (and being called out by a disbelieving ...more
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Mar 25, 2011
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
This is an interesting look at how an individual's decision-making process is often at odds with what is objectively beneficial for him or her. Seems ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 22, 2009
The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century
This was an interesting book in which the author attempts to predict what will happen in the world over the next 100 years. I wish I could give it 3.5 ...more
Jun 2009
Jul 25, 2009
Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen
This really does have some good tips and ideas in it, and I expect Novak has done a lot to promote a functional, healthy, and successful work environm ...more
Feb 2012
Mar 26, 2012
The Unknown Ajax
Not my favorite Heyer--the characters and relationships were weaker than her standard, it seemed to me, but it was a lot of fun nevertheless.
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Oct 06, 2014
Spade & Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon
This was a fun prequel to The Maltese Falcon recently written by Joe Gores. I read The Maltese Falcon earlier this month and was surprised by how much ...more
Mar 05, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
James Madison
I have to agree with the reviews complaining that the book does little to illuminate Madison's personality and character, but to be fair, I think much ...more
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Mar 26, 2012
Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII
The last of the Navajo code talkers of WWII, Chester Nez, died a few days ago. I'd had Code Talker in my audible library for a while, so I downloaded ...more
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Jun 07, 2014
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
Gobstopper of debut novel that will you will mentally revisit over and over after you've read the last page. So much more than a space opera, and wort ...more
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Jun 04, 2014
The Maltese Falcon
Wow--I did NOT expect to like this book at all--the hard-boiled/noir genre has always given me bad vibes--but I'll have to say that the vibes were all ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 25, 2009
Modern Scholar: How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value
What do you get from a liberal arts education? The Tools to Rule--and not be ruled by others. Drout demonstrates how mastery of one area of human know ...more
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Nov 17, 2013
The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington, #2)
Unlike the first one, Honor didn't seem too perfect, although her anger control issues (and a particular character who provokes them) seemed a little ...more
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Jun 29, 2013
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Initially read and reviewed in March 2012. Entertaining and enormously enlightening summary of the history of our knowledge of our universe and things ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
The Poisonwood Bible
It was very well-written, with scenes I will never be able to forget. And I learned a lot of stuff worth knowing and thinking about, so it gets five s ...more
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Jun 04, 2014
Shattered Hourglass (Day by Day Armageddon,#3)
The conclusion (I think) of the Day by Day Armageddon series. It enjoyed it, but not as much as the first two installments. I found the ending to be a ...more
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Jan 29, 2013
Excellent time loop story in which the protagonist keeps dying at 43 and reawakening at a point earlier in his life--first as an 18yo college student ...more
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Jun 04, 2014
Bitter Seeds (The Milkweed Triptych, #1)
Great alternate-universe WWII tale wherein Britain gathers a team of wizards who tap into primeval forces to help fend off the Nazis. At the same time ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)
In an alternate universe, a young naval officer fighting in the Napoleonic Wars finds himself the keeper and pilot of a highly unusual member of Engla ...more
Dec 2008
Mar 22, 2009
Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy
An account that is both excellent and infuriating (so much so, I was provoked to start an "infuriating" shelf on goodreads) about how greed and deregu ...more
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Jun 19, 2011
The God of the Hive (Mary Russell, #10)
This one kept me riveted from the opening paragraph until the end--I read it in two long swaths and staggered about in happy biblio-zombiedom until I ...more
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Nov 23, 2009
Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy and the New Science of Desire
A good examination of the brain-science and emotional forces--often largely subconscious--underlying consumers' buying decisions. After a long career ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 22, 2009
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
Police procedural/urban fantasy about a London cop who gets recruited into a little-known division of the department dealing with the strange and magi ...more
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Apr 01, 2013
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
An examination of those who compulsively gather and hoard all sorts of things, with consequences ranging from sad to horrific. I finished it day befor ...more
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May 22, 2012
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