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While I love Karen Russell sentence-by-sentence and I loved the characters and the setting of this novel, this just wasn't my favorite of her efforts. ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 26, 2015
The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)
Meh. Not bad but not great. I had a hard time believing that this society could not come up with any technology for "movable light," even candle techn ...more
Dec 13, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
Zone One
I listened to this while working on a project. The language is beautiful and I do love beautiful language, but the novel fails in every other respect. ...more
Jul 10, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
Blackbirds (Miriam Black, #1)
A gritty urban fantasy book. I'm giving it something more like 3.5 stars. Wendig's pared down style makes for a fast read. I liked Miriam, the main ch ...more
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus
I was really excited about this book: Just my kind of popsci reading. Generally I like the books that the good people from Wired put out, but this one ...more
Dec 03, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
I loved Oranges Aren't the Only Fruit and was worried that this might be too similar. While some elements were necessarily the same -she is drawing on ...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
Stranger in a Strange Land
Glad to have read this classic. While entertaining, it is rather dated. Throughout the first third of the book I kept wondering why no one has made th ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)
Three and a half stars. This is a good solid YA science fiction. I enjoyed it all the way through. Scanning the other reviews I saw that some people d ...more
Oct 26, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Even though I'm not running (for fitness) right now I really enjoyed this book. There was an interesting throughline about this little known tribe of ...more
Nov 22, 2009
Jan 25, 2010
This is probably closer to a generous 3.5 stars. Ever since reading Michael Herr's Dispatches in college, I've been a fan of war/reporter stories. Thi ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories
It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a single author collection of stories as much as I did these. Each story was so different from the last. Russ ...more
Jun 27, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
City of Thieves
Really 3.5 stars. A good solid read. The characters and plot were all somewhat predictable but that really didn't bother me. Thank you City of Thieves ...more
Dec 24, 2010
Jan 06, 2011
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Actually this audio book was an abridgement, but I'm not making a new bookshelf. I enjoyed this Studs Terkel/interview take on a zombie story. If not ...more
Dec 03, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
This third installment kind of let me down. I was still really invested in the characters and I liked Collins' "war is hell" take on things. But Katni ...more
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
Wishful Drinking
Just okay. A light read/listen. Apparently from her one-woman-show, which, oddly, is both a strength and a weakness for the recorded book. I think som ...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
Not Dick's best effort. Meandering without the engaging characters or enough weirdness to even inspire me to finish it. Read about 50% of it.
Feb 11, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
Not bad. I think it could have been shorter for what it covered. More than half of the book is about big wave tow surfing with a brief tour into the p ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
Whew, I made it! Listened to all 29 disks in the time allotted by APL. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale and the characters and the sad, beautiful world ...more
Oct 19, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Well done pop science. Lots of interesting insights into both personal and organizational habits. Why we do the things we do and how conscious decisio ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
The Unincorporated Man
Quitting this one. I fascinating concept but the world building is just slow and tedious. All the characters are two dimensionally attractive, etc. an ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2010
The Necromancer (Johannes Cabal, #1)
The writing's so British, the character so acerbic. The ticking clock conceit that is the plot's engine is also a weakness in my opinion. Worthy if no ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
The Blind Assassin
Another excellent book by Margaret Atwood. Filled with hindsight and regret. Also a science fiction pulp, inside a love story, inside a memoir...
Jul 02, 2010
Jun 22, 2010
The Canterbury Tales
An excellent audio production. There were definitely some slow spots that I probably wouldn't have gotten through if I'd had to read it with my eyebal ...more
Apr 12, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Wow! This one really kept be going. Girl v. The State. The evil state that is. I will definitely read the second one. I especially like how the author ...more
Feb 09, 2010
Feb 01, 2010
Alif the Unseen
I really enjoyed this story. I love myth and fable, but am only passingly familiar with Middle Eastern mythos, so all of that was refreshing and new t ...more
Mar 04, 2015
Oct 19, 2013
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
A good middle book. Absolutely a "so called" YA book. My adult brain thoroughly enjoy these books. They're real page turners. I'm reserving the third ...more
Oct 28, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
Outliers: The Story of Success
I enjoy all of Gladwell's books, even if I didn't think this one was his strongest, there was still plenty of material to keep me interested.
Apr 04, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
Another "YA" book perfectly suitable for adults. His future teen vernacular is lively and hilarious. An excellent audio version.
Dec 2009
Jan 07, 2010
Brave New World
Jan 15, 2015
Oct 24, 2014
A Distant Mirror:  The Calamitous 14th Century
not set
Mar 28, 2015
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