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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores (Y: The Last Man, #10)
While it was interesting, I really felt that Volume 10 ways sort of a disappointment as a conclusion of such a mostly solidly unique series. Also, it ...more
Jul 05, 2008
Mar 10, 2008
Superior Saturday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #6)
Book six and it only now finally occurred to me that, for a light kid's fantasy series focusing on a boy coming of age (that is pretty paint by number ...more
Jul 14, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
Jack of Fables, Vol. 1: The [Nearly] Great Escape (Jack of Fables, #1)
The choice of Jack as the spin off character for the Fables series is not one I would have made. I found him reasonably amusing in the original series ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Apr 15, 2008
Good Omens
I've been meaning to read Pratchett and Gaiman so I figured reading Good Omens would give me a head start on both, also people seemed to really like i ...more
Apr 07, 2008
Feb 28, 2008
A poetic and gritty masterpiece. The prose is sexual and violent, but at the same time vulnerable. I feel like this book did for me what Beloved never ...more
Nov 2005
Feb 28, 2008
The Darkangel (Darkangel Trilogy, #1)
This is a book that sounds cliche and unappealing when you try to describe it's subject or plot. The reality of it is graceful and has the quality of ...more
Feb 02, 2008
Nov 02, 2007
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1)
This book had some nice elements but also some problematic ones. One of the issues I had with this book was the rampant rape culture... which I have g ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
Young Adult Pretty Dresses (aka Period Setting) book. I enjoyed a great deal about what this book had to say about how awful girls are to each other, ...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jan 18, 2010
Night Child (OSI, #1)
Pretty decent for a first novel. I was inclined to enjoy it; because, I love the genre. Much of the plotting felt a little clunky/forced but I mostly ...more
Jan 07, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
I feel like I possibly read this book too late in life. It is a perfectly nicely written book, which talks about the grittiness of life in a way that ...more
Jan 13, 2010
Dec 20, 2009
The Singing (The Books of Pellinor, #4)
It was nice to finally see the end of this enjoyable but somewhat limited series. I once again found myself caring deeply about the characters, but th ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt
This was a perfectly lovely children's book about an 11 year old girl who longs for vibrato in her cello playing, has a crush on a boy, and doesn't fe ...more
Jan 17, 2010
Jan 18, 2010
A Flash of Hex (OSI, #2)
The pacing/plot is still flawed, but at least the main character's choices make more sense. I continue to like the somewhat diverse cast (we can add j ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
The Naming (The Books of Pellinor, #1)
So I'd been in a dry spot, as far as reading goes, when I started this book. I'd been dating my SO for a few months and I just was more interested in ...more
Apr 2007
Feb 08, 2008
The Color Purple
When I read this book for class back in High School I found it frustrating and dissatisfying. The second half of the book completely failed to meet th ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Feb 08, 2008
Closing Time (Catch-22, #2)
I have long been hesitant to read this book. I'd known Catch-22 had a sequel even since I read it during the summer of 2000. Heller mentioned it in th ...more
Mar 19, 2008
Nov 02, 2007
The Wall (Intimacy) and Other Stories
It had been a while since I'd read Sartre and I picked the volume up over others because it was short stories, well suited to sitting at the allergist ...more
May 28, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile (Fables, #1)
I started reading Fables with hope and apprehension. I love fairy tales and re-tellings, but most of the time urban fantasy is clunky and executed wit ...more
Apr 07, 2008
Mar 06, 2008
Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm (Fables, #2)
**spoiler alert** The series continues to be interesting. It was great to see that the seemingly irrelevant motif of the pig sneaking into the city an ...more
Apr 08, 2008
Apr 08, 2008
Idoru (Bridge, #2)
I had some reservations regarding this book to begin with. Some of it feels like a replay of Neuromancer, mysterious jobs, some guy with a special ski ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
In some ways I feel my impressions while reading were tinted by having been told that the novel was "a Gothic novel about Victorian lesbians" and the ...more
Mar 26, 2008
Feb 28, 2008
The Pearl of the Soul of the World (Darkangel Trilogy, #3)
After a second volume that was too easy and less than inspiring, I started the final part of the Darkangel trilogy with trepidation. Would it validate ...more
Mar 23, 2008
Feb 28, 2008
Dust Tracks on a Road
I like Zora Neale Hurston and that carried me through this book a great deal. It's structurally problematic and thematically fractured. Yet Zora herse ...more
Oct 2005
Nov 03, 2007
Mort (Discworld, #4)
I picked up Mort on somewhat of a whim, having gathered the understanding that Pratchett is clever and interesting, while easy to read. I'd liked Good ...more
Apr 08, 2008
Apr 08, 2008
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance, #1)
It was hard to decide whether to rate this book as a three or a four. Ultimately how the rest of the trilogy turns out will determine in retrospect wh ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
Riddley Walker
I recall that my father at least started reading this to me when I was fairly young, but I think that this (like Snowcrash) was something he realized ...more
Sep 02, 2008
Feb 28, 2008
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Diaz goes from large scale description to the intimately personal with such grace and incorporates diverse elements and genres in a way that is incred ...more
Mar 11, 2008
Feb 29, 2008
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
For any of you who struggled through Fredrick Douglass' Narrative Life of a Slave and found it monotone, or conversely if you liked it and sort of wan ...more
Sep 2004
Nov 03, 2007
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You (Season 8, #2)
While the art is still patchy, and I am not sure that the graphic novel format is the best venue for the material, this volume was a lot better than t ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
The Big U
This is definitely juvenilia. It is scattered, has weird pacing, and emphasizes all of Stephenson's flaws and problematic aspects as a writer. However ...more
Nov 07, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
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