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At 1040 pages long, I could have easily done another 1,000. I really didn't want this book to end. I was never bored for even 1 line.

You know how gre
Dec 17, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
The Night Circus
Loved this book. It was magical without being childish. I couldn't wait to get back to the night circus.

Remember this:

Gates open at nightfall & cl
Oct 29, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Like the Bookmarks review - the changing literary styles takes some getting used to. From chapter to chapter, the author changes time in history, firs ...more
Jun 02, 2011
Nov 30, 2010
City of Thieves
This is a fantastic story. We focus much of our WWII reading on the American vs German conflicts. This is about the Russian vs German conflict. I mean ...more
Jun 06, 2013
Nov 08, 2010
The Invisible Bridge
This is great historical fiction. It is wonderfully researched with a rich detail from the period. I was a bit slower in finishing this novel because ...more
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
The Demi-Monde: Winter (The Demi-Monde Saga, #1)
This is a totally fascinating read. I found myself constantly going over to Wikipedia to research the historical characters that just show up in the n ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
Frommer's France 2008
Disappointed. I traveled around France and very few of the cities I stopped at were in this book. Those that were included had scant little details ab ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 07, 2010
Sea of Poppies: A Novel
What an extraordinary book. I so didn't want it to end. It started out in a British-run opium factory in Ghazipur in colonial India where it developed ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Nov 30, 2010
Night Soldiers
This is a wholly different take on the WWII era reading for me (although first published in 1988). It is a multilayered epic that follows the life of ...more
May 14, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
I think what I liked about this book (I have yet to read the next books in the series) is that it is in the fantasy realm but it is not about trolls a ...more
Jun 08, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
Bombay Time: A Novel
What a slice of life in Bombay. I loved the separate - but intertwined - stories of the lives and loves of a group of people from the same housing com ...more
Mar 13, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
The Redbreast
Harry Hole is my new favorite detective. Jo Nesbo pulls this whole story - which spans two generations - together so neat and then wraps it up at the ...more
Feb 05, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
The Scar (Bas-Lag, #2)
2nd Mieville read - I liked this better than Perdido Street Station.
not set
Nov 08, 2010
I was actually glad to finish this book. I think if it was one page longer I would be at 2 stars.

At times with this story I was reading great Miévill
Feb 20, 2011
Nov 30, 2010
The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1)
I prefer my vampires to be real monsters, bloody and merciless. I don't want my vampires to fall in love or otherwise be sympathetic towards humans. B ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account
Story after heartbreaking story from a man who saw it all at Aushwitz. Over half a century after this period and I am still shocked, saddened and pray ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
The Black Book
This is a tough, slogging read that I just found too painful to finish. The central mystery of the book; the disappearance of the journalist Celal and ...more
May 10, 2011
May 01, 2011
The Shadow of the Wind
I loved this book so much I did something that I don't recall ever doing before - I turned around and immediately reread it.

I wanted to capture again
Jun 11, 2012
Nov 30, 2010
Cloud Atlas
This book comes together like those little Russian Matryoshka dolls. There are 6 intertwined stories here that span centuries of time. Yet they all fe ...more
Mar 24, 2012
May 02, 2011
The Encyclopedia of World History
I often turn to this reference when reading to check historical facts or research further. The short, concise, chronological events are perfect for a ...more
not set
Nov 08, 2010
The Raw Shark Texts
I wanted to love this book... but I just couldn't get it going. I liked the first chapter or two and the mystery of the guy who didn't know who he was ...more
Jan 2009
Nov 08, 2010
Sacred Games
What a wonderful, full, deep read. Right to the top of my top 10 list.

It is wonderfully written saga that takes you into Bombay life on the streets.
Jul 27, 2008
Nov 08, 2010
Christ's Globe-Trotter: The Legacy of Edward (Ted) Pollock
Wow - I'm the only one to rate this book.

I went to Mozambique with this man (Ted Pollock) in 2006 to build a church in a small village called Ribaue.
not set
Nov 08, 2010
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Well this book will strip away any beautiful romantic notions you may have of India. But as the author says at the end, the dipsarity between poor and ...more
Apr 08, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
The Mongoliad: Book One (Foreworld, #1)
There's something that always fascinates me about a Neal Stephenson book. They keep me totally absorbed for the entire book.

This is the first I've re
Sep 17, 2013
Apr 04, 2012
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
Sure, I'll read the third one someday. The characters are interesting enough to drive you through the book.

But I don't love the characters. Some books
Dec 18, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
There were parts of this book that were absolutely brilliant. Scenes that were engaging and that captured your total attention. In the end though ther ...more
Jul 21, 2013
Mar 02, 2012
Like my Goodreads friend Karen said about this book, 'Wow'

I enjoy time travel books and the logical puzzles that the authors have to sort out. King ha
Sep 25, 2012
Dec 21, 2011
River of Smoke
I loved this book as much as the first of the trilogy. This book takes you back to Canton, China in the mid nineteenth century. China is resisting the ...more
Jan 22, 2013
Sep 08, 2011
Loved the sweeping historical, multigenerational stories centering in Paris. I was a bit put off by the chapters being out of chronological order. It ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jun 16, 2013
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