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Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1)
For those of you who watched last night's Castle: yes, the thing on page 105 is really there. FYI.

I don't really know how to actually review this, so...more
Oct 2009
Oct 13, 2009
High Fidelity (Shadow of the Templar, #4)
Man, I turned the last page and almost cried. I loved this series SO FREAKING MUCH. I mean, it's like someone sat down with a list of things I loved:

Dec 16, 2011
Jul 19, 2010
The Android's Dream
I always hate it when I don't like a book someone recommends to me, but after a chapter and a half I realized that a) I hadn't found a single characte...more
not set
Nov 28, 2007
Tyrannosaurus Sue: The Extraordinary Saga of Largest, Most Fought Over T. Rex Ever Found
I have a hard time explaining my reaction to this book. I was very aware of the battle over Sue, because I was living in the Black Hills at the time,...more
Oct 2010
Aug 27, 2010
And Tango Makes Three
I read this to my 7 month old niece tonight. I only cried at the last page. :)
Feb 15, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
Why Am I Still Depressed?: Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder
FANTASTIC book. Well-written; it came across as a knowledgable, trusted doctor talking to a patient. He also uses his website (http://www.psycheducati...more
Sep 2009
Sep 22, 2009
Fast Ships, Black Sails
The stories I liked I really really liked...particularly "Araminta, or, The Wreck of the Amphidrake" by Naomi Novik (awesome, awesome heroine) and "A...more
Mar 2009
Mar 14, 2009
The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations
Adding this to my list because of an op-ed, No Accounting Skills? No Moral Reckoning. I found it both fascinating:

In Renaissance Italy, merchants and
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Apr 29, 2014
The Undercover Economist
Rereading it several years later, and with a bit more background in econ, I still find it informational and entertaining, but it highlights some of th...more
Jun 2012
Jan 04, 2008
This book was oddly relevant to me – I mean, yeah, I've been writing fic and in fandom since I was about Cath's age, and I have some thoughts on that...more
Jan 10, 2014
Sep 28, 2013
The Girl in the Road
I don't think I can read this until someone else I know has so I can ask them about triggers (see book description), but I read about the story as one...more
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May 20, 2014
Opera Vita Aeterna
Outside of the controversy, this is a terrible piece of writing:

“But my thought is that, contra the text, the world cannot have had a beginning. That...more
not set
Apr 28, 2014
Dogs and Goddesses
Cute, fun, fluffy--a perfect airline read.
Feb 2009
Feb 17, 2009
On a Wicked Dawn (Cynster #9)
**spoiler alert** Someone else might find this a really sexy book with a hint of mystery. ...I am not that someone. She had a power dynamic going in t...more
Mar 2009
Mar 10, 2009
Black Hills
**spoiler alert** Let me say up front that I had especially high standards for this book. I'm from the Black Hills: I was born in Deadwood, graduated...more
Sep 2009
Sep 02, 2009
Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels
My poor roommate. I keep sending her texts and emails saying things like, "I bought four new books today! ...I'm sorry?" I'm supposed to be catching u...more
Apr 2009
Apr 24, 2009
**spoiler alert** Loved this book. Loved, loved, loved. It was a bit slow in starting--mostly because it spent the first few chapters coyly avoiding i...more
Sep 2009
Sep 25, 2009
Hat Trick
I am not allowed to surf when I'm out of town; I went looking for a hockey-themed gay romance called Hat Trick and ended up buying every hock...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size
An adaptation of Cameron's well-known "Artist's Way" method to deal with eating--specifically, journaling daily ("Morning Pages") to deal with both em...more
Apr 2009
Apr 18, 2009
It's in His Kiss: The Epilogue II (Bridgertons, #7.5)
After I read all the Bridgerton books on my shelf (I need to get ahold of the ones I'm missing), I downloaded the "Second Epilogue" e-books, which tak...more
Aug 2011
Jul 06, 2009
How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them--A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide
I checked this out from the library, and about two chapters in, I decided that I needed to buy a copy of this book. Funny down-to-earth How Not To adv...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
The Serpent Sea (Books of the Raksura #2)
I don't care if it's only January, I think this is going to be my favorite fantasy book of 2012.

Like Cloud Roads, this book operates on two levels: o...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
Hat Trick (Heller Brothers, #4)
I am not allowed to surf when I'm out of town; I went looking for a hockey-themed gay romance called Hat Trick and ended up buying every hock...more
Sep 19, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands
I love serendipitious books--sometimes I'll go to the library after work and just wander the shelves, even though I have a few dozen unread books at h...more
Mar 18, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
Pronto (Raylan Givens, #1)
**spoiler alert** (Spoilers for Pronto, the story Fire in the Hole, and the TV series Justified below.)

I'm doing things a little backwards with this--...more
Mar 2010
Mar 18, 2010
Voices of Love / Voices of Marriage
I definitely liked the love poems more than the marriage poems, although there were good ones and clunkers in both. Both had Edna St. Vincent Millay,...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
Escape to Witch Mountain
I am writing a story based on this (the rough draft of which is due in three days, ha ha), so I read the book on the train in this morning. It's one o...more
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 04, 2011
Borders of Infinity: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure
"The Mountains of Mourning" is one of the best works in the Vorkosigan series. It's Essence of Miles, without some of the external stuff from his Nais...more
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
Florida Heat (Canadian - American, #1)
-1 star for an unsatisfying ending, -1 star for some characterization/dialogue stiffness (...heh), and -1 star for the following:

"How long has that be...more
Sep 08, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
At the Bride Hunt Ball (Devine & Friends, #1)
**spoiler alert** I grabbed this from the library (making a fool of myself in the process--I accidentally hit a staff member with my messenger bag) be...more
Jun 2009
Jul 01, 2009
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