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Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (Adrian Mole, #5)
3.70
Before I picked up this book, I had no idea who Adrian Mole or Sue Townsend were. It just so happened that the novel was sitting on the bookshelf in m...more
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May 02, 2010
 
The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4)
4.07
I can not recommend this book highly enough. In fact I went out and bought gold star stickers to put on my monitor because giving The Once and Future...more
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Apr 26, 2010
 
Pagan Babies
3.48
While not as good as Get Shorty or Be Cool, this novel follows Leonard's typical style. Smooth talking bad guys who are kind of good guys meet fast ta...more
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May 04, 2010
 
A Logic Named Joe
3.58
This was the first book I read when I found out about the Baen Free Library, incidentally one of the best resources for someone who has excessive free...more
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Apr 27, 2010
 
Worst Fears
3.30
**spoiler alert** This novel was randomly on a bookshelf in my office, so I decided to give it a go. Without reading the back cover or anything, I jus...more
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Apr 29, 2010
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
4.17
I can remember the first time that I ever cracked open The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was one of the fondest moments of my life, and I have...more
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May 04, 2010
 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)
4.08
I use Roald Dahl quite often in EFL education. While his books are written for a younger audience, they are complex and interesting enough that people...more
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Apr 29, 2010
 
Briefing for a Descent Into Hell
3.74
Doris Lessing may have won every literary award in Europe, including the Nobel Prize for Literature, but this novel is a stinker. I imagine it is supp...more
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Apr 29, 2010
 
The Dark Frigate
3.26
I made the mistake of thinking that because this was awarded a Newbery Medal it would be good for my middle school students. Big mistake. However, the...more
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Apr 27, 2010
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.63
To be honest, I was a little stumped when it came to rating this book, and I am more than a little stumped about how to review it. The book itself is...more
Mar 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
Adventure Cambodia: An Explorer's Travel Guide
3.33
As I have mentioned in other reviews, I tend to shy away from travel guides for various reasons. Most of the material is available in a more up to dat...more
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Apr 27, 2010
 
The Rough Guide to Laos
3.67
I am not normally one to use travel books for three reasons. First, the internet is much more up to date information. Also, avoiding things that are r...more
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Apr 27, 2010
 
The Time Dweller
3.33
Short story collections are always hit or miss. In this case, I feel that it might have been slightly more miss than hit, but a few of the stories in...more
Dec 07, 2010
Dec 06, 2010
 
Elmer Gantry
3.96
"Elmer Gantry was drunk. He was eloquently drunk, lovingly and pugnaciously drunk." The opening lines for Elmer Gantry are some of the best I have eve...more
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May 02, 2010
 
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
4.28
The first time I read Ender's Game was with my student book club in 2006. How it took me that long to read this masterpiece is somewhat of a mystery,...more
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Apr 29, 2010
 
Planet Run
3.71
Kieth Laumer can write a hard boiled dystopia like no man before or since. He is the man who single handedly forced me into reading science fiction. I...more
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Apr 26, 2010
 
The Steel Tsar (Oswald Bastable, #3)
3.56
There isn't much that I can write in this review that I haven't said in the reviews for the previous two books in this trilogy, The Warlord of the Air...more
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May 02, 2010
 
Cup of Gold
3.36
**spoiler alert** Cup of Gold, coincidentally, was both Steinbeck's first novel and the first Steinbeck novel I had read. While most people dislike Cu...more
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Apr 29, 2010
 
Eleven Minutes
3.70
I read this book fairly quickly, and was always of a mind that something important was on the next page. Unfortunately it never was. The only reason I...more
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May 04, 2010
 
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
3.90
Bill Bryson is one of my favorite writers, hands down. So when I was browsing through my local bookstore and ran into The Life and Times of the Thunde...more
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Apr 28, 2010
 
The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do
3.84
This book examines what makes people people, and then shows how the author tries to use this knowledge in order to sell us things. What the author is...more
Jun 2009
Apr 26, 2010
 
The Shining (The Shining #1)
4.08
I first started reading The Shining when I was probably about thirteen or fourteen years old. I managed to get about halfway through it before I was s...more
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May 04, 2010
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.87
It is unfortunate that Toole didn't live to see the success that this novel had. It is also unfortunate that Toole didn't live long enough to write mo...more
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Apr 29, 2010
 
Stranger in a Strange Land
3.86
This is a book that any fan of SF should have already read. For those of you who haven't, do it today. Now, you might be curious as to why I am recomm...more
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May 02, 2010
 
Life Is So Good
4.11
Life Is So Good is a book that everyone deserves to read. It is a feel good journey through the life of George Dawson, an amazing man who learned to r...more
Dec 2009
Apr 26, 2010
 
Eight Skilled Gentlemen
4.04
Rather than going through the hassle of coming up with a good review for this book, I will just say this: I read Eight Skilled Gentlemen from cover to...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
 
The Warlord of the Air (Oswald Bastable, #1)
3.65
Oswald Bastable IS steampunk. There may have been earlier examples of the genre, and perhaps there are later examples that more solidly explore the id...more
Feb 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
4.04
A Wrinkle in Time was considered the second best book read by my middle school book club, behind only Ender's Game. There isn't really much more that...more
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May 05, 2010
 
Naked Came the Manatee
3.46
The basic premise of this novel is that twelve Florida writers got together and wrote a chapter each. It was originally serialized in a magazine, so t...more
Sep 12, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
 
Hoot
3.78
Being a big fan of Hiaasen for years made it a simple matter to choose this book. I needed to find a book for my 2010 student book club when I saw thi...more
Dec 2009
Apr 26, 2010
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