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On Stranger Tides
I really did not care much for this book and it worries me--though it doesn't surprise me--that this is what Disney looks to loosely adapt for Pirates...more
Jan 2007
Jun 30, 2010
Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34
Spectacular account of the most famous Depression era criminals and how they moulded the FBI. It was a frustrating read as well. To see the FBI in suc...more
Dec 2009
Dec 03, 2009
Time Enough for Love (The World As Myth)
I refused to give up on this book. I just put down, after 100 or more pages, another book and picked this one up because I had neither the time nor th...more
Aug 31, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
It seems I follow a lot of people's opinion of this book. It is mis-titled, that is for sure. I get the reference, but it doesn't entirely work. And t...more
Jul 2010
Jul 07, 2010
Heart of A Pirate: A Novel of Anne Bonny
I picked this up at the Renn Faire in SoCal. It's a good book, well written, and from an interesting perspective. I've read a few other books about An...more
Jun 13, 2010
May 20, 2010
The Fall (The Strain Trilogy, #2)
Not a bad second book. Though, I wonder if I would have found myself unable to put it down if I read it right after the first book. With a year and a...more
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 11, 2010
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
I was entertained with the first book. Lisbeth Salander intrigued me and I thought was a great character. I felt there was more to discover and learn....more
Nov 27, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
To Sail Beyond the Sunset
Heinlein is always interesting to read. And his whole concept of "the past through tomorrow" is always entertaining. I love that he veers wildly left...more
Aug 05, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
The Golden Hawk
Fun book. I picked this up because I recorded the film adaptation from Turner Classics. I figured I would read the book first, since I would get that...more
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
A very enjoyable book that grabs the reader and keeps the pages turning. I don't know if it's necessarily as epic and amazing as most people make it o...more
Nov 2010
Nov 12, 2010
The Court of the Air (Jackelian, #1)
The first two hundred pages are good. Stephen Hunt starts off with what seems a typical Victorian orphan story and then subverts the plot with twists....more
Nov 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
I only give this 3 Stars because it has a good story. Whether or not it's all true--or what elements are true--is debated over the internet. Because t...more
May 05, 2010
Apr 30, 2010
Pirate Latitudes
This really gets 2.5 stars. I can tell that this was a found manuscript. Based on Crichton's usual quality of work and prose, this is an early draft....more
Jan 2003
Mar 24, 2010
Let the Right One In
Having read a lot of vampire stories lately, this one is fresh enough that it doesn't have to use tongue-in-cheek writing or moments to succeed. I nev...more
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Aug 19, 2009
As always, Gaiman's books entertain and bring up deeper questions. I have to admit, though, that I quite enjoy the movie's third act more than the nov...more
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1)
Fantastic fun. It's frustrating that I have to wait one year in between each installment. The vampires in this book are similar, if not identical, to...more
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
Sand of the Arena: A Gladiators of the Empire Novel
The detail and information is what makes this book so interesting. It's hard to put down, as well, since you get drawn into the world. I knew where it...more
Jan 2006
Jun 15, 2010
Superman: Last Son
Good story and a rather heartwarming ode to Christopher Reeve. This would make a very fun Superman sequel. It felt a little undeveloped in terms of th...more
Apr 06, 2010
Apr 04, 2010
The Good German
This book really stays with you. It's an excellent meditation on war and the choices people make in surreal times. Beneath the murder mystery are ques...more
Sep 08, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Among the finest proof that Nabokov is a master of syntax and style with more then enough substance. Superb book. It's surprising how he takes such an...more
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May 19, 2010
The Neverending Story
The book changes direction and tone in the middle that is a bit unnerving. Once it gets into the second part of the story, it gets less interesting. O...more
not set
Dec 13, 2010
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
Not a bad start. I can see the rewrite of Tolkein, but that is challenging when he established and used so many fantasy/hero tropes. As much as we're...more
Apr 23, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1)
Christopher Moore is always fun to read. His colloquialisms and sardonic prose are best as a breath of fresh air between heavier reads. Accidentally,...more
Nov 2009
Nov 23, 2009
Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna
A very entertaining historic read. Though this is a history book and deep in factual data, it reads like a novel. The events are just too interesting...more
Jan 04, 2011
Dec 20, 2010
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Excellent fantasy novel. It draws you in and keeps you interested. Martin doesn't fall into the all too common fantasy trap: overwhelmingly boring des...more
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
Expiration Date
Enjoyable book that is hard to put down. It feels and reads like a good, classic pulp novel. It is a bit fantastical, but the prose keeps you interest...more
Jul 2010
Jul 13, 2010
The Werewolf of Paris
Not bad, but a bit slow and meandering. The small sense of plot suffers from the constant asides and history lessons. Some great ideas and fun moments...more
Oct 28, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
Hood (King Raven, #1)
Entertaining read. Enjoyed it from start to finish. It's interesting the Batman-esque moments this is prone to. Not that this is aping from Batman, it...more
not set
Jan 14, 2010
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
Not a bad start, but it leaves some to be desired. Stick with the series, though, and it pays off. Harris finds her stride and her characters and the...more
not set
Jul 20, 2009
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
What could have been true fun quickly devolves. It's really not as clever as it should be. Too anachronistic. Shame. It could be so much more fun. Thi...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
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