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Solitary Witch
I freely admit that I came to this book with fairly low expectations, having not heard a lot of good things about Silver RavenWolf. I tried to keep my ...more
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Apr 04, 2011
Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
I picked up this book because it was well recommended on the Karen Chance group, and several members said Atticus was a lot like my beloved Pritkin. U ...more
Jun 16, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food
If I had to sum this book up in one word, that word would be "meh". The author sets out to describe how the small Vermont community of Hardwick transf ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
Blade Singer
Blade Singer tells the story of Manny Boreaux, who picks up a strange book in a bookstore and is transported to another realm--and another body. Recen ...more
Jun 20, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
Bad Feminist: Essays
Roxanne Gay calls herself a "bad feminist": she listens to rap with lyrics that degrade women; she likes dresses and shaves her legs; she admits the d ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
The Woman Who Loved Reindeer
Caribou is a young woman forced by her prophetic dreams to live on the fringes of her tribe. She falls in love with a man who is not a man at all, but ...more
Aug 11, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
Living Poor
Living Poor is the moving, inspirational, and heartbreaking story of a Peace Corps volunteer who spent four years trying to make a small, poor Ecuador ...more
Nov 18, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
Nature's Fortune: Why Saving the Environment is the Smartest Investment We Can Make
Nature's Fortune is a good introduction to the idea of ecosystem services. This is technical term that never appears in the book, because it's not a t ...more
Jun 08, 2013
May 21, 2013
Arabian Sands
I did not expect to enjoy this book. It's not the sort of thing I normally read, and I only picked it up because I thought it would help with some res ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
Probability Space (Probability, #3)
**spoiler alert** After reading the Probability series, I have come to the conclusion that Nancy Kress' greatest strength is getting the reader to tur ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1)
Authors' first books are often not very good. Thankfully, Mercedes Lackey's first book is not actually bad. Arrows of the Queen is readable, if often ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Jun 17, 2011
Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden
Dulcy Mahar, the late and beloved Oregonian columnist, recommended Eleanor Perenyi's writings as both thought-provoking and inspirational. I picked up ...more
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Jul 02, 2011
The Confession of Brother Haluin (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #15)
The Confession of Brother Haluin reminds me of the only other mediocre Cadfael book I've read, An Excellent Mystery, in that is slow-paced, does not h ...more
Oct 09, 2012
Jul 03, 2011
The Vampire Files, Volume 1 (Vampire Files, #1-3)
A collection of the first three Jack Fleming books. Although a mix of supernatural (my local Borders put it in with horror) and mystery, it leans much ...more
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Jun 24, 2010
The Potter's Field (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #17)
I feel like the Brother Cadfael series slackened and stagnated toward its middle. The Potter's Field returns to the really, really good writing of the ...more
Oct 16, 2012
Jul 03, 2011
Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)
When I first picked up this book, I almost put it down again. It read more like a bad fanfic than anything else: rushed prose, hurried characterizatio ...more
Feb 14, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1)
After reading a Kitty Norville short in an anthology I picked up for a completely different story, I decided I would give the series a try.

Although Ki
Aug 31, 2010
Sep 01, 2010
Crossed Blades (Fallen Blade, #3)
Every time I finish a Fallen Blade book, I feel a little torn. On the one hand, I clearly enjoyed it. I stayed up until one in the morning to finish C ...more
Jan 27, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
A Wizard of Mars (Young Wizards, #9)
**spoiler alert** As a fan of the series who'd waited *so long* for this to come out, I latched onto a copy as soon as I could. Although I enjoyed it ...more
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Jun 24, 2010
Sword-Dancer (Tiger and Del, #1)
I read this many years ago, and just decided to re-read it. Not only was is still good, it was actually better than a remembered. Sword-Dancer is not ...more
Apr 03, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
The Alchemist of Souls (Night's Masque, #1)
I picked this book up based on its cover. I do that sometimes, even though I know I'm not supposed to, and sometimes I regret it. Not this time, thoug ...more
Jun 27, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
Four to Score (Stephanie Plum, #4)
When I'm describing a less-than-best book in a series I really like, I usually say it's the "least good." I try to avoid calling it "bad" because it u ...more
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Jan 29, 2013
Probability Moon (Probability, #1)
Probability Moon is a a decent hard sci-fi book that didn't quite live up to its potential. Overall, it is an enjoyable book with a plot that keeps yo ...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
Dying Bites (The Bloodhound Files, #1)
Dying Bites is an original take on the typical urban fantasy setting with a solid, fast-paced plot and strong, if slightly flat, characters. Although ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
Pagan Pride: Honoring The Craft Of Earth And Goddess: Honoring The Craft Of Earth And Goddess
Not a bad book, but not a good one, either. I picked it up because I was bored. At first, I thought the concept ridiculous. A book highlighting the ac ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Mystic and Rider (Twelve Houses, #1)
I didn't intend to read this book. I went to the library to find Archangel, because I love it and wanted to read it again, and found Mystic and Rider ...more
May 31, 2012
May 30, 2012
A Stranger to Command (Crown & Court 0.5)
I was at first unsure how I would like this book. Throughout Crown Duel I (quite naturally) had a crush on Shevraeth, but what I loved most about the ...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms & Practical Tips for Creating a Harmonious Home
An okay book, but I wouldn't recommend buying it. As the author herself says, you should only keep those books you find yourself opening again and aga ...more
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1)
Magician: Apprentice is a solid, enjoyable high fantasy novel with a few annoying quirks that you shouldn't let stop you from reading it through. For ...more
Apr 08, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #1)
This is a decent book that could have been absolutely amazing if the author hadn't failed every single opportunity to lift her story out of mediocrity ...more
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
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