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Whispering To Witches
3.82
I have no idea if this is one of those books that was published on the crest of the Potter wave, but I feel it suffers because of the existence of old ...more
May 10, 2010
May 10, 2010
 
Use of Weapons (Culture, #3)
4.17
**spoiler alert** This is, so far, my absolute favourite Culture book. Skaffen-Amtiskaw rocks my world and is my new number one sentient 'robot', for ...more
Jul 19, 2013
Jul 19, 2013
 
Matter (Culture, #8)
3.96
**spoiler alert** The start was incredibly tedious. I wasn't really interested in all the new wacky nomenclature of this new world... but then it got ...more
Aug 02, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
 
Children of the Mind (Ender's Saga, #4)
3.70
**spoiler alert** It's just getting silly now. I'm glad this book 'ends' the Ender saga (even though Card then went on to chuck out some prequels.)

It
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Jul 31, 2010
Jul 30, 2010
 
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
3.65
I missed all the hue and cry when this book came out. I tend to do that. It was a book by an author I knew of, but had never read and it was in the di ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
 
Casino
3.95
**spoiler alert** I wouldn't normally read this kind of book - not from a snobbish point of view as such, but just because I've always had this list i ...more
Jul 22, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
 
Xenocide (Ender's Saga, #3)
3.73
**spoiler alert** Let's add some Eastern exoticism!

I'm in two minds about the world of Path - I believe Card drew the world quite well, I'm just not s
...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.28
**spoiler alert** Ender's Game, Ender's Game, Ender's Game... It's like required reading for admission in to the sci-fi club. Seems like it's held up ...more
Jul 11, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
 
Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World 1940-1941
3.99
Been meaning to read this for a while, so got stuck in while I was in hospital. I read it in my first week or so, which meant I was pretty weak - I on ...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
 
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #2)
4.00
I enjoyed this more than Ender's Game but it's a completely different kind of story. The mystery of the murders was - to begin with - attention grabbi ...more
Jul 13, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
 
Leonardo's Mountain Of Clams And The Diet Of Worms: Essays On Natural History
4.05
This has been on my shelf for a long time - it's just always felt too hefty to delve into. I don't know what I was afraid of - Stephen Jay Gould is a ...more
Jul 29, 2010
Jul 29, 2010
 
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume I
4.35
This was sooooo much fun to read. When I picked it up, I wasn't sure I'd read it all in one go. The plan was to leave it lying around and dip in to th ...more
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
 
The Wind in the Willows: Complete and Unabridged
3.95
**spoiler alert** I never read this book as a child - it always seemed really uncool to me for some reason: probably all the television adaptations I ...more
Aug 21, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
 
A Canticle for Leibowitz
3.96
**spoiler alert** Beautifully written, funnier than I had expected with a well-drawn group of characters. I really enjoyed this, but I felt that the f ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
 
Kafka on the Shore
4.12
**spoiler alert** Murakami tells another story of a guy who likes music and has sex with some girls, this time influenced largely by Oedipus Rex, Daws ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
 
Gray Lensman (Lensman, #4)
3.94
Found this in a bargain bin in an antique bookshop in Kamakura, which was random enough for me to pick it up. I'd always wanted to read some Lensman, ...more
May 10, 2010
May 10, 2010
 
V for Vendetta
4.24
**spoiler alert** V is one of the most fascinating characters ever created. Moore introduces him expertly - he starts off as an avenging hero, bucking ...more
May 29, 2010
May 29, 2010
 
Rebel Code: Linux And The Open Source Revolution
3.85
Reading this made me wish I'd learned to code. I found this book on a rubbish pile on the way to the station one day and thought it might be interesti ...more
Jul 20, 2010
Jul 20, 2010
 
There Are No Shortcuts
3.93
Some motivating, inspirational moments in here.

I'm sure Rafe is an excellent teacher & human being, but his self-congratulatory tone grates at ti
...more
Nov 19, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
 
Beowulf
3.38
I was really looking forward to reading this, and after finishing the introduction I was revved up even more. Heaney's love of language shine through ...more
Jul 16, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
 
Tuesdays with Morrie
3.99
Hmmm. Thought about reading this for a long time. A friend was reading it recently so when I saw it in the library, I thought "why not?" It was an eas ...more
Aug 18, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
 
Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South
4.17
Read this in preparation for teaching To Kill A Mockingbird. Found it very informative on the weird dynamics that shaped Southern slaver society - not ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
 
The Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart
3.44
The air of superiority that beams out of the early chapters of this book doesn't prevent it being informative and interesting on its topic, but the au ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Sep 16, 2010
 
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
4.17
Some of the gags are a bit groanworthy, but the author's love of books as objects to be owned, touched and interacted with in myriad ways aside from m ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 01, 2010
 
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
3.73
Enjoyable - I liked a lot of Stargirl's good deeds for others. But overall, I thought her individuality was somewhat forced, even a little cliched. Th ...more
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
 
The Death of Grass
3.87
Pure, unrefined dystopian SF. Loved it, even though parts felt a little dated. The plot roars on to a compelling, inevitable and foreshadowed conclusi ...more
Nov 21, 2012
Nov 21, 2012
 
On Immigration and Refugees
3.17
A little one sided but a good exploration of what responsibilities nations have to immigrants and refugees under international law and how many countr ...more
Jul 21, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
 
The Twelfth Day of July (Kevin and Sadie, #1)
3.98
Thinking about doing this with my 6th graders. The language is probably a bit too easy for them, but it's a good story well told. I'd be interested to ...more
May 03, 2011
May 03, 2011
 
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)
3.86
**spoiler alert** Seriously, the TV series proves you can polish a turd.

The Dexter books aren't hard to read; they're hard to swallow. Good for a plan
...more
May 30, 2010
May 29, 2010
 
Watchmen
4.32
**spoiler alert** Picked this up from bookoff because I don't actually own a copy, despite having read it many years ago. Reread it over the course of ...more
May 29, 2010
May 29, 2010
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