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The Brothers Karamazov
This is a review both of the book and the translation. See my review of Crime and Punishment for an explanation of why I don't entirely like this tra ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 09, 2007
John Adams
John Adams is an extraordinary book, and an excellent political history of the beginning of the United States. This is the first book I've read by Da ...more
Aug 2008
Sep 02, 2008
A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2)
This is my favorite of the Holmes/Russell series, and one of my favorite books, period. I've read it innumerable times, and keep coming back to it. A ...more
Apr 2004
Sep 24, 2007
Influence: Science and Practice
So, I've read a fair amount of the literature about group dynamics and social influence, and taught classes that discussed and used it. So I thought I ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 09, 2009
The Sacred Art of Stealing
Oh, this was great! Paul recommended it, but warned that many of the Scottish cultural references would go over my head. Sure enough, I think I missed ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 11, 2009
Touchstone (Harris Stuyvesant, #1)
This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery. Laurie King is the author of several excellent series ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 27, 2008
I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft, Book 1)
This was an oddly enjoyable book! I played the Ravenloft D&D modules in high school, and I like P. N. Elrod's writing, so I figured I'd indulge in ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 30, 2007
Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945
Wow, this book was great! Eric's been trying to get me to read it for ages, and I finally got around to it.

Leo Marks was the cryptographer who revolut
Nov 2008
Nov 28, 2008
This is a very early Charles de Lint book, about a modern-day magic house, a druid, a Celtic bard, Native Americans, elves, wizards, um, am I forgetti ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 02, 2009
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
I liked James Bradley's earlier books, but this one's a dud. I only made it through the first hundred pages, most of which was a rant about the horror ...more
Mar 2010
Apr 27, 2010
Boiling a Frog
Hmm. This was the third book in the Jack Parlabane series, and just didn't live up to the first two. This was a period when Brookmyre really needed an ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 23, 2009
Deathwish (Cal Leandros, #4)
Not five stars because it's not for everyone -- the angst and vivid archetypes make it seem potentially more juvenile than other novels. But the main ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 25, 2009
The Goblin Emperor
I really enjoyed this book. I was skeptical after seeing some reviews, but when I discovered "Katherine Addison" was a pseudonym for Sarah Monette (co ...more
May 08, 2015
Apr 24, 2015
Madhouse (Cal Leandros, #3)
OMG I love these books... I can't wait for the next one! Madhouse was just as angsty and melodramatic as the previous two in the series, but the edge ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 21, 2008
Passage (The Sharing Knife, #3)
This books continues the story of Dag and Fawn; they're married and have essentially been kicked out of Dag's home, and are heading into the great wil ...more
Apr 2008
May 01, 2008
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #3)
**spoiler alert** This is one of my favorite Sookie books. Her boyfriend, Vampire Bill, gets really into computer programming and starts to ignore her ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 17, 2008
Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent
I'm giving this book a five because I think everyone in the software business should read it, even though there are points I disagree with. Spolsky's ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 27, 2008
The Archimedes Effect (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #10)
This was a fun, well paced book. The women in the series (Saji, Marissa, Jen) have a very small role, but this is mostly because the villain is... you ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 01, 2008
The Pentagon's New Map
Even though I only gave this book four stars, everyone should read it. It's a thoughtful analysis of the current world stage, written by an accomplish ...more
Mar 2008
Jan 27, 2008
Strength and Honor (Tour of the Merrimack, #4)
This was a rousing and highly entertaining conclusion (?) to the Merrimack series. In this one, Farragut's victory over the Hive triggers Caesar Romul ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 11, 2008
Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles, #1)
This is my second time through this series (well, the first two books. I missed the third, so now I'm reading them all in order.) I'm picking up a lot ...more
Jun 30, 2015
Jun 25, 2015
Cruel Summer (Action Figures #4)
Wow, this was intense! I can't say much about it without spoiling it, but a lot of disasters and miseries hit the team at once. The author deals sensi ...more
May 24, 2015
May 24, 2015
Hidden Agendas (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #2)
Okay, I'm just a sucker for this stuff. I bet other folks would give it a 3 or 4, but this is squarely in the list of my favorite type of book. I'm a ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 07, 2007
Secret Origins (Action Figures #1)
I was avoiding this book, being a bit burnt out on young superheroes, but then I ran out of books to read, and my husband and daughter told me to read ...more
May 22, 2015
May 21, 2015
Spirits in the Wires (Newford, #10)
This is the first Charles de Lint book I've read (other than some short stories) and it was quite good. He says he got somewhat absorbed in the idea t ...more
Sep 2008
Oct 17, 2008
A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark
Marley Jacob's holistic detective agency

This is an astonishingly fun story. There's something very odd about Marley, and we see increasingly more of i
Mar 28, 2015
Mar 27, 2015
Wolf Interval (Senyaza #3)
Haunting and dark

This is AT's story, and as we could have guessed from her other appearances, it's darker than the other stories. We learn more about
Mar 19, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
Pasts Imperfect (Action Figures #3)
Another cool story about the Hero Squad. Some interesting reveals about their pasts and origins (as the title implies), and an interesting outcome for ...more
May 24, 2015
May 23, 2015
Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1)
This was an interesting take the dichotomy between group security and personal freedom. It is the story of Kitty, a DJ and lowest werewolf on the tote ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 30, 2007
The Apple Throne (The United States of Asgard, #3)
These books are really amazing. They give a glimpse into a world where gods are real, and passion and poetry are much more important to daily life tha ...more
Apr 30, 2015
Apr 26, 2015
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