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The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)
I'm probably throwing in an extra star just because I love these characters so much and was so happy to get more of a story for them. There are some g ...more
Aug 07, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)
After reading the first 2 pages I stopped to read the jacket cover and confirm my suspicions that this was a first novel. I was worried that I'vee spe ...more
not set
Nov 01, 2012
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
A surprisingly 'fun and easy' read for a zombie post-apocalyptica in the guise of a UN report...

The story is composed of vignettes from dozens of dif
Nov 22, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
Useful Idiots
Have to agree with other reviews -- slow to start, then un-put-downable, rounded off with a disappointing ending. I'll probably keep an eye out for ot ...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
Well written, of course, but hard going as you follow a successful middle-aged woman's total breakdown interlaced with half-remembered flashbacks to h ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
Nightshifted (Edie Spence, #1)
Fun read with a likeable enough main character and some nice twists on the standard monster roster (vampires, shapeshifters, were-things & zombies ...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
Partials (The Partials Sequence, #1)
Fairly formulaic YA post-apocalyptic dystopia.

That's not to say it's not a fun read with a well-worked out world and interesting mystery, but nothing
not set
Sep 10, 2012
The Half-Made World (The Half-Made World, #1)
I could tell by the end of the first pages that this was going to be one of those books that won't leave you alone, even long after it's over. The cha ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 09, 2010
Alif the Unseen
Flicked back-and-forth between 3 and 4 stars. On one hand, this passed the "did I stay up all night to finish this" test with flying colors, but I can ...more
Sep 21, 2013
May 25, 2012
Tête-à-Tête: The Tumultuous Lives and Loves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre
I didn't expect to get pulled into this book like I did. It was my first encounter with these larger-than-life personalities and I was very glad to ha ...more
Feb 17, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Infinite Jest
I thought it was brilliant, but that wasn't enough to get me to the end... I think it lost me when I realized I couldn't tell when/if a character was ...more
Jan 1998
Sep 02, 2010
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)
I really loved this -- what a great, engaging combination of photos & text.
I learned quite a bit, but both my kids (5 & 8 years old) almost di
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Apr 03, 2014
The Pillars of Hercules
I burnt out on armchair travel for good mid-way through this tomb. It's not his fault, really, but the 'travelogue' feel of it (as opposed to somethin ...more
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Sep 07, 2010
Mrs. Dalloway
I had to read this as a 19 year-old student in a summer exchange program in London. It meant nothing to me. I just re-read it as a 33 year-old mother- ...more
Jan 1998
Sep 02, 2010
Brave New Worlds
Some fun, dark stuff, but too many the same -- the future is white men in bureaucratic hell or women in reproductive/personal freedom hell. Would like ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
A Hologram for the King
Despite some lovely scenes here and there, this was too much like tagging along on a a depressing business trip...
not set
Apr 30, 2013
The Rice Mother
A rich historical narrative that almost lost me with the multiple POV's that lacked distinct voices. It was also confusing that the POV characters wou ...more
Jul 13, 2015
Jun 24, 2015
My 9 year old has been bugging me to read this for months. Glad I finally did!

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Apr 10, 2015
Love in the Time of Cholera
I know everyone loves this, but it just didn't do it for me...
Jan 2005
Sep 02, 2010
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
Read the whole thing in one go... so A+ for engaging!
not set
May 10, 2012
Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
A changed-my-life book...
not set
Sep 06, 2010
My Secret History
Oh Paul, Paul... really?
not set
Sep 07, 2010
Half of a Yellow Sun
It was a great read: great characters, and the Biafran revolution makes for a fantastic historical backdrop. I actually put it down when we left town ...more
Sep 15, 2010
May 19, 2010
Shine Shine Shine
Fell just shy of my "best books ever" shelf -- really, I just wanted more!
I highly recommend.
Aug 04, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
not set
Aug 03, 2011
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
No *quite* as riveting as Wolf Hall, but still wove a wonderful spell...
Jul 05, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Probably the weakest in the series, but I couldn't put it down. I can't say I'm the biggest fan of the main character, but the world building was stil ...more
Oct 05, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
A fun read, but you can pretty much see where it's headed in the first few pages. I was sort of surprised by the lack of a surprise. That said, a grea ...more
Jun 02, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
I'm going to break a personal vow never to sum up a book or travel destination with the over-used combination of "charming" and "quirky". A really gre ...more
Jul 07, 2012
Sep 10, 2010
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
I don't know why this isn't a movie yet!
Really enjoyed the deeply flawed characters, rich world building, and engaging plot.
One of those books that yo
Sep 03, 2014
May 11, 2012
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