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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
This is why I love fantasy so much. After a recent string of okay fantasy novels, a couple of good ones but nothing to get really excited about, I've ...more
Jul 25, 2008
Apr 16, 2008
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
I really feel the necessity of a bit of personal backstory here, before I start the review. Back in 1996 when this book first came out, and I was abou ...more
May 25, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
The Book Thief
This is a book to treasure, a new classic. I absolutely loved it.

Set in Germany in the years 1939-1943, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, narr
Apr 05, 2008
Dec 25, 2007
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Oh my. This book, to me, is like chocolate: a delicious, sinful, addictive indulgence which you convince yourself has beneficial qualities (zinc, calc ...more
Sep 12, 2007
Sep 27, 2007
Animal Farm
**spoiler alert** This is a book I've been meaning to read for ages but never got around to - last week I not only read it but gave a lesson on the hi ...more
Nov 11, 2008
Nov 08, 2008
Never Let Me Go
It's very important, if you're intending to read this book, that you don't read any reviews or listen to any talk about it first. I had no idea what t ...more
Mar 02, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
Stranger in a Strange Land
Apparently a classic of the sci-fi cannon, I'd never heard of this book until it came up on a book club here. It took me a long time to read only beca ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Sep 29, 2008
The Host (The Host, #1)
Aimed at the adult science fiction crowd, as opposed to the Young Adult Twilight fanbase, The Host isn't about science or where the human race is head ...more
May 17, 2008
Nov 01, 2007
The Thorn Birds
I've wanted to read this book for years, but I'm glad I waited till I was at a stage in my life when I might appreciate it the most (though it wasn't ...more
Dec 15, 2007
Sep 27, 2007
The Book of Negroes
(International title: Someone Knows My Name)
It's 1802 and Aminata Diallo, now an old woman, sits down to write her life story at the request of the Ab
Feb 03, 2009
Jul 11, 2008
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
I'd never heard of these books until a few months ago, and as usual, once one person recommends them, everyone seems to be talking about them, you see ...more
May 22, 2008
Apr 16, 2008
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
**spoiler alert** I'll preface by saying that I did enjoy this book - I love the story overall, and the characters, and the premise and all of that. I ...more
Aug 07, 2008
Nov 01, 2007
Does My Head Look Big In This?
This was a random buy, picked up mostly because, flipping through it, the word Tasmania caught my eye - and then I read that the author is Australian. ...more
Sep 09, 2008
Sep 08, 2008
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
In 1966 sixteen-year-old Harriet Vanger, daughter of the CEO of the large family-run Vanger Corporation, goes missing from her family's island communi ...more
Sep 05, 2009
Jul 03, 2009
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)
**spoiler alert** This is the sequel to Outlander, and begins in 1968, twenty-one years after we left Claire and Jaime recovering in the French Abbey, ...more
Oct 11, 2007
Oct 23, 2007
Crime and Punishment
My star rating is purely subjective and means only what GR says it means: I didn't like it. It didn't mean anything to me, sadly, and I didn't even fi ...more
Jul 12, 2008
May 24, 2008
Contains spoilers
Slaughterhouse-Five is about a man called Billy Pilgrim who time-travels frequently. He was in the Second World War and, captured, wa
Jan 17, 2008
Nov 18, 2007
Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra, #1)
Elianne was an orphaned child of the fiefs, scraping out a living in the fiefdom of Nightshade with an older boy, Severn, and two other little girls. ...more
Jan 21, 2009
Sep 24, 2008
Fallen (Fallen, #1)
This is a tricky book to review, for a very simple reason: I did not know what this book was about, or what kind of book it was, when I started readin ...more
Dec 12, 2009
Dec 10, 2009
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
Three hundred years after an apocalyptic-sized disaster that reshaped the world, Tally is about to turn 16 and pretty. In her contained, isolated, sel ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 02, 2007
The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)
If you've seen the movie version, this book takes up about the first third or maybe half of the movie (from what I remember), but don't let that fool ...more
Aug 14, 2008
Jul 04, 2008
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
This review contains spoilers.


I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't read my review from 2007, when the book first came o
Aug 2007
Nov 07, 2007
Blade Runner
**spoiler alert** It's hard to know where to start with this book. On the one hand, I want to say it was amazing and highly original and extremely tho ...more
Jul 04, 2008
Jun 24, 2008
The Bastard of Istanbul
It was the cover that snared me. Turkey is one of the top three countries on my mental list of countries to visit, along with the Czech Republic and M ...more
May 28, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus
Frankenstein is the first book written by Mary Shelley (daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, fri
Nov 28, 2007
Nov 18, 2007
There's just something about Japan that produces the grittiest, darkest, scariest, most realistic horror, psychological thriller, and suspense. The se ...more
May 06, 2008
Feb 17, 2008
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
It is 1945 and Claire Randall (nee Beauchamp) is enjoying her second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband Frank, a historian interested in tracing h ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 27, 2007
Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)
This one's been hanging around for a while, since it was recommended to me sometime last year. I saw that kiwiria loved it and remembered that I had i ...more
Jan 03, 2009
Mar 13, 2008
The Time Traveler's Wife
Very few books have ever made me cry. Off the top of my head, only two really stand out: Charlotte's Web and Thunderwith. I am now adding The Time Tra ...more
Jan 2007
Sep 27, 2007
How I Live Now
While the world wavers on the brink of war, struck by terrorist attacks and embargoes, Daisy's big concern is whether her stepmother is poisoning her ...more
Oct 24, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
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