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Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came To Be
A pretty decent explanation of evolution--surely better than what many students in the US public education system get in their whole time in primary a ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
The Rapture of Canaan
My original review (24-3-05):

'I had some major difficulties with the book though, for example: the narrator is supposed to be Ninah, but her voice as
Mar 23, 2005
Oct 27, 2011
Rescue Ferrets at Sea (The Ferret Chronicles, #2)
Finally, I'm getting around to writing my review in preparation for sending this book on to vivdripper. I'm hoping, zzfriend, that you won't mind a d ...more
Jul 20, 2005
Dec 08, 2013
Thoughts on the Education of Daughters (For Her Own Good: A Series of Conduct Books)
I was expecting this conduct manual by this enlightenment era feminist to be far more avant garde, both in terms of her goals for women in society and ...more
Mar 18, 2015
Jul 14, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
With all the hype this book got, I might have been moved to put it on my wishlist, if only because I like to read books before I watch film adaptation ...more
Oct 16, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
Fortune's Light (Star Trek The Next Generation #15)
So-so. There were definite problems with adherence to the canon in both the A plot (before the first season of TNG, the Federation didn't know much ab ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
Who Has Seen the Wind
I finally read this after bailing on it in grade 9 English almost 3 decades ago (what I recall is that I was bored by it, but it could be I was turned ...more
Mar 29, 2014
Aug 02, 2010
Anne of the Island
There were a few parts I enjoyed, but all in all not so much. First, the books seem to be getting more and more pious as they go. Sure, there was that ...more
Nov 29, 2014
Aug 04, 2010
What Is Life? with Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches
I'm reviewing this having read only the first section, What is Life? I'm putting the rest on stand-by and may not get to it any time soon since what I ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Aug 01, 2010
Where Nests the Water Hen
This cross between a novel and short-story collection is about two people--Luzina Tousignant, mother of about a dozen or so children; and Father Josep ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 02, 2010
I had so much difficulty getting through the second act that I posted about it on BookCrossing and asked for encouragement to go forward. I'd only rec ...more
May 12, 2005
Dec 02, 2011
My impressions at the halfway point:
I'm actually in the middle of reading this right now (I've just finished the Nausicaa episode to be exact). So far
Mar 19, 2005
Oct 26, 2011
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
I couldn''t help but compare this book to the movie, which I really loved. The book contained many of the same elements but the emphasis was quite dif ...more
Apr 20, 2007
Oct 17, 2011
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
**spoiler alert** My original review: I was right about the time it took to read (only about 5 or 6 days), but it took me a while to get to it and abo ...more
Apr 05, 2007
Oct 17, 2011
This book is a masterpiece. Though most people I've seen comment on it get it very, very wrong and think it's a romance or love story. From Humbert Hu ...more
Feb 26, 2005
Oct 26, 2011
Mount Appetite
Where it Comes From, Where it Goes: I liked the story, but it left me confused. I didn't understand what happened to his gift. Will it come back? Why ...more
Jul 03, 2005
Dec 07, 2013
Jacob (Nightwalkers, #1)
Took me no time to polish off which was just what I wanted. Frank's writing was more than a bit silly at times and her world required more than the us ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
The Whipping Boy
Not bad. I did like the writing style in its echoes of the 19th century. Not sure why exactly it was selected as the Newbery winner, as it didn't seem ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
Chasing Fire
The story was okay once it got going. I kinda figured out who the villain was, and had to keep telling myself that this wasn't going to be a real shoc ...more
Jun 10, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
The Seville Communion
I had pretty high expectations of this book & though I liked some elements of it (Vatican politics, Templar metaphor for the hero, the description ...more
Apr 21, 2005
Nov 27, 2011
What Would MacGyver Do?
It was okay, but not as good as the premise promised. I was kind of expecting tales of quick thinking and resourcefulness in using everyday things at ...more
Oct 07, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
After a long hiatus, I picked up Plato's dialogues again in 2005. No review or notes written at the time and I don't recall my thoughts. The only thin ...more
Apr 30, 2005
Nov 27, 2011
Enemy Unseen
I was rather turned off by the sexism (women treated as objects, not only by the aliens but by the crew--including Bones teasing Kirk about his being ...more
Mar 21, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
The Secret of Chimneys
This Agatha Christie mystery follows the pattern of her earlier titles The Secret Adversary and, more recently, The Man in the Brown Suit. Like those ...more
Jan 28, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
Bang!: How We Came to Be
I love illustrated books, and this one is a particularly lush example. It tells the story of our origin, from expanding matter at the dawn of the Big ...more
Nov 19, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
I loved this book, the story of the two men who drove the formation of a scientific medical examiner's office in Prohibition-era New York City. A grea ...more
Oct 29, 2011
Oct 04, 2011
Partners in Crime
A fun series of vignettes as Tommy and Tuppence return to the pages of Agatha Christie. Posing as private detectives (well, actually *a* private detec ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Journey to the Center of the Earth
**spoiler alert** Similar in some respects to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, with the exploration of a "submerged" world, but not nearly as captivating ...more
Dec 23, 2010
Nov 27, 2010
Canadian Poetry from the Beginnings Through the First World War
This took me nigh on forever to get through (and a week longer than the end of the year I was officially aiming for), but I'm now done. More thoughts ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Aug 02, 2010
The Palm-Wine Drinkard
I read this as part of Thursday5's 5 to the 5th Reading Challenge (I was planning to read it soon anyway, just not right now). I had difficulty at fir ...more
May 2006
Feb 08, 2015
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