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The Absolute Contingency
This is a first-reads book that I received through a Giveaway on this site.

In some cases, even the most carefully-laid plans will go awry. Such is the

Apr 10, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
Ruins (Partials Sequence, #3)
Loved this series - 4.5 stars. Call me morose but I’ve read just a few dystopian, post-apocalyptic books over the last two-three years – this series w ...more
Mar 24, 2014
May 18, 2013
Robinson Crusoe
For entertainment purposes, this book was only interesting from a survival standpoint for me. I.e. how he built his shelters, grew his own food, progr ...more
Jan 10, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
The Art of Racing in the Rain
After reading this book, I can't stop looking at my cats for clues that they are really trying to talk to me. I wonder though, if we could talk to eac ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
This was an excellent book... although many reviews list it as one of the best "philosophical" novels in the past few years, the philosophy wasn't any ...more
Jan 2010
Sep 26, 2010
The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)
To be fair, this is a solid book - it's fluid and concise and Mead's ability to weave all of her plots and characters together into a seamless story a ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Aug 19, 2012
Legend (Legend, #1)
Not without issues. I find myself conflicted about 3 stars - the writing didn't suck but there were some plot issues and maybe I'm tired of all of my ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
The Terror
This book took me a while to finish. The entire basis of the story was riveting; the historical parts were fascinating; the supernatural parts were... ...more
Jan 2010
Sep 26, 2010
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Seriously: combining architecture and a serial killer was like my dream book that I never knew could have been written. But here's what happened - I f ...more
Jan 2004
Sep 26, 2010
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
So... three books worth of forcing the social change and all we get to know at the end of the trilogy is which guy she ends up with? Missed opportunit ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
Year of Wonders
Eh... it was okay. I actually wanted more detail on how the plague affected a larger portion of the society. I won't ever pick this up to read it agai ...more
Jan 2009
Sep 26, 2010
Pretties (Uglies, #2)
Series is still moving but plot is not quite as complicated as I like them to be. I have high expectations even for my juvenile fiction.
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
3.5 stars to be fair. The series started out strong but lost a lot of momentum at the end.
Aug 09, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
The Andromeda Strain
Fast-paced, engaging, felt totally ripped off on the ending.
Aug 2010
Sep 26, 2010
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
I would really give it 4.5 stars but I can't.
Excellent book. My only criticism was the that the story almost seemed frenetic at times, the amount of s
Mar 30, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
Article 5 (Article 5, #1)
In a realistic post-war America that's beginning to resemble Hitler's Germany with its new Moral Militia, this story follows two estranged childhood l ...more
Feb 22, 2013
Jan 02, 2012
The Windup Girl
Having read Paolo Bacigalupi's other two books, written later than this one, I was somewhat surprised that the depth and detail of this world far supe ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
Sense and Sensibility
As a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice, I was expecting to like this book better than I actually did. It was hard to get through, especially the first t ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice (Thirst, #1)
I'm picky about my dialogue. I want characters to actually sound like real people and conversations to sound like something you would overhear on the ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
The Bonfire of the Vanities
I hated this book. I had to bribe myself through every monotonous, tedious page. I kept waiting for it to get better and I kept waiting for more actio ...more
Oct 21, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
Westerfield gets off to a slow and awkward start with this series but it picks up speed about halfway through.
Jun 05, 2013
May 29, 2013
The Fountainhead
As an architect, it was hard to get through this book even though every emotion that was detailed was so accurate it was scary. So I commend anyone no ...more
Jul 2003
Sep 26, 2010
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
I actually read the second book in this series first and came back to read this one. This one is better. It was an original and engaging story. Easy t ...more
Oct 12, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
The Road
I liked the simplicity and restraint of his writing style.
I didn't like how quickly the book wrapped up in the end.
Aug 2010
Sep 26, 2010
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Despite the fact that this book is completely derivative, I still immensely enjoyed reading it.
Apr 02, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
Raven Stole the Moon
Intriguing book - I didn't like everything about it but I do think this author shows great promise.
May 2010
Sep 26, 2010
Heart of Darkness
not set
Sep 26, 2010
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)
not set
May 27, 2013
Nisei Daughter
Jan 1999
Sep 26, 2010
Last Stand at Papago Wells
not set
Jun 24, 2012
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