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Ready Player One
4.31
did not like it
I should probably change my rating from one star to two as I did manage to finish this piece of garbage. Is this supposed to be a YA book? I did the m ...more
Nov 11, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
 
The Guards (Jack Taylor, #1)
3.88
did not like it
I found this book to be

predictable

boring

derivative.


(Insert a random passage from some other mystery novel here.)


The main character is the jaw-dropp
...more
Jan 2011
Mar 08, 2011
 
The Burning Room (Harry Bosch, #19; Harry Bosch Universe, #24)
4.04
did not like it
OK. This is it. I'm done, done, and done with Harry Bosch and done with Michael Connelly.

"The Drop" was boring and derivative.

"The Black Box" was eve
...more
Nov 09, 2014
Nov 09, 2014
 
Everything I Never Told You
3.77
did not like it

If your parents are dicks, your life sucks.

If your characters aren't realistic, your book sucks.


Marilyn and James are the dick-i-est of parents si
...more
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
 
The Black Box (Harry Bosch, #18; Harry Bosch Universe, #22)
4.08
did not like it
Oh dear. After the fiasco that was The Drop I was hoping Connelly would redeem himself with this. He didn't. There were no plot twists...none, zero, z ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2012
 
The Last Child
4.09
did not like it
(This review is for the audio version.)

That's it with John Hart. I've had enough. His first book The King of Lies wasn't bad. In fact, it was pretty d
...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
 
The Quiet Game
4.17
it was ok
How I rated this book.

All books start with 5-stars then have stars or partial stars deducted.

1. This book was not jaw-droppingly amazing in the way T
...more
May 20, 2014
May 20, 2014
 
Bad Things Happen (David Loogan, #1)
3.59
liked it
If this book were a story in Gray Streets, it would have had an editor.

If this book were a story in Gray Streets, the editor would have made Harry Dol
...more
Aug 25, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
 
A Land More Kind Than Home
3.83
it was ok
Here are just a few of the clichés in this book:

1. Egomaniacal preacher who is heavily into snakes, poison, and, of course, selected ladies of his con
...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.05
it was ok
This review is of the audiobook narrated (or rather droned on and on) by Claire Danes.

Yes, only two stars, and I feel I'm being generous to give it e
...more
May 02, 2017
May 02, 2017
 
The Drop (Harry Bosch, #17; Harry Bosch Universe, #21)
4.14
it was ok
I've read--or rather listened to--all of Michael Connelly's books. Yep...all the Bosch, all the Haller, all the stand alones, everything except the sh ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
 
The Manchurian Candidate
4.09
it was amazing
This is one weird book. Seriously weird. I've seen the old movie with Frank Sinatra. I've seen the new(er) one with Denzel Washington. Although one of ...more
Aug 27, 2014
Aug 27, 2014
 
Summer of Night
4.00
did not like it
(This was a goodreads give-away.)

I was so excited when I got this book. I had never read any of Simmons' work, but looking at the back cover, I was de
...more
Jul 28, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
 
Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)
3.91
did not like it
Note to Mr. King: Please get your crap together and write something decent!

I am so disappointed in this book. After the fiasco that was Dr. Sleep, I w
...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
3.98
it was amazing
I am not a fan of nonfiction, but this book...WOWSERS! I was a bit put off by the synopsis--the story of the Chicago Fair AND the story of one of, if ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
 
The Unnamed
3.32
did not like it
Boring, repetitive, two-dimensional. The walking away was a clever idea and would have perhaps made an interesting short story. But an entire novel? N ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
 
Motive (Alex Delaware, #30)
3.77
did not like it
The big mystery here is Why oh Why do I continue to waste eye-time with these books. Typical Kellerman drivel.

Too much time spent describing every si
...more
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
 
Sh*t My Dad Says
3.98
it was amazing
Hilarious! But I'm curious about one thing. Being as I am very close in age to "Dad," I wonder if some of the things he said that I wholeheartedly agr ...more
Sep 17, 2016
Sep 17, 2016
 
Burning Man (Gideon and Sirius #1)
3.83
did not like it
Since the average rating on this book is over 3.5 stars, many of those who read/reviewed/rated it must have enjoyed it. My experience has been differe ...more
Jan 08, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
 
The Girl on the Train
3.88
it was ok
First of all, this did not come close to living up to the hype, but not many--if any--books ever do.

The characters: It is difficult to write despicab
...more
Jul 20, 2015
Jul 20, 2015
 
The Confession
3.80
did not like it
There was so much wrong with this book, and so little right with it that it's difficult to find a place to start the review. Although I am anti-death ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
 
Penpal
3.88
it was ok
As other reviewers have said, this is a good first attempt at a novel. Structurally (told as a series of flashbacks) it's sound and the structure does ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
 
My Sunshine Away
3.60
did not like it
With all the hoopla surrounding this book plus the fact that we have lived in Lafayette, I was so looking forward to reading it. Now that I've finishe ...more
May 22, 2015
May 22, 2015
 
Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #2)
4.03
did not like it
Being as reading the first book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy made my eyes bleed it was so bad, I thought that changing to an audio version for the secon ...more
Aug 2015
Aug 01, 2015
 
The Baker Street Letters (Baker Street Letters #1)
3.13
did not like it
Reggie, the main character, is pompous, over-bearing, rude, and not too bright--a lawyer who doesn't take the time to read a rental contract? Gimme a ...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
 
The Waterworks
3.45
did not like it
I managed to finish this ... book, but just ... barely. Will I read another by this author ... I don't think so. Did I enjoy this ... book? No ... I d ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
 
Never Let Me Go
3.80
did not like it
Before my review, let me make it clear that I do know the difference between plot driven and character driven. I understand that most serious literatu ...more
Feb 21, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
 
God's Little Acre
3.66
it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Southern Gothic, and this is pretty much as good as it gets. Hard to believe it was written in the early 30s. Very hard. Caldwell's s ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
 
Pines (Wayward Pines, #1)
3.88
did not like it
Nope. An interesting concept that was badly executed. Read more like a novelization of a movie than an original book. A glowing example of the mindles ...more
Sep 21, 2015
Sep 21, 2015
 
Evidence of Things Unseen
4.07
did not like it
**spoiler alert** (Note: When my opinion is so absolutely opposite of the majority of the readers of a book, I feel a bit more than just the star-rati ...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
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