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The Secret Life of Bees
Jan 19, 2008
Jan 13, 2008
The World Is Flat [Updated and Expanded]: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
My kids' generation is doomed.
Sep 27, 2008
Sep 01, 2008
Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1)
Chris Moore is always a fun ride.
Jul 26, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
12 of the least scary "ghost" stories you will ever read.
Mar 08, 2008
Feb 19, 2008
Animal Dreams
Life is good when you're reading a Barbara Kingsolver novel.
Feb 12, 2008
Nov 28, 2007
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Great angle on Lincoln's presidency. I listened to the audio book version, and I highly recommend it.
Jul 18, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
East of Eden
Holy cow. Don't read this review. Just go read "East of Eden" right now.

Feb 29, 2008
Nov 28, 2007
The Kitchen God's Wife
What I learned from this book: Chinese women lie to each other all the time about everything. It's polite.
Sep 2008
Jan 21, 2008
The Alchemist
This book is just cool. Every character is an archetype, and it's a short novel telling a gigantic story.

Jul 22, 2008
Jul 19, 2008
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
I want to have Mary Roach's babies. This book is fantastic - morbid, funny, edifying. I want to have written this book.
Oct 21, 2008
Oct 15, 2008
My Antonia
Cather's deceptively simple style works as the perfect tool for her to craft a love letter to the deceptively simple great plains.

Sep 11, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
I'm a sap, I guess. My daughter is reading this book, so to be a good dad, I read it too. It's GREAT.

The world needs some Nick Allens.
Jan 30, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
Celestial Navigation
This was just heartbreaking. I want to give it more stars, but there's one plot point in the book that I just couldn't believe, and couldn't get past. ...more
May 22, 2008
May 14, 2008
A Case of Need
I'd never read a Michael Crichton book, and figured I should try one.

It was a quick, satisfying read. He tells a story compellingly, and keeps you int
Jan 2008
Jan 07, 2008
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
About what I expected. There was enough vampiring, enough interviewing, and enough philosophical consideration of the emotional difficulty of being im ...more
Oct 10, 2008
Sep 30, 2008
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Utterson: I can't figure out why Jekyll puts up with this Hyde fellow.
Dr. Lanyon: I saw Hyde turn into Jekyll.
Dr. Jekyll: Yep. I'm Mr. Hyde.
Jul 28, 2008
Jul 26, 2008
The Scarlet Pimpernel (The Scarlet Pimpernel, #1)
Marguerite Blakeney is the cleverest woman in Europe!? She's a moron!

Anyway, good, fun book. I thought it was a classic - turns out it's an Edwardian
May 30, 2008
May 20, 2008
Water for Elephants
What a page turner! Man this is rip-roaring fun, with great characterizations.

Ending felt more tacked on than a bulletin board announcement for a dog-
Jun 24, 2008
Jun 17, 2008
***Spoiler*** - He's a bad dog.

Great page-turner. I was a bit unclear on the supernatural hints - they just kind of got left at the end. Maybe the mov
Oct 17, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
Dating Big Bird
Stupid. I should know better than to read a book because it has a great title. This book's vapidness depresses me.
Beyond that, it's just sloppy. There
Sep 14, 2008
Mar 09, 2008
Searching for Caleb
If I could write well, I'd be happy to write exactly like Anne Tyler. Except I wouldn't devote as many words to describing people's clothes.

May 31, 2008
May 15, 2008
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
I feel dumb even counting this as a book. Whatever - I obsess about everything.

Anyway, here's the book: Carve out some time a few nights or mornings a
Jul 25, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
The Clock Winder
Hmm...I like Anne Tyler a lot, but I never know what to say about her books.

She writes well.

Yeah. She writes well. It's so fluid and easy, but works.
May 15, 2008
May 03, 2008
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Written from the POV of a kid with severe Asperger's, and I loved it. I *get* Christopher. Being a socially awkward software developer myself, I'm com ...more
Nov 2008
Oct 10, 2008
Gentleman Revolutionary : Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution
Well, it was good, and it's the only bio of Gouverneur I've been able to get my hands on. There's nothing that makes this really sing, but as the guy ...more
Oct 28, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
Bridge to Terabithia
A decent, sad kid's book. The enchanting parts didn't enchant me so, but I liked Jess (the main character), and I liked the ending.

I have a feeling I
Nov 09, 2008
Nov 08, 2008
Murder on the Orient Express
The year is 2034.

"GramBup - tell us again about when the whodunit genre jumped the shark!"

"Well, let me tell you, you little punks, what with your zPo
Sep 21, 2008
Sep 18, 2008
Equal Rites (Discworld, #3)
Third Discworld book. Better than the first two. Close to 4 stars, but I think I'll stick with three.

Terry Pratchett claims on the dedication page th
Sep 06, 2008
Sep 01, 2008
Silas Marner
Almost great - I loved this book - it's only not five stars because it's too moralistic. But nicely done. A couple of cool plot twists, and great char ...more
Sep 30, 2008
Sep 21, 2008
The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2)
There weren't any...chapters. It was

Well, it was better than "The Color of Magic." Rincewind more likable, the humor a bit less broad, an
Apr 02, 2008
Mar 21, 2008
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