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His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #1-3)
4.23
The first sentence that came to my mind after finishing this book was: anyone who would give this novel less than five stars has to be either a philis...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Poison Dance (Midnight Thief, #0.5)
3.71
The only bad thing about this novella is the cover: in the story, James is dark and rugged, a cold and ruthless assassin, who is yet capable of depth...more
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
 
Leaves of Grass
4.12
Whitman is a writer of uncontested grandeur and power. His poetry spans the entire continent of America, and reaches even beyond to the farther reache...more
Jan 14, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
To the Lighthouse
3.74
A portrait of the inner lives of a particular English family, rendered in prose that is limpid, beautiful, yet also very raw, with a thematic resonanc...more
Dec 28, 2010
Apr 01, 2011
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.03
The first sentence that came to my mind after finishing this book was: anyone who would give this novel less than five stars has to be either a philis...more
Jan 20, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
4.08
The first sentence that came to my mind after finishing this book was: anyone who would give this novel less than five stars has to be either a philis...more
Jan 12, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.89
The first sentence that came to my mind after finishing this book was: anyone who would give this novel less than five stars has to be either a phili...more
Jan 06, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
The Pirate and the Princess, Volume 1: The Timelight Stone
4.35
The Twilight Stone reads very much like an anime... in fact, the narrative would fill perhaps about a half-hour's worth of an anime episode, and almos...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
 
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
4.11
It is not often that I can't finish a novel, especially a young adult novel. I mean, I was able to read Middlemarch *twice*, along with two novels of...more
Jun 14, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
 
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)
4.51
Let's face it: Caelena is annoying. Her habit of never telling anyone anything important, even when it endangers them or her. The fact that she is wil...more
Jun 17, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
 
Fish
3.90
I don't want people to think that a 3 star review means that it wasn't a well written book. This might be the time for me to clarify my rating strateg...more
Jan 07, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
 
Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
3.96
There is nothing in this work that could not have been summarized in an article. I think it was an attempt by the author to capitalize on the success...more
May 23, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
The Obama Question
3.50
A perceptive, thorough, yet concise analysis of Obama as a real human being, with the intelligence and complexity of very few Americans, not to mentio...more
May 25, 2012
May 24, 2012
 
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
4.25
Forgive me for not giving this book five stars. Mantel's writing is a joy to immerse yourself in. I found my thoughts flying towards this book at any...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.41
The writing was unimpressive throughout, because it relied so much on Katniss' first person reflections, often questioning and explicating too much, r...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
 
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
4.15
As a relatively new reader of fantasy, my impressions of this book have more to do with considerations of style and character rather than worries over...more
Aug 15, 2010
Mar 21, 2011
 
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
4.17
Actual rating 3.5

This is a difficult book to rate. The bottom line: it was an entertaining read. It makes you want to read to the very end. But 'enter...more
May 10, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
The writing seems a little stronger than the first book, but perhaps that is just because the intensity and speed of the plot require the author to go...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
 
7 Greeks
4.58
Excellent introduction, and the translations are powerful and have a lot of character. Though I enjoyed some of the fragments, I would have given five...more
May 25, 2012
May 05, 2012
 
Swamplandia!
3.19
Note: this review was written in extreme haste and is perhaps my worst written review.

The style of this book is amazing. Almost every page had a metap...more
Feb 10, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries
4.29
Though sometimes Professor Vendler's readings can feel a little reductive (but is it even possible to try and "analyze" Dickinson into prose without r...more
Apr 07, 2012
May 26, 2011
 
Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
4.20
Westerfeld's writing is deliciously vivid. His prose is filled with thick verbs and concrete metaphors that, along with the illustrations accompanying...more
Sep 13, 2011
Jan 28, 2012
 
Into the Wild
3.89
I am so glad that Jon Krakauer decided to tell this story. It is a powerful testament to the imagination and the will to freedom, which so few of us p...more
Nov 08, 2009
Jan 28, 2012
 
The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson
3.16
A really creative effort that gives a very wonderful 'reading' of what a Dickinson diary might have looked like. None of the liberties taken were too...more
May 25, 2011
May 26, 2011
 
Goliath (Leviathan, #3)
4.27
Westerfeld's writing is deliciously vivid. His prose is filled with thick verbs and concrete metaphors that, along with the illustrations accompanying...more
Oct 07, 2011
Jan 28, 2012
 
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
3.90
Westerfeld's writing is deliciously vivid. His prose is filled with thick verbs and concrete metaphors that, along with the illustrations accompanying...more
Jan 15, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
 
Eona: The Last Dragoneye (Eon, #2)
4.13
The first book was more focused and very emotionally riveting throughout. In contrast, the sequel seems bloated in comparison (at 637 pages, I have a...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
 
A Place of Greater Safety
4.02
History is fiction, said Robespierre. Hilary Mantel makes me believe it.

It is hard to imagine that these are not the exact words Danton, Camille, and...more
Jan 2013
Oct 12, 2012
 
Sapphique (Incarceron, #2)
3.70
What can I say about this amazing novel? The style is beautiful; a perfect balance of storytelling and light touches of descriptive metaphor that allo...more
Apr 05, 2011
Jan 28, 2012
 
Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
3.64
What can I say about this amazing novel? The style is beautiful; a perfect balance of storytelling and light touches of descriptive metaphor that allo...more
Mar 26, 2011
Jan 28, 2012
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