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Lie Lay Lain
For about half a minute, I thought this book was gonna suck. A woman obsessed with fancy shoes? Really? Ugh.

And then by the end of the first scene, I...more
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Nov 11, 2013
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy
I love this book, and so does my son! This is an all-around great book. But in addition to that...

I make a conscious decision to choose books that fea...more
Mar 18, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme, #1)
The short version: This book is perfect. Buy it immediately.

The long version: Sometimes you get caught off guard. I picked up The Bone Collector becau...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
Batman: Son of the Demon
Possibly my least favorite Batman story ever. What gets me is the emotional importance of the subject matter - and Barr just ruins every single moment...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
God Is Red
This is a strange little book. The audience would logically be Christians, since the book is about Christians and Christianity in China, but it's writ...more
Oct 24, 2013
Jul 09, 2011
A Talent for War (Alex Benedict, #1)
Seriously, seriously boring.

Having read and enjoyed McDevitt's Academy series, I figured I'd be just as happy starting in on Alex Benedict. Jack McDe...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jun 23, 2012
The Cold Moon (Lincoln Rhyme, #7)
Being able to do crossovers with your major series characters has got to be one of the coolest perks to being a big-time author! I haven't read any of...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
The Broken Window (Lincoln Rhyme, #8)
So one of the things I love about the Lincoln Rhyme series is how Deaver tackles a different interesting research topic in each book. This time, howev...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Do you consider yourself a denizen of the internet? Are you fairly confident that Google will one day rule the world? If you answered "yes" to these q...more
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
Hour of the Rat (Ellie McEnroe, #2)
Can't afford airfare to China? Tag along with Ellie McEnroe... you'll see everything the "authentic traveler" dreams of: the back alleys, local dives,...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
If this were a film I'd call it a good solid B-movie. Not brilliant or ground-breaking, but certainly entertaining.


- Entertaining, as I said. Pa...more
Jun 15, 2011
May 26, 2011
The Last Werewolf (The Last Werewolf, #1)
I was going to give this book 2.5 stars until I got to the end. Wow. I was assuming that, in spite of the book's faults, it would come to a satisfacto...more
Jan 2012
Aug 29, 2011
The Kingdom of Little Wounds
A sumptuous, brutal, unsentimental, deliciously morbid window into sixteenth century life, hung upon a thematic frame of the fairy tales commoners tol...more
Apr 21, 2014
Oct 28, 2013
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan, #3)
Reading this book was a very interesting trip back in time - everything from the technology to political and social attitudes. It was really odd to re...more
Dec 04, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives
I'm not even sure how to review this book. It was hard to read. Really hard. I could only go a few pages at a time before I had to put it down so I co...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jun 14, 2014
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
**spoiler alert** Did this book keep me reading until the end? Yes. Was I on the edge of my seat? Yes. Was it for the reasons the author intended? Um....more
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Apr 06, 2014
Sweetheart (Gretchen Lowell, #2)
I honestly can't remember the last time I ventured to read a straight up commercial thriller, but someone recommended this book to me and I am SOOO gl...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
The Wasp Factory
I'm a big fan of Banks's sci fi, and since I read in a wide variety of genres I've been meaning to check out his mainstream work for some time. I got...more
Dec 31, 2012
Jan 02, 2013
Fortunately, the Milk
This is clearly a kid's book - it's goofy and pretty basic and not really outstanding in any way. But I picked it to read to my 3 year old (almost 4)...more
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
The Windup Girl
I was really hoping to like this book, given the rave reviews and awards it got. Unfortunately the beautiful cover drew me in much more than the book...more
Jan 2011
Jun 19, 2011
A Textbook Case (Lincoln Rhyme, #9.5)
Much as I love Jeffrey Deaver... it turns out he doesn't know much about writing short stories. Not his fault, I'm sure; this is basically a promo-pie...more
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
The Stone Monkey (Lincoln Rhyme, #4)
I looooooved this one! In a series where I like the main characters I often get frustrated by an author's insistence on spending a bunch of time on se...more
Jul 18, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme, #6)
Deaver had some major guts tackling this book. White guy writes book about black characters in Harlem? There is no way he could "win" - no matter what...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
Wide Open (Wide Open, #1)
Props to Tor for publishing something so far out of the box. Wide Open is urban fantasy... but not really. It's also a mystery... but not really. Part...more
Jun 2013
Jun 01, 2013
The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme, #2)
Whoooooooah. Deaver totally got me.

In an attempt to avoid spoilers, I shall make this review short. I spent most of the book thinking it was good, bu...more
Jul 13, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
The Night Circus
As I sat down to write this review I was mentally debating whether I should give The Night Circus three or four stars (I wish Goodreads had half-stars...more
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
Seven Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio
You know those books about someone who suffers some sort of traumatic injury and heroically perseveres against all odds to emerge triumphant, transfor...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 04, 2011
In Conquest Born (In Conquest Born, #1)
This is one of those books I've passed over on bookstore shelves for years. Finally downloaded a sample and was hooked. In a purely literary sense, it...more
Sep 07, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, #1)
Although this is the first book in the series, I accidentally read the second (Sweetheart) first. It actually worked out well for me, just because of...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
Dead Harvest (The Collector, #1)
Urban fantasy is not usually my genre of choice, but I'm a pretty wide reader so when I saw this brilliant cover, I decided to give it a try. Yes, tha...more
Mar 09, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
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