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The Penelopiad
3.65
it was ok
The one where Penelope tells her story from the Underworld. I made it about sixty pages before the whining got to me.

Presumably the author feels that
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Jul 2007
Jun 21, 2007
 
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)
3.69
it was ok
The one where Aislinn can see faeries that no one else can see, and they're awful. But the young Summer King, Keenan (srsly, Keenan), wants her to be ...more
May 26, 2008
May 25, 2008
 
Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair
3.87
did not like it
Sorry, just couldn't do it. I've heard great things about Anne Lamott, but by page 4 I was gritting my teeth.

I think the thing that killed it for me
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Oct 20, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
 
Wolfbreed (Wolfbreed, #1)
3.56
did not like it
The Medieval historical where the church is raising werewolves to scare the pagans into converting, and the last surviving one escapes and loses her m ...more
Sep 08, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
 
Rainbows End
3.76
did not like it
The one where a Rip van Winkle figure is cured of Alzheimer's and has to figure out how to live in the future, and apparently gets involved in some so ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 28, 2007
 
Keeping It Real (Quantum Gravity #1)
3.46
it was ok
The one where half-robotic Lila is hired as a bodyguard for an elf rock star.

OK, mega-points for originality here; this book is chock-full of interest
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Nov 2007
Aug 14, 2007
 
Sex and the Psychic Witch (Triplet Witch Trilogy, #1)
3.82
did not like it
The one where ... um, the first chapter was so dense with forced wackiness, expo-dumpage, and other inexplicable oddities that I'm not entirely clear ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Apr 10, 2009
 
Through a Dark Mist (Robin Hood, #1)
3.90
did not like it
The one where the beautiful and highborn Servanne is kidnapped by a Robin Hood-style outlaw on her way to a political marriage.

The writing is so purp
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Sep 12, 2008
Sep 04, 2008
 
Glasshouse
3.87
did not like it
The one where Robin wakes up after having a full memory wipe -- which, for obvious reasons, he doesn't remember -- and comes to believe someone from h ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 08, 2007
 
Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead
3.40
did not like it
I don't know; maybe this got very impressive after I dropped it. Problems:

- It conflates introversion with social anxiety. I mean, it claims it doesn'
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Apr 06, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
 
All Our Wrong Todays
3.85
it was ok
The one where there was a wonderful free-energy post-scarcity world, but the narrator screwed it up in a time travel accident, and that's why we're he ...more
May 29, 2017
May 29, 2017
 
The Magicians (The Magicians #1)
3.47
did not like it
The one about how egotism, alcohol, and self-esteem issues can ruin anything, even magic.

I wasn't exactly enjoying the book -- like so many other rea
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Feb 17, 2016
Feb 13, 2016
 
High Fidelity
3.94
did not like it
The one where Rob is romantically inept, but describes his life via clever top-10 lists.

OK, the lists were funny, and if I'd read this before about 20
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Sep 14, 2015
Aug 01, 2015
 
Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting
3.91
it was ok
Should have known that just because I enjoyed Little Heathens, a farm memoir from the Depression, in no way predicted that I would enjoy a farm memoir ...more
May 22, 2016
May 18, 2016
 
The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse (Gumshoe, #1)
3.94
it was ok
The one where America is so culturally divided that there are Wiccan schools as well as Baptist ones. Drew Parker is a gay private detective, and his ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Jul 16, 2007
 
Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
4.12
it was ok
The one where, hm, two-thousand-year-old druid, Celtic gods, telepathic communication with dog, magic tattoos, magic jewelry, blah, blah, blah.

I read
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Jul 16, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
 
One for Sorrow
3.78
did not like it
The one where a kid is murdered and Adam befriends his ghost. I gave it 65 pages.

I had two problems with it: style and motivation. The style is a litt
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Mar 13, 2008
Mar 06, 2008
 
The Dragon and the Jewel (Medieval Plantagenet #2)
4.11
did not like it
The one where Eleanor, sister of the young Medieval king Henry III, is married at nine and widowed at seventeen. I gather she finds tempestuous true l ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 05, 2008
 
Raising Steam (Discworld, #40, Moist von Lipwig #3 )
3.93
did not like it
Well ... I ... didn't finish it.

I was more than halfway through, and no plot had actually materialized, and it was on request at the library so I cou
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May 06, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)
3.74
it was ok
35 pages -- normally I give a new book 50 pages, but normally I'm not spending quite this much time going, "But why don't you just ..." "But why don't ...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
 
A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift, #1)
3.75
it was ok
The one where Matthew wakes up after being dead for two years and discovers that he's still a sorcerer, he's still in danger of being killed, and he's ...more
Dec 07, 2015
Nov 21, 2015
 
Star of the Unborn
3.80
did not like it
When the kidlet's teacher discovered I read science fiction, she gleefully pressed a much-read paperback copy of this into my hands and told me it was ...more
Apr 10, 2009
Apr 26, 2008
 
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
4.06
it was ok
The one where four alternate universes are held together by a city that in each of them is called London, and only certain kinds of sorcerers can pass ...more
Dec 20, 2015
Dec 08, 2015
 
Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It)
3.80
did not like it
Nonfiction, about the intersection of psychology and economics.

I was already having my doubts about this book -- it seemed awfully digressive and lack
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Jun 28, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
 
Shelter
3.89
it was ok
The one where Roberta lost her parents to a drug-resistant disease, and Meredith's father was "translated" so that his intelligence lives on in a virt ...more
Jan 04, 2009
Dec 19, 2008
 
Ash
3.62
did not like it
Cinderella retelling. I gave it 50 pages.

Others have mentioned how slow this feels; I think one reason for this is that the scenes are poorly shaped.
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Apr 14, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
 
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
3.91
it was ok
The one where Alexia is a Victorian spinster -- and also a soulless person whose touch makes vampires and werewolves powerless.

Abandoned after 75 pag
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Oct 2010
Sep 30, 2010
 
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
4.22
I don't know what possessed me to put this on hold at the library; I don't like biographies and never read them unless I need to do so for research pu ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 26, 2007
 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3.71
it was ok
I dropped this one after 50 pages, because if at any point the narrator had said "No" to anyone, the whole plot would have gone up in flames. I just c ...more
Oct 10, 2016
Oct 10, 2016
 
Blood Engines (Marla Mason, #1)
3.49
it was ok
The one where Marla, the head sorceress of the city of Felport, comes to San Francisco in search of an artifact to save her from a rival, but winds up ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 12, 2009
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