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Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
3.86
After encountering Mario Batali, writer Buford throws himself into learning all there is to know about cooking Italian. He volunteers as slave labor a...more
Dec 2006
Nov 06, 2007
 
The Letter of Marque (Aubrey/Maturin, #12)
4.44
Jack Aubrey, though dishonored in the Royal Navy, manages to find action at sea as a privateer in his old ship the Surprise. Meanwhile, Maturin strugg...more
May 2006
Feb 14, 2008
 
Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
4.42
Another Miles Vorkosigan story, lighter on the adventure but the wonderful character development more than makes up for it. Miles makes a mistake, tri...more
Apr 2006
Feb 14, 2008
 
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)
3.89
Historical fantasy, second in the Temeraire trilogy. Captain Laurence, having grudgingly accepted dragon Temeraire into his life, is unwilling to give...more
Mar 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Alias Grace
3.94
Fiction, historical. Based on a celebrated real-life murderess from the 1800's. A young doctor tries to apply his fledgling psychological skills to as...more
Jan 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Bloodsworth: The True Story of One Man's Triumph over Injustice
4.05
The story of the first man on death row to be exonerated by DNA evidence. The writing is more than a bit biased towards Kirk Bloodsworth who, although...more
Jun 2006
Feb 14, 2008
 
Carrie
3.86
Fiction, horror, teen drama. Carrie is a mentally unbalanced telekinetic teenager, whom fellow high-schoolers love to bully. She, of course, eventuall...more
Dec 2006
Feb 14, 2008
 
Alice Sit-By-The-Fire
3.42
A play with occasional narrative description. Half-grown children meet their parents for the first time. Shenanigans result. All ends sweetly. Definit...more
Jan 2005
Feb 14, 2008
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
Through first-person accounts, a look at the zombie war that almost destroyed civilization and humanity. The premise is ridiculous but the book is ast...more
May 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
4.20
In simple and profound pictures, an observant and outspoken girl tells of growing up in Tehran through the Islamic Revolution. Poignant and amazing, a...more
May 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga, #4)
3.80
An engineer finds himself involved in genetic engineering, in which innocent subjects (modified for life in free-fall) become victims of an uncaring c...more
Dec 2006
Feb 14, 2008
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.16
Pollan investigates the industrial food complex, explores alternative eating philosophies, and educates the reader as to the importance of thinking ca...more
Mar 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire
3.94
Fable-ish, gothic horror. Sort of Arabian Nights in that its characters sit around telling one another nested tales (that's really the better bits of...more
Nov 2007
Nov 28, 2007
 
Leviathan: The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney
3.90
A blackly humorous look at Sydney (Australia), its past and the events that shaped it. Birmingham does exhaustive research into the Australian city wh...more
Apr 2006
Feb 14, 2008
 
Wellspring of Chaos (The Saga of Recluce #12)
4.00
Fantasy, yet another Recluce book in which an innocent man falls victim to wrongdoing, and develops magic powers along with his inner strength. Really...more
Jan 2005
Feb 14, 2008
 
Love, Again
3.37
Romance (of a sort). A practical sixty-five-year-old woman surprises herself by falling head-over-heels in love with a younger man. What follows is a...more
Sep 2006
Feb 14, 2008
 
Impossible Odds (King's Blades, #5)
3.84
Fantasy, adventure, swashbuckling. Another in the "King's Blades" universe. Exciting and fast-paced, but less polished than others in the series, with...more
Sep 2006
Feb 14, 2008
 
Black Powder War (Temeraire #3)
3.88
Historical fantasy, third in the Temeraire trilogy. Captain Laurence and dragon Temeraire do not sit well with Turkish society; leaving, they plunge i...more
Apr 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Mr. Mani
3.90
Fiction, experimental. The history of a family told backwards, in one-sided conversations about generations of self-destructive Mani boys who grow up...more
Jun 2006
Feb 14, 2008
 
Checkmate (The Lymond Chronicles, #6)
4.71
Historical fiction, sixth and last of the Lymond Chronicles. As Lymond cannot return to Russia, he lends his battlefield skills to France. But despite...more
Jun 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Book of Enchantments
3.94
Fantasy, nothing terribly deep; an enjoyable set of short stories. Typical cast and tropes, generally lighthearted; pretty good takes on Sleeping Beau...more
Jan 2008
Jan 05, 2008
 
Kushiel's Scion (Imriel's Trilogy, #1)
4.17
Fantasy, follows the Phedre novels. Imriel, prince of the blood, was born of traitors, abused by sadists, and raised by heroes. He necessarily has som...more
Apr 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Sunrise Alley
3.35
An android comes to a premier AI expert and pleads for her help. Her acceptance sends her on a dangerous adventure filled with intelligent robots, obs...more
Jul 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
4.21
SF, a sort of retirement-age Starship Troopers. In the future, the elderly are offered the chance to join the army in young, athletic, brand-new bodie...more
May 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines
3.95
Companion to the TV show, a kind of behind-the-scenes look at Tony Bourdain as he eats his way across the world. The prose is rough around the edges a...more
Aug 2008
Apr 24, 2008
 
The Mauritius Command (Aubrey/Maturin, #4)
4.33
Aubrey, stuck ashore without a berth and with his mother-in-law at home, is more than happy when Maturin shows up with a difficult mission. What follo...more
Apr 2006
Feb 14, 2008
 
Every Living Thing
4.39
Not much different from his other stories of being a veterinarian in the English countryside; in the same vein, though, this is just as funny, poignan...more
May 2008
May 29, 2008
 
Paladin of Souls (Chalion, #2)
4.10
Fantasy, in which Bujold revisits the land of Chalion. This time the burden is on the dowager queen to defeat an invading sorcerous army. The take on...more
May 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
The Shining (The Shining #1)
4.08
Fiction, horror. Characters mostly flat, though the depth of the main character is quite impressive (the pull of alcoholism taken to a creepy supernat...more
Jan 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Live and Let Die (James Bond, #2)
3.62
Second of the James Bond novels. It's a thriller, but it's so contrived that it's almost cute; in search of smuggled gold, Bond runs afoul of a huge b...more
Jan 2006
Feb 14, 2008
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