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Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women
Okay. No. That's it. I'm done.

I have spent three weeks of my life slogging through this book, patiently deciphering its murky arguments, wrinkling my...more
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Aug 08, 2011
Homestuck Book One
Oh, Homestuck. Due to all the myriad things it has to set up, Act One is probably the slowest of all the acts -- even Hussie admits the story takes a...more
Sep 18, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
Playing for Keeps
I wanted to like this book so badly. I've followed Lafferty's "I Should Be Writing" podcast for a while and have always enjoyed it; the clever marketi...more
Jul 12, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
Ehn. Interesting premise, poor execution. When I'm reading about something as weighty as government surveillance and abuses of power, I'd like there t...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel
I started reading the @MayorEmanuel Twitter feed about a month before its conclusion, and, like thousands of other people, I was immediately sucked in...more
Oct 2011
Sep 26, 2011
Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)
**spoiler alert** You know how the middle chapter of a trilogy can seem a little lacking sometimes? Sadly, that's a bit how I feel with Deadline. The...more
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Thursday Next, #6)
**spoiler alert** More of a 3.5-star review than a straight up 3-star. After the dizzying pace of First Among Sequels, it was refreshing to read a mor...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
A few recurring thoughts kept cycling through my head as I read this:

1) It reminds me a lot of how Air Chrysalis, the book ghostwritten by one of the...more
Mar 10, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
Brains: A Zombie Memoir
Ugh, what a revolting book. I don't even mean in terms of the gore (of which there is plenty, and which I didn't actually mind); the main character is...more
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Aug 08, 2011
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 5 (Library Wars: Love & War, #5)
Okay, from here on out, whenever I talk about the Library Wars manga, let's take it as read that I'm in love with the premise and far less in love wit...more
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
This is a tough one. I freely admit my one-star deduction isn't because of anything Cullen did; if anything, it's because he did it too well. His meti...more
Sep 17, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
Countdown (Newsflesh Trilogy #0.5)
Short and sweet, this collection mostly serves as a way to flesh out (pun intended) the backstory of Feed, Deadline, and the upcoming Blackout. As som...more
Oct 08, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 03 (Library Wars: Love & War #3)
On the one hand, the Library Wars series continues to display a pretty frustrating number of moments where it patronizes and belittles its female char...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 21, 2011
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
FINALLY. DONESKI. Toward the end, I said to a friend of mine, "Jeez, GRRM sure does like words!" to which she replied, "No, he's not really that wordy...more
Mar 10, 2012
Aug 08, 2011
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Yeah, it's pretty clear that Wilde was a playwright first and foremost, and a novelist second. The dialogue is as wonderful and witty as one would exp...more
Dec 06, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
The Journal Of Dora Damage
Sex! Intrigue! Bookbinding! The last drew me to this book at first -- you don't see too much fiction where bookbinders take center stage -- and so it...more
Sep 30, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
You guys, I am so charmed! Granted, I was not expecting this book to be such a quick read, and I think its strength (at least, for older readers) lies...more
Nov 02, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)
I have one complaint about Feed, and one complaint only: the jacket copy SUCKS. More than once, a friend would point me toward the book with an enthus...more
Oct 07, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
Yeah, I don't care if there's a canon-consistent reason for it: constant withholding of information, and characters just flat-out refusing to talk to...more
Apr 27, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Oh, this book. Oh, this series.

As with the first time I read The Hunger Games, it took me a few pages to adjust to Collins' stylistic quirks -- especi...more
Mar 23, 2012
Aug 08, 2011
The Metamorphosis
What a strange little book. (Kafka, strange? Who'd have thought? ;) ) And what a sad one, too; as someone who has dealt (and is still dealing, to an e...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
Fahrenheit 451
It would be wholly inaccurate to say I'd forgotten the strength of this book. Literally, even: as I re-read it for the first time in a decade, I reali...more
Jun 10, 2012
Aug 16, 2011
For the life of me, I cannot fathom why it took me so long to pick up this book. Now that I have, though, I wish I had done it sooner, because oh. It...more
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 04 (Library Wars: Love &  War, #4)
This volume feels a little bland compared to previous ones, but it remained a fun read anyway. Though I did enjoy the flashbacks, the reveal of Iku's...more
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection
I believe what I'm experiencing now is that phenomenon known as "all the Bucky feels."

THIS ARC. THIS STORY. OH MY GOD. Not only is the story utterly h...more
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
Life After Life
**spoiler alert** ...What the hell was that? Four hundred meandering pages, two and a half months of my life (that probably should've been my first ti...more
Apr 15, 2014
Dec 29, 2013
Night Watch (Discworld, #29)
Hands down my favorite of the Discworld novels. While it takes an unprecedented turn for the dark, Pratchett blends it with his traditional humor to k...more
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Aug 08, 2011
Night Watch (Discworld, #29)
Hands down my favorite of the Discworld novels. While it takes an unprecedented turn for the dark, Pratchett blends it with his traditional humor to k...more
not set
Aug 08, 2011
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
So I'm not going to deny that this is a pretty entertaining book, but...making 95% of slavery's problems about vampires and not the actual slaves is s...more
Oct 20, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
I came for the historical academic intrigue (magical manuscripts! YES PLEASE.) and wound up with Edward Cullen's jerkass older cousin. Nope. Next!
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Oct 23, 2013
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