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Vimana
3.03
Simply awful. Dreadful leaps and gaps in the story line, this reads like it was written for and by a 13-year-old. Although my own 13-year-old would ne ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
 
Vanity Fair
3.74
Amazing novel, I am sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it. I expected a Regency novel of manners and society, and instead I am getting ...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
 
Long Way Back to the River Kwai: Memories of World War II
3.91
It was very good- personal and warm without being self indulgent or whiny. I think it helped the memoir that this was written by an older man from the ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 14, 2011
 
New Amsterdam (New Amsterdam, #1)
3.55
Sherlock Holmes goes to Transylvania. Really. Imagine a world where magic is practiced by government certified sorcerers and vampires are real but ill ...more
not set
Aug 14, 2011
 
Snow Crash
3.99
Snow Crash started out a lot more like William Gibson than typical Neal Stephenson, but that was explained in the author's note- it was originally con ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
3.58
I hesitated to read this novel because of all the hoopla over it, but I am glad I took the chance. It also started slowly for me, but after the first ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
The Monster of Florence
3.70
This was not what I expected. There was very little information about the Monster of Florence killings, and this book was obviously written for cognos ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70
I really enjoyed reading this novel. It was like watching an episode of Super Literary-Snob Jeopardy. The author tosses off and amazing amount of erud ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Amarillo
3.73
The publisher called this a cross between Larry McMurtry and John Grisham; translate that to mean it's a legal thriller set in West Texas. Larry McMur ...more
May 31, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
 
Indignation
3.65
The premise is that a young, Jewish man from Newark transfers to a Baptist college in Ohio to get away from his obsessively protective father. The nov ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Anathem
4.17
Let me start by saying that this book is not for everyone. Imagine a cosmos where science ran amok and virtually destroyed civilization 3600 years ago ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
3.71
OK, this was the stupidest book in the series- I mean really. Perfectly normal vampires suddenly discovering secret powers? Wolves and vampires bondin ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
No Country for Old Men
4.10
If you have ever lived in West Texas or known someone from the area, you will appreciate the brilliance of McCarthy's dialog. The Road was brilliant f ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
I wanted and expected to hate this book; I was just reading it to see what all the excitement was about. But you know, I got sucked in and by the end ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children, #6)
3.14
Don't you hate waiting and waiting for the final book in a series, and then feeling a giant letdown when you finally get to read it? I loved the first ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
 
Shadow Unit 15
4.41
So Sad

This series has been a staple for me over the last year. Whenever I couldn't decide what was next, I could pick up Shadow Unit. Now so many plot
...more
Apr 10, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
 
Etta and Otto and Russel and James
3.69
My Newest Favorite

This is the best novel I have read in ages. I loved its spare but vivid characterizations, its touches of magical realism, its unexp
...more
Jun 13, 2015
Jun 11, 2015
 
Out Stealing Horses
3.77
I really enjoyed this coming of age/ sunset of life novel. The writing is deceptively simple, so much so that I want to read it over and see what I mi ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Life and Death in Shanghai
4.30
This was assigned as summer reading for my daughter's AP English class, and I honestly can't fathom why. It's not a bad memoir, but rather long and wr ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Radix (Radix, #1)
3.84
Don't bother. This book was about twice as long as it needed to be, with flights of self-indulgent prose and obscure interior monologues that droned o ...more
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
 
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
3.88
Great book! Yes, the science and some of the social standards are a little dated, but the author makes a wonderful case for individuality in a world w ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Blue Heaven
3.86
This was a minor disappointment, as reviews proclaimed Blue Heaven as something new in the realm of detective stories. I can tell you it was not. The ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Range of Ghosts (Eternal Sky, #1)
3.72
Another great series

Prolific, inventive and wildly talented, Ms Bear is my favorite author since Ursula LeGuin. With works ranging from steam punk who
...more
Jan 25, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
 
Antarctica
3.74
This was a really good adventure story. Based in a future so near that it's hard to tell when the real science ends and the speculative science ends, ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Daybreak
3.65
I love the sturdy, pedestrian characters Ingolfsson creates and if I ever visit Iceland, I will expect to meet them on every corner. These novels are ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2013
 
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
3.73
I found Ship Breaker to be a better read than The Windup Girl, the novel for which Mr. Bacigalupi won the Hugo Science Fiction award. Although it elab ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Before You Know Kindness
3.45
I didn't hate this novel, but I certainly didn't love it the way I did Midwives. I didn't understand a lot of the characters' motivations and I felt y ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Shoeless Joe
3.94
I enjoyed this much more than Field of Dreams, the movie based on it. This is a truly great baseball novel that explores the game as a metaphor for li ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 04, 2012
 
Tower of Glass
3.70
I've forgotten what all the fuss was about.

Sometimes popular fiction stands the test of time and is as enjoyable 30 years later as it was the first ti
...more
Dec 07, 2014
Dec 07, 2014
 
Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption
4.08
It's disturbing to see how easily justice can be miscarried and how little access our underclasses have to "equal justice under the law." This is also ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
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