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They and I
3.85
i love everything jerome k jerome has written. what a delightful read his books are. treasures, pearls scattered here and there among the gentle humor ...more
May 12, 2010
May 12, 2010
 
Little, Big
3.90
very close to a perfect story. amazing. highly recommended. take your time. it's a world that is delightful to enter, to move about in, and to see the ...more
Oct 28, 2010
Oct 27, 2010
 
Mistress of Magic (The Mists of Avalon, #1)
4.09
i've always appreciated the king arthur legend(s) and have a fondness for merlin since a young woman when i read mary stewart's the crystal cave. in 1 ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
 
The Perils of Pauline
3.00
listened to a librivox ensemble performance of goddard's perils of pauline. very well done. totally captivated by the story of a determined young woma ...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.91
totally worth reading. but only with an open mind b/c the story reports on the grime and the grit of the underclass, the forgotten people. everybody h ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
 
Bedtime Stories
4.30
ms. estes voice delivers honey-smooth adult bedtime stories. highly recommended. as she notes: we go to sleep not as adults but as children and we wak ...more
Oct 17, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
Stardust
4.04
my my. how i enjoy neil gaiman stories. recommended.
Jan 27, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
 
Water for Elephants
4.05
there's nothing new under the sun; however, a good writer helps us see a story with new eyes not as cliches: let's join the circus + stock characters ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
 
Dead Souls
3.98
human nature all mapped out and truly presented: who among us doesn't enjoy seeing our unvarnished motivations placed into comic situations?! Nikolai ...more
Aug 17, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
 
A History of the World in 10½  Chapters
3.90
very disappointed. the first chapter was so well crafted; satire at its finest and funny to boot. all the other chapters used odd mixtures of thoughts ...more
Nov 18, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
 
Tip Lewis and His Lamp
3.86
this book has a most definite old-fashion tone which on first blush made me uninterested yet curious. upon finishing the book, i can say that i found ...more
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
 
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
4.16
one thing about good literature is that i totally "get lost" in that world; another thing about good literature is that i can gather vicarious experie ...more
Sep 08, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
 
Of Human Bondage
4.08
ohmygosh. what an excellent book. i've frequently watched various film productions of this work and have long wanted to read the book itself. so glad ...more
Mar 31, 2011
Mar 31, 2011
 
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
4.26
TOTALLY fun reading but only for those with a sense of humor. i have just finished listening to this audio book performed/read by Martin Jarvis who TO ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
 
A Beggar in Jerusalem
3.63
excellent parable-like story telling. some bitterness in characters is apparent but that shouldn't stop anyone who believes Elie Wiesel has something ...more
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.70
both engaging and irritating. i may have to give it a second reading before concluding with any sureness whether or not i enjoyed this book. it is int ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
 
Jacob's Hands: A Fable
3.48
aldous huxley tells a decent story here. there's always something to think about and to wait for in his writing, and this book is no exception. easy r ...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
 
Neverwhere
4.16
have not yet read a neil gaiman book/story that i didn't enjoy. add this one to my "ayup. will probably read again for the pleasure of it." the man ca ...more
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
 
One Man's Initiation: 1917
3.27
wow. it's taken me a very long time* to finally get to this book. i am so glad i did! war never changes. a century ago the impact of war on individual ...more
Aug 30, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
 
Travels in the Scriptorium
3.19
weird yet intriguing ... it's as though the structure of the story allows the reader to fill in all manner of details and directions and then switch t ...more
Feb 02, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
 
Diary of a Pilgrimage
3.89
totally delightful reading. i travel a LOT more than i want to actually and i found good humor and similar insights on travels into foreign lands. JKJ ...more
Jan 03, 2010
Jan 04, 2010
 
How the Irish Saved Civilization
3.79
an informed irishman who writes with ease and pleasure telling (some of) history's untold stories ... what's not to like?!

an interesting aside: recen
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Oct 19, 2009
Oct 18, 2009
 
The Bonfire of the Vanities
3.76
didn't read it when originally published b/c i could figure out why i cared about that level of society i.e. the very rich of nyc ... since the financ ...more
Mar 23, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
The Greatest Western Stories of the 20th Century
3.14
totally enjoyed this selection of westerns. there was humor, irony, classic character traits, and well-formed stories. what more could a reader look f ...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
 
On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality, #1)
4.13
finally began the incarnations/immortality series. and it IS good. highly recommended.
Oct 22, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
 
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
4.16
my son, bless his big ol' heart, recommended this book to me easily thirty years ago and i have finally gotten around to reading it. i'm not a big hei ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 27, 2011
 
People of the Book
3.97
an okay story. some out-dated and stereotyped characters and ideas (e.g., the flat earth). but for me it wasn't really a gripping story. the idea of t ...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
 
Others' Paradise
3.56
a christian version of kafka, imo. which makes it well worth reading since the creative imagination through fanciful (ala garcia-marquez) metaphor ope ...more
Jul 27, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
 
The Club Dumas
3.80
short and sweet. intriguing. just fun. the narrator makes errors by continuously linking literary references into his "own" story line. thus the autho ...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
 
The Sense of an Ending
3.68
intriguing and well worth your time
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
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