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Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All
3.69
First, a disclaimer: Veronica and I were classmates in elementary and one year of junior high back in Van Nuys, California. Of course that was longer ...more
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Feb 20, 2015
 
It's Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America
0.00
So I saw a few quotes taken from "It's Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America" by Dr. Jody Hice, an evangelical radio host in Georgia and current can ...more
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May 29, 2014
 
Dark Rising (Alex Hunter, #2)
3.98
Alex Hunter, his team, and a couple of Israelis (one an astrophysicist, the other a Mossad agent) head to Iran to investigate what was either a nuclea ...more
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Dec 22, 2014
 
The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters
3.41
Well, I'm a fan of snark and vitriol, so I enjoyed Ginsberg's book. Also, as one who works at a university suffering from the administrative bloat aga ...more
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Oct 17, 2014
 
Gorgon
4.13
Weakest of the series, I think. A fun premise--what if the Gorgons really existed and one somehow got loose in the modern world--squandered by an absu ...more
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Dec 27, 2014
 
Beneath the Dark Ice (Alex Hunter, #1)
3.85
Alex Hunter, a super-soldier of sorts, leads a elite Special Forces team to Antarctica to investigate the disappearance of a scientific expedition and ...more
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Dec 22, 2014
 
The Last Town (The Wayward Pines, #3)
4.13
Wraps up the trilogy of Wayward Pines in a satisfactory, if a bit too neatly and clearly in synch with audience desires. On the whole, the trilogy is ...more
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Jul 17, 2014
 
Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle World War II, #1)
3.67
Pretty good first novel in a series set around World War II, focusing on Billy Boyle, an Irish-American cop--now Lieutenant in the US Army--working as ...more
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Aug 05, 2014
 
Countdown City (The Last Policeman, #2)
3.88
The second in a trilogy focused on a disintegrating U.S. in the wake of an Armageddon-like announcement. Could've been trite, but Winters fleshes out ...more
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Jul 17, 2014
 
Black Mountain (Alex Hunter, #4)
4.03
The fourth outing for Beck's Alex Hunter is better than the last one. This time, Hunter returns home to the Appalachians, in search of his missing mot ...more
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Dec 27, 2014
 
The Arsenic Labyrinth (Lake District Mystery #3)
3.68
The weakest of the three in the series thus far, at least in terms of the mystery to be solved. On the other hand, Edwards continues to do well with t ...more
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Jun 05, 2014
 
The Martian
4.36
Excellent science fiction novel. What happens when, on a manned expedition to Mars, an astronaut is accidentally left behind and forced to try to surv ...more
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Dec 09, 2014
 
This Green Hell (Alex Hunter, #3)
4.03
Third in the Alex Hunter series. A bit different this time, a neat metaphor for oil dependence wrapped up in an Andromeda Strain meets X-Files meets T ...more
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Dec 27, 2014
 
World of Trouble (The Last Policeman, #3)
4.07
Nice conclusion to Winters's trilogy. World coming to an end, society unraveling completely, yet Hank Palace continues to try to do the right thing: f ...more
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Jul 19, 2014
 
I Knocked Up Satan's Daughter: A Demonic Romantic Comedy
4.29
An enjoyable romp wherein the Lego-obsessed son of a scary-religious family accidentally impregnates the succubus out to take his soul to Hell. Hijink ...more
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Oct 17, 2014
 
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
3.91
Another tasty treat by Mary Roach, this one exploring the twists and turns of the alimentary and excretory tracts of the human body. Informative, funn ...more
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Jul 07, 2014
 
Kalde hjerter
3.49
Plot's a bit predictable, but he gets the hardboiled feel pretty right. A solid double up the middle for this first in a series of Nordic Chandler-esq ...more
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Mar 27, 2014
 
Genocidal Organ
4.02
Excellent read, a combination war novel/philosophical discussion/linguistics study of life and death in the surveillance state created by the US in th ...more
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Jul 10, 2014
 
The Montauk Monster
3.71
Nonsensical, which how I want such things to be, but it hits too many of the standard monster-on-the-loose tropes. A beach read perhaps, best more Zum ...more
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Oct 15, 2014
 
Invasive Species
3.88
Solid foray into science-based apocalyptic eco-fiction, with an emergent species threatening to topple mankind at the top of the food chain.
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May 27, 2014
 
Who's to Say What's Obscene?: Politics, Culture, and Comedy in America Today
3.50
Interesting if self-congratulatory. Not quite what I expected it to be, which was disappointing. Laughs throughout, though too many too rueful.
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Jul 10, 2014
 
Pandemonium
3.67
Decent follow-up to Fragment. Some of the plot threads are a bit silly, but Fahy's parallel-evolution world is always interesting.
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Jun 05, 2014
 
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)
4.11
Pretty good sequel to The Shining. A couple of missteps along the way, but nothing major. Nice to see Danny Torrance again.
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Dec 11, 2014
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.39
An okay riff on Takami Kōshun's Battle Royale. Not sure Collins' novel won so many awards though. Must have been a lean year.
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Jan 27, 2012
 
THE DEREK SMITH OMNIBUS
4.50
Pretty good trio of locked room mysteries, two of which had never been in print in English.
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Dec 09, 2014
 
Dead of Summer (Anders Knutas, #5)
3.56
Nice effort in the series by Jungstedt, less so for the mystery and more for her character studies.
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Jun 05, 2014
 
He Died with His Eyes Open
3.81
Gruesome crimes, a nameless detective, and Thatcherite London. An excellent and volatile mix.
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Dec 11, 2014
 
The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files, #1)
3.99
A little Ian Fleming, a little Lovecraft, a little "Yes, Minister" = a whole lot of fun.
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Jun 13, 2014
 
Fragment
3.65
Fun, mostly beach read, though I liked the science behind it.
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Jun 01, 2014
 
True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
3.73
Given the recent SCOTUS ruling, and the concomitant hullabaloo, it seemed a good time to reread Manjoo. Though it's a bit superficial, it's a good int ...more
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Feb 18, 2012
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