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Three and a half stars. I think Tina Fey is awesome. I think this is a slight but solid book. Her authorial voice sounds exactly like her speaking in ...more
May 27, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
There are so many ways I could pay tribute to this book (audiobook), which was an awful piece of writing, but an entertaining way to spend ten hours i ...more
Dec 29, 2009
Nov 23, 2009
The Orphan Master's Son
This is a hideously beautiful, harrowing work of imagination. It's hard to tell which atrocities come from the mind of the writer and which are real. ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
The Magician King (The Magicians #2)
When I finished The Magicians I found myself confused. Was Grossman satirizing the genre or contributing to it? I decided that he had set out to do th ...more
Sep 06, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1)
I read this book in its entirety on the bus from New York back to Baltimore. It's a strange thing reading a dystopian novel on public transportation. ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 18, 2011
This is a difficult book to rate. If I were rating on the artwork alone, I would give it four or five stars. Thompson's penwork is outstanding. He has ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Oct 10, 2011
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
Five stars for subject matter, three for execution.

I'm always happy to read histories that focus on women, typically left out of war narratives. Add
May 29, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
The Best of All Possible Worlds
This was a lovely, subtle piece of science fiction, of a sort I don't see enough of. It's reminiscent of The Left Hand of Darkness and Ammonite: anthr ...more
Mar 11, 2013
Dec 11, 2012
Winter's Tale
I can see why this book has its detractors. The author is verbose, and there are nearly too many characters to keep track. I have started it a half do ...more
Apr 22, 2009
Jan 24, 2008
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
This is an absolutely lovely fairy tale, full of whimsical beasts and clever wordplay, and also possibly clever beasts and whimsical wordplay. The pro ...more
Oct 14, 2011
Jul 28, 2010
While this book gets docked a point or two for the cheesy 70s cover and the title, it deserves a place among the classics of the genre. I first read t ...more
May 18, 2011
May 18, 2011
Station Eleven
I remember finishing The Road and weeping at my desk. For months I couldn't shake the feeling that I had somehow corrupted myself with that vision of ...more
Dec 13, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
China Mieville is a hard guy to pin down. Each of his novels probes a different cranny of genre writing. The only commonality is his use of the word " ...more
Aug 31, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
Who Fears Death
I somehow missed the fact that this book was meant to be post-apocalyptic (not a spoiler - apparently everyone knew it but me) until near the end, and ...more
May 24, 2011
Jul 09, 2010
Lincoln's Dreams
I have a few issues with this book. I enjoyed it but it is probably my least favorite Willis.
Things she did right:
The historical research, as always,
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 24, 2011
The Haunting of Hill House
By the standards of modern horror The Haunting of Hill House is not very scary at all, which is to say that I was able to read it without limiting my ...more
Sep 10, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
The City & the City
This is the first Mieville that I have finished, and I think the people who guessed that this would be the one I would enjoy were correct. The viscera ...more
Feb 16, 2011
May 28, 2009
Ape House
Solid three and a half stars, but I'll round up since I read this book in less than a day (and a busy one at that), and there are very few books that ...more
Oct 18, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
Double Star

A couple of years ago I attended an event at which Connie Willis spoke about her research for Blackout and All Clear. She referenced numerous romantic
May 08, 2012
Jul 13, 2011
The Night Circus
A stunning, self-assured debut novel. I loved the world and the systems of magic that Morgenstern created. The circus and its contents were beautifull ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Aug 31, 2011
The Book of Lost Things
Guillermo del Toro should option this book, if he hasn't already. It has all the hallmarks of a del Toro movie: fantasy, horror, fantasy horror, real ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 09, 2008
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Ruth Reichl should be required reading for anyone writing a memoir. She manages to shape plot and theme within her own life story. I think part of the ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Sep 10, 2008
I remembered having seen the Hitchcock film based on this book for some school assignment or another, but almost nothing about the film other than Mrs ...more
Apr 02, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
World Made by Hand
Start at four stars for an engaging, can't-put-it-down it-could-sorta-happen read.

Subtract one for Kunstler's one-dimensional female characters, and
Mar 04, 2009
Dec 01, 2008
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
I often use classic British mysteries as palate cleansers, but for some reason I had never read Agatha Christie before this year. I decided to remedy ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1)
I couldn't put this down. I loved the setting, the unreliable narrator. I see the comparisons to Lovecraft, but the thing it actually reminded me of w ...more
Oct 2014
Jul 16, 2014
Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)
Considered reserving one star for the fact that I didn't expect it to be a downer. I usually equate Connie Willis and humor. It's a beautiful book, me ...more
Aug 07, 2010
Sep 10, 2008
This is a magnificent book. I have a habit of sometimes reading to finish a book, rather than reading to experience it. I lived this novel, the grit a ...more
Dec 23, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
Odd and the Frost Giants
Gaiman does a lot of things really well, but I love his work best when he is playing with myth and folklore. That includes the Sandman, American Gods, ...more
Oct 08, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
And When She Was Good
A quick read, but not one I loved. I've read a handful of Lippman books because I enjoy the way she works Baltimore into her books as a character of i ...more
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
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