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War Dances
I listened to the audio MP3 version of this.
The format is jarring, as each short story or poem starts immediately after the last. The author's writing
Jul 03, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (44 Scotland Street, #5)
I am very familiar with Alexander McCall Smith's writing, and always enjoy his studied character development. I usually feel like I know the character ...more
May 02, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
If the Anti-christ was raised like a normal boy, how would he deal with starting Armageddon? You will have to read this fabulous book and find out.
Mar 15, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
The Ten Things You Can't Say in America
It was a chore, but I finally finished (well, almost finished) this book. He has opened my eyes to his point of view. It has made me start to re-think ...more
Feb 05, 2008
Jan 14, 2008
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
With baited breath, I awaited the delivery of this book. It came and I was...a little disappointed. After her previous two cookbooks, I was expecting ...more
Apr 2008
Jan 03, 2008
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
I really enjoyed the HBO show, so I thought I should read this to get more in depth character studies. What I found instead is that I cannot stomach j ...more
Mar 22, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
River of Stars
Listened to this audio book and found that 1. the narrator was quite well chosen. This is a joy when it all comes together like that. 2. Story is epic ...more
Aug 04, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery
Excellent writing; very good reading by the actress. Poorly curated - would like to have cues at the begining and end of each disc to advise when to s ...more
Mar 06, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Excellent storytelling! I laughed out loud in so many places. It was a wonderful, spellbinding story, from the point of view of Biff (named for the so ...more
Mar 03, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld, #11)
Light and easy, a fun story. It is a little bit annoying to pick up a book that is the third or fourth in a series (in this case, it is number 11) whe ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!
I borrowed this from the library to see if it would be worthwhile to own. It has some very good information, although I had to forgive the authors for ...more
Feb 04, 2008
Feb 05, 2008
Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers
Tough and tender coming of age story of a Japanese-American girl born and raised in Hawaii. It takes place during the 1970's. I would recommend this t ...more
Jan 20, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
The Tainos: Rise and Decline of the People Who Greeted Columbus
A terrific study of the original people who lived on the island of Puerto Rico. It was listed in the bibliography of a sci-fi/fantasy book by Orson Sc ...more
Jun 15, 2002
Jan 11, 2009
The First Peko-Neko Bird
This is my favorite children's book. I remember reading it, and laughing through it with my mom. As an adult, I found an old hardcover copy in a thrif ...more
Jan 1976
Aug 30, 2014
Serpent's Tooth (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #10)
The first two chapters are chock full of pulp fiction cliches and bizarre turns of phrases. It was the fact that it was a "New York Times Bestseller" ...more
May 27, 2008
May 20, 2008
The Devil in the Junior League
Fun read, with a somewhat cliched main character, but I like the author's treatment of her and some of the more central characters. This book was a su ...more
Jan 15, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
Catherine, Called Birdy
This is a well written book, from the viewpoint of a teenager in the middle ages. Birdy is feisty and quite the proto-feminist. I loved it. I'd love a ...more
May 2010
Sep 06, 2010
The Christmas Train
Sappy book. It felt like the writer was trying to write a book that would encourage people to ride the train, and came up with this shallow-plotted st ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
Super Sad True Love Story
The backdrop is a dystopian nightmare of a future for this story. The main character is a nebbish who has fallen in love with a Korean girl barely mor ...more
May 10, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
The Full Cupboard of Life (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #5)
This was a truly disappointing book. I have come to expect more fully formed installments from this series. It seems like Mr. Smith wrote a much longe ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Apr 13, 2008
The Kite Runner
I am finding it harder and harder to find books with terrific story telling and wonderful writing. Here is a book with both. Harrowing descriptions of ...more
Jun 15, 2008
Jun 01, 2008
Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
I am a vegetarian who is allergic to milk, so I'm "not quite" vegan. I use this cookbook at least once a week. I can't recommend it enough. It has giv ...more
not set
Dec 27, 2007
Down These Mean Streets
Actually, my mother gave me this book when I was a teenager (My mother and author Piri Thomas had the same circle of friends. His daughters and I went ...more
Jan 1996
Jan 14, 2008
I could not read beyond page 63 of this book. The author's constant digressing from the main story to give the back story of the characters was clunky ...more
Mar 30, 2008
Mar 04, 2008
Eat, Pray, Love
I have read about 30 pages into this. Supposedly, she is a well-received published author (this book was given to me by a co-worker; I have never hear ...more
not set
Jan 14, 2008
Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Much like a Chinese version of "Mommy Dearest," it is dreadful and moving. The author tells her story of an unbearable life at the hands of her stepmo ...more
May 02, 2008
May 03, 2008
Mirror Mirror
Not a great book. However, at the point where Bianca wakes up after her long sleep, the writing is just...sensual, tender, gorgeous? I don't know how ...more
May 2006
Dec 31, 2007
The Eyes of the Dragon
This is a fun read. Although I think Stepeh King is a fantastic writer, he often blows a story by choosing a supernatural ending (Needful Things, The ...more
Feb 19, 2008
Feb 19, 2008
The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4)
This was not a great book, but the story was engaging. The strongest impression I have is of the visceral description of the main character waking up ...more
Jan 1990
Jan 04, 2008
Wild Ginger
Tough to read, if a little frivolous. Wild Ginger is the name of a tough half-French, half-Chinese girl who befriends the narrator. Both together stan ...more
Apr 25, 2008
May 03, 2008
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