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Bake Sale
3.86
Is it just me, or is there something strange and cannibalistic about a cupcake selling zucchini bread to sentient vegetables? Or a package of sugar bu ...more
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
 
The Taking Tree: A Selfish Parody
3.92
While I am not a huge fan of The Giving Tree, and thought that it was one of Silverstein's lesser books in many ways, I cannot in good conscience supp ...more
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
 
The Computer Connection
3.47
Alfred Bester wrote The Stars My Destination and The Demolished Man, two must-reads for any serious fan of science fiction literature. They are classi ...more
Sep 18, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
 
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It
3.61
While not exhaustively complete, this book is an excellent overview of the history and culture of fantasy role-playing games in American culture, focu ...more
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
 
Huntress
3.78
I didn't like it as much as I liked Ash. I was enjoying the first 3/4 of the book, although I thought it was a bit much that so much of the book was a ...more
Jun 06, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
 
Xombies: Apocalypse Blues (Xombies, #1)
3.00
The best parts of the story itself had very little to do with the zombies, spelled with an "X" for reasons that will become apparent to anyone who rea ...more
Dec 15, 2009
Dec 08, 2009
 
After Death...
4.45
After Death is an interesting anthology about death and what comes after. The editor compiled 30+ short stories, each with a unique take on the concep ...more
Oct 28, 2013
Oct 28, 2013
 
Tin Star (Tin Star, #1)
3.66
The elevator pitch for this must have been something like "Podkayne of Mars meets the Mos Eisley Cantina on Babylon 5."
Tula's family is part of a reli
...more
Oct 04, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
 
Hello, Mr. Hulot
3.97
The book is a delightful adaptation of the famous French film character, but there is an inherent flaw which kept me from giving it more stars. The bo ...more
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
 
STORYTELLER
3.49
I really loved parts of this book, but there were a few passages which drove me crazy. Much of the story was clever fantasy, but a few parts were heav ...more
Mar 15, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
 
King David and the Spiders from Mars
4.07
What first grabbed my attention was the title, with its weird Bible meets David Bowie cross reference. Then the introduction explained that it was fan ...more
Mar 19, 2014
Dec 23, 2013
 
Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog
4.36
I rarely give a book five stars. To me, that requires something special, and this book qualifies.
The book tells several important stories. It teaches
...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
 
Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days (Ex Machina, #1)
3.93
A radically different approach to the whole superhero concept...a man who suddenly gains great power, already trained in having great responsibility.. ...more
Jun 08, 2008
Jun 11, 2008
 
Man in the Empty Suit
3.15
The actual craft of the writing of this book was worthy of more stars, but the story drove me crazy with its inconsistent logic.
In this one, a frankly
...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
 
Secret Diary (Lou!, #1)
3.97
Really, 3 1/2 stars.
I thought it was great, with two odd exceptions:
1) I had trouble figuring out the age range for the book. Mostly it seemed like it
...more
Jun 29, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
 
Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)
4.29
I just reread this for the first time in years, and it stood the test of time very well. What really struck me as I read the book is how small and pra ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
 
Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, #1)
3.75
While the author let some interesting cultural biases slip in, the speculations about what a Neanderthal-based civilization might have been like are f ...more
Jun 04, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
 
Interlopers
3.28
I found the plot holes to be very frustrating. This was not Foster's best work, by far. Contrary to the premise as implied in the opening chapters, in ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
 
Happy Birthday, Babymouse (Babymouse #18)
4.10
An extremely cute look at a young girl's worst birthday nightmares. Somehow Babymouse's birthday parties never go right, whether they end up with esca ...more
May 16, 2014
May 16, 2014
 
Cycles of Destruction
4.67
Like with Jupiter Ascending, I came away from the story wanting to smack the super-powerful quasi-aliens. Not that they were written badly, but becaus ...more
Feb 17, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
3.77
I only noticed this one because it's been selected for the "One City, One Story" program where I live and work. I hadn't heard a word about it, but th ...more
Dec 09, 2013
Dec 09, 2013
 
Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)
4.18
This book genuinely fits in the same genre as The Hunger Games, but it takes a while for the reader to get there. There's layer upon layer of reveals ...more
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
 
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
4.27
This book is "Where the Wild Things Are" turned inside out, as an imaginary friend voyages to the real world in search of adventure. I wanted it to be ...more
May 22, 2014
May 22, 2014
 
Otherwise Fables
4.00
I had previously read some of the fables of Oscar Mandel, but this is a more complete edition of his classic "Gobble-Up Stories" along with two other ...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
 
Nation
4.02
Very different from his other works. Less flippant and much more thoughtful, but still with quite a bit of humor. The underlying questions about faith ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
 
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)
4.03
My rating for this book is based partly on the fact that while I was reading it, the characters annoyed me much less than the ones in certain other fa ...more
Feb 05, 2014
Feb 05, 2014
 
On a Clear Day
2.52
I'm really baffled by this book. Normally, Myers wrote clear, believable characters in solid settings, but this one came across as a half-baked dystop ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
 
Hunt for the Hydra (The Jupiter Pirates, #1)
3.81
While there were a few things which annoyed me, like the constant use of the term "starship" for things which clearly weren't, overall this was a fun ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
 
Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious
3.88
This is the story of Alice Waters and her two major projects, a restaurant and a project to help kids eat better at school. Best known for creating on ...more
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
 
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
3.98
It is difficult to figure out the target audience for this book, but it's clever and well-written. It feels like it belongs in the same genre of ficti ...more
Dec 02, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
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