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Conquer The Night (Graham, #2)
I recall throwing this book across the room. The "heroine" gets raped by the "hero" and, of course, falls in love with him. His excuse? She said she w...more
Oct 2003
May 11, 2007
Master of Desire (Brotherhood/MacAllister, #1)
Ok, I HAD to read a book with a title like this. And it was a typical, run-of-the-mill romance. I'd give it one star except for a scene where the hero...more
May 2007
May 31, 2007
Yes Man
I am a fan of Danny Wallace's philosophy on life. I love his humor and his enthusiasm for his "boy projects." This book does not disappoint. He says "...more
Aug 2007
Aug 23, 2007
Barrio Libre: Criminalizing States and Delinquent Refusals of the New Frontier
Rosas’ ethnography follows the Mexican youth who inhabit and terrorize the Barrio Libre (“Free ‘Hood”) on the US-Mexico border. These cholo/as (gangst...more
Jan 28, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
The female lead was frustratingly stupid. I didn't like what Rand had to say about gender.
Jan 2007
May 03, 2007
Origins Reconsidered: In Search of What Makes Us Human
Great, easy to read, and full of excellent evolutionary anthropology.
Aug 2005
May 08, 2007
Laird of the Wind
The hawk/trapped wild woman metaphor got old fast. It was also pretty annoying having the characters explain aloud what had already been established m...more
Dec 28, 2010
Dec 31, 2010
The Scarlet Pimpernel

It was a little slow to begin with, but a quick and fun read when you get into it. I thought the story was extremely predictable, yet this did...more
May 2007
May 03, 2007
Fear and Conventionality
Parsons writes an ethnography of her own culture showing the universals human essences of fear and convention from around the world. Frustrating to re...more
Oct 2010
Nov 19, 2010
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
This book was great, until about 3/4 to the end. Then it went all downhill. I HATE it when authors string you along only to end with no resolution to...more
Apr 12, 2010
Mar 26, 2010
The Angel Knight (Faulkener Family, #1)
A wonderful way to turn off the brain and enjoy a nice story. The hero is the most likeable male lead in a romance novel I've read so far. A nice brea...more
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 31, 2010
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
Sanderson built an incredibly imaginative world with great depth. Mistborn not only provides a great plot, but forces the reader to consider the inevi...more
Dec 17, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
Who Owns Native Culture
A great, easy read full of tough issues. Brown gracefully deals with incredibly charged conflicts regarding native cultures around the world.
Sep 2010
Nov 20, 2010
Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World's Languages
Nettle and Romaine set up their argument based on the "history in stages" model. In 2011, academics should be well past this by now.
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
Monumental Ambivalence: The Politics of Heritage
Breglia's writing style is extremely frustrating given that the actually content of her ethnographic analysis can be very useful.
Oct 2010
Nov 20, 2010
The first third was nearly intolerable to me, but it finally clicked halfway through. I'm not so sure this is as good as people say it is. Briony is t...more
Jan 2011
Dec 13, 2010
From Savage to Negro: Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954
Baker argues that anthropology played a pivotal role in the institution of racism in the U.S.
Oct 2010
Nov 19, 2010
Renegade's Magic (Soldier Son, #3)
Hobb obviously wanted to keep this story open for future books. It didn't work in her favor.
Jun 2010
Nov 20, 2010
The Raven's Wish (Scottish Clans, #3)
The characters I cared about were the cousins, and they didn't get much page-age.
Jan 06, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Patterns of Culture
Interesting view on what culture really is and means.
Oct 2010
Nov 19, 2010
Volksgeist as Method and Ethic: Essays on Boasian Ethnography and the German Anthropological Tradition
This is a *must have* for all aspiring anthropologists.
Oct 2010
Nov 19, 2010
Anthropology and Modern Life
Boas at his best.
Sep 2010
Nov 19, 2010
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Boring. Hugo writes 20 pages about the layout of medieval Paris as if his readers in the 1800s, 1900s, 2000s care whether the butcher shops were on th...more
Jul 2005
May 03, 2007
The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People
Bone chilling. This demonstrates what colonial powers have been asking anthropologists to do for centuries.
Dec 03, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
An adult fairytale due to its brutal rape the heroine endures. I love McKinley's willingness to tackle the undercurrents of misogyny in classic fairyt...more
Mar 2003
May 03, 2007
The Three Musketeers
Not at all what I was expecting. The story was cute and funny in places, but horrific in others given the bloodshed. If you haven't any qualms about p...more
Dec 19, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
A fitting end to a wonderful series. This is my favorite book of them all.

... is what I thought during the euphoria of reading it, but now, looking ba...more
Jul 2007
Jul 25, 2007
Fool's Fate (Tawny Man, #3)
The final part of this double trilogy (The Farseer & Tawny Man trilogies go together) is completely satisfying, tying up loose ends that other, le...more
Oct 2003
May 06, 2007
Blood and Vengeance: One Family's Story of the War in Bosnia
A journalist traces his family's history through the ages and examines the actual events in the early 90s, providing context to the Bosnian genocide....more
Feb 2006
May 06, 2007
The Kite Runner
Not the sensation that the public and critics say it is. It's a fine book. Some parts of it were exceptional, while others were ho-hum. I love the his...more
Mar 03, 2009
Jul 25, 2007
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