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Oryx and Crake
I am calling complete, and total, bullshit.

There are so many things wrong with this book that it's hard to know where to begin. For starters, the ide
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
Between Two Fires
To be perfectly honest, I have no idea what the hell I just read. I think it was deeply profound and probably changed my life, but I'm not sure yet. I ...more
Dec 2012
Nov 26, 2012
Liberalism is a Mental Disorder
So there's being offensive to make a point (Chris Rock's "N's v. Black People" sketches).

There's being offensive to be funny. (South Park's Trapped in
Nov 29, 2008
Sep 01, 2008
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
**spoiler alert** I don't really know what I think of the beginning, since the first two (clearly important) scenes are done outside Harry's frame of ...more
Jun 07, 2008
May 15, 2008
Lorna Doone
I was assigned a (vastly abridged) version of this when I was in grade school, which kept 90% of the plot but cut out a lot of the description and the ...more
Sep 23, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society
I stumbled upon this book almost by accident, and I'm absolutely furious that I went through 19 years of education and never even heard of it. Reading ...more
Oct 16, 2009
Sep 09, 2009
The Trial
I...I made it. It's over. I made it through without hanging myself in despair or clawing my eyeballs out in self-defense.

I opted to read this because
Jun 2011
May 07, 2011
The Kitchen House
This book should be drinking game!

Take a shot every time:
-A child dies
-Someone is raped/forced into sex against her will
-A situation is briefly promis
Feb 2014
Jan 15, 2014
The Snow Queen (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #4)
Mercedes Lackey is very much my guilty pleasures, as I think I've mentioned before. Because of that, I'll read pretty much everything she rolls out wi ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Dec 13, 2008
Life Sentences
Usually I can forgive a book bad writing if it's got good characters. But now I have found that the opposite is not true; I cannot forgive bad charact ...more
May 17, 2012
May 06, 2012
The Devil's Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
I stumbled across this volume in a used book store, and, intrigued by the title, picked it up. (See? Sometimes you CAN judge a book by its cover, or a ...more
May 27, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
Readable but a little dense--it's never taken me 3 weeks to read 400 pages before. This sounds like the kind of book that would only be of interest to ...more
Aug 03, 2008
Mar 09, 2008
The Dark Side of Camelot
Well, that was life-alteringly depressing.

I have never been a great Kennedy fan, but I've also never been a huge detractor. I was aware of some woman
May 22, 2010
Sep 25, 2009
Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel -- Why Everything You Know Is Wrong
I really like John Stossel, although sometimes he's so libertarian he makes even me a bit uncomfortable. A lot of the things he had to stay were kind ...more
Nov 14, 2008
Sep 01, 2008
This is a slim little paperback, less than 300 pages. Normally I could finish something like that in a matter of days, but this took me three weeks. I ...more
Oct 24, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
The Last Herald-Mage (Valdemar: The Last Herald-Mage, #1-3)
When we talk about writers that are good story tellers but not necessarily good, well, writers, Lackey is always top of the list. I am very well aware ...more
Jul 25, 2009
Jul 18, 2009
A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family, #5)
**spoiler alert** I wanted to like this. I did. I like most of the rest of L'Engle's books, but something about this one just left me cold. I only rea ...more
Jan 1995
Apr 20, 2008
Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, #5)
The Dark Tower cycles have been getting progressively better with each one, which is how it's supposed to be. This has been my favorite so far. The ch ...more
Nov 14, 2009
Nov 06, 2009
Known and Unknown: A Memoir
I first became of Donald Rumsfeld as more than just a name in the paper in the spring of 2003. I was a press conference with him and one of the report ...more
Aug 08, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
I both loved and hated this book; thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very difficult to read. The plot was thrilling and there was some great humor in ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Jan 01, 2010
Bard's Oath (Dragonlord, #3)
Dude, where's my plot?

I count Dragon and Phoenix as one of my favorite books of all time; I've read it over and over. I've been waiting for the follow
Feb 24, 2013
Nov 04, 2012
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
Once again: epic failure to live up to the hype.

I have gotten a fair amount of grief over reading this books, because they're "about killing God," and
Jun 14, 2009
Jun 06, 2009
Till We Have Faces
**spoiler alert** I have never actively disliked a C.S. Lewis book before, but I guess there's a first time for everything. Deciding to tell Eros and ...more
Apr 17, 2008
Apr 14, 2008
Gone Girl
Holy God.

I...I don't even know what to say. This is simultaneously a 1 star, because I mostly hated it, and a 5 star, because it was freaking brillian
Nov 21, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)
Charlaine Harris is one of those authors who has great characters, moderately interesting stories, and only mediocre writing. Sookie Stackhouse is a g ...more
Sep 13, 2009
Sep 12, 2009
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan, #3)
First off, I have to give Tom Clancy credit for really doing his homework for this. He knew his stuff backwards and forwards, as he demonstrated amply ...more
Feb 10, 2011
Feb 14, 2010
Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
I really don't know what I think of this. I liked at least the first half of it a lot; it's written in an engaging style, and it contains a lot of whi ...more
Aug 15, 2008
Mar 09, 2008
Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case
This book was hard, almost impossible to get all the way through--not because it was poorly written, but because it was almost too involving. This is ...more
Jun 29, 2008
Mar 09, 2008
The Blind Assassin
**spoiler alert** I wanted to like it. I really did, especially as it came so highly recommended. This might be what I get for trying something that i ...more
May 04, 2008
Mar 09, 2008
The Romanov Prophecy
Well, this was...unexpected. I picked it up based solely on the word "Romanov" in the title, but based on all of the Dan Brown comparisons, I didn't e ...more
Nov 19, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
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