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Define Normal
liked it
I was in the mood for something teenage and angsty, and this fit the bill. The story itself is more morality play than a realistic plot, but the chara ...more
Jun 08, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
really liked it
OK, majorly important book here. Let's please take a moment and give Tim Wise the ridiculous amount of respect he deserves for advancing the dialogue ...more
Feb 19, 2008
Feb 19, 2008
Bud, Not Buddy
liked it
This was no The Watsons Go to Birmingham. Just a little too predictable. But it's powerfully told, and Curtis has the rare ability to get inside the h ...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
The Silent Boy
it was ok
Ugh, this was such paint by numbers historical fiction. Little girl ahead of her time (She wants to be a doctor like her daddy!) + vaguely quaint desc ...more
Apr 06, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
Bound for Glory
it was amazing
How can people really write like THIS when I can barely scratch out a little review here? Damn. There's not much music in here until the end, but his ...more
Mar 31, 2008
Feb 23, 2008
liked it
OK, full disclosure, I spent most of the early 90s camped out in the library reading Star Trek novels. When a few boxes of old ST paperbacks showed up ...more
Jun 12, 2008
Jun 12, 2008
Dwellers in the Crucible
really liked it
No guilty pleasure here. This was a heavy read, almost hard to finish. I've read plenty darker tales of captivity, but never in this universe. The fut ...more
Jun 14, 2008
Jun 13, 2008
What You Owe Me
liked it
Wow, this book was so absurdly and comprehensively heartwarming! The whole goshdarn cast of white and black characters successfully work through every ...more
Feb 26, 2008
Jan 31, 2008
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women#1)
liked it
I keep forgetting to review this book. I think because I'm not quite sure what to make of it. The next time you're browsing in a bookstore pick it up ...more
May 26, 2008
May 19, 2008
Gracie and the Emperor
liked it
Short and sweet, with a cool historical concept and a thoughtful narrator. It would be a good read for an elementary class. But I wanted a bit more de ...more
May 11, 2008
May 11, 2008
The Vulcan Academy Murders
it was ok
(Extra, extra! Get your flashback to nerdy little Rebecita!) The first line? "Fire photon torpedos!" Yeah. A change of pace from the last Star Trek no ...more
Jul 06, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
it was amazing
Whoa. Where was this book all my life. Nail bitingly riveting deeply philosophical post-apocalyptic noir? More, please.

Oh, the glimpse of a failed fut
Oct 28, 2008
Aug 02, 2008
Fair Weather
liked it
Once they finally get there, this is a bright and quirky imagined childhood memory of the Chicago Colombian Exposition in 1893. (Which you may remembe ...more
May 24, 2008
Apr 11, 2010
The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, #2)
liked it
This was a disappointing sequel. It just lacks the compelling conflict of the first book. Back then you didn't know who to root for! It was thrilling ...more
Aug 2008
Jan 06, 2009
Snow Crash
really liked it
The only thing dated about this book is the slang, praise of the highest order for a techno-thriller published in 1992! (Everyone says "dude" and skat ...more
Sep 07, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
A Walk Down the Aisle: Notes on a Modern Wedding
really liked it
So I hear that a couple of my favorite people are getting hitched this fall. Because Katie is amazing, her duties for me as her share of the wedding p ...more
Apr 2008
Jul 01, 2008
The City of Ember (The Ember Series, #1)
liked it
The premise of this series is really cool, and I enjoyed the story, but there was so much unused potential here. I want more intrigue, more developed ...more
Jul 03, 2008
Jun 24, 2008
liked it
Point: Good god, someone please restrain me before I read any more fantasy. I DON'T LIKE FANTASY. Talking animals. Fairies. Blah. But somehow I always ...more
Dec 26, 2008
Nov 30, 2008
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
it was amazing
This is now officially one of my favorite young adult books, but I hate the title. It screams A Very Special History Lesson. When in fact there's surp ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 14, 2008
The Bialy Eaters
liked it
For once, I actually wanted to hear less about the food. Basically Sheraton chased bialys around the world only to dismiss every modern iteration as i ...more
Oct 17, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
Gilead (Gilead, #1)
it was amazing
I think this is the best book I've read so far this year. Usually I devour books that I love, but I actually savored this one. It's something you coul ...more
Jun 18, 2008
May 15, 2008
The Plot Against America
it was amazing
This was definitely a 5 star read for me, not because it was imperfect but because it's unlike anything else I've ever read, and it didn't hurt that i ...more
Oct 09, 2008
Sep 15, 2008
Trouble on Planet Earth (Choose Your Own Adventure, #29)
it was ok
Ooh, a green CYOA! This one really speaks to our generation. Of course, it goes without saying that most of the "adventures" end in an early death com ...more
Apr 17, 2008
Apr 18, 2008
Tipping the Velvet
really liked it
4 stars for the sheer audacity of this book. Well, there's nothing like a lesbian romance for melodrama, eh? This is so over the top in the best sense ...more
Aug 06, 2008
Jul 29, 2008
Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
liked it
Picking apples last week made me think of the beginning of this book, where they pick apples in the overgrown orchards of Cair Paravel and realize tha ...more
Aug 09, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
really liked it
OK, this didn't knock my socks off in the same way as Kavalier & Clay, but it's still pretty fantastic. I'm one of the many readers completely mis ...more
Nov 28, 2008
Jan 28, 2008
Esperanza Rising
liked it
I really have to stop picking up books from the classroom to kill time. On the plus side, this was well written with a lovely sense of time and place ...more
May 22, 2008
May 24, 2008
really liked it
I'm so glad I finally finished this off... the last 60 pages I had left unread are sublime, a perfectly gorgeous conclusion to a gorgeously uncomforta ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Apr 29, 2008
Pacific Crossing
it was ok
I picked this up as a timekiller at work today. With respect to Mr. Soto, who is a talented writer and promoter of Chicano lit, it was pretty forgetta ...more
May 13, 2008
May 13, 2008
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
it was amazing
I may snicker and nod vigorously at this hilarious negative review, but I still love the book unabashedly. It's just so irresistibly gorgeous and epic ...more
Apr 13, 2008
Feb 28, 2008
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