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The House on Fortune Street
Livesey is exploring the disconnect the exists between our unstated private desires and feelings and the desires/feelings we choose to present to the...more
May 17, 2008
May 17, 2008
The Goldfinch
I'm ditching. I've read most of the ending, and some of the stuff in between, but I'm really tired of the Goldfinch angst and the bag of pills. Nice t...more
Nov 30, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
Queen and Country: The Definitive Edition, Vol. 1
I'm giving the 3 stars for the first two books in this omnibus. I hated the last book - more for the drawing then anything. I have no patience for the...more
Feb 23, 2008
Feb 01, 2008
The Mezzanine
I waffled on my rating. This is a 5 star book I think, but I didn't always feel like it was a 5 star read. My review is still percolating. I need to s...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
A Field of Darkness (Madeline Dare, #1)
I enjoyed this book. The first 50 or so pages were great - really fun writing. The middle got a bit sloggy with her family, and I got tired of hearing...more
Jan 19, 2008
Feb 01, 2008
The Diviners
I read this when I was about 16, and Christy's "by their garbage shall ye know them" speech was life changing. Love this book. I've read it multiple t...more
Oct 1982
Feb 12, 2008
Frances and Bernard
Gave it 5 stars because I loved every minute reading it. The Catholicism didn't reverberate (very lapsed anti-baptist here) but everything else was lo...more
Apr 2014
Jan 10, 2014
A Walk Among the Tombstones (Matthew Scudder, #10)
I half-closed my eyes during the violent scenes because I'm a real wuss, but they were few and effective. This is the first Block I've read and it won...more
Oct 28, 2013
Oct 28, 2013
Shit Sherlock. A new book by Ford that takes place in Saskatchewan. I'm so there.
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Jan 03, 2012
(Sometime in July) I'm doing everything I can to avoid reading this book. I sort of want to know what happens with George and with the Mira experiment...more
Aug 11, 2013
Aug 03, 2011
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God and Other Stories
I read the first 3-4 stories when I first picked this book up, and then finished the rest this past week. I was really impressed by this collection. H...more
Apr 07, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
When the Killing's Done
This was not my favorite Boyle. It is really well thought out, and his descriptions of Channel Islands is really very good, but I didn't buy it. Both...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
Ordinary Thunderstorms
I liked this book, but I didn't love how craft-like it felt. I have trouble with over-plotted books, and although I appreciated how he provided a reas...more
Apr 04, 2010
Apr 04, 2010
I really hate the star system for these kinds of books.

I'm not sure how to review this book. It's not the great American novel, but I see the potenti...more
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 23, 2013
Rising from the Plains
I read this as we travelled up from Scottsdale through Flagstaff, by the Grand Canyon (we did stop to gawk), through Monument Valley and the Valley of...more
May 28, 2012
May 18, 2012
The Taken (Hazel Micallef #2)
Not bad. I think, in the end, I liked this one somewhat better than The Calling, simply because I the ending was stronger. My one issue is a spoiler,...more
Jul 21, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
 How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond
We got a puppy yesterday, so I'm seeing if Cesar has any extra wisdom. So far, its more about his breeder friends than anything else. He sure likes hi...more
Jun 21, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
The Stories of Mary Gordon
I read the first half of this book (Mary Gordon's unpublished stories) in October while I was living with my kids at my parents house (our house was b...more
Mar 31, 2008
Feb 15, 2008
The Gates (Samuel Johnson, #1)
I had a hard time letting go of its similarity to Good Omens. But my 9 year old and I enjoyed listening together to the last hour or so very much. So,...more
Oct 19, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Steven Martin's a smart cookie and thoughtful so I expected this book to a bit more than it was. Still I loved listening to it (he narrates), and appr...more
Mar 07, 2008
Feb 15, 2008
Trawler: A Journey Through the North Atlantic
I'd like to give this one 3.5 stars. Not my favorite, and lots of posturing but a significant amount of the book has stuck and I loved the bits about...more
Jan 2007
Jul 31, 2010
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
This was more of a slog than I anticipated, although I suspect I'm in the minority and had more to do with my energy level - her language demands clos...more
Nov 14, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
woot! This really fun.

It stayed pretty fun, but I hate backstory (especially extended backstory), so that was a bummer. But Harkaway writes well, and...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
Daemon (Daemon, #1)
I was wildly tired last night, so picked this up. Pretty compulsive read so far.

It was compulsive in parts, but once you got all the pieces, less so....more
Jun 14, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
This was one of my all time favorite reads as a child. I'm a bit afraid to read it now, and see how unlovely it is (if that's the case). I had no idea...more
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May 14, 2010
Reading by Lightning
I was frequently blown away by Thomas' use of language and the books general smartness. Told almost entirely from Lily's point of view (there are a co...more
Sep 07, 2009
Aug 28, 2009
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
Elitist, over-romanticized, anachronistic crap. Which is too bad, because Bray isn't a bad writer and the story was interesting enough to keep me most...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
The Ravine
There are moments, including the ending, that are terribly clunky and I think the central conciete is lame, but Quarrington is funny and finally, even...more
Jan 08, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
A compulsive read, which is rare. I enjoyed the narrative alternating between Ruby Lennox, who was a spectacular narrator (almost all the way) through...more
Oct 27, 2008
Oct 25, 2008
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
I read a little over 400 pages of this book before Christmas and then put it down for quite awhile. I needed a break from the list of realities that K...more
Feb 17, 2008
Feb 02, 2008
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