Outlander (Outlander #1)
4.20
it was amazing
The description of the book above is inaccurate and misleading, in two respects: Claire's time travel isn't caused by touching a natural "boulder," bu ...more
Jan 1998
Mar 21, 2008
 
The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom
4.42
it was amazing
When I was adding every book I could remember ever reading to my Goodreads shelves, I automatically slapped three-star ratings on all the nonfiction b ...more
Jan 1974
Mar 12, 2008
 
The Scarlet Letter
3.37
it was amazing
Actually, I've read this book twice, the first time when I was in high school. Reading it again after some thirty years, I was amazed at the amount of ...more
Jan 1998
Feb 13, 2008
 
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
4.01
it was amazing
Note, March 25, 2014: I edited this review slightly just now, to delete one accidental dittography. Hmmm, I thought I'd proofread this.... :-)

Auel's E
...more
Jan 1987
Feb 16, 2008
 
The Qur'an
4.34
did not like it
Note, May 22, 2013: Some of the discussion below convinced me that I should add a couple of clarifying sentences, which I've just done.

With the curren
...more
Jan 2007
Mar 10, 2008
 
The Man in the High Castle
3.66
really liked it
Note, March 2, 2013: A recent comment on this review prompted me to reread it, and I discovered a typo --I'd accidentally omitted a key word in one se ...more
Mar 1996
Mar 20, 2008
 
The Maltese Falcon
3.92
it was ok
C. S. Lewis once observed that you shouldn't review individual books or stories of a general type that you dislike, because your basic distaste for th ...more
Jan 1968
Jan 07, 2009
 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages, #6)
3.86
it was ok
Verne's works are difficult for an English-speaking reader to evaluate fairly, because he wasn't well-served by the English translations of his day -- ...more
Jan 2000
May 05, 2008
 
Holy Bible: New International Version
4.61
it was amazing
Note, Jan. 18, 2017: I edited this review just now to correct a typo.

I've read the Bible multiple times, and intend to keep on reading it for the rest
...more
not set
Mar 07, 2008
 
The House of the Seven Gables
3.45
really liked it
Note, May 14, 2016: I edited this review just now to make a slight factual correction.

During the Salem witch hysteria of 1692, when real-life accused
...more
Jan 1997
Feb 13, 2008
 
Carmilla
3.83
really liked it
Note, Oct. 1, 2012: I just modified this review slightly to incorporate a changed perspective I came to as a result of a discussion in one of my group ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 22, 2008
 
The Turn of the Screw
3.45
really liked it
Note, Oct. 21, 2016: Following my third reading of this novella, I've just completely updated my review, not in any way to change the interpretation, ...more
Oct 21, 2016
Feb 13, 2008
 
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
3.80
liked it
It can be said at the outset that Burroughs was not a very deep nor a very disciplined writer. His disdain for research often shows in his work, and i ...more
Jan 1994
Mar 20, 2008
 
A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)
3.99
really liked it
Dame Edith Pargeter had already, by 1977, made a reputation for herself, under the pen name of Ellis Peters, as a mystery writer; but under her own na ...more
Aug 2005
Mar 19, 2008
 
Jamaica Inn
3.84
really liked it
Jamaica Inn is a real building which, as Du Maurier notes in her introductory note here, stood in her own time (and still does) on Cornwall's Bodmin M ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1)
4.12
liked it
Note, Oct. 16, 2015: I edited this just now to correct a misspelling.

Books that are spin-offs or sequels to movies or TV shows (or sometimes direct fi
...more
Jan 2001
May 10, 2008
 
Watership Down (Watership Down #1)
4.05
it was amazing
This was a book that Barb and I read together, and both enjoyed immensely. Best-seller status isn't typically something that draws me to a book; I've ...more
Jan 1988
Feb 16, 2008
 
The Town House (House, #1)
4.19
really liked it
This book, which I've now reread as an adult, was my first introduction to the work of a writer who soon became a favorite of mine. (1963 is a rough g ...more
Apr 08, 2017
Mar 05, 2008
 
Letter to a Christian Nation
4.04
did not like it
New Atheist spokesman Harris published an earlier book attacking religion, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, in 2004. Writ ...more
Jan 27, 2015
Oct 31, 2014
 
The Black Arrow
3.81
it was amazing
This was a reread for me, but my previous experience of the book was back in junior high school. (A lot of it I consciously remembered; much of it I r ...more
Apr 09, 2016
Mar 05, 2008
 
The Shack
3.73
it was amazing
At first, I didn't expect to like this book; as I noted in a comment below, it was one I had to read because of my work. The premise of a young child' ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 04, 2009
 
The Martian Chronicles
4.12
liked it
Though the 16 stories that comprise this collection are fitted into a super-imposed chronological framework, and are joined by some short units of bri ...more
Jan 1994
Mar 20, 2008
 
Wonderstruck
4.16
it was amazing
This book wasn't on my radar until my Goodreads friend Jackie kindly offered to gift me with her copy, which she'd read and didn't want to keep; and I ...more
Nov 11, 2016
Feb 27, 2014
 
Ivanhoe
3.74
it was amazing
Note, March 17, 2014: I posted this review some time ago, but just finished tweaking the language in one sentence to clarify a thought.

Obviously, this
...more
Jan 1971
Mar 05, 2008
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
it was amazing
Note, September 5, 2015 --I edited this review just now to correct two misspelled words.

For me, the extremely dark premise of this novel, as set out i
...more
Jan 14, 2013
Mar 19, 2012
 
Treasure of the Golden Cheetah (Jade del Cameron Mysteries, #5)
3.87
it was amazing
Warning --my review doesn't contain any spoilers for this book, but it does divulge a major series plot development from the preceding book!

In the 10t
...more
Feb 11, 2017
Dec 10, 2016
 
Joyland
3.90
it was ok
This book was a generous gift some time ago, from a friend who'd read it and wanted to pass it along to another reader; so I had it handy when it was ...more
Oct 14, 2016
Feb 27, 2014
 
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
4.14
liked it
My oldest grandson Philip is an avid reader, a trait my wife and I like to encourage. He'd encountered this Newbery award winner in his school library ...more
Feb 22, 2017
Feb 18, 2017
 
Water Witch
3.53
really liked it
Note, Sept. 24, 2016: I've tweaked this much-amended review once again, to remove language critical of the Federal disclosure requirements for free re ...more
Dec 09, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
 
The Great Divorce
4.28
it was amazing
I've classified this book on my "Christian life and thought" shelf, which is one of my nonfiction shelves. Technically, one might argue that this is a ...more
Sep 07, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
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