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Madame de Stael: The First Modern Woman
3.45
I was addicted to biographies when I was in junior high and I kept thinking of those as I read Madame de Stael.... This isn't an "academic" biography; ...more
Dec 08, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
 
Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1)
3.93
On the 2014 reread, it's compelling, especially knowing what is to come. Anyone remember those crepe paper balls that one unwound and found tiny prese ...more
Jun 03, 2014
Apr 09, 2009
 
The Secret Adversary
3.80
Read through Daily Lit. A delightful surprise—it’s funny! Gently so.

E.g.,
"But if you are sure that you have enjoyed to the full the reaction of joy af
...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 03, 2009
 
The Apostle (Scot Harvath, #8)
4.05
Not as good as others. The Secret Service story had zero integration with the primary plot and I am mighty tired of Thor's liberal-bashing and...even. ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
 
The Devil's Punchbowl (Penn Cage, #3)
4.01
An excellent thriller...maybe a little more thrilling than I really like. However...what appalls me is not anything in the book, but the people review ...more
Oct 24, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
 
An Edible History of Humanity
3.57
Lordy, the first disc is tedious (although the narrator may have something to do with that). But I'm glad I have persisted...it has gotten increasingl ...more
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
 
The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5)
4.24
I'm thrilled I will get an early copy! I love this series and look forward to reading the new one.
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And this new one is without doubt the best yet.
...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jul 31, 2009
 
The Paris Vendetta (Cotton Malone #5)
3.87
Started 12-18-09.
I found it unusually hard to get into--unusual for me with Steve Berry. The transitions were too choppy (maybe they aren't unusual bu
...more
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 30, 2009
 
Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes
3.96
It probably deserves more than 3 stars, but given my other reading (Michael Pollan, particularly), I didn't really get anything new out of the book. B ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
 
The Christmas Train
3.55
Started 12-14-09.
I'm taking the train--the Empire Builder--with a roomette, from Seattle to Chicago at Christmas this year, so am enjoying this. We'll
...more
Dec 16, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
3.77
Started 11-20-09. Reading through Daily Lit. Just fun. Favorite lines:

My mind is evidently so constituted that I am subconsciously forced into the pat
...more
Dec 03, 2009
Nov 21, 2009
 
Golden Buddha (The Oregon Files, #1)
3.83
I'm glad I started the Oregon Files books with the 5th one, because this and the second are...awful; well, this one is poor, the second is awful. Way ...more
Aug 2009
Jul 30, 2009
 
The Navigator (NUMA Files, #7)
3.87
Started 11-6-09. I didn't much appreciate the awkward admixture of diverse epochs--the medieval trappings seemed one too many, but I loved the "Phoeni ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Nov 06, 2009
 
Journeys In English
3.74
I read Mother Tongue several years ago and liked it a lot. This BBC series is based on that book, but is an entirely different and distinct experience ...more
Oct 04, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
 
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
3.60
It's a 2 and a half stars for me, but I generally round up.
Too much of it annoyed me to rate 3 stars, but it was clever, somewhat intriguing and impro
...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 25, 2009
 
Prayers for the Assassin
3.76
I liked it. An enjoyable alternative history (well, future history :-) although not so much for women. Not as well done as Phillip K. Dick's wonderful ...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 16, 2009
 
Spartan Gold (Fargo Adventure, #1)
3.78
Started 11-22-09. I thoroughly enjoyed the few descriptions of food. Otherwise, it was just OK. Not as good as the NUMA or the more recent Oregon File ...more
Nov 28, 2009
Nov 18, 2009
 
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
4.05
By and large I did NOT like this book. I don't like the family members and am not fond of the author as he displays himself. The last quarter of it BA ...more
Jan 27, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
 
Death in Blue Folders (Sigrid Harald Mystery #3)
3.83
Mostly three stars...a good book. It got four stars for:
"It reminded Sigrid of diagraming complex-compound sentences in seventh-grade English classes,
...more
Nov 2009
Oct 29, 2009
 
Polar Shift (NUMA Files, #6)
3.85
It took me at least a third of the book to get really interested...but then I enjoyed it a lot. I always feel I've learned something with Cussler book ...more
Aug 07, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
 
Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp #5)
4.29
Anna Reilly is terminally annoying. As is Mitch Rapp's idiotic response to her. Get a grip, Mitch! The book otherwise would have merited three stars f ...more
Jan 03, 2009
Jan 01, 2009
 
Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot, #21)
3.77
A good Agatha Christie (Poirot) mystery--not one of the greats. But David Suchet read it and he is, of course, OUTSTANDING. He IS Poirot, but his othe ...more
May 27, 2009
May 25, 2009
 
The Last Dickens
3.53
There are some delightful vignettes in the book -- I particularly liked the story of Frank and Charles Dickens and the shorthand lesson. The denouemen ...more
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 20, 2009
 
White Death (NUMA Files, #4)
3.82
Started 11-18-09. Kurt seemed awfully cranky in this book. Plus Joe wasn't present for too much of the book. So it's a low three stars. Still, I did l ...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 18, 2009
 
Rules of Vengeance
3.85
OK, I get it that an author can write anything he (or she) wants to...but to this, I object! I do expect some slight smidgen of character-consistency!
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
 
The Silent Man (John Wells, #3)
4.00
Started 11-8-09. The number of "restarts" of the book, throughout, bothered me. Too much chaff. But it was OK. (Note, the capitals OK, not ok.)
Nov 10, 2009
Nov 08, 2009
 
Medusa (NUMA Files, #8)
3.91
Started 11-3-09. Slow start.... But a good one. I am always highly amused with the exceedingly liberal use of adjectives in these books.
Nov 05, 2009
Nov 03, 2009
 
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (TM)
3.84
A faithful rendering of the movie, which means it is interesting and fun...but I miss the complexity in Rollins' own creations.
Jul 21, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
 
Don't Tell a Soul
3.67
Enjoyed it a lot...but it's not an Andy Carpenter book (although Nick, the attorney, could just as well have been Andy).
Oct 21, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
 
This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation
3.47
OK, yes, I AM a flaming liberal...and have been...for way more than 50 years...so of course I like this book! :-)
Mar 10, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
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