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Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran
Pomegranate Soup
by Marsha Mehran
read in January, 2017
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The story is lovely and well-written, and I loved learning about the three sisters through the lens of the Iranian Revolution. However, using the native food idea to guide the story had been done in "Like Water for Chocolate," so "Pomegranate Soup co ...more
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Rose Madder by Stephen King
Rose Madder
by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2016
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Brutal domestic abuse isn't my thing. I quit reading it because it was building up to something awful and I didn't want to be a part of it.
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Quicker Than the Eye by Ray Bradbury
Quicker Than the Eye
by Ray Bradbury
read in December, 2016
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I just don't care much for Bradbury's short stories.
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The Parrot's Lament, and Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue,... by Eugene Linden
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This is a fascinating not-so-scientific look at animal behavior beyond survival of the fittest. Rather than spending all their time finding food, mating, and sleeping, it turns out that animals are more complex than traditionally thought. We constant ...more
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Plaguemaker by Tim Downs
Plaguemaker
by Tim Downs (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2016
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I thought this would be fluff reading--fast, meaningless, shallow. There was an unexpected substance to "Plaguemaker." Historical bioterrorism leading to planned bioterrorism, long-standing vendettas, the meaning of forgiveness. Much of the terrorism ...more
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Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs
Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan, #1)
by Kathy Reichs (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2016
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This is a solid first effort. There's a fair amount of over-description and over-explanation, but overall, it's a decent read. The big, huge caveat is that, if you love the TV show "Bones," there aren't many similarities. "Déjà Dead" takes place in a ...more
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Palm-of-the-Hand Stories by Yasunari Kawabata
Palm-of-the-Hand Stories
by Yasunari Kawabata
read in November, 2016
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I felt like I was missing the point of every story, so I stopped reading. They weren't bad; I just wasn't getting anything out of it.
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Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston
Blue Labyrinth (Pendergast, #14)
by Douglas Preston (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2016
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Sometimes I get to read trashy thriller novels. Check, check, and check.
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Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
Natchez Burning
by Greg Iles
read in September, 2016
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This is a monster-sized book. You could probably retain the plot after cutting of the text. SO MUCH repetition. Here are a few recurring examples:

* Tom Cage is a great doctor and is beloved by the community.
* Caitlin is an award-winning journalist.
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