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Born in Fire
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Geeks, Girls and ...
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by Mike Jung (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: Anna Banana
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D D said: "*** MY THOUGHTS SO FAR, 8/18/14 ***

reading this with my beloved niece, Bananz, as her first pick in our Just-The-Two-Of-Us book club. so far the book's irreverence and willingness to look at uncomfortable home situations (though usually from a distan...more
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The Westing Game
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read in January, 1985
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D D said: "*** UPDATE JULY 21, 2014 ***

rereading with my sweet niece for a just-us book club.


*** ORIGINAL REVIEW ***

fantastically involving and compassionate and funny and smart worldview. a book every kid should read.

first read in, approximately, 1985.
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Forbidden by Sophia Johnson
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Born in Fire by Nora Roberts
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Forbidden by Sophia Johnson
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high 2s

the prose was good, and the beginning chapters really set up the drama beautifully. i was quite hopeful this would be a good one.

but then it fairly quickly squandered its promise, spiraling down into yucky -- stupid misunderstandings that are...more
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Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia, #1)
by Deanna Raybourn (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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high 2.5 stars

strong prose, fun enough plot, interesting array of characters, but REALLY plodding. this needed to be edited for pacing, big time.

ALSO: no nookie. which is fine. it's almost better in this particular case, since the author is clearly n...more
D rated a book 2 of 5 stars
What Not To Bare by Megan Frampton
What Not To Bare
by Megan Frampton (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: folks looking for a breezy, joyful regency who are cool with second-rate
read in September, 2014
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very middling. strong word choice but plenty of weakness throughout:

the heroine is supposed to be a protofeminist of sorts: she doesn't give a rat's derriere about being chubbier than is fashionable and loves her scones; she isn't afraid to speak her...more
D rated a book 3 of 5 stars
My Sweet Folly by Laura Kinsale
My Sweet Folly
by Laura Kinsale (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: hardcore fans of the amazing laura kinsale
read in September, 2014
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*** ORIGINAL REVIEW: June 1, 2012 ***
very high 3s. very. probably higher. i don't know. don't pressure meeeeee.

i can't believe i've failed to log this read before now. how has it escaped me for so long? well. let's put it to rights, shall we, duckie?...more
D rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Trespass by Meg  Maguire
Trespass
by Meg Maguire (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: fans of thoughtful, character-driven novels
read in August, 2014
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*** OCTOBER 28, 2012 ***

low 4 stars.

meg maguire/cara mckenna really has an ear for dialogue and is one of those sadly rare authors who take the time to find authentic motivation for their characters. i may not always particularly *like* her protagoni...more
D rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Remodelista by Julie Carlson
Remodelista
by Julie Carlson
recommended for: absolute remodel novices looking for a most basic smattering of information
read in August, 2014
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2.5 stars

a VERY brief paragraph listing of some of the basics of undertaking home remodel. the cursory advice and explanations will be necessary but not sufficient for the absolute beginner and will do next to nothing for folks looking for in-depth r...more
D rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Vintage Cottages by Molly Hyde English
Vintage Cottages
by Molly Hyde English
recommended for: fans of dogs and of shabby traditional decor
read in August, 2014
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2.5 stars

a brief, insubstantial glimpse at perhaps fifteen west coast cottages. the book had a weird obsession with the owners' dogs -- more copy than i would have expected was spent on describing them, and many pictures out of the few allocated to e...more
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Open by Andre Agassi
Open
by Andre Agassi
recommended for: fans of literate celebrity autobiographies
read in August, 2014
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this is a fantastically engaging book -- especially, but not only, for those of us who were aware of agassi's rock star/rebel take on tennis in the '90s.

i wasn't much into televised sports myself back during agassi's heyday, but several BFFs were, a...more
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