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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
4.00
it was ok
I have this awesome picture in my head in which Jared Diamond did not write this book. He instead wrote a detailed, engaging account of the history of ...more
May 14, 2008
May 07, 2008
 
Buried Fire
3.14
it was ok
This was a real "wasted potential" book. The basic idea was really kind of cool - a dragon has been lying dormant beneath an English village for centu ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 04, 2007
 
The Westing Game
4.03
really liked it
Summary: Seemingly unrelated families and individuals receive invitations to rent in a new apartment complex. Two months later, a millionaire is found ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 20, 2007
 
Blade of Fortriu (The Bridei Chronicles, #2)
4.08
it was ok
I don't know if it's me or Juliet Marillier who had changed. Either way, I was really disappointed in this book, the sequel to The Dark Mirror, which ...more
May 21, 2008
Jun 04, 2007
 
Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl, #1)
3.51
it was ok
I sort of feel guilty rating this book so low because it fulfilled my expectations - it was a quick, trashy young adult read that gave me an idea of w ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 18, 2007
 
Angels and Visitations: A Miscellany
4.15
it was ok
The only reason to pick up this book would be for the illustrations (which are good, it's a nicely put together volume). The best pieces here are repr ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
 
The Time Quartet Box Set (Time Quartet, #1-4)
4.34
liked it
I really enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time when I was a kid. On rereading, I discovered that I had definitely forgotten the way Christian symbols and metaphor ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 04, 2007
 
Satellite Down
3.24
it was ok
**spoiler alert** This book was really solid most of the way through - a story about a high school kid with a dream to become a hard-hitting journalis ...more
May 15, 2008
Jun 30, 2007
 
Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation
3.64
it was ok
Read this for an annotated bibliography I'm doing on integrating new technologies into youth services librarianship. His basic message kind of comes a ...more
Jul 05, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
 
Damascus Nights
4.03
liked it
Salim the coachman is renowned for his storytelling. One day, however, he is cursed to lose his voice, and can only regain it if he is given seven gif ...more
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
 
The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford
3.76
really liked it
Before I read this, I thought Jean Stafford just wrote stories about society parties where vapid people say horrendous things and a select few see thr ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
Norwegian Wood
4.03
really liked it
Norwegian Wood is about a young man starting college in Tokyo in the late '60s. He falls in love with Naoko, the former girlfriend of his best friend, ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 04, 2007
 
The 19th Wife
3.63
it was ok
This book tells two stories - one is the story of Ann Eliza Young, who was one of Brigham Young's wives but who left him and went on the lecture circu ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 03, 2009
 
Flygirl
3.94
really liked it
Ida Mae is a black girl in the World War II-era American South whose only dream is to fly. When she hears about the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WAS ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
 
Still Life
3.85
really liked it
Not quite as strong as The Virgin in the Garden, but not-quite-as-strong Byatt still outranks most authors at full strength, in my book. Stephanie's s ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
 
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
4.21
really liked it
An excellent biography of a fascinating person (Alice B. Sheldon, who was alternately an African safari-goer, a debutante, a World War II soldier, a p ...more
Jun 2008
Feb 11, 2008
 
The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
4.26
liked it
The first two-thirds of this book were definitely five-star for me. It broadens many of those legends and historical stories that are referenced withi ...more
Dec 07, 2016
Dec 08, 2016
 
The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative
3.76
really liked it
I was interested in Elimination Communication (EC) before Ian was born, but the information I read made it seem like an all-or-nothing proposition - y ...more
Jun 23, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
 
Embassytown
3.86
really liked it
Miéville takes his love affair with language to new levels in this one, centering his entire novel around it. Embassytown exists due to the graciousne ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
 
Land of Fire: Selected Poems
4.70
liked it
A collection of poems that spans the lifetime of Charents, who was one of Armenia's greatest poets. Charents' life is interesting - he fought in the T ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
 
At Night We Walk in Circles
3.63
really liked it
Nelson is a struggling actor living in the large South American city that he grew up in. When he is cast in a revival of a controversial political pla ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
 
The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy #3
3.75
liked it
OK, these books are enjoyable, but I do have one major beef. I've read three books so far and there have been two (extremely minor) female characters ...more
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
 
Heroes of the Valley
3.44
really liked it
Halli has grown up hearing stories about the founder of his House, Svein, who led the other Houses in the valley against the dark creatures, the Trogs ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
 
Eternals
3.62
it was ok
This all starts very well - regular people begin to have dreams and encounters that clue them in to the fact that they are actually Eternals (one of M ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
 
Children of the New World
3.64
really liked it
Focuses on the interwoven lives of residents of a small town during the Algerian War of Independence. The lives are interwoven almost to the point of ...more
Jan 09, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
The Monkey Wrench Gang (Monkey Wrench Gang, #1)
4.09
liked it
I love Edward Abbey, and I love the spirit of this book, but it is unfortunately way too bloated. An entertaining beginning and an exciting ending san ...more
Oct 15, 2016
Oct 15, 2016
 
Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (Ivy and Bean, #4)
4.19
really liked it
Ivy and Bean are so funny and just delightful. I think the best part about these is they always inspire an interest in wholesome, creative play in my ...more
Sep 29, 2016
Oct 08, 2016
 
The Great Ice Battle (The Secrets of Droon, #5)
3.92
liked it
While the first couple of books are pretty abysmal, I have to say the plotting on the Droon books gets more interesting by this one. Eric, at least, i ...more
Oct 02, 2016
Oct 08, 2016
 
The Return of the Water Spirit
3.59
really liked it
Is there a name for that whole genre of books about ineffectual men? If not, there should be. This book would be classed in that genre - it focuses on ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
 
Skeleton Man
3.80
really liked it
Based on a traditional Abenaki story, reframed in a contemporary context. Molly's parents have disappeared, and she has been sent to live with a creep ...more
Mar 16, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
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