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All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
4.16
it was amazing
1. Has anyone optioned this for a TV series yet? Because that is a thing that needs to happen.

2. Murderbot is amazing.

3. Team PreservationAux is amazi
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May 25, 2017
May 25, 2017
 
Fire in the Blood
3.80
really liked it
About ten years ago I took a course in French Women Writers (in translation). Irène Némirovsky wasn't included, but we read a lot of Colette, de Beauv ...more
not set
Jan 23, 2008
 
The Bone Key: The Necromantic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Booth
4.09
really liked it
You know, the more I think about this book, the more I really love it. As stated elsewhere, it's a a series of interlocking short stories in the life ...more
Jul 11, 2008
Jan 17, 2008
 
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade  (Lord John Grey, #2)
3.88
really liked it
warning: spoilers follow!


I think this is definitely the best of the Lord John books so far. I'm really delighted to see a mainstream bestseller write
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Oct 2007
Oct 23, 2007
 
20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them
3.80
liked it
Published in 1993. The politics and world-view is dated, and the overt homophobia and ingrained Judeo-Christian moral sensibility are a little surpris ...more
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
 
Out of the Blue
3.90
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I want to give this more stars but I HATE noncon-kink and I loathe the "boy blackmails boy into sex, only to later confess there was ...more
Mar 23, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
 
London: The Biography
3.96
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Atrociously bad. It could be turned into a drinking game -- drink any time Ackroyd uses fallacious logic or uses a completely unrela ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
 
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living
3.76
it was ok
Eh. 1.5 stars.

For every hundred suggestions, maybe five of them were useful. The rest were either common sense or unworkable for my situation. The te
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Jan 12, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
 
Circe
4.42
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** 4.5 stars. Rounding up because there was so much I loved.

This is an epic reweaving of all of Circe's stories, told from her own poin
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Apr 14, 2018
Apr 11, 2018
 
Provenance
3.85
really liked it
I enjoyed this one a lot and I'm really glad to see more of the Imperial Radch 'verse with a focus on entirely different cultures and species. I have ...more
May 05, 2018
May 02, 2018
 
Avengers Assemble
3.64
it was ok
Silly space opera with weird pacing and 8 to 10 spare characters sitting around in the background holding up walls on any given page -- and Bendis is ...more
May 11, 2014
May 10, 2014
 
Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)
4.44
it was amazing
I read this in one sitting and immediately wanted to read it again. I loved all of it, especially the gradual unfolding of the 'verse as Murderbot emb ...more
May 11, 2018
Jun 14, 2017
 
Mélusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths, #1)
3.63
liked it
Read while traveling. I didn't have a good reading environment for enjoying this until midway through, and then I was hooked. I need to reread the fir ...more
not set
Sep 19, 2007
 
The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1)
3.99
liked it
Gah. So many mixed feelings. Basically, if I'd hit CTRL-H and inserted Natasha Romanov/Natalia Romanova for every mention of Jason Bourne (and various ...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
 
Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump
4.33
really liked it
Traces the Russian ties of all the major players in the Trump circle back more than a decade. Lays out the debts and alliances. Includes investigativ ...more
Mar 25, 2018
Mar 22, 2018
 
Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War, #1)
4.33
really liked it
3.5 stars? It's FUN, so I'm inclined to round up.

I think the best thing I can do here is make a tag list:

Dragon Age turned on its head. Feminism. Woma
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Jan 04, 2018
Jan 05, 2018
 
Thick as Thieves (The Queen's Thief, #5)
4.18
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Very much a Gilgamesh/Enkidu queer romance, except without any onscreen kissing, more's the pity. I'm still not thrilled with the na ...more
May 24, 2017
May 23, 2017
 
Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (The Guardians, #1)
4.05
it was ok
An old man. A young man. A boy. A djinni (sort of a robot-golem blend, assigned all the cooking, cleaning, and child-rearing, incidentally). An evil m ...more
Feb 18, 2017
Feb 11, 2017
 
The Wonder Engine (Clocktaur War #2)
4.43
liked it
So both male protagonists are canonically bi, fascinated by each other, and still fighting over the lady protagonist? Really? That's a narrative oppor ...more
Mar 27, 2018
Mar 26, 2018
 
Tropic of Cancer
3.71
liked it
Read this nearly fifteen years ago, but barely remembered it. The surrealist style doesn't do much for me, but it's a nice portrait of the drinking an ...more
not set
Jul 21, 2007
 
Freddy & Fredericka
3.75
liked it
Note: This is the audiobook version of this book, read by Robert Ian MacKenzie, which is a monumental 26 hours long.


I absolutely adore some of Helprin
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not set
Oct 23, 2007
 
Cold Fire (Spiritwalker, #2)
3.93
it was ok
**spoiler alert** What I loved about Cat in the first book was her resourcefulness, even while alone in a strange land with no allies. Even when other ...more
Aug 30, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
 
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
3.91
liked it
**spoiler alert** Not really three stars. Parts are 2 stars, parts are solidly at least 4. Which means the writing is uneven in the way that first nov ...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
 
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
4.05
liked it
**spoiler alert** This book came out in 2002, so bits of it are fairly out of date, but the historical information is fascinating. I am easily squicke ...more
Jan 28, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
 
The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses
4.33
really liked it
I find reviewing poetry really difficult, so I don't have anything particularly brilliant to say. I loved this book a lot. It's authentic Canadian pio ...more
not set
Nov 08, 2007
 
The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3)
4.39
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I need to reread immediately.

...

Okay, so I reread the entire series at one go, which was maybe not such a great thing to do while Hu
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Aug 30, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Oct 01, 2016
 
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)
3.73
liked it
**spoiler alert** 2.5 stars.

Very much a first novel with typical first novel plot and pacing problems. Doesn't get going until the halfway point and
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Jan 11, 2017
Jan 09, 2017
 
In the Shadow of Gotham (Simon Ziele, #1)
3.49
it was ok
**spoiler alert** so full of anachronisms. It's supposed to be 1905, not 2005. It's also really obviously a first novel, but it's not a bad premise. J ...more
Aug 13, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
 
The Raven and the Reindeer
4.34
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Best reimagining of The Snow Queen I've ever read.

Use of horror tag is kind of borderline. It isn't gratuitous, but it's also kind
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Oct 09, 2017
Oct 09, 2017
 
The Old Wine Shades (Richard Jury, #20)
3.62
did not like it
**spoiler alert** read to check for content in/appropriate for passing along.

pro:
-entertaining in places.
-very well characterized children and pets.

c
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not set
Feb 16, 2008
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