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Misogyny: The World's Oldest Prejudice
it was ok
How many people have sat down one day and said, "Gee, I think I need to learn more about the history of misogyny!"? I did! I saw my coworker reading t ...more
Mar 18, 2009
Mar 12, 2009
Kushiel's Scion (Imriel's Trilogy, #1)
liked it
So you wrote a highly-successful trilogy. Congratulations! What now? Well, you could write a sequel trilogy: new narrator, same old world and intrigue ...more
Sep 25, 2010
Dec 13, 2008
Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, #2)
it was ok
This book was bad. I found parts of it way better than the first book, Wizard's First Rule, and parts of it abysmal. The only saving grace was the fac ...more
Jul 25, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga, #1)
it was amazing
Saga first came onto my radar last year when it was nominated for a Hugo Award. (Volume Two was nominated this year!) In fact, I’m pretty sure that it ...more
Dec 23, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita, #1)
it was ok
Somewhere between the title of the book and the fact that it is a fantasy setting, I became convinced that The Edge of the World was set in a world th ...more
Oct 27, 2010
Aug 31, 2009
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
liked it
Oh dear God I want to kill Kvothe.

I don’t want him to die. I want to kill him.

I would like to excise him from this book. Could I possibly get a Kvothe
Sep 04, 2014
Sep 01, 2014
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight In The Age Of Information Overload
really liked it
I first heard about this book when Daniel Levitin appeared on a Spark episode to talk about organization. I recommend you follow the link and listen t ...more
Oct 15, 2014
Oct 11, 2014
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
it was amazing
Just last week, CBC News announced it was closing comments on articles about indigenous peoples, because at the moment, it cannot guarantee sufficient ...more
Dec 06, 2015
Dec 03, 2015
Poison Study (Study, #1)
it was ok
Reading this book was like reading someone's plot summary of this book. I can't tell if it's Maria V. Snyder's writing or worldbuilding at fault; rega ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Mar 27, 2010
really liked it
Two years ago my friend Vivike gave me Kafka on the Shore for Christmas, assuring me that I would like it—and she was right. I also found it confusi ...more
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 17, 2011
Company Town
really liked it
Company Town, while a book I definitely wanted to read, is not a book I had intended to read right now. This is how it came to me:

Me: *spots book on l
Apr 03, 2017
Apr 02, 2017
Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish
it was ok
Britain had some whack ideas. Remember that time they colonized an entire continent with convicts? That was whack.

Gould’s Book of Fish is the epistola
Aug 20, 2015
Aug 17, 2015
Kushiel's Chosen (Phèdre's Trilogy, #2)
it was amazing
Screw magic. Give me some political fantasy any day, and I'm a happy reader.

I liked Kushiel's Dart. I'm not sure if there's a definite quality improve
Mar 30, 2010
Dec 13, 2008
Saga, Vol. 5 (Saga, #5)
it was amazing
This isn't a review so much as a disjointed collection of thoughts about Saga, Volume 5. I mean, the problem with these reviews is that it always boil ...more
Dec 22, 2015
Dec 23, 2015
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
liked it
**spoiler alert** Oh, Mockingjay, I’m just not sure what to do with you.

I suppose that at this point the trilogy has taken on a certain trajectory. Ka
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
The Great and Secret Show (Book of the Art #1)
it was ok
The Great and Secret Show reminds me of the only Tim Powers novel I’ve read, Last Call . And that, for anyone wanting a one-sentence review (continge ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
Men Explain Things To Me (Updated Edition)
liked it
The same friend who lent me Decoded asked me if I wanted to borrow Men Explain Things to Me, which is great, because it has been on my list for a wh ...more
Aug 31, 2016
Jun 15, 2014
did not like it
Look, this isn’t really a novel.

Huh. Is there an echo in here?

I was thinking it had been several years since I last read a Neal Stephenson novel, but
Feb 19, 2017
Jan 22, 2010
A Christmas Carol
really liked it
Some stories are so popular they have permeated culture to the point where almost everyone knows them, even if they haven’t so much as glanced at the ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 30, 2012
The Various Haunts of Men (Simon Serrailler #1)
really liked it
Oh, I do enjoy the conceit of the English country novel. It’s second only to the Agatha Christie country house detective. In these stories, it’s not t ...more
Feb 24, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
really liked it
I have a soft spot for urban fantasy in which there is “another” world within our own world— Neverwhere comes to mind as a good example. I think it s ...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
liked it
Mindy Kaling is absolutely right: men do take too long to put on their shoes. At least, I do, and I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Send help!

It’s sa
Mar 06, 2015
Mar 05, 2015
Saga, Vol. 2 (Saga, #2)
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Now, I am a lucky and spoiled person who is reading Saga collected in volumes, rather than reading each issue as it is released like ...more
Dec 23, 2014
Dec 29, 2014
Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own
liked it
I read most, if not all, of the Anne of Green Gables books as a kid (of course). I was very moved by Anne’s journey and transition to adulthood; even ...more
Mar 26, 2016
Mar 23, 2016
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
liked it
Michael Chabon owns his writing style in a way that few authors have the guts to do. His style breathes life into his characters and their surrounding ...more
Jul 26, 2008
Jul 07, 2008
The Pillars of the Earth
really liked it
**spoiler alert** The Pillars of the Earth is packed with dynamic characters who evolve over the course of fifty years during the civil war between Ki ...more
Sep 04, 2008
Aug 25, 2008
it was amazing
A friend lent Decoded me after I expressed a desire to “get into hip hop”. This is not a whim on my part but a recognition of a gap in my otherwise wi ...more
Aug 18, 2016
Aug 09, 2016
On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does
it was ok
This is the second map book I’ve read recently, the other being A History of the World in Twelve Maps . These two books are similar enough that I cou ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Oct 14, 2012
World Without End (Kingsbridge, #2)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Halfway through World Without End, I gave this summary: "sex and architecture in the English countryside, 1337." This is not entirel ...more
Jun 22, 2010
Sep 06, 2008
it was amazing
Roommates lending books they love can be a dicey proposition. It wasn’t that I was worried I would dislike Skallagrigg; I just worried I wouldn’t like ...more
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 09, 2013
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