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The Sickness (Animorphs, #29)
3.87
really liked it
My my my.

Cassie books can be the best in the series, if they're allowed to be. Of all the Animorphs, Cassie is the one most conflicted by the fight ag
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Jan 11, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
 
More Than Human
3.98
it was ok
If only the characters were relatable; if only emotion were not splattered across the page in the form of adverbs; if only the plot were interesting a ...more
Sep 10, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
 
Star Maker
3.93
it was amazing
One of the greatest books ever written. Every science fiction fan should read this.
not set
May 29, 2008
 
A Scanner Darkly
4.04
really liked it
A Scanner Darkly is a terrible book. Not the story, mind you, but what it portrays: humanity's capacity for willful degeneration, mindless hedonism th ...more
Feb 05, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
 
The Andalite Chronicles (Animorphs Chronicles, #1)
4.02
really liked it
Interesting, thrilling, and at times, moving.

Yet this book is quite the mixed bag. The prose is, perhaps, below-average for the series. Repetition, bl
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Jul 06, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
 
Tender Is the Night
3.83
really liked it
Redeemed Fitzgerald in my eyes -- whereas Gatsby, though prettily festooned, was not Great, Tender fulfills the promise of Fitz's talent. A shame the ...more
Apr 15, 2016
May 09, 2016
 
Journey Under the Sea (Choose Your Own Adventure, #2)
3.59
liked it
Good. Montgomery's prose leaves something to be desired, but the book is always imaginative.

I disliked the way the Atlanteans were subtly different wi
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Aug 02, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
 
The Haunting of Hill House
3.89
liked it
I'm becoming increasingly skeptical of the ability of literature to invoke the emotions of fear or horror in a reader. If we are talking about terror, ...more
May 02, 2012
May 02, 2012
 
The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #1)
4.43
really liked it
Lyndon Johnson was the apotheosis of politicians. He would lie, cheat, say or do anything in his single-minded pursuit of power, and was willing to la ...more
Feb 2015
Apr 20, 2015
 
The Mist
3.93
really liked it
This is the first Stephen King novel I've read that I've given more than three stars. His huge popularity is what first compelled me to start reading ...more
Jan 24, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
 
Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth
4.11
really liked it
NOTE: This review is for the Bantam paperback edition.

The mysticism continues -- Hesse never disappoints. Perhaps he's more abstract than often I woul
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Nov 15, 2014
Jan 07, 2015
 
Emily Climbs (Emily, #2)
4.14
really liked it
Emily has always been fairly sober in temperament -- at least compared to a firecracker like Anne Shirley -- but she gains a new element of restraint ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
 
The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight (Goosebumps, #20)
3.68
it was ok
The best Goosebumps stories are made from what makes the best stories in general: emotional conflict between characters. The problem with Scarecrow is ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Oct 07, 2015
 
Treasure Island
3.82
liked it
Good. Unfortunately much of the language and some of the phrasing was lost on me -- the sections with the ship terms and such were particularly dull, ...more
Jun 13, 2009
Jun 13, 2009
 
Deep Trouble (Goosebumps, #19)
3.53
it was ok
Billy and Sheena are staying with their uncle "Dr. D." over the summer on his ship. So they end up like, looking for mermaids. Or something.

Billy mana
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Dec 14, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
 
The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena (Goosebumps, #38)
3.44
did not like it
An atrocious mess.

Jordan Blake and his sister Nicole live in California, and they're sick of the good weather. Their dad is a photographer who is easi
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Nov 2008
Dec 15, 2008
 
Thirteen Tales of Horror (Point Horror 13's)
3.78
liked it
A collection of scary stories, with varying quality. One which left a memorable impression considered deer with wide black eyes, reminiscent, to me, o ...more
May 10, 2014
Jan 07, 2015
 
The Shamutanti Hills (Fighting Fantasy: Sorcery!, #1)
3.91
really liked it
Round up all minimites and ship them to camps, it's the only way. Avoid Jan and the game becomes much easier.

I also thought very unamusing Mr. Jackson
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not set
May 04, 2017
 
The Invasion (Animorphs, #1)
3.79
liked it
A worthy start to the series, though prefigures those deficits found in future installments. For examples, the denoument feels a leap from the climact ...more
not set
Oct 29, 2017
 
When The Ghost Dog Howls (Goosebumps HorrorLand, #13)
4.00
liked it
Liked the plot conceit -- foreign legend added flavor not often present in Goosebumps. Story felt a pastiche of Be Careful What You Wish For with a da ...more
Jan 06, 2018
Mar 10, 2018
 
Ghost Camp (Goosebumps, #45)
3.68
liked it
**spoiler alert** This is as standard as Goosebumps gets. The end is absurd, the story has a fair amount of foreshadowing, and the characters are nond ...more
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
 
It Can't Happen Here
3.77
really liked it
Huey Long, meet Donald Trump, with liberal dashes of Mussolini. Lewis's depiction of American fascism -- "Corpoism" -- feels more a terrible potential ...more
Mar 10, 2018
Mar 25, 2018
 
House of Danger (Choose Your Own Adventure, #15)
3.41
liked it
Off-the-wall -- and little resemblance of a plot. Some of the endings and paths, though, are just so darn wacky that it manages to be worth the read-t ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
 
Crime and Punishment
4.19
really liked it
Dallies on spatial minutiae a bit too much, especially within the first couple hundred pages; we needn't know by heart every room. A little strange, m ...more
Jun 10, 2016
Mar 01, 2017
 
Freedom and Beyond
4.18
really liked it
A few points made:

- "Schooling" is not equivalent to "education" or "learning" -- schooling is about packaging a product and selling it; instilling st
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Dec 15, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
 
Night of the Giant Everything (Goosebumps: Hall Of Horrors, #2)
4.03
liked it
I read this book on the Kindle, which is all kinds of awesome -- Goosebumps at the touch of a finger!

If there's one thing R.L. Stine is good at, it's
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Jul 15, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
 
The Journal of John Woolman
3.42
liked it
Interesting to contrast Woolman's approach to life with that of Ben Franklin's -- as Woolman was a firm believer in God's plan for mankind, and His to ...more
Apr 15, 2013
Mar 12, 2014
 
Johnny Got His Gun
4.16
really liked it
I conceive there may be no finer novel illustrating the moral argument behind the anti-war stance. While it's reason's duty to convince and persuade, ...more
Mar 15, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
 
The Cave of Time (Choose Your Own Adventure, #1)
3.86
liked it
First in the series, and a decent book. Unfortunately, it suffers from too-many-endings syndrome, an ailment a lot of the early books had. There simpl ...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
 
Search for Dinosaurs (Time Machine, #2)
3.88
liked it
The first Time Machine book I've read. Interesting how one cannot die, or even lose, though wandering in gamebook purgatory for an hour is entirely po ...more
Sep 23, 2015
Oct 07, 2015
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