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Super Sad True Love Story
3.44
did not like it
Cannot finish. Super gross whiny execution of pretty good idea (observations of a society obsessed with illiterate twenty-somethings who can't put dow ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 22, 2011
 
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
4.26
it was ok
A disappointment. I was so taken with The Pillars of the Earth, I really looked forward to this book. However, this has a real paint-by-numbers feel a ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
 
A Week in Winter
3.78
really liked it
This is one of those days I truly loathe Goodreads. Somehow my writeup was deleted after I finished it but before it was posted. Sigh. Once more into ...more
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
 
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)
3.89
really liked it
I’m beginning to think of this series as sort of eating M&M’s. That are good for you. I kinda want to give them 5-stars, and maybe I should, but r ...more
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
 
People of the Book
4.00
it was amazing
I think this is really a 4-star, but I went to Bosnia in 2005 so this had a lot of resonance for me. This is a nice piece of historical fiction about ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
 
The Other Side of Silence
3.41
really liked it
This is first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. I can't honestly remember how/why it ended up in my reading pile, probably Sact ...more
May 21, 2009
May 21, 2009
 
The Burning Room (Harry Bosch, #19; Harry Bosch Universe, #24)
4.04
really liked it
Reading these books is always such effortless pleasure. It reminds me of the satisfaction I used to get solving geometry proofs. For those of you who ...more
Jun 22, 2015
Jun 22, 2015
 
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
3.92
it was amazing
Just remembered this book after watching the recent (awful, plodding too dark - literally) release of Jane Eyre. One of the most creative ideas I've r ...more
Jan 2006
Apr 06, 2011
 
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
3.96
it was amazing
I am adding to this review, since I just listened to it on CDs. (I read the book in late 2009.)

I generally don't listen to books on tape/CD, because I
...more
Jan 19, 2011
Oct 08, 2009
 
The Painter
3.76
it was amazing
I picked this up because I had loved his previous novel, The Dog Stars so much. This one doesn't disappoint. A lot of what made the Dog Stars such a c ...more
May 21, 2014
May 21, 2014
 
The King's Peace (Tir Tanagiri, #1)
3.55
it was amazing
I really, really liked this book. However, I am reluctant to recommend it to anyone because it was NOT an easy read. It is an alternative telling of t ...more
Jun 18, 2009
May 21, 2009
 
The Tsar of Love and Techno
4.28
it was amazing
Astonishing. It is hard to imagine how a book so dark and disturbing can also be so hilarious. First, there are the settings: (a) 100 miles north of t ...more
Dec 11, 2016
Dec 13, 2016
 
The Little Stranger
3.51
did not like it
I've never developed an appreciation for psychological horror/ghost stories. This one is also steeped in the crumbling of the British social classes p ...more
Mar 24, 2010
Mar 24, 2010
 
Night And Day (Jesse Stone, #8)
3.92
liked it
This is latest in Jesse Stone series. I never read the Spenser books, maybe someday, because I like Parker's style, but he is doing them (the Jesse St ...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 14, 2009
 
The Wild Shore (Three Californias Triptych, #1)
3.75
it was amazing
I had already read his Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars) and had liked them but had trouble at times with his didactic style/approach ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
 
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
3.74
liked it
This was a pretty good book, but my expectations were really high, so it suffered somewhat from that. It is a psychological thriller that is not total ...more
Mar 11, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
 
Drama: An Actor's Education
3.88
it was amazing
I have always been intrigued by John Lithgow, but I truly was amazed at his versatility when I heard some of his performances of children's songs that ...more
Jan 09, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
 
Lonesome Dove
4.47
it was amazing
I don't really have to sell anyone on this one, do I? Just listened in bliss, then watched the miniseries (again).
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
 
Everybody's Fool (Sully, #2)
4.09
it was amazing
I HATE Goodreads today. I was just finishing up a fairly lengthy review (something I do less and less of these days), and it vanished. Really, Goodrea ...more
Aug 20, 2016
Aug 22, 2016
 
A Town Like Alice
4.12
really liked it
A wonderful read. The casual racism of the 1940's and 1950's in Malaya and Australia is quite jarring, but I'm sure it is an accurate reflection of th ...more
Dec 05, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
 
Ordinary Grace
4.14
it was amazing
A very well written coming-of-age-in-small-town-America-in-the-60's story that also has a decent mystery gluing it together. Very reminiscent of The B ...more
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
 
All the Birds in the Sky
3.58
really liked it
A really interesting book. Starts off as 'the two misfits in junior high have each others' backs', get separated, meet again as adults, and either sav ...more
Mar 08, 2016
Mar 09, 2016
 
The Wolf's Hour
4.04
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but it was a bit too pulpy for me to give it 5 stars. Who doesn't enjoy werewolves tearing the shit out of Nazis? As polit ...more
Sep 27, 2015
Sep 29, 2015
 
The Thirteenth Tale
3.95
it was amazing
Maybe I was in the mood. Gothic, melodramatic, and really detailed word pictures....

Definitely got on my Jane Eyre with this one. I was sucked in from
...more
Aug 04, 2015
Aug 04, 2015
 
Before the Fall
3.76
liked it
Really good read for most of the book, but faltered at the end. A bit of exposition in the last few pages was inexplicable, based on the information w ...more
Aug 12, 2016
Aug 12, 2016
 
Time and Again (Time, #1)
3.98
liked it
Well, this is one of those averaging an "A" and an "F" to get a "C". I almost gave up on this book several times. The first half (two-thirds?) dragggg ...more
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 30, 2015
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.90
it was amazing
If you like snark, this book gives full measure. But, pleasingly, it is more than just snark. I had avoided this book since it came out, largely becau ...more
Apr 12, 2015
Apr 13, 2015
 
Life After Life
3.74
it was amazing
This is an amazing book. Just the prose alone would make it worth reading, but Atkinson has developed an idea I have seen before, but never delivered ...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
 
The Martian
4.39
it was amazing
What a hoot. MacGyver on Mars. One of the most fun reads I've had in a long time. It does wander overlong at times on explanations of various improbab ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
 
Children of Time
4.29
it was amazing
Well, my favorite arachnid is no longer Charlotte. It is Portia. What a spider. I could never have imagined a not-exactly-first-person narrative from ...more
Jun 05, 2017
Jun 11, 2017
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