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The Prophet
4.23
did not like it
Verily I say unto you that
you will find no profundity here
unless, perhaps, you take up that bong
or eat that mushroom.
Nor will you find anything that t
...more
May 21, 2009
May 20, 2009
 
Ross Macdonald
4.26
really liked it
One would think that Macdonald's biographer might be a little more poetic, but this is all very matter-of-fact. Nonetheless, it's absolutely fascinati ...more
Sep 18, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
 
When Did I Stop Being Twenty and Other Injustices: Selected Poems from Single to Mid-Life
3.84
really liked it
What is it about Viorst? Every time I sit down with a book of her poetry, planning just to read "a few for now," I end up reading the whole thing. I t ...more
May 14, 2011
May 26, 2011
 
Eustace and Hilda
3.89
it was amazing
An old-fashioned novel in the very best sense of the word: psychological, philosophical, funny, and heartbreaking. It's slow-moving, as these types of ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2008
 
The Fiend
4.06
it was amazing
I have long been a fan of Ross Macdonald's. If this book is any indication, I am definitely becoming a fan of his wife's. Obviously, dysfunctional fam ...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
 
The Black Spider
3.49
really liked it
Deliciously creepy little Christian allegory. 21st-century readers will have to ignore all the typically Christian sexism, though, in order to enjoy t ...more
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 24, 2009
 
The Twilight of the Gods and Other Tales
3.57
it was amazing
Appollo's lyre has been pawned? A dumb oracle? The Devil becomes pope? Oh, what fun! If Terry Pratchett had been around in the 19th century, I know wi ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
 
The Twelve And The Genii
4.17
it was amazing
Exactly what a children's book should be: extraordinarily imaginative, includes interesting historical facts without hitting the reader over the head, ...more
Aug 13, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
 
The Shadow of the Shadow
3.87
really liked it
I didn't think I was going to like this one, but Taibo's attention to detail, his sense of humor, and his endearing characters won me over.
Nov 13, 2009
May 10, 2010
 
Hearts and Minds
3.57
it was amazing
Instantly loved this one by the time I was on page 10. So far, the characterization is fantastic, and I'm a big fan of characterization.

Update: you do
...more
Sep 05, 2008
Aug 05, 2008
 
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
3.88
it was amazing
Normally, I'm one to pooh-pooh any books with endorsements that compare them to Jane Austen. There was and always will be only one Jane Austen. Noneth ...more
Apr 27, 2011
May 26, 2011
 
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
3.99
really liked it
Throw everything supernatural and supernatural creature-y into a huge cauldron and stir. I'm not kidding. This book has it all: witches, vampires, gho ...more
Sep 27, 2011
May 28, 2012
 
The Storm in the Barn
3.71
really liked it
The majority of the panels in this work have no written words in them, which made it a challenge for me, because I'm not really very good at reading p ...more
Apr 25, 2011
May 26, 2011
 
The Overnight
2.93
it was ok
Quite creepy thus far.

Update: have lost interest. Abandoned it some time ago, picked it up and tried to get back into it, but just don't care that muc
...more
Jan 09, 2009
Nov 11, 2008
 
Cakes and Ale
3.76
it was amazing
Is it possible not to love Somerset Maugham? If so, please don't tell me about it. Great characters. Great social commentary. Great sense of humor. Wh ...more
Sep 30, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
 
The Slaves of Solitude
4.09
it was amazing
A little like laughing along with mean-spirited English school boys, but ultimately I ended up loving it. Hamilton did a superb job of giving us a ful ...more
May 09, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
 
Cross Channel: Stories
3.36
it was amazing
What an extremely compelling little collection of stories. Actually, "addictive" would be a better word. I picked it up thinking I'd read one or two s ...more
Jul 04, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
 
French Milk
3.32
did not like it
Meh. The illustrations were good, but overall it was self-indulgent and nothing earth-shattering nor beautiful nor shocking, nor whatever it would hav ...more
May 23, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
 
The Bonesetter's Daughter
3.98
really liked it
Amy Tan proves to me yet again that I love her clear, precise, but poetic writing and her fascinating characters, both of which grab me from the start ...more
Mar 31, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
 
Gone Away Lake
4.12
really liked it
Although I was disappointed by this one as a child and never finished it, (much preferred Enright's Melendy family stories), I decided to revisit it. ...more
Apr 17, 2011
May 26, 2011
 
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
4.14
did not like it
Sometimes, one doesn't like a book, not because it is not well written or not an important work, but because one has read all kinds of other books and ...more
Jun 13, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
 
The Faerie Queene
3.55
it was amazing
Read the First Book, expected to be bored to tears, and loved, loved, loved it with all its Knights and Ladies and dragons and witches, etc. Looking f ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
 
Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s
4.39
did not like it
Only read "Real Cool Killers" from the collection. Overly violent, unrealistic, didn't seem to be able to make up its mind what it wanted to be, very ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
 
I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew
4.19
it was amazing
Didn't like it as a kid. Loved it as an adult. Perspective is key, and there's nothing like a trip to Solla Sollew to reinforce that notion.
Oct 07, 2011
May 28, 2012
 
Begin Again: Collected Poems
4.07
really liked it
I love the way she so expertly braids together beautiful language; heart-wrenching, as well as joyful, feelings; and her political beliefs.
Nov 26, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
 
Eight Cousins
4.01
liked it
(I actually listened to the version downloaded from librivox.org). I loved this book when I read it as a pre-teen, but it didn't quite hold up as well ...more
May 31, 2009
not set
not set
Jun 01, 2009
 
Sophie's World
3.89
it was amazing
Started out listening to this one, ended up having to read it. Loved it! It's much more than a novel about the history of philosophy. It's a brief his ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2008
 
Disclaimer
3.58
really liked it
Shouldn't have been written in the present tense, and it needs a little more editing, but finally, finally, finally a page-turning, plot-driven book w ...more
Aug 19, 2015
Aug 19, 2015
 
The Second Blush: Poems
4.01
really liked it
Like reading song lyrics. I read many of these poems more than once, thinking "Wow!"
Oct 06, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
 
Acres and Pains
4.14
it was amazing
Not a word is wasted when Perelman (whom I love) decides to put pen to paper. This tale of moving from the city to a farm is no exception. His self-de ...more
May 11, 2011
not set
May 26, 2011
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