Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier
3.85
really liked it
Read this slowly and drink it all in. Lockwood puts the Rocky Mountain Locust into historical perspective and introduces you into all the characters ( ...more
Sep 06, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
The Roly- Poly Spider
3.63
really liked it
I have to review this book because I don't want people to think I go around looking for things (books, people, just ... things) that annoy me so I can ...more
Oct 1997
Jan 07, 2009
 
Lady Liberty: A Biography
4.05
liked it
Good ole Pulitzer, dragging the millionaires (who wouldn't contribute to the statue's erection) through the cocoa and enlisting the readers to help, w ...more
May 24, 2010
May 24, 2010
 
Piccadilly Jim
4.01
really liked it
Premises don't get much more convoluted than this. It took 20 minutes just to set up the explanation to my husband. Then it all unravels at once, to t ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 30, 2009
 
Even Superheroes Have Bad Days
3.75
really liked it
They could be pretty destructive if they have a bad day, but superheroes are better behaved than that. The rhyming text is reminiscent of Jane Yolen's ...more
Dec 07, 2016
Dec 07, 2016
 
Nuclear Jellyfish (Serge Storms, #11)
4.07
liked it
I ran out of reading material (not really, just Dorsey books) early Sunday afternoon. Horrors! I think I've also run out of library Dorsey ebooks, har ...more
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
 
A Land More Kind Than Home
3.84
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Let's just say this is not to my taste. It was a book of unrelenting bad things happening with no humor to relieve the tragedy and h ...more
Sep 05, 2016
Sep 25, 2016
 
The Great Game
3.81
really liked it
As promised, I went immediately on to the next installment of the James Moriarty saga! Good fun!
Two independent stories eventually converge. In Vienna
...more
Mar 2014
Mar 01, 2014
 
Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2)
3.95
liked it
This reviews the audiobook.
Because the written one wasn't available.
Gosh, chirpy cockney characters are annoying when you have to listen to them. Mai
...more
Jan 25, 2017
Jan 25, 2017
 
Razor Girl
3.82
really liked it
Ooo, a new Hiaasen! This time he parodies the "Duck Dynasty" and reality tv phenomenon. Buck Nance's agent is unable to show up for Buck's personal ap ...more
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 18, 2017
 
The Leper's Bell (Sister Fidelma, #14)
4.14
liked it
**spoiler alert** Yay! Eadulf is less a goofus! As we learned from a previous book, someone has killed Fidelma and Eadulf's son's nurse and their son ...more
Jan 29, 2016
Jan 19, 2016
 
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
3.84
liked it
This book was recommended to me by a senior patron who had come to the Children's Room to see if we had any children's books by this author. We have s ...more
Mar 2017
Feb 24, 2017
 
Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ
4.00
liked it
Knowing that this was translated from the German (Darm mit Charme) keeps forcing me to pronounce the title "goot" - despite the intestines hanging off ...more
Nov 30, 2015
Nov 11, 2015
 
Corpse de Ballet (Nine Muses, #1)
3.24
liked it
Yeah, I read this despite the bad pun in the title. It was refreshing to see that the main character is capable of going to the bathroom and contracti ...more
May 14, 2014
May 15, 2014
 
Gil's All Fright Diner
3.89
it was ok
Well, phew! That's over with. Now if I can only check it back in and reshelve it before someone finds out I read this.
Duke and Earl are two good ole b
...more
Aug 02, 2016
Aug 01, 2016
 
Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle (Lunch Lady, #10)
4.25
liked it
I really love this series. We only have a few at the library, but they are so cute.
This one was scary at the start. Yikes! The new school superintende
...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
 
The Merry Misogynist (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #6)
4.11
liked it
**spoiler alert** Gripping and interesting tracking of a serial killer - plus Crazy Rajid has disappeared. I had to put it down, pretty sure that the ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
 
The Real Winner
3.00
did not like it
Preachy, lame, didactic (but with cute pictures)- I don't think any competitive child would be convinced that winning isn't everything (and this book ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
 
Snobbery With Violence (Edwardian Murder Mysteries, #1)
3.59
it was ok
**spoiler alert** While I love the Hamish Macbeth stories, I never got "into" the Agatha Raisin ones, but I thought I give this series by the author a ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
 
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me
3.63
liked it
This was a good read. Instead of figuring out whodunnit, we are taxed with whosolvzit. We have an omniscient view of the murder from soup to nuts. We ...more
Jul 27, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
 
The Very Cranky Bear
4.29
liked it
This could be cute for storytime, the pictures really pop out. There is an illustration in here that is just hilarious. It might work pairing it with ...more
Sep 12, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
 
The False Inspector Dew
3.92
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Peter Lovesey has never let me down. I did avoid this book for years because I was such a fan of the Sergeant Cribb books (and the t ...more
Sep 26, 2011
not set
Sep 26, 2011
 
Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8)
4.32
really liked it
Read the Kindle edition this time, while I was away. The footnotes, while fiddly, are handled well. You click on the link and it sends you to the end ...more
Jun 03, 2017
Aug 10, 2009
Nov 20, 2008
 
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
4.26
it was ok
I had been meaning to read this ages ago when the library first got a copy, but then the copy disappeared. Imagine my surprise to see that it was repl ...more
Jul 16, 2015
Jun 30, 2015
 
Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
4.30
it was ok
Whoa! What's the lesson here? I can see kids wanting to adopt bear cubs now.
Winnie, named after the regiment's town, Winnipeg, is bought by a Canadian
...more
May 24, 2017
May 24, 2017
 
Abracadaver (Sergeant Cribb, #3)
3.53
liked it
At first I felt the same as Thackeray: Where's the body? I do remember reading this yonks ago, probably during my first incarnation as library worker ...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
 
Smoke in the Wind (Sister Fidelma, #11)
4.05
liked it
Sailing to Canterbury from Ireland, a storm interrupts Sister Fidelma and Brother Eadulf's journey, knocking the latter on the head and leaving them s ...more
Dec 31, 2015
Dec 14, 2015
 
The Pothunters (School stories #1)
3.49
liked it
Reading this just takes me back to Palin/Jones and "Tomkinson's Schooldays." Oh, and "If" - of course. What with all the sports (boxing, track) and th ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
 
Virtually Dead
3.15
really liked it
My heart is still hammering! Stayed up to 1 am to finish and then couldn't sleep. I like this book so much because I'm familiar with Second Life and I ...more
Mar 17, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
 
Badger's Moon (Sister Fidelma, #13)
4.02
liked it
Fidelma has had her baby between books (phew!) but Eadulf is worried she has postpartum depression and is trying to get her to take St. John's Wort. Y ...more
Jan 15, 2016
Jan 14, 2016
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