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Deception Point
3.67
liked it
The formula is pretty simple:
Big Mystery + Male Protagonist + Female Protagonist + Code to Solve + OMG TRAITOR WITH TWISTED MOTIVES = Best Selling Nov
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Jan 17, 2006
Jun 05, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
4.45
liked it
EDIT NOTE in 2012: Since this apparently isn't obvious, I wrote the review years ago. I do not necessarily have those opinions now. I wouldn't know; I ...more
Oct 18, 2001
Oct 02, 2008
 
Peter Pan
4.10
really liked it
I can't believe I've never actually read Peter Pan until now. I'd seen the Disney version, but this is both more charming and more sinister than that. ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
 
Among Others
3.68
it was amazing
I tried to write this review without spoilers, but it depends on what you consider to be spoilers. I think it's a book based more on characters than e ...more
Feb 2011
Jan 12, 2011
 
Pet Sematary
3.92
really liked it
**spoiler alert** The painful, hard thing about Stephen King's writing is that so often, he takes something real, something that people can experience ...more
Nov 08, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
 
The Art of Racing in the Rain
4.19
liked it
I was rather sceptical about The Art of Racing in the Rain. I continued to be so as I read, even when I was more than halfway through. It bothered me: ...more
May 23, 2011
Oct 21, 2010
 
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
4.29
it was amazing
I have, broadly speaking, not got involved in the protest reviewing surrounding Goodreads' new policy on the deletion of reviews and shelves which ref ...more
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
 
The Goblin Emperor
4.05
it was amazing
When I finished The Goblin Emperor, I was sad there wasn’t more of it. Is there higher praise?

The things other people have critiqued do make sense: th
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Dec 2014
Dec 05, 2014
 
Before I Go to Sleep
3.87
it was ok
I picked this up somewhat on a whim. A couple of people had been talking about it, and I saw it in the Kindle store, and I just thought... fine, okay. ...more
Jan 19, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
4.05
it was amazing
Reviewing this book publicly feels kind of awkward, because I know the fact that I've read it is likely to make people ask questions right away. The t ...more
Jul 05, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
 
The Fall of Arthur
3.82
really liked it
Who wrote this blurb? Seriously?

"The Fall of Arthur, the only venture by J.R.R. Tolkien into the legends of Arthur King of Britain" -- What's his tran
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May 23, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
 
The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England
3.99
it was ok
As a history book, this is an interesting format and it's reasonably engaging, though by the end I was starting to get worn down by the sheer level of ...more
Apr 2013
Mar 31, 2013
 
H is for Hawk
3.73
it was amazing
This is one of those quiet books that links nature and human grief… without really sentimentalising it. Macdonald trains Mabel (the goshawk) as a way ...more
Mar 06, 2015
Mar 06, 2015
 
The Decameron
3.86
it was amazing
The Decameron is obviously a hugely influential piece of literature (actually, it's just plain huge), so it's no wonder I'd get around to it eventuall ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
 
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
4.12
really liked it
I'm going to pretend I haven't seen/read the comments and reviews that basically boil down to "a Muslim American can't be a superhero, and because thi ...more
Nov 08, 2014
Nov 08, 2014
 
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
3.79
did not like it
I got most of the way through this, and then found that I just didn't care. I didn't care about the characters, the plot moved in fits and starts, the ...more
Aug 16, 2011
May 07, 2011
 
Only Forward
4.27
it was amazing
Oh -- my -- god. When I started reading this book I expected it to keep up the fairly light tone of the early chapters. Then it fucked with my heart b ...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
 
Never Let Me Go
3.80
really liked it
(You may consider this review spoilery, if you read all of it. I state something explicitly that is below the surface of the book, at any rate.)

This b
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May 09, 2010
Dec 25, 2009
 
Chalice
3.78
it was amazing
I always rather suspected I'd reread this book, and now seemed like a good time, when I'm doing a lot of revisiting of other books. It stuck in my min ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
 
Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey, #6)
4.14
it was amazing
You would think that having read Strong Poison once, listened to the Ian Carmichael audiobook, and watched the Edward Petherbridge tv adaptation twice ...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 28, 2012
 
The Vagina Monologues
3.86
liked it
I've been meaning to read or see The Vagina Monologues for a long time. Someone was talking about it, as people often do, and I realised it was availa ...more
Jan 03, 2011
Dec 26, 2010
 
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
4.22
it was amazing
If you’re really squeamish about blood and body parts and squishy bits, this isn’t the book for you. Marsh talks a lot about the practicality of opera ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Jan 04, 2015
 
The High Lord (Black Magician Trilogy, #3)
4.15
liked it
It wasn't that complicated a plot, or that original a premise -- to be honest, much of the setting reminded me of Raymond E. Feist's Krondor mixed wit ...more
Apr 10, 2008
Jun 04, 2008
 
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
3.82
it was amazing
I reread this for my dissertation, but also because I've wanted to for a while now, to see if I still loved it as much -- and I don't, I love it more. ...more
Aug 10, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
 
The Story of Kullervo
3.39
it was ok
The Story of Kullervo is definitely a disappointing book, even for someone as interested in Tolkien’s legendarium and influences as I am. The actual c ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Oct 31, 2015
 
The Dark is Rising (Dark is Rising, #2)
4.07
it was amazing
I suspect that the books of this sequence are among the most beautiful I've read. I get that feeling especially with this book. The tone here has chan ...more
Dec 12, 2009
Dec 07, 2008
 
Annihilation
3.64
really liked it
This review could easily just be: what the fuck? What the fuck? What the fuck?

As I was just saying to my partner, who is reading these books at the sa
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Feb 18, 2015
Feb 19, 2015
 
The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)
4.07
it was amazing
This always used to be my favourite of the series, both for sheer atmosphere and because it featured a female-centred world, in complete contrast to t ...more
Nov 22, 2015
Nov 22, 2015
 
On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)
4.12
really liked it
There are many faults with On Basilisk Station. I'm not going to deny that. The bit where a tense action scene was interrupted for eight pages of back ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
 
Go the Fuck to Sleep
4.26
liked it
I heard of Go The Fuck To Sleep -- who hasn't? -- through the internet buzz about it. Actually, possibly through someone writing analytically about th ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
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