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Stairway to Heaven: Chinese Alchemists, Jewish Kabbalists, and the Art of Spiritual Transformation
4.13
it was ok
This is a sprawling piece of fascinating and infuriating scholarship. It is admittedly inspired by a survey course taught at Florida International Uni ...more
May 07, 2015
May 07, 2015
 
The Goldfinch
3.89
liked it
This was an arduous listen, as I used the audiobook format rather than reading it, which always slows the pace of a book. I am ambivalent about audiob ...more
Mar 15, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
 
The Silence of Stones (Crispin Guest, #8)
4.05
really liked it
This one read out of order, sorry to have missed a chapter in the mutual development of Jack and Crispin, but it was not available at the public libra ...more
Jan 11, 2018
Jan 11, 2018
 
Prophecy (Giordano Bruno, #2)
3.94
really liked it
Prophesy takes us to that mysterious visit to Dr. Dee's library at Mortlake, a moment in Francis Yates that has apparently fascinated many of us. And ...more
May 13, 2015
May 14, 2015
 
Avenue of Mysteries
3.22
it was ok
I wonder how often the experience of an audio book enhances my perception of a novel, considering I find it frustrating to be tied to a reading device ...more
Jun 05, 2016
Jun 05, 2016
 
King's Mountain (Ballad, #10)
3.53
really liked it
This has had a very familiar feel as if I read it recently, except that I don't recall the/this story line. I suspect it from reading a book about the ...more
Nov 07, 2015
Nov 07, 2015
 
Blood Orange (China Bayles, #24)
3.89
really liked it
I really enjoyed this one because it was about craft brews, sort of tangentially. I've enjoyed homebrewing, and since my choice of grains is limited I ...more
not set
Dec 11, 2016
 
Grass (Arbai, #1)
4.04
really liked it
This was a reread for me, but it's been so long it was like a new book. Generations ago some anglophile settlers emigrated to Grass where they recreat ...more
Mar 15, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.96
it was amazing
This went under fantasy because of the fantastic genetic disorder Henry lives through, and it is generally characterized as romance because it is fabu ...more
Jun 30, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
 
LaRose
3.87
it was amazing
If you hardor a great love of Baum of Oz this book will be quite disturbing in that one character reads Baum's analysis of the plight of the American ...more
May 25, 2018
May 25, 2018
 
Blue Diary
3.55
it was amazing
This novel has left me immersed in experiences very far from my own, the way swimming in your neighbors pool leaves just as wet as your own. Spoiler a ...more
May 2017
May 01, 2017
 
The Dark Side of the Enlightenment: Wizards, Alchemists, and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason
3.19
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I did not have a high opinion of this book which is freighted with heavy vocabulary and a fluffy diffusive approach to a topic near ...more
Jan 2013
Apr 15, 2015
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.34
really liked it
I'm not one for sports books but this is transcendent and psychological. It is also a great glimpse into cultural history as our focal hero makes his ...more
Mar 19, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
 
Cold Wind (Joe Pickett, #11)
4.19
really liked it
Cold Wind explores the wind energy industry by de-romanticizing it. The turbines kill flying animals, bats, birds, and they are often fenced into wind ...more
Jun 2015
Jun 11, 2015
 
Accused (Rosato & DiNunzio, #1)
3.68
liked it
This is a mystery in that we want to know who killed Allegra's sister if it isn't Lonnie. It's also about an intelligent girl who loves bees, largely ...more
Mar 11, 2018
Mar 11, 2018
 
The Beet Queen
3.90
liked it
This book didn't inspire me the way Love medicine did, but in part I think that's because I did not read it soon enough after reading Love Medicine. I ...more
Jul 14, 2015
Jul 14, 2015
 
Pirate King (Mary Russell, #11)
3.46
liked it
Action thriller might better describe this book than mystery where I have shelved it, but there is a mystery or three in it. I enjoyed it, but it was ...more
Mar 04, 2018
Mar 04, 2018
 
The Royal Society: Concept and Creation
4.00
really liked it
Purver is or was an Oxford educated scholar, and places the origin of the Royal Society firmly in the experimental science club run by Wilkins. She ma ...more
Feb 24, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
 
Back Of Beyond (A Highway Quartet Novel #1)
4.03
liked it
Another mystery action thriller, our hero this time Cody Hoyt, a cop struggling with alcoholism and a hereditary bent for no good. Worse yet his spons ...more
Jul 05, 2015
Jul 05, 2015
 
Indigo Dying (China Bayles Mystery, Book 11)
3.93
really liked it
This was one of the most enjoyable of the seeries thus far, even though i read it out of sequence. China hasn't changed her last name, but...her relat ...more
Oct 12, 2016
Oct 10, 2016
 
Sacrilege (Giordano Bruno, #3)
4.00
really liked it
This one picks up with Bruno's departure from London to Canterbury, lead by his affection for the girl he saved from a renegade Catholic priest in the ...more
May 14, 2015
May 14, 2015
 
Love Medicine
3.99
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I loved this book. I loved it to the point that after reading it, I sat down and reread it. I loved the sense of time conveyed by th ...more
May 02, 2014
May 04, 2014
 
Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis
4.00
really liked it
I've been reading books on bullying because I have witnessed it in adult circles and I recognized that I haven't really had a game plan in response, e ...more
May 12, 2015
May 12, 2015
 
Dead Man's Bones (China Bayles Mystery, Book 13)
3.95
liked it
I love this series of books but once again I find myself wishing they had more diligent editors. There is the strong nostalgic sense of Nancy Drew abo ...more
Oct 16, 2016
Oct 17, 2016
 
Paradise Valley (The Highway Quartet, #4)
4.20
liked it
This is mystery adventure, and I am glad to be returning to C.J.Box after an interval. I recognize Cody Hoyt, now dead and remembered by his protege C ...more
Dec 15, 2017
Dec 15, 2017
 
The Shape of Desire (Shifting Circle, #1)
3.09
liked it
A gritty urban fantasy romance, of which I lost my first attempt at review due to a Goodreads glitch. No need to summarize Maria's long term romance w ...more
May 02, 2018
May 01, 2018
 
The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition
3.70
really liked it
This is part of my American history inquiries into the role alcohol has played in the American economy, a closer fit than Albion's Seed and Smuggler N ...more
Mar 22, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
 
If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him... (Elizabeth MacPherson, #8)
3.86
really liked it
My first Elizabeth MacPherson novel, I think, because I haven't quite grasped her character. This book seemed almost like a collection of short storie ...more
Jul 11, 2015
Jul 11, 2015
 
God's Secretaries : The Making of the King James Bible
3.76
it was ok
I was lukewarm about this popular history of the King James Bible. It makes clear that the translation effort was definitely the work of a politically ...more
May 25, 2015
May 25, 2015
 
Flight Behavior
3.76
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Eco fiction if I had a shelf for it, but this is an overdue library book curretly. And I have been hauted by Dellarobia's family in ...more
Apr 25, 2017
Apr 25, 2017
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