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The Case Of The Velvet Claws (The Best Mysteries Of All Time)
3.80
it was amazing
Well, so, I've never read (as opposed to have seen) Perry Mason before, so I decided to start at the beginning. And it seemed to be fairly pedestrian ...more
not set
Jul 11, 2012
 
Sultana: Surviving the Civil War, Prison, and the Worst Maritime Disaster in American History
3.72
it was amazing
Tolbert and Maddox left Indiana as young Union soldiers. Although injured and only minimally treated, they managed to survive the bloody Civil War bat ...more
not set
Jan 16, 2012
 
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
4.25
it was amazing
I first met Lovecraft at the age of twelve, courtesy of The Rats in the Walls. Since then, he has had no peer in the art of absolutely freaking me out ...more
not set
Jul 31, 2013
 
The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3)
4.09
it was amazing
This series is really becoming more and more delightful. No summary of the plot would make a lick of sense, but suffice it to say, we lost the gloriou ...more
not set
Apr 14, 2013
 
The Bull of Minos: The Great Discoveries of Ancient Greece
3.93
it was amazing
First off, I must say I flat-out adored the writing style. A tale of early archaeological studies, done by the wealthy and obsessed amateurs Heinrich ...more
not set
Dec 30, 2013
 
Devil's Trill (Daniel Jacobus Mystery, #1)
3.48
liked it
Alas, this book fell into the, for me, Moby Dick vortex. You know, when you're zipping along and Mr. Dick is frolicking about, and Cap'n A is chewing ...more
not set
Jul 16, 2014
 
This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
3.44
it was amazing
A rather erratic book, but full of fascinating and intriguing bits. Print libraries, virtual libraries, librarian blogs, and even libraries created th ...more
Dec 2015
Dec 16, 2015
 
The Fish Can Sing
3.88
it was amazing
A slow sunny gorgeous read.

Alfgrim, foundling and part of an extraordinary household, has always been in awe of the fabled Icelandic singer (and poss
...more
Oct 26, 2016
Oct 26, 2016
 
The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map
3.77
it was amazing
Blank places on a map. Seriously, is there anything more dreamily romantic than that? I've been infatuated with them ever since my childhood days of p ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 09, 2015
 
The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (Hinges of History)
3.87
it was amazing
Second volume of an on-going series by Cahill.

Once again, Cahill is positing that history occurs between the cracks, so to speak, and in this volume,
...more
not set
Aug 06, 2012
 
Walking Home: A Poet's Journey
3.65
it was amazing
A poet walks the Pennine Way top to bottom - giving poetry readings nightly to subsidize the trip - in what the back cover blurb delightfully calls on ...more
not set
Mar 07, 2014
 
Mawson: And the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen
4.15
it was amazing
Extensively researched, but written with a light touch. The travails of Scott vs. Amundsen as to which would reach the South Pole first have been thor ...more
Apr 2015
Apr 11, 2015
 
The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America
3.81
it was amazing
Very insightful, entertaining, and frequently hilarious.

Kevin recreates Hunter Thompson's trip through South America, circa 1962 and prior to his gonz
...more
not set
Dec 18, 2014
 
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
4.16
it was amazing
If you had ever told my 9th grader self, as I watched Clifton Fadiman pontificate on Pip, specifically the Great Expectation's Pip, that I would be ma ...more
Feb 14, 2017
Feb 14, 2017
 
Joy of Reading
4.17
it was amazing
All right, I need to confess. I am an absolute pushover for a book like this. *toes rug in embarrassment* As a matter of fact, this is currently wendi ...more
Oct 2015
Oct 15, 2015
 
The Woman Who Died A Lot (Thursday Next, #7)
4.04
it was amazing
Always convoluted, and always book-centric, this series is my idea of a good time, even though I spend half my time with this book going, "Wait, what? ...more
not set
Jan 28, 2014
 
Cousin Bette
3.85
really liked it
It would be easier to sympathize with the wrong done to poor relation Cousin Bette (or as she is known throughout the entire book, Lisbeth) if she was ...more
not set
May 27, 2013
 
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
3.98
liked it
The newly widowed Mrs. Palfrey finds herself at the Claremont, a genteel purgatory of a residence hotel in London. It is merely a waiting room in disg ...more
not set
Jun 08, 2013
 
Heretic (The Grail Quest, #3)
4.11
it was amazing
The graphically gory and ultimately compelling conclusion of Cornwall's medieval trilogy. Thomas of Hookton, mad priest's bastard and master of the lo ...more
not set
Apr 22, 2012
 
Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
3.78
it was amazing
Amazing how jokes can be interpreted as disguised philosophical conundrums. It was fun wrapping my head around some of this, and I found myself unexpe ...more
Dec 30, 2016
Dec 30, 2016
 
Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm
3.73
it was amazing
The rather amazing tale of a mostly forgotten mid-19th century explorer and naturalist, Paul Du Chaillu. Taken in at a young age and educated by an En ...more
not set
Aug 02, 2014
 
The Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels
3.98
it was amazing
What an amazing duo. A pair of wealthy Scottish identical twins, early motherless and not long after fatherless, takes to dabbling in Biblical studies ...more
Sep 19, 2016
Sep 19, 2016
 
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
3.96
it was amazing
What an amazing book! Holmes examines the connection between the Romantic school of British literature and the science of the time and the connection ...more
Apr 10, 2016
Apr 10, 2016
 
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (Jane Austen Addict, #1)
3.18
really liked it
An amusing bon-bon of a book. Courtney Stone, LA script reader and possessor of an absolute dirt-bag of an ex-fiance and a dubious friend in his wingm ...more
not set
Dec 21, 2014
 
A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown
3.42
really liked it
Highly entertaining and enlightening at first. And then it went just a little too far. . . .

So apparently Shakespeare's source material for The Tempes
...more
Jan 27, 2016
Jan 26, 2016
 
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art
3.89
it was amazing
Forging a piece of art satisfactorily is one thing. But selling it for bank requires something else - provenance, or the paper trail of receipts, ment ...more
Dec 2015
Jan 06, 2016
 
China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
4.00
it was amazing
All right. Let me just lay it on the table. This book is brilliant.

First of all, I love me a good road trip, whether in real life or in a book, and th
...more
not set
Jun 07, 2014
 
How to Be a Woman
3.73
it was amazing
Quite honestly, I stumbled across this person absolutely accidentally, but what a thorough delight. The cover proclaims her as a British version of Ti ...more
Jun 14, 2016
Jun 14, 2016
 
The Templars: The History and the Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons
3.69
it was amazing
You might remember these guys from the Indiana Jones movie, or maybe The Da Vinci Code. Or possibly Ivanhoe if you are more classically inclined.

This
...more
Apr 11, 2017
Apr 11, 2017
 
The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works
3.55
really liked it
A nostalgic return to those halcyon days when our legislative body actually accomplished something, and when there was a bipartisan ability to occasio ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2014
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