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Debt: The First 5,000 Years
it was amazing
I think of Goodreads stars as the following: 1, shouldn't have been published; 2, terrible; 3, pretty good; 4, really good; 5, everyone should read th ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
Dracula the Un-Dead
it was ok
Written by a Stoker family member and a Dracula researcher/screenwriter . . . and it shows. Between infodumps (I sometimes felt like I was reading a n ...more
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 27, 2010
At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic
Let's start with this: readers expecting a true-crime story will be disappointed by At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic. Whi ...more
Mar 11, 2017
Mar 10, 2017
The Profession
really liked it
In a near-future world where governments have outsourced war to a wide-flung network of military contractors, a mercenary with an uncanny connection t ...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
Executive Privilege (Dana Cutler, #1)
it was ok
The President of the United States is linked to the murders of two young women by a junior lawyer and a private detective, triggering a race against t ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
Lady Gone Bad (Gone Bad, #1)
it was ok
Why only two stars? Mainly, because of some very personal peeves, so YMMV:

1. Instant hornypants between the two main characters. If you like your roma
Sep 16, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
Gone Girl
really liked it
I finished GONE GIRL four days ago and had to give myself some time before reviewing, because holy moly did I have a visceral reaction when I put this ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
Payback: The Case for Revenge
liked it
In Payback: The Case for Revenge, Thane Rosenbaum argues several points:

1. Anger is a natural and healthy reaction to being the victim of crime or bei
Aug 24, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
Angelology (Angelology, #1)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I was willing to forgive some of this book's sloppiness (multiple points of view; no tonal shifts between characters; general wordin ...more
May 03, 2010
May 01, 2010
Out With Three: The Murder and Betrayal of Bald Head Island Police Officer Davina Buff Jones
it was ok
Shortly before midnight on October 22, 1999, Officer Davina Buff Jones was killed by a single gunshot to the back of her head near Bald Head Island li ...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
A Night of Scandal (The Notorious Wolfes, #1)
liked it
So, I picked up A Night of Scandal because it's the latest pick in the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club (it's a fantastic blog for roman ...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 09, 2011
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1)
liked it
Silly and over-the-top, Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs doesn't take itself too seriously--which is good, because if you're not already a fan of vampire c ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
really liked it
When a world-ending virus sweeps the globe, it leaves behind three groups: ordinary folks, dead in their beds; naked, flesh-eating, uncontrollably gig ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed (Sons of Sin, #1)
liked it
Largely solid historical romance, with one relatively minor problem that made me crazy throughout the first two-thirds of the book: The premise is tha ...more
Oct 31, 2012
Nov 06, 2012
The United States of Soccer: MLS and the Rise of American Soccer Fandom
Before 2016, my only real exposure to the game of soccer was a single season playing with a pack of other first graders on the fields near my childhoo ...more
Mar 17, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
Suspect (Scott James & Maggie, #1)
really liked it
LA cop Scott James, survivor of a vicious shooting that killed his partner, shouldn't be on the job--in near-constant pain, tormented by flashbacks, a ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
Out of the Dark
liked it
Out of the Dark is . . . interesting. It's got a whopper of a twist ending that I'd maybe, possibly be on board for if this was the first book in a ne ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Dec 05, 2010
Bio Rescue (Bio Rescue, #1)
did not like it
I was willing to give this book a chance. The quality of the writing wasn't great, the plotting was uneven, but I assumed (since this author wrote qui ...more
Feb 17, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
Blood and Smoke: a True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and the Birth of the Indy 500
liked it
Blood and Smoke, by Charles Leerhsen, focuses on the first Indy 500, which took place in 1911. It describes the history of the automobile to that poin ...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears
liked it
Asma has collected and given perspective to an interesting collection of monster history and psychology in On Monsters. It's generally an interesting ...more
Apr 02, 2010
Mar 29, 2010
Hawkeye, Volume 3: L.A. Woman
Gosh, I love Hawkeye.

Kate Bishop, for all her sass, is just as much a flailing-for-meaning everywoman twentysomething as Clint Barton is a screwup eve
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
Help for the Haunted
really liked it
Help for the Haunted is fundamentally a novel of questions. Are ghosts real? Who was Abigail? And what really happened that night in the church? Findi ...more
Aug 28, 2015
Aug 26, 2015
One Kick (Kick Lannigan, #1)
Chelsea Cain returns with a new series centered on a new protagonist: 21-year-old kidnapping survivor Kick Lannigan, who collects throwing knives like ...more
Oct 10, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
The Prisoner of Hell Gate
Clunky, information-loaded dialogue and an erratic villain weaken this rather formulaic "unprepared/disrespectful young people become trapped in a cre ...more
Aug 28, 2016
Aug 30, 2016
it was amazing
Columbine reads smoothly, showing the depth of author Dave Cullen's research in its insight, rather than its format. Cullen presents a detailed accoun ...more
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 14, 2009
The Crossing (The Border Trilogy, #2)
really liked it
The Crossing contains stunningly beautiful turns of phrase and complex, fascinating characters who explore themes of purpose, justice, family, and des ...more
Mar 06, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
it was amazing
I got this book as a prize for participating in a summer reading program. I had wanted a Goosebumps book, but they had run out - luckily for me . . .

not set
Dec 18, 2010
Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, #1)
liked it
While it's light on characterization and Campbell's writing style sometimes shows rough edges, Dauntless nevertheless delivers a compelling military s ...more
Dec 25, 2009
Dec 26, 2009
Food Will Win the War: Minnesota Crops, Cooks, and Conservation during World War I
really liked it
Sometimes a bit dry and repetitive, but generally a comprehensive and interesting look into food-related domestic culture in the US during WWI. Amply ...more
Apr 19, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
The Punisher, Volume 2: Border Crossing
I really don't like the Punisher as a character. He's a grim psychopath who doesn't hesitate to kill and rarely displays any kind of humanity.

Nate Edm
Jul 27, 2015
Jul 21, 2015
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