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In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
3.75
it was amazing
This is a terrific read, with characters I really cared about (even when--maybe even especially when--I wanted to slap them upside the head). I loved ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
 
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
4.16
it was amazing
An eventful and illuminating entry in the series, and probably my favorite since the debut. Go, Flavia!
not set
Jul 02, 2013
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4.12
it was amazing
Thanks to many recommendations, I overcame the idea that this was one of those treacly heart-warmers that make me want to run, screaming, for the hill ...more
not set
Dec 28, 2008
 
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)
4.21
it was amazing
Okay, the puzzle may not a gobstopper, and I understand the complaints about being thrown into the misogynistic villain's viewpoint, but the main char ...more
not set
Nov 11, 2015
 
The Thin Man
3.97
it was ok
This was a big disappointment after having read The Maltese Falcon, in all its stark, atmospheric glory. If this is all Hammett had left to give in hi ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
 
A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures
3.88
it was ok
I tried to read this one because I so loved Katherine Graham's Personal History and wanted to read about some of the events she went through from the ...more
not set
May 20, 2013
 
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
3.92
really liked it
Police procedural/urban fantasy about a London cop who gets recruited into a little-known division of the department dealing with the strange and magi ...more
not set
Apr 01, 2013
 
The Martian
4.39
it was amazing
Terrific story about an astronaut who finds himself marooned on Mars with no hope of rescue for years. If that isn't enough to pique your interest, yo ...more
not set
Jun 04, 2014
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)
3.97
it was amazing
Gobstopper of debut novel that you will mentally revisit over and over after you've read the last page. So much more than a space opera, and worthy of ...more
not set
Jun 04, 2014
 
Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
3.98
really liked it
Terrific Holmes pastiche about Holmes and Watson tracking Jack the Ripper. Giving this one the "Oliver Twist Badge"--I want more, please.
Feb 29, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
 
The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century
3.66
liked it
This was an interesting book in which the author attempts to predict what will happen in the world over the next 100 years. I wish I could give it 3.5 ...more
Jun 2009
Jul 25, 2009
 
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
3.70
really liked it
You might not think it from the title, but this is actually quite a good yarn. I read this after finishing a lengthy biography on Lincoln and was impr ...more
not set
Mar 31, 2012
 
The Queen of Bedlam (Matthew Corbett, #2)
4.23
really liked it
I'm not sure why this mystery series isn't better known. It's enormously fun, and this entry, set amidst the evolution of rudimentary law enforcement ...more
not set
Jan 27, 2014
 
Touchstone (Harris Stuyvesant, #1)
3.82
it was amazing
A brilliant historical thriller set against the turmoil of England's 1926 general strike. In it, an FBI agent crosses the Atlantic on the track of a b ...more
Dec 2007
Jan 08, 2008
 
The Speed of Dark
4.01
really liked it
This is a terrific and thought-provoking book about an autistic man who has an opportunity to undergo a process that will alter his brain so as to rid ...more
Dec 2006
Aug 21, 2007
 
A Question of Inheritance (A Very English Mystery #2)
3.92
really liked it
I greatly enjoyed this and the first book in the series, and was saddened to find that the author died in January 2016 after a short battle with cance ...more
not set
Dec 31, 2016
 
The Invisible Man
3.62
really liked it
Jerk figures out how to turn himself invisible, becomes even bigger jerk. In all fairness, being invisible is such a bummer, it would try a saint's pa ...more
not set
Jul 09, 2015
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.66
liked it
This is the first entry in a runaway best-selling trilogy that has launched a new marketing niche called "mommy porn." The reviews on goodreads veer w ...more
not set
May 22, 2012
 
Pride and Prejudice
4.24
it was amazing
My very favorite book--I even named my daughter after the protagonist. I reread it periodically just for the sheer pleasure of it.
Jan 1996
Jul 27, 2009
 
The Language of Bees (Mary Russell, #9)
4.16
it was amazing
Fabulous read! One of the best entries in an insanely good series.
Feb 26, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
 
The House of Mirth
3.94
liked it
This book mostly made me thank God I wasn't alive back in this stultifying birdcage of an era. Strangely, although times were probably just as stultif ...more
not set
Jun 04, 2014
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.06
really liked it
I'm a little embarrassed, as a book-person, to have put off reading this book until age 50. I did enjoy it, but I wonder if I'd have maybe been more c ...more
not set
Jan 20, 2017
 
James Madison
3.70
really liked it
I have to agree with the reviews complaining that the book does little to illuminate Madison's personality and character, but to be fair, I think much ...more
not set
Mar 26, 2012
 
The Mote in God's Eye
4.06
really liked it
A great premise, and a thoughtful look at first contact with a truly alien species. If only the characters had been 3-D. But I guess you can't have it ...more
not set
Jun 04, 2014
 
Robinson Crusoe
3.66
really liked it
Three and a half stars. A great accomplishment for the time, but in this era, I found it somewhat slow and plodding (though to be fair, that probably ...more
not set
Jan 05, 2016
 
The Painted Veil
3.91
really liked it
I didn't greatly enjoy it, but I did admire the writing, as well as Maugham's ability to keep me interested in the story although I couldn't stand mos ...more
not set
Jan 14, 2017
 
Bellwether
3.92
really liked it
Okay, I'm re-rating this one. After following it with the same rating for Bet Me (a fun romance) the next day (and being called out by a disbelieving ...more
not set
Mar 25, 2011
 
The Murder of Mary Russell (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, #14)
4.16
it was amazing
A fantastic entry in one of the best mystery series going. It's a Sure Thing for Russell fans *and* for Sherlock Holmes fans who have a soft spot for ...more
not set
Apr 12, 2016
 
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
4.10
really liked it
This is an interesting look at how an individual's decision-making process is often at odds with what is objectively beneficial for him or her. Seems ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 22, 2009
 
Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen
3.74
liked it
This really does have some good tips and ideas in it, and I expect Novak has done a lot to promote a functional, healthy, and successful work environm ...more
Feb 2012
Mar 26, 2012
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