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Somerset
4.14
Try as I might, I can't enjoy a book that calls slaves "servants" in one paragraph and then, just a few paragraphs later, discusses which of the sons ...more
Jun 2014
May 28, 2014
 
The Winemaker
3.75
it was amazing
I completely love Noah Gordon's books (_Matters of Choice_ being the exception that proves the rule). Finding a new Gordon work available as an ebook ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 28, 2012
 
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
3.84
liked it
Well...what did I think?

This is the perfect example of a book written for a post-literary society. An entire chapterlet is given over to postage-sta
...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
 
The Plot Against America
3.71
it was ok
I read this years ago and remember enjoying it as an alt. history speculative fiction that examined Lindbergh in a less than flattering light. Given t ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
really liked it
The very first thing you should know about reading _Cloud Atlas_ is that it is a Broken Narrative book. I had been warned by another reviewer here, an ...more
Feb 26, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
Lighthouse (St. Simons Trilogy, #1)
4.13
it was ok
I do try very hard to read books with a mind to the different values of the time in which they were written. Reading this one now, hard on the heels o ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
 
Creepiosity: A Hilarious Guide to the Unintentionally Creepy
3.10
did not like it
This is the stupidest "book" I've picked up in awhile. Instead of being funny it has that snide hipster snarkiness that tries to pass for humour on we ...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
 
Mildred Pierce
3.93
really liked it
I'm giving this 3.5 stars but rounding them down in the display in order to communicate just how disappointed I am.

I had never read the book--didn't
...more
Jun 04, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
 
The Grand Sophy
4.16
really liked it
I've wavered between three and four stars for this, the first Heyer book I've ever read. The final act is a stellar example of farce at its best, and ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
 
The Rebels of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #2)
4.07
really liked it
I'd set this aside several times, and was determined that I'd read it this year for St. Patrick's Day. I think it's safe to say that this is my second ...more
Mar 20, 2014
Jan 15, 2013
 
Black Irish (Abbie Kearney, #1)
3.62
liked it
Talty writes gripping nonfiction. The best parts of this book were his recountings of the nonfiction aspects of the city of Buffalo and its significan ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
 
Dear Enemy (Daddy-Long-Legs, #2)
3.84
it was amazing
It's really 4.5 stars because I had to deduct half a star for all the squickr Eugenics nonsense. Oftentimes antiquarian books are that way. You go spe ...more
Nov 17, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
 
The Shell Seekers
4.13
liked it
I'm changing my rating to 2.5 stars (from 1 star) because this is a complicated book.

On the one hand it has the very relaxed meandering-through-life
...more
May 02, 2013
Aug 19, 2009
 
The Winthrop Woman
4.08
really liked it
This follow up to _Katherine_ was well enough done to keep me reading in spite of the grim setting. It fell short of the spellbinding greatness of tha ...more
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
 
Rites of Passage (To the Ends of the Earth, #1)
3.61
it was ok
I don't know why I bother with William Golding's dank and misanthropic books. He's a good writer who writes about bad things very well. I'm torn betwe ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2013
 
The Gods of Mars (Barsoom, #2)
3.86
it was ok
Maybe I read this too close to A Princess Of Mars. Or maybe I just wasn't in the mood to spend a lot of pages reading about how Totally Awesome John C ...more
Apr 2012
Mar 21, 2012
 
Sundiver (The Uplift Saga, #1)
3.65
it was ok
I simply did not enjoy this book. The pacing was dreadfully off...just as intriguing things start to happen, Brin backs off the narrative and starts i ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
 
The Technologists
3.49
it was ok
This just is not my cup of tea. All the characters seemed like ciphers. The setting felt like a contrivance to excuse an irritating steam punk storyli ...more
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
 
A Woman of Independent Means
3.95
it was amazing
Honestly, I've actually read this book at least 6 times since I was 9. It's an enchanting novel with a central character who is by turns admirable, en ...more
Nov 12, 2014
Nov 06, 2014
 
The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita, #1)
3.51
did not like it
I dropped this book after reading 75pp. (All of part one). As intrigued as I am about sea serpents and naval adventuring I just was not in the mood to ...more
Jan 23, 2013
Jan 22, 2013
 
The Winter Rose (The Tea Rose, #2)
4.29
it was amazing
None
Jan 31, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
 
My Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre Retold, #1)
3.08
liked it
None
Mar 22, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
 
My Mr. Rochester 5 (Jane Eyre Retold, #5)
3.78
it was amazing
None
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
 
The Bastard (Kent Family Chronicles, #1)
4.09
really liked it
None
Dec 13, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
 
Adventures in the Screen Trade
4.15
None
not set
Jul 22, 2012
 
North and South
4.13
did not like it
None
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
 
A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)
3.99
really liked it
None
Mar 06, 2017
Oct 02, 2014
 
Wiseguy
4.14
it was amazing
None
Jun 26, 2012
Sep 28, 2011
 
Ashes to Ashes (Kovac and Liska, #1)
4.03
liked it
None
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 17, 2009
 
Starship Troopers
3.99
really liked it
None
Feb 05, 2013
Aug 03, 2009
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