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Outlander (Outlander, #1)
4.22
it was ok
A special note to those who say my review stopped them from reading this book: No no no! Read it! I actually reread the whole series last summer and e ...more
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Feb 17, 2008
 
An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7)
4.43
it was ok
TOP TEN REASONS WHY THE OUTLANDER SERIES IS BETTER THAN THE TWILIGHT SERIES

10. Heroine is not complimented on how delicious her blood smells. Instead,
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Jan 23, 2010
Jun 21, 2009
 
Voyager (Outlander, #3)
4.39
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Okay, if I had a half star I would give this one that extra half. But only because there are pirates.

Things that irritated me:
"Och l
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Oct 02, 2008
Sep 15, 2008
 
The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5)
4.26
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Went something like this:

50 chapters of camping and sexual frustration where nothing really happens.

Nothing happens, repeatedly.

50 c
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not set
Oct 14, 2008
 
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
3.69
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Half a star--because I at least managed to finish it.

Things I learned from reading the Twilight series:

1. Stalker boyfriends are sup
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Dec 10, 2008
Jul 04, 2008
 
Circle of Friends
4.01
really liked it
I confess to loving what we at the bookstore used to consider "old lady novels." You know, written by nice old ladies, and featuring stock characters ...more
not set
Aug 24, 2007
 
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)
4.32
it was ok
God help me. I must hate myself.
*****
*Just got to the part with the horse breeding. Holy crap it *is* Clan of the Cavebear (or rather, Valley of Horse
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Sep 30, 2008
Sep 15, 2008
 
Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1)
4.17
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Started out well. I liked the main character, it seemed like it might be interesting. Then they walked into the mines of Moria, visi ...more
not set
Aug 03, 2007
 
Lord Foul's Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, #1)
3.72
did not like it
So many people love this series. Not sure why. The hero is a leperous (no, not lecherous) rapist and incredibly whiny. The bad guy is named Lord Foul, ...more
not set
Aug 19, 2007
 
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)
4.43
it was ok
So I slogged through all 6000 some-odd pages of this and I truly hate myself because I actually want to read the next one when (if?) it comes out. I t ...more
Nov 10, 2008
Oct 14, 2008
 
Ancient Evenings
3.40
did not like it
The recent news aboput Mailer being on his deathbed reminded me of my one and only attempt at reading his stuff. I must have gotten through at least t ...more
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Oct 18, 2007
 
Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander, #8)
4.51
liked it
**spoiler alert** I actually finished reading this several weeks ago but wanted to digest it.

I am so conflicted right now. Several months ago I actual
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Jul 09, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
 
Without Lying Down: Screenwriter Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood
4.39
it was amazing
Frances Marion was an AMAZING woman and I must say I had never heard of her, had no idea. She was the highest paid screenwriter pretty much ever (a hu ...more
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Aug 24, 2007
 
Life Among the Savages
4.05
it was amazing
This is the first book I ever read where I said, "I want to be able to write like that." I read it when I was maybe 10, borrowed from my mother's shel ...more
not set
Aug 20, 2007
 
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
3.91
liked it
Note to ALL writers of teen fiction particularly paranormal romance: STOP WRITING HEROINES WHO ARE COMPLETELY INCOMPETENT AND GET INTO ALL SORTS OF TR ...more
Nov 2011
Jun 24, 2011
 
Blood Games (Saint-Germain, #3)
4.10
it was ok
Repeatedly, I vow never again to read a book that:

A) Describes a main (male) character's clothing in minute, obsessive, effeminate detail. Every other
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Mar 27, 2007
 
Archangel (Samaria, #1)
4.04
it was amazing
One of my new favorite authors. She does a nice fantasy/romance thing, but this series also has interesting theology. And her characters are distinct ...more
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Apr 15, 2007
 
1633 (Assiti Shards, #2)
4.00
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Only maybe 1/3 of the way through this book, but already there is a major source of irritation: all the women who had babies or were ...more
Jun 2011
May 25, 2011
 
Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
3.75
liked it
**spoiler alert** While I enjoyed the fact that this book did not take the easy way out in the end, the main issue I have with Bujold is that she neve ...more
not set
Jun 23, 2007
 
Swordspoint (Riverside, #1)
3.78
really liked it
I read this after I read the book that follows it chronologically (not a sequel really), The Privilege of the Sword. I liked the heroine in that one b ...more
not set
Feb 01, 2008
 
Saturday, the Twelfth of October
4.28
really liked it
Too bad this is out of print. I remember this book vividly, checking it out from the Goleta Valley Library. Zan is somehow taken back in time and take ...more
not set
Oct 17, 2007
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.80
it was amazing
The first classic I ever read outside of school, because Steph made me.

Sort of one of those life changing things, when I realized I could enjoy "lite
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Aug 05, 2007
 
Poison Study (Study, #1)
4.15
it was amazing
Well told YA story of a young woman, about to be hung for murder, gets offered the job of food taster for a military dictator. Never takes the easy ro ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2007
 
Journey
3.83
did not like it
Oh my God my mother-in-law AND father-in-law are insisting I read this simply because I mentioned that one of my employees is in an abusive relationsh ...more
not set
Sep 09, 2007
 
Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #2)
4.25
it was amazing
Starts off slowly. Sags in places. Then it slowly starts to come together. Multiple epic and harrowing journeys converge and diverge until finally the ...more
not set
May 06, 2015
 
Green City in the Sun
4.26
really liked it
I haven't read this in a long time but it was always one of my favorites. Intrepid woman doctor in the bush longing for married man? Check. Murder, sc ...more
not set
Sep 08, 2010
 
The Women's Room
3.94
liked it
I thought this book was amazing and eye-opening when I read it in high school (college?) Young and idealistic and raised ina conservative home and all ...more
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Mar 11, 2008
 
King Rat (Asian Saga, #4)
4.12
really liked it
I will admit to a certain undying love for James Clavell, mostly due to the many miniseries done of his books inthe 80's. I will also admit that I ado ...more
not set
Mar 11, 2008
 
Kushiel's Mercy (Imriel's Trilogy, #3)
4.31
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Getting a little sick of Imriel and Sidonie's speshul speshul love and their mighty orgasms of the gods.

The ending, like that of the
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Jul 21, 2008
Jul 04, 2008
 
The Collector
3.99
really liked it
I went through a major John Fowles stage just after high school. Read/own everything the man wrote. Now I find most of his stuff pretentious and overs ...more
not set
Nov 28, 2007
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