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The Mapmakers
3.85
really liked it
This is a fascinating book on the history of cartography, and written at exactly the right level for an interested layperson with a decent general edu ...more
Dec 2010
Nov 20, 2010
 
Who Fears Death (Who Fears Death, #1)
3.95
really liked it
I wavered between rating this three or four stars. Decided to be generous, since for me it really was a four-star book up until the last few chapters. ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
 
Shield of Justice (Justice, #1)
4.13
it was ok
After some big, dense books, my book club decided they wanted something light, fluffy, and stupid. This book is definitely all three. It doesn't try t ...more
Jul 19, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
 
Heaven (Casteel, #1)
4.02
did not like it
It's impossible to rate this book fairly. On the one hand, it's far from great literature. On the other, it fulfills its purpose (trashy, soap-opera f ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2011
 
Far North
3.78
it was amazing
It took me all summer to read this book. Mostly because I had to read other things at the same time, but also because I was pretty sure horrible thing ...more
Aug 19, 2014
May 07, 2014
 
The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)
4.02
really liked it
This book started off like Typical YA Fantasy #322. Teenage girl who loves to read, check. Chosen One, check. Angst about ability to rule the kingdom, ...more
Dec 15, 2015
Dec 20, 2015
 
The Stepsister Scheme (Princess, #1)
3.75
liked it
A fun, quick read. It never quite seemed to come together for me and become as awesome as I was hoping, but I enjoyed it. I like re-told fairy tales, ...more
Mar 16, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
 
The Mermaid's Madness (Princess, #2)
3.90
really liked it
I enjoyed the first book, but felt that it never quite lived up to its potential. This one was much better. It's darker and seemed less about all the ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 16, 2013
 
Priceless Florida: Natural Ecosystems and Native Species
4.53
it was amazing
This book is easy for the interested layperson to read, while not sacrificing accuracy or detail. It would make a great gift for newcomers to Florida, ...more
not set
Apr 17, 2011
 
Parties in Congress
4.00
liked it
Lesbian romance, like any fiction niche, has a high self-published, badly-edited, ridiculous-euphemism-ridden crap factor. I'm inclined to give this b ...more
Oct 20, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
 
Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride
2.85
liked it
I "read" this book in audiobook form while on a long car trip, and I listened to it all the way through without much interruption, so my impressions m ...more
Jul 16, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
 
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy, #1)
3.81
liked it
In a way, I really wish this book had not been hyped as much as it was, although in that case I suppose I might not have heard of it and read it.

But t
...more
Jan 04, 2011
Oct 22, 2010
 
Wicked Gentlemen
4.00
liked it
I expected it to be amateurish slashfic-with-names-changed in desperate need of an editor. When I picked it up at the local LGBT community center and ...more
Jun 20, 2013
Sep 15, 2011
 
The Windup Girl
3.74
liked it
Brilliant writing, rich and detailed setting, convoluted plot... so why didn't I like this book as much as I thought I would?

Oh, right. The characters
...more
Mar 17, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.17
really liked it
It was purely coincidence that I checked this and We Who Are About To out of the library at the same time. Two novels in which explorers from Earth ge ...more
Nov 20, 2012
May 28, 2011
 
Norton's Ghost
4.08
really liked it
There's no getting around the fact that this is an educational novel, clearly intended to teach you about an issue. That said, Canepa avoids lecturing ...more
Feb 2010
May 20, 2010
 
Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo
3.96
really liked it
I read this book in one evening, having picked it up just to look at the first few pages and see if I wanted to read it next. Apparently the answer wa ...more
May 24, 2011
May 14, 2011
 
Devil May Care
3.87
liked it
Elizabeth Peters' characters always seem to be these larger-than-life, eccentric, borderline caricatures you'd want to stay far, far away from in real ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
 
Double Whammy
3.92
liked it
Hiassen is always dependable for a fun, silly adventure that also takes some fairly serious jabs at the stew of corruption, race and class conflict, r ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 21, 2012
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
4.45
liked it
I kind of want to give this book more stars, because I would have loved it intensely if I'd read it in 4th grade. So for its target audience, I think ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
 
The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2)
4.18
really liked it
While I was reading this book, I would have said, "Eh, it's okay. The history is interesting, but the pacing is really slow." And yet, I couldn't seem ...more
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
 
Power
3.86
it was ok
I wanted to like this book, but the circular, repetitive writing just grated after a while. It was like listening to a drunk person. "Oh, did I tell y ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
 
Astray
3.57
really liked it
The problem with stories based (sometimes loosely) on real people from history is that even the ones that end happily are followed by a little note on ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Dec 26, 2012
 
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
3.98
liked it
The writing style was fine and the characters were reasonably well developed, but the book was twice as long as it needed to be.
Dec 07, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
 
Children of the Storm (Amelia Peabody, #15)
4.21
liked it
Enjoyable, but I think this series has long passed the point of diminishing returns when it comes to adding new characters. In addition to the new one ...more
May 03, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
 
Shadow Country
4.04
I actually returned this one to the library without finishing it. It's not that it wasn't a good book; it was. It's just that it's really three books, ...more
not set
Dec 19, 2014
 
The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6)
4.21
liked it
This one's a bit odd, considering it's part of a long mystery series. It doesn't follow the formula of the others; I wouldn't even call it a mystery. ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
 
The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
4.19
did not like it
About halfway through. Sick of the infodumps and hate all the characters. On the positive side, it's the middle of NaNoWriMo, so I may go ahead and re ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
 
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
4.02
really liked it
Saw the end coming miles away, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment. The plot is kind of ridiculous if you think about it, but that's okay. It's ...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
 
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
4.00
really liked it
I somehow picked up this book having no idea what it was about -- I'd heard of it, but only the title and author. I had a vague notion that it was his ...more
May 31, 2013
May 11, 2010
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