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Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology
4.23
really liked it
An excellent and informative book. Ceram's unquenchable passion and unflagging enthusiasm for his field are quite contagious. Presumably all archaeolo ...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
 
Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
4.27
really liked it
Another classic from my childhood. Lindgren is a very capable Swedish author (best known for Pippi Longstocking and Mio, My Son), and this book is a g ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
 
The Sea Of Grass
3.73
liked it
In the late 1800s, the Southwestern United States was the domain of the cattle baron. Herds of cattle roamed vast stretches of prairie; plump, like pl ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
 
Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
4.22
really liked it
Well-known author Anne Lamott summarizes the advice she gives her writing students, from encouraging them to let themselves write crummy first drafts ...more
May 17, 2012
Jun 22, 2010
 
The Cowboy and the Vampire (The Cowboy and the Vampire, #1)
3.62
liked it
This book was much, much better than I expected. It's the sort of book you purchase from the clearance rack on a whim, figuring that it might be just ...more
Nov 08, 2011
Nov 02, 2011
 
A Christmas Carol
4.02
really liked it
A beloved Christmas classic fully deserving of its reputation and popularity. Dickens inserts himself as narrator from time to time, not intrusively b ...more
Dec 20, 2014
Jun 22, 2010
 
The Graveyard Book
4.11
it was amazing
One of my all-time favorite Gaiman books. Gaiman seems to blend whimsy and danger and innocence and evil almost effortlessly. He is, I think, at his b ...more
Oct 14, 2014
Jun 22, 2010
 
Neverwhere
4.17
it was amazing
Pretty much fantastic. I am a newer initiate into the world of Neil Gaiman, but this book is brilliant.
Jul 10, 2013
Jun 21, 2010
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
it was amazing
This. Book. Is. Awesome. Ostensibly about zombies, it ends up being more about human response to crisis--on an individual, national, and international ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Aug 23, 2010
 
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English
3.76
liked it
An interesting read. McWhorter obviously has pet interests in linguistic history--interests which his readers may not always share (see, e.g., his obs ...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 19, 2010
 
Longshot
3.99
really liked it
One of Dick Francis' better books. Not a lot of action, and because of the nature of the villains' tactics, what action there is tends to play out mor ...more
Jul 13, 2016
Jun 21, 2010
 
My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered
4.45
it was amazing
This book is incredible: moving, eye-opening, horrifying, inspiring, and deeply disturbing, all at the same time.

Raines wisely allows the various hist
...more
Sep 03, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
 
Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will
4.21
liked it
Really more of a three-and-a-half star book. DeYoung presents a convicting indictment of this generation's obsession with "finding God's will," partic ...more
Apr 28, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
 
The Edge
3.99
really liked it
One of my favorite Francis books. Francis trades the typical setting of the English world for the Canadian countryside, as seen by rail. The hero is, ...more
Jul 10, 2016
Jun 21, 2010
 
Risk
3.92
really liked it
One of the first Dick Francis books I ever read as a kid (the absolute first was Dead Cert), and still one of my favorites. The hero (of sorts) is an ...more
Jul 24, 2016
Jun 21, 2010
 
Rebecca
4.20
it was amazing
One of the best opening lines of any book ever written, and the rest of the book does not disappoint.

Du Maurier creates an unparalleled atmosphere of
...more
Sep 17, 2010
Jun 21, 2010
 
Shane
3.80
it was amazing
I am not much for westerns, but this book is fantastic. There's a reason the hard-as-nails, dangerous-but-trustworthy hero is so popular in books and ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
 
The Midnight Club
3.81
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Poor man's Lurlene McDaniel reincarnate. Really. (And she's not even dead yet!) Pike sets his tale in a hospice center for teenagers ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
 
Batman: The Killing Joke
4.36
liked it
Decent enough graphic novel, if not quite up to the standard set by Lovers and Madmen and The Dark Knight Returns. Here, the newly escaped (again) Jok ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 09, 2011
 
Boy: Tales of Childhood
4.09
really liked it
Beloved children's author Dahl shares a few anecdotes from his childhood in Wales, England, and Norway, including the adventure of the goat tobacco, h ...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
 
King Solomon's Mines
3.80
really liked it
An excellent story, and a precursor to much of the adventure literature and film that has been so popular for the past hundred years. Although the sto ...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 28, 2011
 
Enquiry
3.92
liked it
A decent enough mystery. On the plus side, the villains are more normal, and are driven by largely normal motives (albeit normal motives inflated and ...more
May 10, 2011
May 13, 2011
 
Turn Back the Night
4.40
really liked it
Excellent, if amusingly dated. Lawhead's pop culture examples range from Dynasty to Dukes of Hazzard to Olivia Newton John to Flashdance. The times, t ...more
Jun 02, 2011
May 31, 2011
 
The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart, #1)
3.75
really liked it
Very Holmesian--Sherlock, not Oliver Wendell. The setting, the unknown numbered things that cause death to the hearers (in Holmes it was five orange p ...more
May 11, 2011
May 13, 2011
 
The Child Thief
4.10
really liked it
A gory and fairly terrifying story, but well-written and skillfully presented. I definitely grimaced more than once reading the rather graphic descrip ...more
Sep 29, 2010
Sep 26, 2010
 
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
4.14
it was amazing
Pretty much an amazing book. I realize I am way behind the times, and lots of folks discovered this gem years ago, but better late than never, right? ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
 
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: More Stories My Mother Never Told Me
3.66
liked it
A collection of 14 creepy short stories by Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury, and others. The title is apt, as Alfred Hitchcock notes in his introduction that ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
 
The Medusa in the Shield
4.09
really liked it
Another collection of, by and large, excellent stories. This volume highlights horror from a psychological perspective--the events are not objectively ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
 
The Skin Map (Bright Empires #1)
3.72
liked it
While slogging through the streets of London one rainy Sunday morning, everyman Kit Livingston encounters his long-lost (and surprisingly spry) great ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
 
Science Fact/Fiction
4.45
it was amazing
A fantastic collection of short stories. As with any collection, there are a few stinkers, but by and large the stories are excellent. Which is hardly ...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
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