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The Forgetting Moon (Five Warrior Angels, #1)
it was amazing
Mr. Durfee has said that his literary inspirations are Stephen King and George R.R. Martin. Both influences can be seen in THE FORGETTING MOON. Martin ...more
Jul 20, 2016
Jun 16, 2016
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus
really liked it
Really fascinating book. (In the interest of full disclosure, I am a veterinarian and am slightly obsessed with public health and infectious diseases! ...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Only Gingers Can Be Witches
it was amazing
As a mom of two elementary-aged daughters, I've been frustrated by the quality of fantasy novels for middle-grade girls. Too many fairies spreading su ...more
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It
really liked it
Very powerful. You should read this book if you are a parent, or if you or someone you love:
* has suffered from depression
* has had suicidal thoughts
Dec 24, 2013
Jan 03, 2014
The Paradise Prophecy
liked it
Angels and demons walk among humans, and the battle in Heaven continues.

We’ve seen a lot of Revelation-type badness recently—wars, earthquakes, volca
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere, #1)
really liked it
THE SHADOWS, a middle-grade paranormal novel, opens with a great line: “Ms. McMartin was definitely dead.” The decedent leaves behind a huge old pile ...more
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
Olivia (Newport Ladies Book Club, #1)
really liked it
OLIVIA, by Julie Wright, is the first of The Newport Ladies Book Club series, which consists of four books, written by four authors, following the sto ...more
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14)
really liked it
Almost too epic, but a good conclusion to the series.
Feb 11, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
it was amazing
Re-reading the series with my kids, who are *finally* old enough to appreciate the story. Two things I've noticed, since it's been many years since I ...more
May 16, 2016
Mar 10, 2011
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
it was amazing
Fun fantasy. Has a feel of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell mixed with Stardust. Recommended for anyone who likes smart fantasy and/or London.
Feb 27, 2016
Feb 19, 2016
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
it was amazing
I reread the novel in June 2012, and I think I liked even more the second time! I've read reviews that describe this novel as a copycat of Twilight, b ...more
Jun 15, 2012
Jul 10, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
it was amazing
I’ve just finished reading HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS for the fifth or sixth time, in eager anticipation of the final movie installment comi ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
it was amazing
Really interesting look at death and dying in modern America. In other times and places the dead were honored by family and community, but now we prol ...more
Jul 16, 2015
Jul 07, 2015
it was amazing
A better demonstration of chaos theory than Jurassic Park. Plus, sheep.
Jul 30, 2017
Jul 31, 2017
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)
it was amazing
Beautiful worldbuilding, intriguing characters, Gaimanesque storytelling, but--gah!--a cliffhanger!
Apr 27, 2016
Apr 25, 2016
The Creeps: A Samuel Johnson Tale
really liked it
Very fun story, combining not-so-demonic demons, evil Shadows, quantum physicists, dwarves, possessed Christmas elves, British humor, and a boy and hi ...more
Jul 17, 2016
Jul 16, 2016
The Cave Book
did not like it
This book has no scientific value.

Recently I checked out The Cave Book by Emil Silvestru, thinking it would teach my children more about the geology o
not set
Jul 19, 2013
really liked it
Stardust, by Neil Gaiman (1999), is the inspiration for the movie of the same name, released in 2004. The movie is delightful, but as is generally the ...more
not set
Mar 09, 2011
Paige (The Newport Ladies Book Club)
really liked it

The Newport Ladies Book Club series (http://thenewportladiesbookclub.blogs...) is written by four authors, each illuminating the point of view of one
Aug 28, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
Storm Called Katrina
really liked it
Written by Myron Uhlberg and illustrated by Colin Bootman, this picture book tells the story of a young boy in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hur ...more
not set
Apr 26, 2012
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
it was amazing
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a modern retelling of a Norwegian folk tale. It turns princess stories on their heads, because the resourceful girl resc ...more
not set
Mar 09, 2011
it was amazing
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children for excellence in children’s book illustrating. David Wiesn ...more
not set
Jul 27, 2011
Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1)
really liked it
Most readers have probably seen Steven Spielberg’s movie version of JURASSIC PARK, which was released in 1993, won a bunch of Oscars, and earned a zil ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
really liked it
Discworld was created by gods with more imagination than mechanical aptitude, “a world that only exists because every improbability curve must have it ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend
it was ok
David’s father is a therapist who runs a sort of halfway house for troubled youths. One of his charges is Zelda, who looks like a fourteen-year-old gi ...more
May 31, 2011
May 27, 2011
The Call (The Magnificent 12, #1)
really liked it
A fun read which should appeal to boys in the 8-12 range.

David "Mack" MacAvoy is a 12-year-old boy with a lot of problems. He is targeted by Stefan, t
Aug 18, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
The Dark City (Relic Master, #1)
really liked it
I was excited to get an ARC (Advance Reading Copy) of this novel. While I’ll read nearly any genre, fantasy is my first love. THE DARK CITY is the fir ...more
not set
Mar 26, 2011
Monday Mornings
really liked it
Very good fictional look at how doctors think, and the current state of medicine in the United States.

One quote:
When [Dr. Tina Ridgeway] was growing u
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
Pocket Kings
liked it
Story of the publishing industry, online poker, and addiction. I can't comment on the poker, but it's a painfully accurate picture of the publishing i ...more
Feb 04, 2016
Jan 07, 2016
really liked it
I attended a reading by sci-fi author John Scalzi last year when he was promoting his novel FUZZY NATION. He asked if we, the audience, would like to ...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
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