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The Handmaid's Tale
4.07
did not like it
It's been almost five years since I wrote my review. I've rewritten large parts of it for clarity. The main idea remains the same.

Extremist Judeo-Ch
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not set
Apr 13, 2011
 
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
4.18
did not like it
Thanks to a medical procedure known as "neurografting," colloquially called unwinding, every harvested organ and body part of a teenager can be used o ...more
not set
Feb 03, 2011
 
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)
4.25
it was ok
Sometimes you get to the final book in a series, and it feels like a different author is writing it, that the real author who began the story back at ...more
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
 
The Best of all Possible Worlds
3.61
did not like it
With the planet Sadira destroyed, the few remaining Sadiri—mainly men—seek refuge on Cygnus Beta, a veritable melting pot of refugees, races, and cult ...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 31, 2012
 
The Silver Linings Playbook
4.00
did not like it
When Pat Peoples' mother brings him home from the neural health facility, he sees it as a turning point in the "movie" of his life. Perpetually optimi ...more
not set
Sep 04, 2013
 
Earth
3.90
liked it
It's the year 2038, and Earth ain't doin' so well. The planet is overheated and overpopulated. Economies have failed; income inequality is rampant. An ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2013
 
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
3.95
it was ok
In this (very) short story about memory, Douglas Quail dreams of visiting Mars. He also knows he'll never get there on his own intellect or money, so ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2013
 
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
3.96
really liked it
Note: This trilogy does not end well, in my opinion.

What's the short and skinny of it?
Todd Hewitt, the only remaining boy of Prentisstown, will soon
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not set
Feb 03, 2011
 
Tiger Lily
3.98
it was amazing
Told from Tinker Bell's perspective, Tiger Lily is the story of a young girl struggling to understand herself and cope with the looming unfairness of ...more
not set
Jul 17, 2012
 
Blindness
4.08
did not like it
Not my cup of tea. I skimmed this.

There are two types of people in the reading world: those who are impressed when authors drop punctuation and break
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not set
May 29, 2012
 
Here is New York
4.29
really liked it
"Here Is New York" is an essay E.B. White—yes, of Charlotte's Web fame—wrote in 1948 for Holiday, a long-since defunct travel magazine. The essay read ...more
May 2013
May 02, 2013
 
Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool, #1-5)
4.24
it was amazing
The natural world is toxic and lifeless, deadly to humans for reasons unknown to most, and yet life goes on deep in the earth in an underground silo-t ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2012
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.26
liked it
In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters are two smart, sassy teenagers who have managed to stay one half-step ahead of the Grim ...more
not set
May 12, 2012
 
Touch
3.68
it was ok
With an interesting summary—and, okay, breathtaking cover that drew me in—I was eager to read Touch, but I’m sad to say I haven’t been able to finish ...more
not set
May 11, 2011
 
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
4.21
liked it
In the distant future, Old Earth has died, humans have spread throughout the universe, and technology has blossomed to both our advantage and detrimen ...more
not set
May 14, 2011
 
The Gargoyle
3.96
liked it
Self-destructive after a life of bad luck and bad choices, a man's drunken car accident leaves most of his body covered with life-threatening burns. W ...more
not set
Apr 27, 2011
 
The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #2)
4.18
liked it
Following the events of Hyperion , war is brewing between the Web's Hegemony and the Ousters. As political leaders and military officials prepare for ...more
not set
Jan 29, 2013
 
The Grand Design
4.01
liked it
The Grand Design aims to give readers a basic understanding of physics so they can then understand how physicists and cosmologists are answering—or at ...more
Mar 28, 2013
May 24, 2012
 
Before I Fall
3.92
really liked it
When Samantha "Sam" Kingston dies in a car crash, she finds herself reliving the same day, her last day, over and over again. In her efforts to get ti ...more
not set
Apr 14, 2011
 
Mother Night
4.21
liked it
Mother Night is the first-person account of Harold W. Campbell, Jr., an American spy in World War II who has been so good at his job that he's lost hi ...more
not set
May 29, 2013
 
Above All Things
3.69
it was amazing
Above All Things follows the mountaineers of Britain's 1924 Mount Everest expedition. In particular, it's about the relationships between the men who ...more
not set
Feb 03, 2014
 
Heft
3.96
really liked it
Liz Moore's Heft is about weights both literal and figurative. It's about people struggling to survive unfortunate circumstances and bad personal choi ...more
not set
Dec 31, 2013
 
The Yellow Birds
3.74
really liked it
U.S. Army Private John Bartle has returned home from Iraq—physically, not mentally. Having done a tour in one of the deadliest cities for American sol ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2014
 
The Speed of Dark
4.01
it was amazing
As an autist, Lou Arrendale struggles in a world that, at best, doesn't quite understand him and, at worst, hates him. Using long-learned techniques, ...more
May 22, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
 
The Battle for Christmas
3.85
really liked it
Christmas traditions are far less organic than we are led to believe. Using countless sources, from diary excerpts, to almanacs, illustrations, and ch ...more
not set
Mar 11, 2013
 
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
4.11
liked it
In her graphic novel and memoir, Alison Bechdel—yes, of Bechdel test fame—relates the story of growing up in the confusing intensity of her dysfunctio ...more
not set
Dec 13, 2012
 
The Red Tent
4.16
liked it
In the Bible, Dinah is a minor character, even though she is the sole daughter of Jacob, one of the most important patriarchal figures of the Old Test ...more
not set
Apr 27, 2011
 
Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)
3.96
really liked it
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not set
May 14, 2012
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.30
it was amazing
None
not set
Oct 30, 2010
 
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
4.21
really liked it
None
not set
Feb 03, 2011
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