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Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
4.28
it was amazing
If you're curious about GR's recent decision to censor reviews, to dictate what we are allowed to talk about, to delete at will any review that they d ...more
not set
Nov 04, 2013
 
The Heart Goes Last
3.37
liked it
~2.5
This is awkward to admit, but I'm not really sure what to make of this book.

The Heart Goes Last takes place in a near-future dystopia where the ec
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Jul 05, 2015
Jun 29, 2015
 
Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, #1)
4.13
it was amazing

**Edit: The original review discussed Codex Alera's rather entertaining "origin story," which involved a flamewar, a bet, Pokemon, and the Roman legio
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Dec 12, 2011
 
The Blood of Emmett Till
4.24
it was amazing
"We cannot transcend our past without confronting it."

"How do you give a crash course in hatred to a boy who has only known love?"
-- Mamie Till, moth
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Jan 12, 2017
Jan 03, 2017
 
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
3.76
DNF.

I made it over halfway, but I give up.

To me, the most important aspect of nonfiction is that it be nonfiction. Unfortunately, writers of pop nonfi
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Dec 22, 2014
 
The Golem of Hollywood (Detective Jacob Lev, #1)
3.27
it was ok
~2.5

Have you ever had your entire experience of a book ruined by the ending? This is one of those books.

I'm a strong fan of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex
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Oct 15, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
 
Planetfall (Planetfall, #1)
3.69
it was amazing
"Am I just a mosaic of myself, held in the shape of a whole person?"

Planetfall is easily one of the most memorable books I've read this year. From t
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Oct 11, 2015
Oct 11, 2015
 
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History
4.04
really liked it
If you weren't aware that the American War On Coyotes has been going on for longer than Vietnam, had more casualties than the Civil War, and was even ...more
Jun 12, 2016
May 16, 2016
 
How We Decide
3.82
False attributions
and self-plagiarism
and plain old plagiarism...
oh, my!
I'm not a journalist; honestly, I have trouble understanding the ethical dilemm
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not set
Jul 14, 2013
 
An Accident of Stars (Manifold Worlds, #1)
3.73
liked it
Until the death of Google Reader, I was a regular subscriber to Foz Meadows' blog, so I was absolutely delighted to have the chance to read her book. ...more
Jun 23, 2016
Jun 15, 2016
 
Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire #1)
3.84
it was amazing
This book is awesome. And I mean that in the formal sense of the word: my mind is officially blown.

There is so much to Ninefox Gambit that it's hard t
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Jun 02, 2017
May 29, 2016
May 16, 2016
 
The Girl With All the Gifts (The Girl With All the Gifts, #1)
3.94
it was amazing
This is one of those books for which five stars simply isn't enough.
Once upon a time, a girl with skin as white as snow and hair as fair as gold slept
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Nov 20, 2017
May 25, 2014
May 31, 2014
 
Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15)
4.56
This is Harry Dresden. This is Harry the Bolshevik Muppet.*
. .
Put them both in dusters and there really isn't much difference, especially now that
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not set
Jan 19, 2013
 
Everfair
3.25
liked it
The premise of Everfair is utterly fascinating: an alternate history that takes place in the Congo starting under the reign of the tyrannical Belgian ...more
Aug 14, 2016
Jul 15, 2016
 
The End of the Day
3.36
it was amazing
"A world has ended, and only tomorrow remains.”
I cannot decide if this was the perfect book at the perfect time or the worst possible book at the wo
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Apr 14, 2017
Mar 19, 2017
 
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
4.26
really liked it
You know all those moments in which the prince--or the monster--or the monster prince-- falls asleep with his head on the princess's lap?

In the origin
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not set
Jul 04, 2014
 
Aurora
3.73
liked it
**Note: This is a reaction--a few ill-considered opinions not backed up by textual evidence-- rather than a review.**

Hard scifi and I have a rocky re
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Jan 07, 2016
Dec 20, 2015
 
三体
4.05
really liked it
Ye Wenjie lost everything in the Cultural Revolution: her home, her job, her parents, her hope. She watched silently and helplessly as her father was ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
 
The Stars Are Legion
3.67
it was amazing
The Stars are Legion is a gorgeously crazy book. No matter how much speculative fiction you've read, I'll bet you've never read anything like it befor ...more
Jan 09, 2017
Jan 09, 2017
Jan 03, 2017
 
Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon
4.35
really liked it
"As long as there are different classes of people, there will be different classes of dogs."
Pit bulls have to be the most demonized dog breed of all
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Jun 12, 2016
May 16, 2016
 
Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
4.23
it was amazing
"The purpose of this book is not to scare you. Instead, like all good books, it is intended to distract you from the screaming baby one aisle over fr
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Apr 14, 2017
Apr 03, 2017
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
3.98
it was amazing
“If you’re going to make a desperate, hopeless act of defiance you should make it a good one.”
Given its many accolades, I thought it would be imposs
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Sep 05, 2016
Sep 08, 2015
 
Two Serpents Rise (Craft Sequence, #2)
3.92
it was amazing
~4.5

My GR friends' ratings of Two Serpents Rise are all over the place, and I can see why. For me, the worldbuilding, the ideas, the questions, the pu
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Jan 08, 2016
Sep 18, 2013
 
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
4.35
really liked it
Well, that was prescient timing. Finished this about a week before "Al Franken, Infamous Groper" exploded across the news.

I've been vaguely interested
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Nov 10, 2017
Nov 20, 2017
 
The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)
4.04
it was amazing
**edited 01/27/14

WARNING: do not read this novel if you plan to maintain any awe of Victorian archaeologists such as DeMorgan, Petrie, Wilbour, or Wal
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not set
Dec 12, 2011
 
Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
4.40
it was amazing
I don't say this type of thing much, but here goes: I believe that if you live in the US, this is one of those books you should read.
"The issues are n
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May 29, 2016
Apr 30, 2016
 
Central Station
3.52
really liked it
"There’s no afterlife but the one we build ourselves.”
Central Station is one of the most breathtakingly, bewilderingly, mindbendingly imaginative stor
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Mar 16, 2016
Mar 01, 2016
 
Emergence (David Hooper, #1)
3.69
liked it
~2.5
This is one of those books that can actually be summarized by its title.

In retrospect, I can see that it's not the book that was the problem, but
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Apr 10, 2015
Mar 29, 2015
 
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy (Southern Reach, #1-3)
3.70
really liked it
**Note: if you're looking for a useful review that will provide cogent analysis of the book, please look elsewhere. This is my random, 10-minute, offh ...more
Jul 12, 2015
May 29, 2015
 
The Fuller Memorandum (Laundry Files, #3)
4.18
it was amazing
**edited 12/30/13
Have you ever seen the xkcd comic about regular expressions? (If you don't read xkcd, you probably won't enjoy this book, so I'd advi
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Nov 30, 2012
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