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His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)
4.25
it was amazing
The first sentence that came to my mind after finishing this book was: anyone who would give this novel less than five stars has to be either a philis ...more
not set
Apr 07, 2012
 
Poison Dance (Midnight Thief, #0.5)
3.65
really liked it
The only bad thing about this novella is the cover: in the story, James is dark and rugged, a cold and ruthless assassin, who is yet capable of depth ...more
not set
Apr 13, 2014
 
7 Greeks
4.50
really liked it
Excellent introduction, and the translations are powerful and have a lot of character. Though I enjoyed some of the fragments, I would have given five ...more
not set
May 05, 2012
 
Larklight (Larklight, #1)
3.82
liked it
Summary

Another good book for young readers that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys 19th century English culture and imaginative space adventures,
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Feb 15, 2015
 
Leaves of Grass
4.13
really liked it
Whitman is a writer of uncontested grandeur and power. His poetry spans the entire continent of America, and reaches even beyond to the farther reache ...more
not set
May 25, 2012
 
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
3.98
liked it
(This review is currently in draft form and needs to be revised)

The first quarter of this book was of four-star quality, and I could have envisioned i
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Feb 14, 2015
 
To the Lighthouse
3.76
it was amazing
A portrait of the inner lives of a particular English family, rendered in prose that is limpid, beautiful, yet also very raw, with a thematic resonanc ...more
Dec 28, 2010
Apr 01, 2011
 
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
4.11
it was amazing
The first sentence that came to my mind after finishing this book was: anyone who would give this novel less than five stars has to be either a philis ...more
not set
May 25, 2012
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.07
it was amazing
The first sentence that came to my mind after finishing this book was: anyone who would give this novel less than five stars has to be either a philis ...more
not set
May 25, 2012
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.94
it was amazing
The first sentence that came to my mind after finishing this book was: anyone who would give this novel less than five stars has to be either a phili ...more
not set
May 25, 2012
 
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)
4.49
really liked it
Let's face it: Caelena is annoying. Her habit of never telling anyone anything important, even when it endangers them or her. The fact that she is wil ...more
not set
Jun 17, 2014
 
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
4.12
it was ok
It is not often that I can't finish a novel, especially a young adult novel. I mean, I was able to read Middlemarch *twice*, along with two novels of ...more
Jun 14, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
 
The Pirate and the Princess, Volume 1: The Timelight Stone
4.35
liked it
The Twilight Stone reads very much like an anime... in fact, the narrative would fill perhaps about a half-hour's worth of an anime episode, and almos ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
 
Fish
3.89
liked it
I don't want people to think that a 3 star review means that it wasn't a well written book. This might be the time for me to clarify my rating strateg ...more
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Jan 06, 2014
 
Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
3.97
it was ok
There is nothing in this work that could not have been summarized in an article. I think it was an attempt by the author to capitalize on the success ...more
not set
May 25, 2012
 
The Obama Question
3.50
really liked it
A perceptive, thorough, yet concise analysis of Obama as a real human being, with the intelligence and complexity of very few Americans, not to mentio ...more
not set
May 24, 2012
 
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
4.27
really liked it
Forgive me for not giving this book five stars. Mantel's writing is a joy to immerse yourself in. I found my thoughts flying towards this book at any ...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
liked it
The writing was unimpressive throughout, because it relied so much on Katniss' first person reflections, often questioning and explicating too much, r ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
 
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
4.18
liked it
As a relatively new reader of fantasy, my impressions of this book have more to do with considerations of style and character rather than worries over ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Mar 21, 2011
 
History of a Six Weeks' Tour Through a Part of France, Switzerland, Germany and Holland: With Letters Descriptive of a Sail Round the Lake of Geneva,
3.02
really liked it
This is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what it would have been like to travel France and Switzerland just after the Napoleanic Wars en ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2013
 
Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama
3.72
did not like it
This is a profoundly stupid book, full of unfunny sideswipes and misconstructions of the world we really live in today. I honestly expected more of O" ...more
Feb 05, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
4.23
liked it
Actual rating 3.5

This is a difficult book to rate. The bottom line: it was an entertaining read. It makes you want to read to the very end. But 'enter
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Apr 20, 2014
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
3.80
it was amazing
A vast and perfect book. This is no ordinary claim. Many books are vast and good, but the longer a book generally is, the more likely it is to have im ...more
not set
Dec 11, 2014
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.30
liked it
The writing seems a little stronger than the first book, but perhaps that is just because the intensity and speed of the plot require the author to go ...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
 
Swamplandia!
3.21
really liked it
Note: this review was written in extreme haste and is perhaps my worst written review.

The style of this book is amazing. Almost every page had a metap
...more
not set
Apr 07, 2012
 
The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson
3.19
really liked it
A really creative effort that gives a very wonderful 'reading' of what a Dickinson diary might have looked like. None of the liberties taken were too ...more
May 25, 2011
May 26, 2011
 
Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
4.18
really liked it
Westerfeld's writing is deliciously vivid. His prose is filled with thick verbs and concrete metaphors that, along with the illustrations accompanying ...more
not set
Jan 28, 2012
 
Into the Wild
3.95
really liked it
I am so glad that Jon Krakauer decided to tell this story. It is a powerful testament to the imagination and the will to freedom, which so few of us p ...more
not set
Jan 28, 2012
 
Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
3.64
it was amazing
What can I say about this amazing novel? The style is beautiful; a perfect balance of storytelling and light touches of descriptive metaphor that allo ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Jan 28, 2012
 
Eona: The Last Dragoneye (Eon, #2)
4.12
liked it
The first book was more focused and very emotionally riveting throughout. In contrast, the sequel seems bloated in comparison (at 637 pages, I have a ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
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