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Civil War
3.92
liked it
This book was both fascinating and boring. Not in turns - simultaneously. I've never read anything else like it - I would be falling asleep while want ...more
Nov 2011
Sep 26, 2011
 
Sulla: The Last Republican
3.70
really liked it
Very clear biography of Sulla - nice to see him as the subject, rather than a prelude to books about Pompey or Caesar. The only thing is that Sulla is ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
 
Looking Backward: 2000-1887
3.27
really liked it
I have to admit, I was expecting something more along the lines of Jules Verne when I picked this up. Instead, it's basically a week-long conversation ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Nov 04, 2014
 
The Royal Book of Oz (Oz, #15)
4.03
it was ok
I had recently re-read all the original Oz books with my son, and finally decided that I wanted to see what the non-Baum books were like. My son, on t ...more
Mar 19, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
 
Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4)
3.75
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This book was difficult to find - the entire library system didn't have it, nor did the used bookstores. It made me feel that perhap ...more
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
 
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, #1)
3.99
really liked it
I don't even recall seeing the movie, but I'd always known the name. And when I found out that it was written by the same author who penned James Bond ...more
Mar 30, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
 
Alamanni and Rome 213-496: Caracalla to Clovis
4.00
really liked it
A well-researched book - I came across it because it kept showing up in all the bibliographies of books on the time period.

It takes the viewpoint of R
...more
Sep 11, 2015
Aug 24, 2015
 
The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths - Annotated of Norse Mythology, Asgard Myth and Asgard Built by Hrimthurs with Illustred colorful pictures
3.98
liked it
A good introduction, but only that. The writing (by this time, although it was probably fine for when it was written) seems stilted. It got harder and ...more
Mar 26, 2014
Jan 26, 2014
 
Pompey, the Republican Prince
4.33
it was amazing
An absolutely incredible book. I was going to get it out of the library, and once I got started I realized that this book had so much information on t ...more
Jan 05, 2012
Sep 22, 2011
 
Giambattista Basile's the Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones
3.80
it was amazing
A fantastic translation, with an informative introduction and very helpful footnotes. This is an excellent resource for the earliest Western versions ...more
Mar 04, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
 
Imperial Brothers: Valentinian, Valens and the Disaster at Adrianople
3.75
really liked it
I've read several of Hughes' books, and they're all very readable and enjoyable. They've definitely been a great introduction to the time period, and ...more
May 04, 2015
Apr 14, 2015
 
Aetius: Attila's Nemesis
3.69
it was amazing
The thing I like best about Hughes' books is that they hone in on one historical figure. Most historians would shy away from that, at least at that ti ...more
Aug 13, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
 
Swords of Mars (Barsoom, #8)
3.81
it was amazing
In my mind, the best John Carter book. He's the main character in the first three books, and then functions as a King Arthur figure when he shows up a ...more
not set
Mar 13, 2012
 
The World Of Salvador Dali
3.75
it was amazing
This is what the title says it was - Dali's world. It was written by a friend of Dali's, and Dali wrote the captions for all the pictures. There was a ...more
Jan 27, 2016
Jan 22, 2016
 
The Third Barsoom Omnibus
3.96
it was amazing
Edgar RIce Burroughs is back with these two! After reading "The Chessmen of Mars," which I found a bit of a slog, I wasn't really looking as forward t ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
 
Shane
3.81
it was amazing
A surprisingly good book, that I didn't even know was a book to begin with. I've never seen the movie, but had always heard about it, so when I came a ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
 
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)
4.18
it was amazing
Just about as good as the first book. This one has more action, though it still retains that sense of what they had to do to survive in a new landscap ...more
May 17, 2016
May 17, 2016
 
History of the Later Roman Empire: From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian Volume 1
3.88
it was amazing
A fantastic overview to the time period, one I wish I had read years ago. I realized that the reason I kept gleaning more and more information pieceme ...more
Aug 10, 2015
Jul 08, 2015
 
Frida Kahlo
4.03
it was amazing
A good, brief book on the artist. The introductory text has photos as well as historical background, so it was interesting to see that artists as well ...more
Feb 08, 2016
Feb 02, 2016
 
Eleven Birthdays
4.18
really liked it
I read this at my daughter's recommendation, and have to say I liked it. It starts off, for me that is, slowly - or rather, it starts off like every o ...more
Apr 15, 2015
Mar 31, 2015
 
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
4.06
it was amazing
More of a mood than a story for a great deal of it, which I came to enjoy. It was nice to read small parts of it, like a poem, instead of treating it ...more
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
 
A Grimm Warning (The Land of Stories, #3)
4.54
it was amazing
Easily the best of the three. Different than the first two, and definitely more engaging. I liked it!
Oct 05, 2015
Sep 30, 2015
 
Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
4.08
it was amazing
I'll admit, I've known of this book for a long time, but had been avoiding it as probably just another Oz rendition. But I was in the library with my ...more
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
Saint Patrick: Ireland's Patron Saint
2.38
it was ok
Interesting information, but terrible writing. I'm not sure which audience it was for - it seemed like children's writing, but only because it didn't ...more
Mar 04, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
 
The Enormous Egg
3.87
really liked it
I read this book a long time ago as a kid, because I loved dinosaurs. I remembered it now that I find myself raising chickens. In fact, the premise is ...more
Aug 16, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
 
The Wonder Woman Chronicles, Vol. 1
3.88
liked it
I had recently read The Secret History of Wonder Woman, so being able to find a collection of the original Marston comics was a bonus. After reading a ...more
Aug 07, 2017
Aug 06, 2017
 
When You Reach Me
4.08
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I hid the review because of spoilers, but still want to highlight that. Spoilers!

I read this book solely because it was assigned to
...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
 
Emperor Constantine
3.88
really liked it
A good introduction to the emperor. It's brief - the text itself is only about 90 pages, with a good short biography list and appendices after. Much i ...more
Jun 22, 2015
Jun 22, 2015
 
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (Art of Century)
3.33
really liked it
This was an absolutely incredible book. Instead of an historical overview of the PRB, it talked more about their art, both what they wanted to do and ...more
Dec 19, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
 
Sand Dollar Summer
3.87
liked it
**spoiler alert** There are some spoilers in this, so if you hadn't read it you might not want to read past this paragraph. On the whole, it was a fun ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2014
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