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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
it was amazing
As soon as I started this book, I knew I was going to hate it. The second-person was constantly grating, the "self-help" introductions to each chapter ...more
Jun 09, 2014
Jan 07, 2013
Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel
it was amazing
I finished this book nearly two hours ago, and yet there's no way I can stop reading about it. As I scoured the internet looking for clues and analyse ...more
Nov 14, 2015
Sep 08, 2015
Out of Oz (The Wicked Years, #4)
really liked it
After the third book, I did not have high hopes for the end of the series. The previous books had left too much unfinished - too many characters had d ...more
Nov 07, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
Sag Harbor
it was amazing
It's been a couple years since I read this, but this book still brings back memories every time I see it, and I felt it was time to come back and give ...more
Oct 02, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
Kat Kong
liked it
A purrfectly pleasant tale of kitty dominance -- I am pawsitive that this is the best book about a giant cat I've read all year!

Jun 11, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
it was ok
I've read Ender's Game.

This is no Ender's Game.
Jun 2015
Jun 01, 2015
Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco
it was amazing
Living in a city can be done in two ways; first, you can merely co-habitate with it. Sure, the city is part of your address and you can find the neare ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
The Wangs vs. the World
it was amazing
Very enjoyable! A beautiful, engrossing family novel. Makes me wish I had siblings...

Disclaimer, though: I TWICE served as Tallymaster when the author
May 09, 2016
Dec 30, 2015
The Idiot
really liked it
It wasn't until I started at Goodreads that I knew there was a sub-genre of fiction known as the "Campus Novel". It makes sense when you think about i ...more
Oct 10, 2017
Dec 30, 2016
The Underground Railroad
it was amazing
A beautifully-written and deeply sad story exploring one woman's experience within and attempting to escape the pervasive slavery of mid-19th century ...more
May 22, 2016
May 16, 2016
The Handmaid's Tale
really liked it
Essential and meaningful dystopian fiction about a warped, fundamentalist theocracy having taken over the United States. Certainly ahead of its time w ...more
Apr 04, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
it was amazing
First things first: This didn't get five stars just because it has a great title (the title didn't hurt!)

This is a poignant and moving tale of life in
Jun 12, 2016
Aug 19, 2013
The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)
I have history with this series – I gave up on it in 2005, hoping it would achieve something I'm not certain, ten books later, it ever achieved. A ser ...more
Jan 15, 2018
Jan 15, 2018
The Story of English in 100 Words
really liked it
Enjoyable little book about the history of the English language and all of its many sources. An incredibly informative work for those who enjoy readin ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
American Gods
really liked it
What does it mean to live in America? What lies at the soul of this country? What are our values? Gaiman’s answers to these questions – profound, arti ...more
Aug 2014
Jan 09, 2011
Humans of New York: Stories
it was amazing
There are very few books I would recommend to absolutely anyone – but this is one of them. In some ways, it's very short – just a sentence or short pa ...more
Oct 30, 2015
Oct 30, 2015
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)
really liked it
This is not going to be a popular review.

I read this book for the first time when I was ten (give or take two years), and fell absolutely in love. I
Mar 15, 2018
not set
Jan 09, 2011
The Nix
it was amazing
At the beginning, this book pulls you in, because you think maybe it'll be a post-45 book, something that helps define a political era. Not quite -- i ...more
Jun 2017
Jul 06, 2016
American Elsewhere
really liked it
I'm still not sure what drew me into this book -- that's always the fun, right, those random books you just feel like you MUST read, for no reason at ...more
May 27, 2013
May 23, 2013
it was amazing
"Time travel novel." Sounds cheap, right? Some genre hack writing a dime novel that fuses a shoddy theory with poor characterization and thoughtless p ...more
Dec 26, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
really liked it
I continue to be a big fan of Jeff VanderMeer. This might be my favorite of his, actually. Strikes a perfect balance between character, story, and hor ...more
Feb 04, 2017
Dec 19, 2016
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
really liked it
This is a book all about body image. Even where it's not -- where it is about consumerism, cults, bad tv, twins -- it all boils down to body image. Ho ...more
Sep 05, 2015
Aug 17, 2015
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)
liked it
I believe there is such a thing as being "too close" to the subject material to enjoy a work of fiction, and if that has ever been true for me, it is ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Aug 03, 2012
Into the Wild
really liked it
Here's a sure-fire way to get creeped out reading (listening to) the book: I was driving north on a solo trip, to the furthest north place I had ever ...more
Sep 02, 2016
Mar 10, 2016
it was ok
This book felt a lot like Neal Stephenson trying to channel Thomas Pynchon. Maybe it's because the last two Pynchon books I've read had the same setti ...more
Feb 24, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
really liked it
The bookshop is closed, but [the proprietor] goes down to the back office, puts on the kettle and opens the door. People will be very alarmed, and in
Apr 17, 2018
Mar 29, 2018
Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War
it was amazing
If you have a career working at all with programming, sysops, or information security, this book is a critically important history of a topic importan ...more
Jun 15, 2016
Mar 07, 2016
A Visit from the Goon Squad
really liked it
Nothing like a book about the ravages of time to make you feel old, am I right?

Very soon, I will reach the point where I've spent four years in San Fr
Jan 08, 2016
Apr 04, 2012
La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)
really liked it
I have been excited for this book for years -- I shelved this book for the first time on November 4th, 2014, during my re-read of the original trilogy ...more
Nov 23, 2017
Nov 04, 2014
Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
it was amazing
This book turned me into a huge fan of Kory Stamper, and I love how accessible and fun she made the dictionary and her personal experience working at ...more
May 11, 2018
Feb 28, 2017
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