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really liked it
The crew of the Desio - five scientists, one writer, and a standard poodle - travel to a yet-unnamed water planet on the fifth extra-solar mission fro ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
Alive (The Generations Trilogy, #1)
did not like it
For a week I have been searching for the words to express how truly awful this book is. Six twelve-year-olds wake up in a room full of coffins. They d ...more
Dec 09, 2015
Nov 23, 2015
180 Seconds
liked it
This novel takes place in an alternate universe where everyone is highly functional, articulate about their emotions and motivations, and devoid of eg ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2017
Good Me, Bad Me
liked it
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was glad to see that this book has already received so many positive revie ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2017
Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)
did not like it
This was a spectacuarly bad novel. I really enjoyed "Wings" and its successors, so it made this one even more unexpectedly disappointing. Magic neckla ...more
Aug 22, 2013
May 11, 2013
When Innocence Dies
it was ok
Suspenseful, chilling, and grotesque, this slim novel chronicles a serial killer working in a hospital as a nurse anesthetist. The perpetrator is cree ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
Peak (Peak #1)
really liked it
Peak Marcello is a 14-year-old rock rat. After all, it's in his genes - his mother and father were rock rats, too. But there isn't much opportunity to ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Mar 31, 2012
Three A.M.
liked it
Tom Vale has not seen the sun in over 15 years. A chain-smoking drunk, Vale lives in an unnamed city that has been shrouded in fog for a decade and a ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
Monday Mornings
liked it
In his first novel, Dr. Gupta gives us a glimpse of the intimate lives - both at work and at play - of a group of elite neurosurgeons at a teaching ho ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
The Leftovers
liked it
What happened to the ending? Did it too get caught up the Sudden Departure like the loved ones of the five depressing survivors in this novel? The mom ...more
Feb 17, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
Immortalists, The
liked it
A microbiologist races to find a treatment that will reverse his young daughter's progeria, a condition marked by rapid aging. But a cabal of ruthless ...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
Psychology Today: Secrets of Successful Weight Loss
liked it
I picked up this book at a discount overstock-type store when I was embarking on a new fitness and health plan. It has a easy-to-read, non-preachy sty ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire-- Two Evolutionary Psychologists Explain Why We Do What WeDo
liked it
The basic premise of this book is that all human behavior can be explained by the conditions present in the ancestral environment. The authors apply t ...more
May 15, 2014
May 13, 2014
The Mirage
liked it
On November 9, 2001, Christian fundamentalists from the Evangelical Republic of Texas hijacked four airplanes with plans to crash them into Baghdad, R ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
really liked it
This is a beautiful, multi-cultural, multi-generational novel that portrays western China in the 1920's with a watercolor dreaminess. We meet two stro ...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
liked it
I'm not sure if I was supposed to laugh as much as I did at Mr. Smith's memoir. This is one of the funniest and most insightful books I've read in a l ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
Living Proof
liked it
Dr. Arianna Drake, a fertility specialist, is researching a cure for her own debilitating and progressive multiple scleroris using fetal stem cells. T ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
Wild Thing (Peter Brown #2)
really liked it
Just as funny and irreverent as Bazell's 2009 debut "Beat the Reaper". Reports of a creature living in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota sends Dr. Brnw ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Dec 28, 2011
liked it
Freelance journalist Eddie travels to the remote Uphir Behavioral Health Center in west Texas to investigate reports that a woman convicted of murderi ...more
Oct 13, 2012
May 23, 2012
She Wore Only White
it was ok
A young woman in an evening gown stows away on an oceanliner from Antwerp to New York in 1904. By virtue of her arresting beauty, she is given a state ...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 18, 2012
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #8)
really liked it
I had some reservations about Sai King amending his magnum opus to include a volume 4.5. Would anyone want Michaelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti to go ...more
May 02, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
The Malice of Fortune
did not like it
A serial killer targets courtesans in early 16th century Italy, and history's (perhaps) first documented forensic psychologist must unravel the killer ...more
Jul 28, 2012
May 29, 2012
Coyote Healer, Coyote Curandero
it was ok
The premise sounded so intriguing, but the execution left much to be desired.

The Premise: Martin is a mixed-race boy with cerebral palsy living in a C
Apr 14, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
Baxter Mariah
liked it
In a dystopian future Australia a fighter pilot crashes on the fringes of the Crook-sick, a dessicated wasteland poisoned by a government-sponsored en ...more
Jun 06, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
Defending Jacob
really liked it
Andy Barber is an assistant district attorney in Newton, Mass., when his 14-year-old son Jacob is accused of brutally stabbing a classmate to death. S ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
liked it
I was expecting a bit more memoir, a bit less dry statistics. We learn nothing of Johnson's feelings about his wife of 17 years and later, his brother ...more
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 10, 2013
Already Gone
liked it
An entertaining mystery novel involving a newlywed college professor with a checkered past, his art dealer wife with secrets of her own, and a trucklo ...more
Jan 19, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
Unraveling Oliver
really liked it
Surprisingly good. Not a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller. More of a slow burn, a peeling back of layers to uncover the next surprise. (The reve ...more
Sep 08, 2017
Aug 31, 2017
The Fever
it was ok
This story started out so promising, with such a strong premise. Later it devolved into just another YA book of tortured teen angst. Very disappointin ...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait
liked it
A fascinating yet very disturbing analysis. Dr. Ablow clearly has a great deal of insight into the intricacies of mental illness.

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Jun 21, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
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