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The Well of the Unicorn
really liked it
The cover on my copy is way better than the cheeseball cover shown here on Goodreads. This book is considered one of the first modern epic fantasies; ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 07, 2008
Hard Choices
This book is fascinating but I can't read it right now. All that calm, well-reasoned statecraft makes me cry.
not set
Dec 04, 2016
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
did not like it
I understand that a lot of people really love this book, but I’m not one of them.
Apr 23, 2018
Jul 16, 2012
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
did not like it
Abandoning ship because the gender roles in this series are pervasively archaic and gross and I can't stand any more.
Aug 20, 2016
Jul 25, 2016
Dare Me
it was amazing
A noir about cheerleaders! Which is fitting, because there is very little scarier than a power-drunk teenaged girl. The dialogue in this book snaps, c ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Aug 25, 2012
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
it was ok
Well, I already have the second one, so I guess I'll see where that goes. But I'm by no means the first to point out that the gender dynamics in this ...more
Jul 05, 2016
Mar 07, 2012
The Blood of Emmett Till
it was amazing
Emmett Till’s mother was an amazing woman.
Aug 10, 2019
Apr 11, 2019
The Purple Cloud (Frontiers of Imagination)
really liked it
What I learned from this book is that if you see a big purple cloud coming toward you and it smells like peach blossoms, either get yourself to the No ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 07, 2008
The Night Circus
it was amazing
Reading this book was like going on the best dark ride in the history of dark rides. I want to live here. Why can't I live here? Oh, the world is so u ...more
Oct 21, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets, and the Life of a Corpse After Death
did not like it
Lots of interviews and urban legend, not a lot of research or depth. Mary Roach's STIFF is excellent, though.
Oct 07, 2016
Mar 06, 2012
Rare Beasts (Edgar & Ellen, #1)
did not like it
I love Dark. I love Quirky. But the animal abuse in this one gets a hard pass from me.
Oct 14, 2017
Mar 06, 2012
Buddhism Plain and Simple
it was amazing
I already want to reread this one! Works surprisingly well on audio.
Aug 16, 2019
Jun 20, 2013
Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives
really liked it
A bit repetitious but full of fascinating old stories.
Aug 04, 2019
Feb 23, 2019
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
it was amazing
Mind-blowing. It's not news that it sucked to be poor and black in the fifties (nor is it news that it still sucks). But this book makes the vast ethi ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
Into the Wild
liked it
**spoiler alert** Abandoning ship because one is enough. But also because it's total bullshit that Firepaw never tells Bluestar about Tigerclaw. Chara ...more
Jun 27, 2016
Mar 06, 2012
The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)
it was ok
Abandoning ship because the gender dichotomies in this book are making me tired and/or angry. (Tangry?) I hear the later Sanderson books aren't as bad ...more
Jun 20, 2016
Feb 26, 2016
Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind The Secret Plan To Steal America's Democracy
it was amazing
Read this book. Oh, god, please read this book. It's so crucial to know what's being done to us and to our country.
May 06, 2017
Feb 07, 2017
The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
really liked it
Weirdly hopeful, given . . . everything.
Aug 2019
May 10, 2019
Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Twos: A Guide to Choosing, Reading and Loving Books Together
it was amazing
An excellent, highly readable guide full of tons of practical hints and advice. Particularly valuable for the book recommendation lists; there's one f ...more
Apr 21, 2009
May 05, 2009
Castle Kidnapped
liked it
Abandoning ship because although the central conceit of this series is super cool, all of the women are drop-dead gorgeous and essentially two-dimensi ...more
Jun 19, 2016
Jun 17, 2016
it was amazing
This book validated every life choice I have ever made. Particularly that time I left SNL to produce my own sitcom. Whew, was that tough.

(Seriously, t
May 22, 2013
May 10, 2013
Dragons Wild (Dragons, #1)
did not like it
I really try not to give negative reviews, because I think fiction is too subjective for that kind of nonsense, and also, who the hell died and made m ...more
Apr 24, 2008
May 07, 2008
Mr. Timothy
it was amazing
Some of books I stumble across are just so damn good and solid that I feel like I’ve made a new friend (the Now I Must Read Everything They’ve Ever Wr ...more
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
The Number of the Beast (The World As Myth)
did not like it
No. Sorry. I gave it 100 pages, which seems more than fair. This book reads less like a thoughtful reflection on the possibilities of the world around ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2008
Devices and Desires (Engineer Trilogy, #1)
liked it
Abandoning ship because despite this book being smart and well-written, I don't feel any investment in the characters. (I've read two of the novels To ...more
Oct 23, 2016
Mar 06, 2012
A Wrinkle in Time
liked it
I *LOVE* this book, but I don’t love this reading. Too ponderous and slow.
not set
Jan 03, 2018
Live by Night (Coughlin, #2)
it was amazing
Every time I read a Dennis Lehane novel, I put it down both humbled and energized. Nobody does noir-with-heart better than he does: nobody. This one a ...more
Oct 15, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
The Secret History of Moscow
it was amazing
A lot of fantasy books follow the old stumbling-onto-a-secret-realm path, but this one is full of marvelous haunted characters who rarely manage to ro ...more
Sep 16, 2008
Jun 27, 2008
it was amazing
So good. So smart. So heart-breaking. Hard SF that isn’t hard, if you know what I mean: real, conflicted characters, in a real, conflicted world. I ha ...more
Nov 23, 2012
Jul 03, 2008
True History of the Kelly Gang
it was amazing
A rip-roaring adventure story. I spent the first few pages wondering if there was any way he could possibly pull that voice off, and he totally, absol ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
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