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Down River
3.53
did not like it
Ghastly. I didn't make it very far into this one. Call me overly literal and nit-picky if you will, but when two pages in the author talks about Alask ...more
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
 
Europe in Autumn
3.73
really liked it
This book reads as though Carl Hiaasen were writing fanfic of Miéville's The City and the City with a side helping of a Northeastern European sensibil ...more
Oct 06, 2016
Oct 08, 2016
 
The Disorderly Knights (The Lymond Chronicles, #3)
4.58
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I'm trying to pace my consumption of this series because it's so, so wonderful. I love that my whole idea of even what the plot is g ...more
Apr 07, 2010
Jul 20, 2009
 
Before I Go to Sleep
3.87
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Wow. It's been some time since I've read a literal page-turner, but this is it. Aside from a slight slowdown in the middle, this boo ...more
Oct 05, 2011
Sep 29, 2011
 
Snakehead (Alex Rider Series #7)
4.15
liked it
Either this book was better edited or I was not familiar enough with its settings to recognize the inaccuracies.

Meanwhile, poor Alex continues to stu
...more
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
Reamde
3.96
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This is my kind of book. Long, but not because no one edited it. Stephenson uses every word mindfully, to leisurely but with full fo ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
 
This is Not a Game
3.76
liked it
Okay book, but only those fluent in internet, games, and memes are likely to get a lot of the references or really feel the premise of a multiplayer g ...more
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
 
Ark Angel (Alex Rider, #6)
4.11
liked it
**spoiler alert** The pacing seemed off in this episode, a little limp early on and then racing to a conclusion that felt more rushed than thrilling. ...more
Jun 23, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
4.22
really liked it
Steve didn't care for this book at all and found it very disappointing after the first book. He said he saw the whole thing coming and there was no pl ...more
Oct 31, 2009
Oct 26, 2009
 
The Ultimate Game (Echo's Revenge,#1)
3.63
liked it
Disclaimer: review copy received from author.

Sorry that this has taken so long, but after reading the book myself, I loaned it to a 12-year-old young
...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
 
Spook Country (Blue Ant, #2)
3.66
liked it
Trip reading, and suitable for that: easy to put down and take up since it didn't seem particularly compellingly absorbing. Gibson's characters tend t ...more
Jul 19, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
 
Scorpia (Alex Rider, #5)
4.15
liked it
Implausible plots are one thing, but claiming that the body of water that Venice is on is the Atlantic is rewriting geography in a needless and annoyi ...more
Jun 19, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider, #8)
4.18
liked it
**spoiler alert** Is Alex in a race with Dirk Trademark Pitt for stupidest stunts while gravely injured or what? Really, the episode with Alex climbin ...more
Jun 26, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
The Last Days (Peeps, #2)
3.53
really liked it
An excellent job of bringing something new to vampire stories, plus a current and hip look at indie music. The characters are well distinguished, and ...more
Aug 20, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
 
Mount Dragon
3.91
it was ok
Urged on my by library patron. Won't be taking their suggestions again. Stupid plot, combining medical thriller (doomsday virus!) with a dollop of cyb ...more
Dec 20, 2009
Dec 22, 2009
 
The Raven's Gift
3.86
liked it
This book clearly grew out of the training in infection control that went out all over Alaska during the H1N1 flu epidemic. The proposal, that the gov ...more
May 24, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
 
Icecore
3.62
liked it
Well done and I think most of the kids it's aimed at will like it's unabashed hacker who only meant to test the security of a computer system and who ...more
Oct 28, 2008
Oct 29, 2008
 
Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider #9)
4.30
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I'm glad this author convinced his publisher (or whatever it was that happened) to let him end this series. Well, really, the protag ...more
Jun 28, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
 
Eagle Strike (Alex Rider, #4)
4.11
liked it
Fine kid-grade thriller. The protagonist is sometimes a little thoughtless and impulsive, of course, and I get a bit tired of that as a plot device.
Jun 16, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy, #2)
4.03
it was ok
Just another thriller. Acceptably done, but nothing special.

It was recommended to me because of the journalism & the tech. But while that person
...more
Oct 21, 2009
Oct 03, 2009
 
Point Blank (Alex Rider, #2)
4.10
really liked it
After the hit that the graphic version of Stormbreaker was in the library, we were urged to get more of the series (although they aren't out in graphi ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 06, 2008
 
The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, #2)
3.94
liked it
This one is slightly more lively as the characters are more developed and are coming together in what is clearly to be a series cast with a shared his ...more
Jan 2007
May 10, 2007
 
The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, #5)
4.02
liked it
Finally the corps has accreted enough characters with enough history to become more interesting, the pace has picked up, and the author has loosened u ...more
Jan 2007
May 10, 2007
 
The Last Spymaster
3.80
really liked it
Nicely tight plot with several reversals, although the replacement of the Cold War/commie = evil with muslims = evil I wasn't sure I entirely liked. A ...more
Jan 2007
May 10, 2007
 
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
3.82
it was ok
Yawn. The eponymous character is dull and unattractive and the rest of the characters trite and minimal. The book has some clever ideas, but I found m ...more
Jan 2007
May 10, 2007
 
The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)
4.04
it was ok
Okay, the series is moving along with faster-paced action and more mature characterization. I'm still not sure I see anything terrifically compelling ...more
Jan 2007
May 10, 2007
 
The Coil (Liz Sansborough, #2)
3.76
it was ok
This time it's globalization that is the bogeyman, with Big Industry supplying the villains. No, no parallels to Alaska here. The book was competant b ...more
Aug 16, 2007
Mar 07, 2008
 
Skeleton Key (Alex Rider, #3)
4.06
really liked it
Okay, the premise of the uncaring MI6 putting him weaponless into situations where weapon-yielding adults are defeated and he wings it to triumph are ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 06, 2008
 
Mosaic
3.85
it was ok
More plane reading, which is about all it was worth. The plot hook was a little too implausible and obvious, and its development a bit ponderous. It w ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 06, 2008
 
The Opal Deception  (Artemis Fowl, #4)
4.04
it was ok
Yawn. Now that he's reverted Artemis to a more complex character, he has to put the petulant voice into the villain. Do even kids like such simplistic ...more
Jan 2007
May 10, 2007
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