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The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)
4.05
really liked it
I started off a bit slow with this one, because of 'vampire literature saturation' and in small part due to that Amazon 'review' Anne Rice did on her ...more
Apr 18, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
 
The Far Pavilions
4.20
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Still haven't managed to finish this book more than a month after beginning. Perhaps unfairly, a fluffy vampire romance has turned m ...more
Nov 15, 2008
May 21, 2008
 
The Ammonite Violin & Others
4.20
really liked it
I read most of the stories in this collection before it was due back at the library (no renewals because it's a new book). This was my first foray int ...more
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
 
Savages
3.89
liked it
I composed a review for this while I was half-asleep listening for my 6-month-old daughter this morning. I'll try to remember it...

Although the writin
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Jan 14, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
 
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
3.59
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I picked this up at the Venice airport because I'd just finished "Outlander" and I needed a book in English for the 9-hour flight to ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 08, 2011
 
13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
3.65
liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really like reading about foreign travel in almost any capacity, so the book had that going for it from the b ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 22, 2011
 
Guardian of the Dead
3.49
liked it
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed the references and themes from Greek and Maori mythology, especially since I've always loved the former and haven't ...more
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
 
Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle #1)
3.75
liked it
**spoiler alert** Kindle First pick since I usually enjoy supernatural YA thrillers. This had some interesting elements if you enjoy Buffy and/or earl ...more
Jul 05, 2015
Jul 05, 2015
 
Brideshead Revisited: The sacred & profane memories of Captain Charles Ryder
3.99
did not like it
**spoiler alert** **Huge spoiler alert**

I confess, I skipped to the end. This was after reaching the point when Ryder is completely ambivalent about h
...more
Nov 12, 2010
Apr 08, 2008
 
The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1)
4.29
it was ok
I'm torn between feeling that this story was "ok" and actually liking it, so ultimately I have to give it 2.5 stars by Goodreads's system.

The Pillars
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Dec 20, 2010
Oct 01, 2008
 
No Graves As Yet (World War I, #1)
3.65
liked it
**spoiler alert** My mother-in-law told me about this book and I decided to add it to my reading list for a couple of reasons. It's set just before WW ...more
Oct 19, 2010
Jul 06, 2009
 
The Name of the Rose
4.11
liked it
I must be missing something, or something has been lost in translation, because this book did not blow me away as I'd been led to expect it would. Per ...more
May 07, 2012
Oct 01, 2008
 
The Remains of the Day
4.10
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I would probably give this book 4.5 stars. It was able to catch me by surprise in a way that few books have been able to do (that im ...more
Sep 17, 2009
Jun 27, 2008
 
Watchmen
4.35
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though it required some adjustments for someone like myself who doesn't often read graphic novels. C ...more
Oct 06, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
 
The End of Mr. Y
3.79
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This was one of the most interesting and different books I've read in a long time. Lots of ideas that have been far beyond me, mainl ...more
Sep 07, 2009
May 15, 2009
 
The Turn of the Screw, The Aspern Papers and Two Stories (Barnes  Noble Classics Series)
3.85
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I will probably never get over the pompousness of James's writing style.

I understand that the ambiguity of the tale is what makes it
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Aug 30, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
 
Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
4.17
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Sabriel;' couldn't put it down. The characters felt fresh and compelling as well as the world itself. ...more
May 16, 2009
Apr 08, 2008
 
Stardust
4.07
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I love fairy tales, and of course I loved this "fairy tale for adults." It side-stepped some of the more childish tropes, like 'good ...more
Sep 09, 2009
Feb 13, 2008
 
Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark is Rising, #1)
3.85
really liked it
I've heard great things about this series, so I decided to try it even though I'm older than the intended audience. Really enjoyed it, especially how ...more
Apr 18, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
4.05
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This is one of the most heart-wrenching stories I've read. At first the way the narrator speaks is seemingly very matter-of-fact abo ...more
Jun 13, 2010
Feb 14, 2008
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
3.80
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This book was thoroughly enjoyable from almost the beginning to the very end. Mr Norrell's introduction was a bit plodding at times ...more
Jan 11, 2010
Sep 10, 2008
 
Return to Labyrinth, Vol. 1
3.57
did not like it
I didn't really enjoy this book at all. The artwork was unimpressive and the story and characters were poorly executed. Another review said that this ...more
Jul 26, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
 
The Walking Dead, Compendium 1
4.43
liked it
**Spoiler alert**


I finally got to Woodbury in the GN. The Governor is so evil. The TV show version is refreshingly grey (well, dark grey). I enjoyed t
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not set
Sep 03, 2013
 
The Case of the Good Boy (Bad Machinery #2)
4.29
it was amazing
I read this story in web comic version over the summer of 2010. Love this strip for its clever banter, 'vaguely supernatural' plot lines, and Allison' ...more
not set
May 12, 2014
 
The Thorn Birds
4.22
liked it
**spoiler alert** The main theme/message was a good one and certainly true, and had a familiar feeling, as if it was a thought I'd had many times befo ...more
Jul 21, 2008
Feb 13, 2008
 
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
3.70
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I was pretty freaked out/bothered by the first part of the book. If you've read it, then you shouldn't need me to spell it out for y ...more
Oct 20, 2008
Oct 13, 2008
 
The Cider House Rules
4.10
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I've only read one other book by John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany" in high school. After reading CHR, I'm once again struck by ...more
Jan 23, 2010
Dec 29, 2009
 
The Red Scarf
3.78
liked it
**spoiler alert** In general this was quite a good book, with three-dimensional main characters, an engaging plot, and an interesting historical backd ...more
Aug 18, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
 
I Capture the Castle
4.00
liked it
Just re-read this while thinking about what to read next. I still think it's a charming book, but Cassandra's father just seems like a total jerk now. ...more
Mar 03, 2012
Mar 24, 2008
 
The Man in the High Castle
3.66
liked it
**spoiler alert** Still digesting...

This was the first book by the author I'd read, so I didn't really know what to expect overall. It seems now like
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Mar 25, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
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