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Timbuktu
3.67
it was ok
This book is written with an amazing sense of detail. The style is gritty and very visual. The person who lent it to me loved it, and so did several o ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 02, 2008
 
The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1)
3.83
it was amazing
This is a great sci-fi book, and scary too! Well-written and with a well-crafted story. It extrapolates many things that are normal in our current wor ...more
Aug 2006
Sep 04, 2007
 
The Death of the Adversary
3.59
it was amazing
An extremely atmospheric meditation on living in a time of surreal fear and repression. It's hard to describe this book, but it is about the rise of H ...more
Mar 07, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.82
liked it
Note that I am not a non-fiction fan, so I went into this slightly under protest. I would probably give it 2.5 stars if I could.

What I liked: This was
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Feb 22, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
 
How It All Began
3.51
liked it
The idea of this book, that one simple event can be a catalyst for many others, large and small, is sound, but I wish the author had let the reader do ...more
not set
Jan 04, 2013
 
One Man's Justice
3.87
liked it
Well, it must be said that I am not entirely fond of war novels. That said, I know nothing whatsoever about post-war Japan, or even at-war Japan, so I ...more
Jun 27, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
 
Sheepfarmer's Daughter (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #1)
4.15
liked it
Elizabeth Moon has a military background (US Marine Corps), and it certainly shows in this book, which features a female mercenary. I like that the ch ...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.18
really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book.

It, without a doubt, is full of information everyone should have about the causes and effects of our current foo
...more
Sep 2007
Jul 12, 2007
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.58
it was ok
I had this book for about a month before I could bring myself to start it, because there was so much hype I was sick of hearing about it. I want to ra ...more
Aug 15, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
Beautiful Ruins
3.68
liked it
I loved the settings of this book, both in the film and TV world, and in Italy. The characters were interesting and (mostly) complex. I was frustrated ...more
not set
Jan 04, 2013
 
Zoo City
3.64
really liked it
I think this author has earned a place in my library, next to some of my favorite sci-fi authors. The book was engrossing and had a new-to-me setting, ...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
 
Shadow Tag
3.38
really liked it
I liked this book more than I thought I would. The main characters are quite unlikable, but not in a simple way. They are cruel, petty, damaged, somet ...more
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
 
Canada
3.49
liked it
I thought this book was basically just very tedious. The writing was evocative, and the story had an interesting premise, but I spent most of the time ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
 
The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca
3.96
it was ok
This is far from my favorite travel memoir. Written along similar lines as A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle, this book was much more frustrating and ...more
Mar 22, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
 
The Snow Child
3.96
really liked it
This story very closely mirrored it's setting in the Alaskan wilderness. It was at turns cold, wrenching, jagged, and beautiful. I'm not quite sure I ...more
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
Halting State (Halting State, #1)
3.79
liked it
I enjoyed the world of this book, and the tone (which is much like the Atrocity Archives and others of his that I liked), but disliked the second pers ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
 
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
4.24
it was amazing
I knew almost nothing about China's transition to Communism when I picked this up, so this book was quite a shock to the system. Such a deeply persona ...more
Nov 06, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
 
The Art Forger
3.71
I read this in one afternoon, nearly without interruption. Why, I'm not entirely sure, but it was suspenseful, and I enjoyed both that it involved the ...more
Oct 17, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
 
Tempest Rising (Jane True, #1)
3.65
it was ok
This book was not anywhere near what I hoped it would be. I had a hard time placing the main character in age, since the cover and other aspects of th ...more
Mar 07, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
 
In the Shadow of the Banyan
4.04
This was a beautiful book about an ugly topic. It's a very personal story about one family's experience of the Khmer Rouge and the genocide in Cambodi ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
 
Angelmaker
3.94
really liked it
I absolutely loved the female characters in this novel. Loved. The plot was much like a speeding train, barely under control, but I enjoyed it, as wel ...more
not set
Jan 04, 2013
 
Aurorarama (The Mysteries of New Venice, #1)
3.16
it was ok
I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. It had a fascinating, hallucinatory quality that certainly seemed suited to the setting. Ultimately, t ...more
not set
Jan 15, 2014
 
American Gods
4.11
really liked it
It has been years since I read this, so I'm not sure how different the text of this "author's preferred text" is, but I quite enjoyed it. It was good ...more
May 12, 2014
May 13, 2014
 
The Extra Man
3.71
liked it
This was a fun book to read. I'm not sure why, since the main character was strange and irritating, but the story was very well crafted and the charac ...more
Nov 26, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
 
The Last Dragonslayer (The Last Dragonslayer, #1)
3.86
liked it
I love Jasper Fforde's books, and while this one wasn't my favorite, I still enjoyed it. I felt a bit as though it lacked the depth of "Shades of Grey ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.64
did not like it
Good story, good idea, but the book was written in an irritating worshipful tone. Clearly this guy started an amazing and necessary project, but for a ...more
Jun 25, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
 
People of the Book
4.01
liked it
Full of fascinating information, but I didn't like the structure of the book. The contemporary parts of the book were shaky and undeveloped, but were ...more
Jun 05, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
 
The Night Circus
4.04
it was amazing
I loved this book. It was dark and mysterious, but not cruel or brutal, and definitely something that felt unique. Of all the books I've read in the l ...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
 
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
3.84
liked it
I really hated the first few pages. It was excessively wordy and overly descriptive, and I really thought I wouldn't have the patience to get through ...more
Mar 10, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
 
Foundation (Foundation #1)
4.14
it was amazing
Despite my science-fiction leanings, I had never read this book or any of the ones that follow! It's pretty old-school, but I was amazed to find it no ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 30, 2007
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