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Olive Kitteridge - Paperback -

I knew Olive Kitteridge was a pulitzer prize winner, so I was not surprised that I enjoyed reading the book. I was, however, immediately surprised that the first chapter didn ...

- Dec. 2, 2009
The River of Doubt - Hardcover -

I don't read a lot of nonfiction books, so when I received this as a gift over 18 months ago, I thought it sounded neat, but I had no ...

- Nov. 26, 2009
Dune - Paperback -

This is actually the second time I've read Dune, the first being several years ago in college. While I still enjoyed it, I remember enjoying it more the first ...

- Oct. 31, 2009
Grip of the Shadow Plague - Paperback -

Grip of the Shadow Plague shows yet again that Mull is able to write an entertaining, exciting, and imaginative tale for children and adults alike. While it still may not ...

- Oct. 14, 2009
East of Eden - Paperback -

There are so many good things that can be said about East of Eden that it is hard to know where to start, so I'll start with something simple ...

- Sept. 29, 2009
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information - Hardcover -

It would be easy to look at the title of this book, and the subject material, and to brush it off as a dry, niche subject that would only be ...

- Sept. 10, 2009
The Fall of Hyperion - Paperback -

The two aspects I enjoyed the most in Hyperion are completely absent in the second book. First of all, instead of a series of short stories that, when combined, reveal ...

- Sept. 5, 2009
Hyperion - Paperback -

Hyperion initially struck me as a dense, confusing book. Though this may sound like a complaint, it is actually a quality I appreciate in science fiction and fantasy books. Rather ...

- Aug. 21, 2009
America America - Paperback -

America America is a beautifully written book that is full of insight, especially for someone who has just had a child and is often thinking about what being a father ...

- Aug. 8, 2009
Rise of the Evening Star - Paperback -

There isn't much that can be said about Rise of the Evening Star that I didn't cover in my critique of Fablehaven. It is an exciting and fun ...

- July 27, 2009
The Amber Spyglass - Paperback -

I read the first two books in this series soon after receiving them as a gift, nearly 2 years ago, so there were some things I may have forgotten between ...

- July 24, 2009
Fablehaven - Paperback -

Fablehaven was an interesting book to read having just completed The Children of Hurin. While I enjoyed both, the contrast between the epic scope and the sense of doom prevalent ...

- June 27, 2009
The Children of Hurin - Hardcover -

I've had Children of Hurin for over a year now, but was always afraid to actually read it. For some reason, I didn't think I would enjoy it ...

- June 21, 2009
Kokoro - Paperback -

Kokoro, according to the foreword by the translator, is best translated as "the heart of things". In many ways, this seems fitting for this book. From the beginning, when the ...

- June 5, 2009
The Last Olympian - Hardcover -

Rick Riordan has done it again, with another wildly entertaining Percy Jackson book. Even 5 books into the series, nothing has been lost. It still has the same great style ...

- May 22, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird - Paperback -

Somehow, I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird until now. Yet, so many of the characters (Atticus Finch and Boo Radley in particular) were familiar by name. This just ...

- May 14, 2009
The Gift of the Jews - Paperback -

The first thing I want to say about Gift of the Jews is that I am not a historian. I feel it is worth mentioning this because I am in ...

- April 20, 2009
The Lightning Thief - Paperback -

The Lightning Thief is simply a fun book to read. Its amalgamation of Greek mythology and modern culture is well constructed and entertaining. In addition to being action packed and ...

- April 10, 2009
I Am a Cat - Paperback -

As with the synopsis above, I apologize in advance for the length of this critique. However, there is a lot to say! Before I started reading I Am a Cat ...

- April 4, 2009
Out of the Silent Planet - Paperback -

This is actually the second time reading Out of the Silent Planet for me. I remember enjoying the book greatly the first time, and I did enjoy this time as ...

- March 23, 2009
Firmin - Paperback -

The first chapter of Firmin is wonderful. I was immediately charmed by Firmin as he gushed over literature. I laughed as he described his inability to create a good first ...

- March 17, 2009
Ender in Exile - Hardcover -

Ender in Exile is an excellent book. The name, however, is a little deceiving. The majority of the book, which Card admits in the afterword was not the original intention ...

- March 2, 2009
Watchmen - Paperback -

Watchmen is one of the few graphic novels I have read, so some of the aspects of it that I found interesting or sophisticated may be common or even clichà ...

- Feb. 21, 2009
The Master of Go - Paperback -

Through the first fourth of The Master of Go, I did not think I would enjoy it. It felt, not surprising considering Kawabata was originally the reporter for the match ...

- Feb. 12, 2009
Flowers for Algernon - Paperback -

The initial effect that reading Charlie's progress reports had upon me was significant. Though I was aware of the general plot of the book, I was not expecting to ...

- Feb. 8, 2009

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