“Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books was not the kind of book that I thought it would be. I assumed that it would be the story of the girls that got together to read every Thursday, and that the mention of Lolita in the title was for shock value, since it’s such a …

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Four Kindle books by Ruth Nestvold

I’ve never really seen the need for a Kindle until now; I’ve always preferred the user experience of real books. However, I failed to consider that there might be good books out there that aren’t available in physical form. I really enjoyed Ruth Nestvold’s Yseult, and have been reading more of her work. I also …

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“Kick-Ass” by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

Kick-Ass follows Dave Lizewski, an ordinary high-schooler and comic nerd that dreams of being a superhero, and then decides to actually become one. He discovers that it isn’t really easy to fight crime as an untrained sixteen year old, but he perseveres. I watched (and loved) the Kick-Ass movie a while back, so I knew …

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“Anathem” by Neal Stephenson

I’ve had several false starts with Anathem; I found the beginning pretty hard to get into. There is a lot of new terminology, and it seemed a bit dense. However, once I finally got going, I couldn’t stop reading. Anathem is set on the planet Arbre, in the Concent of Saunt Edhar. Concents are similar …

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“There is a Tide” and “Passenger to Frankfurt” by Agatha Christie

I read two Agatha Christie mysteries yesterday, and will review them both in this post. There is a Tide (also sold as Taken at the Flood) is a Hercule Poirot novel. It’s a pretty typical (I mean that in a good way) Christie book, following the devious plots of the Cloade family and interested parties. …

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“River of Gods” by Ian McDonald

I had been looking forward to reading River of Gods for a long time; science-fiction set in a future India is certainly a novelty, but it also got rave reviews. I was really excited to get it for my birthday, and it jumped to the top of my reading queue. The book is set in …

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“Yseult” by Ruth Nestvold

I won a PDF of Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur in the LibraryThing member giveaway a couple of weeks ago. After finishing White Planet, it occurred to me that I had another e-book to read and review, so I opened up Yseult to flip through it and see what …

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“White Planet” by Ash Silverlock

I received an e-book of Ash Silverlock’s self published novel, White Planet, to review last month. This is the first volume of The Ice World Chronicles, a fantasy set in a science-fictional universe (as far as I can tell.) Rygarth was once a colony world in an interstellar empire, but has been forgotten for some …

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“Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood

I’ve been working on Oryx and Crake for a while, but finally finished it on the plane back to the United States. I received this book for SantaThing, LibraryThing’s secret santa program (Thanks, Marie!), so I was especially excited to read this book. I’ve only read one Margaret Atwood book before, The Handmaid’s Tale, which …

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“Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi’s novel, The Windup Girl has been receiving a lot of press over the last couple of years, and I finally received it for my birthday this year. However, I didn’t take it with me to India, and ended up picking up his next book, Ship Breaker, a young adult book set in the …

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