Brittany S. (chix96) - Reviews

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101 Full-Size Quilt Blocks and Borders
101 Full-Size Quilt Blocks and Borders
Author: Better Homes and Gardens
Book Type: Spiral-bound
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/10/2010
Helpful Score: 1


Lots of fun quilt blocks, but not for the brand-new beginner. There's not a terrible lot of instructions.


American Gods
American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/31/2013


Very enjoyable - a fun, novel, Stephen King-like mythology. I found the ending a little bit predictable.


Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Author: Fannie Flagg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/21/2009


Good, fun book about friendship, but nothing terribly meaty to it.


The Historian
The Historian
Author: Elizabeth Kostova
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/20/2014


The Historian surprised me! I was pulled in by others' descriptions of it being a vampire novel that had not succumbed to high-school fantasy. And I must say, it was actually scary. At no point does Dracula ever stop being anything than completely terrifying.

I found the details in the book to be marvelously well-researched (or, I don't know enough about the tops to have detected errors). As a rehabilitated academic myself (biology), I loved the descriptions of research methods and visiting archives - all back in an era where a researcher must physically visit a library. There were other unexpectedly rich layers of details: life in Communist Hungary, the lunch and dinner spreads in Istanbul, and descriptions of medieval book-making.

My only criticism of the book is that it is only truly scary for about a 100 page swath. After that, the tension descends to a much lower level of a mystery novel. This might have been a good thing, since I read it every night. Either way, I couldn't put it down and I'm now passing it around to my friends.


Horse Heaven
Horse Heaven
Author: Jane Smiley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/28/2009


A really excellent read. Not only is it a phenomenal book for those who are fans of horses or horse racing, but it's also a great novel for the lay-reader. Jane Smiley is an excellent describer of her characters, and you become invested in each one. And even if you try not to, you'll learn a lot about horse racing!


Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals
Review Date: 10/31/2013


Really loved this book. It painted a nuanced, not judgemental, picture of the weird ways we treat animals. Example: it is probably a far better life to life that of a rooster used for cockfighting than that of a "broiler" chicken raised for meat! But which practice do you think should be illegal: cockfighting or commercial chicken production?


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