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24-Hour Knitting Projects
24-Hour Knitting Projects
Author: Rita Weiss
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/12/2009
Helpful Score: 2


I haven't checked the time estimates, but there are some really cute patterns in here. Tank tops, sweaters, shawls, hats, scarves, bags, throws. Some cute uses of fake fur (although there are some less cute, more dated ones as well). A nice range of gift options, fun to fancy.


The ABC of Relativity
The ABC of Relativity
Author: Bertrand Russell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 9/2/2006


Bertrand Russell, Nobel Prize winning philosopher and scientist, offers a basic understanding of the structure of the universe in this explanation of relativity. Using direct and simple language and taking analogies drawn from everyday experience, he shows how the theory of relativity has changed the course of science and the future of mankind.


Abhorsen (Abhorsen, Bk 3)
Abhorsen (Abhorsen, Bk 3)
Author: Garth Nix
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 155
Review Date: 11/6/2006


Continuation of the story begun in Lirael. Lirael has discovered that she cannot See forward like her people the Clayr, nor can she be Seen by them, but she is a Remembrancer who can See backwards in time. Her special powers and those of her friends will be needed to stop Orannis the Destroyer from ending all of Life.


Above the Veil (The Seventh Tower, Bk 4)
Above the Veil (The Seventh Tower, Bk 4)
Author: Garth Nix
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 36
Review Date: 3/17/2007


Book four of the Seventh Tower, by the author of Abhorsen and The Keys to the Kingdom.


Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories
Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories
Author: Garth Nix
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 35
Review Date: 8/10/2007


A great selection of short stories, from one belonging with the Abhorsen series to a very serious story of children stuck in war to a completely silly "choose-your-own-adventure".


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 9/16/2006


In this, the first collection of Holmes's stories, the detective uses his uncanny skills to rescue a king from blackmail, to capture an ingenious bank robber, and to save an innocent son accused of parricide... Confronted with cases that either seem obvious or hopelessly obscure, Holmes uses his encyclopedic knowledge and preternatural powers of deduction to unearth the truth.


Aenir (Seventh Tower, Bk 3)
Aenir (Seventh Tower, Bk 3)
Author: Garth Nix
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 45
Review Date: 3/12/2007


Book three of the Seventh Tower series, by the author of the Keys to the Kingdom and Abhorsen.


The Aliens Among Us
The Aliens Among Us
Author: James White
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 11/26/2006


Short stores of human and alien interactions. Includes a story from Sector General (Countercharm, in which Star Surgeon Conway had to share his brain with an alien medic - and the alien was taking over) and a prequel to the hospital's creation (Tableau - The Orligs were cute, cuddly teddy bears who wanted to destroy humanity. How could MacEwan and Grulyaw-Ki come to an understanding and stop the Earth-Orlig war?)


Ambulance Ship (Sector General, Bk 4)
Ambulance Ship (Sector General, Bk 4)
Author: James White
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 1/5/2007


Fourth book in the Sector General series.

There was a lot of talk about the vital importance of his new assignment, but it still seemed like a demotion to Senior Physician Conway. He couldn't quite appreciate the "honor" of becoming an ambulance attendant at this stage of his life.

True, the insectile empath Dr. Prilicla would be with him, and so would the eminently desirable Pathologist Murchison, but it was definitely a comedown for a Senior Physician to be conscripted as part of a first aid team for disabled spacefarers.

Or so he thought - and then the fist call came...


An Incomplete Education, Revised Edition
An Incomplete Education, Revised Edition
Author: Judy Jones, William Wilson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 1/2/2007
Helpful Score: 2


From Quark to Quattrociento... Boswell to Bosnia... the Dreyfus Affair to the Doppler Effect... Mary Magdalen to Laurie Anderson... Metaphysics to Microeconomics... Napoleon to NAFTA... Plus: How to tell the Iliad from the Odyssey.

A fun and very diverse collection of information that you probably should have learned but forgot. Great as a reference or a bathroom read...


And Then There'll Be Fireworks
And Then There'll Be Fireworks
Author: Suzette Haden Elgin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 8/19/2006


Book three of the Ozark Fantasy Trilogy. Responsible of Brightwater lies in a pseudocoma, the Magicians of Rank have no power to bring her back, Ozark's magic is gone, and aliens from the Garnet Ring are about to invade the planet...


The Armies of Daylight (Darwath, Bk 3)
The Armies of Daylight (Darwath, Bk 3)
Author: Barbara Hambly
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/3/2006


Third book in the excellent Darwath Trilogy. Followed by two later novels set in Darwath, Mother of Winter and Icefalcon's Quest.


Ask a Mexican
Ask a Mexican
Author: Gustavo Arellano
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 11/15/2008
Helpful Score: 3


Gustavo Arellano, born in Anaheim, CA, to a tomato canner and an illegal immigrant, is now a staff writer for the OC Weekly. He also conntributes to the LA Times and NPR's Tell Me More and American Public Media's Weekend America.

Ask a Mexican, based on the column of the same name, explores the cliches of lowriders, busboys, and housekeepers, confronts the bogeymen of racism, xenophobia, and ignorance, and will probably offend you in some interesting way.


At The Narrow Passage
At The Narrow Passage
Author: Richard C. Meredith
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/20/2009


An interesting early version of time travel mercenaries for hire, which I appreciated more after just having read Kage Baker's Company series and Eric Flint's Pyramid Scheme.


At the Seventh Level (Coyote Jones)
Review Date: 9/2/2006


Abba was a remotely beautiful world which had only joined the Tri-Galactic Federation after making concessions on its degrading treatment of women. The concessions had been slight, but as a result, one briliant female had risen to the very top of that strange society, the Seventh Level of poetry. She had become the spiteful target of male fury, female envy, and a deviously evil plot that might cost the world its status. Enter Coyote Jones, agent of the Federation...


Autobiography of a Fat Bride : True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood
Autobiography of a Fat Bride : True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood
Author: Laurie Notaro
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/7/2006


Like reading Hollis Gillespie (my favorite writer of this my-life-as-soap-opera genre) if she had done just a bit too much speed. Funny in a kinda cute, kinda scary way.


The Awakened Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, Bk 2)
The Awakened Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, Bk 2)
Author: Karen Miller
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/22/2009
Helpful Score: 3


Second of "Kingmaker, Kingbreaker", which was originally meant as a single novel. (I think she may be writing more books to follow these two.) Not bad for a first series, and very different from her next two (The Godspeaker Trilogy and Rogue Agent). I see a lot of development in her writing as she grows in to it, but they do remain on the level of pleasant "potato chip" fantasy.


Barrayar (Cordelia Naismith, Bk 2)
Barrayar (Cordelia Naismith, Bk 2)
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/15/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Second in the Vorkosigan saga, containing the story of Miles' parents after they married as told from his mother's perspective. A great heroine and a wonderful series!

Cordelia Naismith, legendary ship commander in the Betan Expeditionary Force, a woman who beat the Barrayaran militarists at their own game, was never one to fulfill stereotypes. Having married the commander of the forces her side defeated in battle, she was ready to settle down to a quiet life devoted to raising little Vor lordlings.

But Cordelia had not paid sufficient attention to what an important Vor lord she had married; when the Emperor died, only her husband's reputation for honor stood between her adopted planet and the unspeakable horrors of a dynastic civil war fought by first-rate soldiers armed with up-to-the-minute technology...


Berlitz German Phrase Book (Berlitz Phrase Book)
Berlitz German Phrase Book (Berlitz Phrase Book)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/10/2009


A great little phrasebook... Organized in sections like sightseeing, shopping, health, travel, and making friends. Plenty of information about food including a menu reader, and not too much space wasted with esoteric phrases about things like passing gas, which I've never found myself needing to explain to someone in a foreign country.


Beyond Sanctuary (Thieves' World)
Beyond Sanctuary (Thieves' World)
Author: Janet Morris
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/3/2006


The first full-length novel inspired by the Thieves' World series. Janet Morris takes Tempus, immortal warrior and servant of the storm god Vashanka, and his band of mercenary Stepson followers outside the walls of Sanctuary.


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