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Month in review

Reviews:
The Alarming Letters from Scottsdale by Warner Law
Brother by James Fredericks
Bubbles Betrothed by Sarah Strohmeyer
Bunny Modern by David Bowman
Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille by Steven Brust
A Day With My Dad by Lance Waite
Dirt: An American Campaign by Mark LaFlamme
Divine Freefall by Beth Wiseman
50/50 by Dean Karnazes
Game Widow by Wendy Kays
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
How the Day Runs Down by John Langan
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
Margarettown by Garbrielle Zevin
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Memphis: Objects, Furniture & Patterns by Richard Horn
The Minutemen's Witch by Charles Coleman Finlay
The New Writer's Handbook by Ted Kooser
One Crossed Out by Fanny Howe
The Once and Future Celt by Bill Watkins
Peter Hatches and Egg by Louise Bienvenu-Brialmont
Raindrop Plop! by
Ripley Under Water by Patricia Highsmith
A Skeptical Spirit by Albert E. Cowdrey
Smash Trash by Laura Driscoll
Sunsets and Shooting Stars by Rick Seidel
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
Uh-oh, Calico! by Karma Wilson
We Come Not to Praise Washington by Charles Coleman Finlay
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Schwartz
Zodiac by Neal Stephenson

Don Quixote:
Book 3
Book 4: Chapters 28-37
Book 4: End of Part 1

Miscellaneous:
Top Ten Lists

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


Comments for December in Review

December in Review: 12/31/08

I went over my quota by three reviews for December. I divided my attention fairly evenly between science fiction, nonfiction and children's books. It was an excellent month of reading in terms of quality and enjoyment.

  1. The Alarming Letters from Scottsdale by Warner Law (December 6)
  2. Brother by James Fredericks (December 30)
  3. Bubbles Betrothed by Sarah Strohmeyer (December 14)
  4. Bunny Modern by David Bowman (December 29)
  5. Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille by Steven Brust (December 12)
  6. A Day With My Dad by Lance Waite (December 14)
  7. Dirt: An American Campaign by Mark LaFlamme (December 22)
  8. Divine Freefall by Beth Wiseman (December 24)
  9. 50/50 by Dean Karnazes (December 2)
  10. Game Widow by Wendy Kays (December 17)
  11. Gateway by Frederik Pohl (December 3)
  12. How the Day Runs Down by John Langan (December 20)
  13. If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond (December 21)
  14. Jim the Boy by Tony Earley (December 8)
  15. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore (December 27)
  16. Margarettown by Garbrielle Zevin (December 9)
  17. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (December 11)
  18. Memphis: Objects, Furniture & Patterns by Richard Horn (December 7)
  19. The Minutemen's Witch by Charles Coleman Finlay (December 27)
  20. The New Writer's Handbook by Ted Kooser (December 10)
  21. One Crossed Out by Fanny Howe (December 28)
  22. The Once and Future Celt by Bill Watkins (December 5)
  23. Peter Hatches and Egg by Louise Bienvenu-Brialmont (December 1)
  24. Raindrop Plop! by (December 31)
  25. Ripley Under Water by Patricia Highsmith (December 18)
  26. A Skeptical Spirit by Albert E. Cowdrey (December 13)
  27. Smash Trash by Laura Driscoll (December 24)
  28. Sunsets and Shooting Stars by Rick Seidel (December 19)
  29. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White (December 26)
  30. Uh-oh, Calico! by Karma Wilson (December 23)
  31. We Come Not to Praise Washington by Charles Coleman Finlay (December 15)
  32. Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (December 4)
  33. What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Schwartz (December 25)
  34. Zodiac by Neal Stephenson (December 16)

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