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About meI'm a bodyworker and acupuncture assistant in Asheville. I've been a bibliophile since I could read, and love both fiction and nonfiction.

About my libraryI've recently gotten into some YA novels, and tend to love some of the better contemporary fiction. I also read books on food ethics, bodywork and Chinese Medicine.

GroupsARC Junkies, Awful Lit., BookMooching, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, Read YA Lit, Tea!

Favorite authorsBarbara Kingsolver, Michael Pollan (Shared favorites)


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Is your profile pic from the Mosaic Garden in Philly?!
I guess that you'll have to wait for the next instalment in my Fiction-Tag series to find out :-D
done, thanks!!!
As a school librarian, I loved your review of Twilight. I haven't read the book myself and have no intention of doing so as I am not a thirteen year old girl. And I think that fact right there can possibly explain away this book's populariy - it's a book aimed at romantic teenaged girls and perhaps romantic teenaged girls need a book like this right now and it's a good decade since Buffy and Angel were filling this gap in the market.
Sometimes an author with only an average amount of ability, skill and orignality comes along with something 'new' at exactly the right time and place and their book takes off into the stratosphere! JK Rowling falls into this category for me also. I guess sometimes we just have to concede defeat and let someone not worthy have their time in the sunshine. :-)
Great job on the Twilight review! It made me laugh, and I am very happy to see another person with my own views towards the mediocre book. I have always felt that Bella is perhaps the worst character of all time. She has no real distinguishing qualities that are important. Maybe it is her lack of character that has made the book so successful. Bella's non-personality allows the reader to portray themselves as the main character, and thus the reader becomes more involved with Edward, and more in love with the book. Just a theory!
Like so many others, I came browsing your profile because of the hilarious Twilight review. I almost feel bad for saying this, but i sincerely hope you'll get to read more stuff like that - and afterwards share your thoughts on it.
A review being much more fun than what's being reviewed, now that's entertainment. :>
Nice job on the Twilight review! I laughed so hard. It really captures how ridiculous the whole thing is-- not to mention poorly developed and repetitive... it is somewhat disturbing that teenage girls (not to mention the male readers and 40-something fans) are so enthralled by the story of such a blatantly unhealthy relationship. Kudos for articulating those sentiments!
Oh, John Ringo, NO! Great review to Twilight!

From a fellow Ashevillian,
I also enjoyed your twilight review, very well written and entertaining! thank you
Like everyone below, I thoroughly enjoyed your Twilight review- spot on, in my opinion! I reviewed it on my blog a while back with much the same reaction as you!

I agree- her fainting when Edward touched her was pretty much the most pathetic thing I've ever read.
Best review on Twilight ever! God what drivel. I just finished the second book for spite (OK I bought it before I read the first one and hate to waste money;) It's OK until Edward comes back in to the picture, more teenage blood lust & angst. Ewwwwww. Cold skin, cold lips...dead boyfriend! But truly, I don't get why these books are so popular either. Mediocre and silly at best. One of the best Vampire novels I ever read was 'Fevre Dream' by George R. R. Martin. Now that's a decent attempt at a vampire story.

Thanks for the excellent review! You helped my day end on a much happier note.

Thanks for the Twilight review. Echoes what most of the literate people I know have said about that book, but in a funnier way!
thank you for the twilight review which i found at the top of LT's "hot reviews". it made my day! i read that book halfway through and threw it across the room in anger. any chance you'll review the other books in the series, or is it just too painful?
You're twilight review was a killer! So hilarious.I haven't read it yet, but your impressions and the excerpts your provided have made me see that I really am better off not picking it up.

I am obsessed by bad Twilight reviews so of course I had to read yours. Loved it (thumbs up #18). I just do not, do not, do not understand the love that so many have for this book or their love for Bella and Edward. (I found the fact that his skin was physically cold - I imagined to be like the skin of a dead person - very off-putting. Ick! So great was my dislike for Twilight that I actually gave away my copy to somebody who wanted to read it and I never divest myself of books. Never. (Guess I can't say that anymore, now, can I?)
read your twilight review- you're hilarious!
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