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The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket
3.77
it was ok
I feel a little bad about giving only two stars to a book which I quite enjoyed reading, but even as I was enjoying it I was getting frustrated with t ...more
Sep 07, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
 
Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero
3.53
While the book's blurbs and preface are obnoxiously smarmy, the book itself is neat science so far (Chapter 5: Building the Batbones); plus, every exa ...more
not set
Jul 06, 2009
 
Logicomix: An epic search for truth
4.00
it was ok
This is an ambitious biography of Bertrand Russell, and I feel like it overreached itself. None of its aspects felt thoroughly explored and many were ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Dec 26, 2009
 
Rachel Carson: Who Loved the Sea
4.25
Hah! Okay, I will never forget this book. It was actually quite interesting, and I think I did a paper on Rachel Carson using it in fourth grade, but ...more
Jan 1984
Jun 04, 2008
 
Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye
4.05
really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this -- it was quite literally laugh-out-loud funny at times, and very thought-provoking -- but it was more Buddhism and less ...more
Sep 19, 2009
Sep 18, 2009
 
Gödel's Theorem: An Incomplete Guide to Its Use and Abuse
3.92
So far I'm enjoying this book but not respecting it. For a book intended as a non-mathematician's guide to Gödel's work, it reads like many a textbook ...more
not set
Jun 11, 2008
 
Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Analysis Services Step by Step
3.78
it was ok
This book drove me nuts. What I wanted was a technically-minded overview of SSAS; what I got was a mash-up of management-level metaphors and step-by-s ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 06, 2009
 
Best Kept Secrets of Peer Code Review (Modern Approach. Practical Advice.)
3.18
really liked it
My first impression was "Surprisingly readable!", and that was carried through almost the entire collection. Jason Cohen wrote the bulk of the chapter ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 07, 2008
 
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
4.12
really liked it
I'm not sure quite what I expected from this book -- I don't read many memoirs, so I think I had something more like academic biographies in mind, the ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 06, 2008
 
The Inform Designer's Manual
4.16
it was amazing
As the introduction modestly states:

In trying to be both a tutorial and reference work, this book aims itself in style halfway between the two extreme
...more
Jan 1997
Apr 07, 2008
 
Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun
3.83
liked it
I can't tell if it was meandering to illustrate a point about the journey vs the destination or if it just didn't have a point. It was interesting as ...more
May 30, 2011
May 12, 2011
 
Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America's First Gay and Lesbian Town
3.86
really liked it
Fascinating and frustrating. I would have liked a lot more connection between Cherry Grove and the wider world, but there were only hints and teases. ...more
May 25, 2011
Apr 02, 2008
 
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
4.17
b'day gift from dad
not set
Nov 17, 2013
 
Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade
4.03
did not like it
I didn't get very far into this at all. How can someone make the story of such an interesting person into such a dull book?
not set
Jul 18, 2011
 
Girlfriend Number One: Lesbian Life In The 90s
3.42
Allegedly contains helpful tips such as "A Lesbian Date is Something that is Interrupted by Pets".
not set
Jun 26, 2008
 
The Joy of Lex: How to Have Fun with 860,341,500 Words
4.23
it was amazing
I read this book to tatters when I was a kid. Which, you know, probably explains a lot.
not set
Jul 15, 2008
 
The C Programming Language
4.40
really liked it
Ah, nostalgia! How it all began....
Sep 1993
Apr 07, 2008
 
The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary
3.84
I've read the original essay, of course....
not set
May 08, 2008
 
SQL Server MVP Deep Dives
4.18
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Mar 05, 2011
 
Adrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose
4.12
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Apr 20, 2008
 
Desktop Yoga
3.67
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Apr 23, 2008
 
What Do You Say, Dear?
4.22
it was amazing
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May 06, 2008
 
In Code: A Mathematical Journey
3.75
really liked it
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May 06, 2008
 
A Room of One's Own
4.09
it was amazing
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May 06, 2008
 
Math for Smarty Pants
4.23
it was amazing
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May 06, 2008
 
Flesh for Fantasy: Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance
3.96
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Apr 18, 2008
 
Woodswoman I: Living Alone in the Adirondack Wilderness
4.15
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not set
May 08, 2008
 
The Gay Militants: How Gay Liberation Began in America 1969-1971
4.00
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not set
May 08, 2008
 
Queer Street: Rise and Fall of an American Culture, 1947-1985
3.25
None
not set
May 08, 2008
 
Rough News, Daring Views: 1950's Pioneer Gay Press Journalism
5.00
None
not set
May 08, 2008
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