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Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3)
4.18
it was amazing
I've been waiting for this book since I finished the previous book in the series. I've been actively anticipating it for the past few months. I've bee ...more
Jun 05, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
 
Wild Animus
1.91
it was amazing
(sarcasm alert- I don't actually think this book deserves five stars)

All you people who've been trashing Wild Animus, the fine and revealing work by M
...more
not set
Nov 13, 2011
 
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
3.79
it was amazing
Gessen, a Russian journalist who saw the collapse of the Soviet Union, discusses how Vladimir Putin got to where he sits today. She covers the bombing ...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
4.05
it was amazing
The biggest lesson I took away from this was "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity." It's astonishing, how many people are so thoroughly u ...more
Jan 19, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
 
Prador Moon  (Polity Universe, #1)
3.86
it was amazing
Many of you, like me, may have gone to a grocery store, and noticed the crappy mascots on the store brand cereals. This sort of feels like a store bra ...more
May 25, 2013
May 25, 2013
 
Shadow of Victory (Honorverse: Saganami Island, #4)
3.41
it was amazing
If I could give half stars on Goodreads, this would probably be a 4.5 star review, because there were some problems with this book. Instead, I'll roun ...more
Sep 05, 2016
Sep 05, 2016
 
Beach Music
4.13
it was amazing
I guess this goes on the "mainstream" shelf...the fact that it's the only book there right now says something about my tastes in reading. Anyway, I bu ...more
not set
Feb 10, 2011
 
Cauldron of Ghosts (Honorverse: Wages of Sin, #3)
4.13
it was amazing
An excellent continuation of the *massive* Honor Harrington series. It brings together some big threads from previous books, and adds in quite a few m ...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
 
Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire
4.30
it was amazing
Unlike most of the books I’ve read about the end of the Cold War and the downfall of the Soviet Union, this book focuses on the Eastern European satel ...more
Jul 29, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
 
Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
3.97
it was amazing
Even though this book is about a decade and a half old, I learned quite a bit about Ukraine. There were a few parts where subsequent events have outpa ...more
Aug 17, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
 
Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War
4.09
it was amazing
A devastatingly depressing account of the occupation of Iraq, told mostly from the point of view of the Iraqi people themselves. Maybe it started with ...more
Aug 21, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
 
Kildar (Paladin of Shadows, #2)
4.13
it was ok
If you've read John Ringo's first Mike Harmon (aka "Paladin of Shadows") book, Ghost, you'll know that it kind of sucks. In fact, it really sucks. Wha ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2010
 
Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations
3.86
it was amazing
While the historical content of this book was very interesting, and in some cases, new and revealing, the overall theme seems to be more about how peo ...more
Apr 30, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
 
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
4.19
it was amazing
A fascinating look at some of the lesser-known inhabitants of the Middle East. You definitely think of Muslims and Jews, when you think of the Middle ...more
Jan 15, 2015
May 08, 2015
 
Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
3.78
it was amazing
A mildly humorous history of the Habsburg dynasty, alternating anecdotes of random oddities of the sort that are bound to pile up in a family that was ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
 
Four Futures: Life after Capitalism
3.91
it was amazing
An interesting look at a few possibilities for our future. The author is careful not to make any specific predictions, and, in my opinion, it's better ...more
Jan 03, 2017
Jan 03, 2017
 
The Clothes Have No Emperor: A Chronicle of the American '80s
4.15
it was amazing
The Clothes Have No Emperor is an incredibly biased book, and that should be very obvious. But its wry, understated humor, along with the sheer WTFery ...more
Feb 05, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
 
Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party
3.91
it was amazing
I found this a well-documented and rather appalling look at the Christian right, but in this case, it's basically preaching to the choir. I doubt it w ...more
Mar 17, 2012
Aug 20, 2011
 
Secret Warriors: Omnibus
4.17
it was amazing
Keeping in mind that I only really started reading comics this year, I have read this series all the way through at least 3 times. I suppose it helps ...more
May 11, 2016
Nov 27, 2016
 
The Best American Magazine Writing 2013
4.30
it was amazing
(Full disclosure: I got this from Netgalley. Just so you know.)

A collection of excellent articles from the last year or so, covering a wide variety of
...more
Dec 22, 2013
Dec 22, 2013
 
Pakistan: A Hard Country
4.02
it was amazing
If you want to understand Pakistan better, read this book. It is comprehensive, without being too dense for the general reader. I highly recommend it.
May 15, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
 
The Future of Power
3.70
it was amazing
A fascinating book, full of suggestions for how the next century could go. I'll definitely keep this book in mind when I think about geopolitics.
Mar 04, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
 
Ghost (Paladin of Shadows, #1)
3.85
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I'm not sure if it counts as "reading" a book when you only got through the first fifty-odd pages. For me, the point where this book ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2010
 
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, #13)
4.41
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Another fine volume in the series, bringing the World of the Wheel closer to the Last Battle. Honestly, I think this is probably the ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Nov 02, 2010
 
Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation
3.90
it was amazing
If you ever thought, "The Civil War's nice and all, but what did Canadians think about it?" look no further. In fact, the author argues that the Civil ...more
Aug 06, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
 
The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England
4.10
it was amazing
(Full disclosure: My copy of this came through Netgalley.)

This also comes from Open Road Media, and I'm not sure if it's an original publication, alth
...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
 
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
3.81
it was amazing
A fairly light story of Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan after Aral's death. But even a light Vorkosigan Saga novel is still a damn good novel. It reveale ...more
Feb 02, 2016
Feb 02, 2016
 
What Is Veiling?
3.98
it was amazing
An extremely insightful book on the various aspects of hijab. The author combines personal experience and academic knowledge to explain for people who ...more
Feb 2016
Jan 31, 2016
 
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
3.99
it was amazing
A very relevant book for our times. I really wish that I had read this before the election, because it explains a lot about the forces behind the rise ...more
Jan 24, 2017
Jan 24, 2017
 
When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution
4.16
it was amazing
It's hard to overstate how fascinating - and, at times, sickening - this book was. The author gives a good overview of the origins of modern Cambodian ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
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