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Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
it was amazing
update 11/6/2012: I just wrote this elsewhere, but I think it says something apropos, so I'm quoting myself, which is no doubt worst possible manners. ...more
May 11, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality
Oh, hell no.

I'm frankly horrified that there are people who have read this book and believe that it offers anything other than bigotry and hate.

1. Sex
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Aug 15, 2013
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
it was amazing
Let me boil the book down for the busy reader: whenever someone* chooses to ignore all the documented evidence of discrimination in favor of just-so s ...more
Aug 30, 2012
Jun 27, 2014
Coming Out Straight: Understanding and Healing Homosexuality
did not like it
Look, if people want to appease bigots by passing, I can certainly understand why. The bigots will kill you, and not everyone can withstand that kind ...more
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
The Martian
it was amazing
July 6, 2014

This is the book to read if you enjoy: smart characters, snarky comments, space exploration, problem solving,man-against-nature, McGuyver-
Aug 09, 2015
Jan 31, 2014
Wicked Pretty Things: 13 Dark Faerie Romances
Yeah, no anthologies edited by Telep for me. I like love stories, regardless of character orientation, and asking an author to make the m/m couple a m ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
How to Save Your Daughter's Life
Most sexual assaults and murders occur where? In the home. How does Brown advise you to keep your daughter safe? Keep her at home all the time: homesc ...more
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May 16, 2012
The Little Red Book: 1000 Things Every Girl Should Know
did not like it
A guy thoughtfully shares with girls his ideas on how they should properly behave. Oddly, his idea of how girls should behave is perfectly in line wit ...more
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Nov 17, 2011
The Island Of Dr. Moreau
it was amazing
I really don't know why I keep thinking that Wells' stories aren't any good. Before much reading time had passed I was talking to the Spouse about how ...more
Mar 19, 2014
Sep 17, 2009
Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1)
did not like it
I wrote a review of this and it disappeared. It was a good review, too, nicely scathing about the tedium and the kids playing with matches and ending ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Sep 18, 2009
Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism
My contempt knows no limits: "healing" autism, my ass
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Apr 05, 2012
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
it was amazing
Rowling continues to impress me. She's got a good set-up for her series: Cormoran has an elaborate backstory, Robin has an elaborate backstory, and th ...more
Sep 06, 2014
Aug 13, 2013
really liked it
Don't read it for the mystery, read it for the things which make an Allende novel so rich and satisfying: a large, diverse cast with complex backstori ...more
Aug 12, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset (The Hunger Games, #1-3)
it was amazing
After completing this reading of the trilogy, all together, I'd like to pull up something profound. They are, of course, thrilling stories, full of cl ...more
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Jul 08, 2014
His books have never sounded appealing to me, but his attack on Edith Wharton's looks in the New Yorker just put him over the line.

Now he's ragging on
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Mar 08, 2012
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
it was amazing
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous 2011 October 4
One of the things usually left out of children's books is dying. Not death, char
Oct 04, 2011
Aug 27, 2010
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
it was amazing
Are You Dead Yet?

Then your cat is plotting to kill you. I give you this spoiler because I have four cats in my house, and that means probably not much
Dec 28, 2014
Oct 09, 2012
The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys
From the book cover:
While the manifestation of sexism against women is widely acknowledged, few people take seriously the idea that males are also th
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May 17, 2012
The Help
A feel good story for whites about how they fought against racism during the Jim Crow era.
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Aug 17, 2011
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
it was amazing
This was fascinating, and not only because it mentioned International Baccalaureate programs. Ripley compares USian schools to those of other nations ...more
Mar 03, 2016
Sep 12, 2013
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics
it was amazing
Short form: this book is awesome and every home and classroom should have a copy.

Long form: This was a whim. I just picked it up because it had a fu
Nov 20, 2016
Nov 21, 2016
Welcome to the Monkey House
it was amazing
1982 January 6
2014 October 3

Where I Live - Keenly observed. I wonder what an update would be like 50 years on?

Harrison Bergeron - This one has aged a
Oct 03, 2014
Jun 03, 2009
Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans
it was amazing
Just this past week I read a critique of the reporting on Katrina in general, and on Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital ...more
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Jan 18, 2011
it was amazing
I've been a Rudnick fan since, let's say 1989 when his last novel, I'll Take It, was published (in the meantime I've been forced to keep up with his s ...more
May 20, 2014
Feb 21, 2013
it was amazing
I am a fan of all 19th century novels named Emma.
Jan 1990
Mar 11, 2011
We Were Liars
really liked it
Cadence spends every summer on her grandfather's private island with her mother, her two aunts, and her cousins. Two years ago, the summer before the ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Nov 13, 2012
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)
it was amazing
This is the story of a spreading human culture colonizing other human planets. There is a bit of mystery, some interesting cultural clashes, plenty of ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Oct 04, 2013
The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World
" “An Open Letter to Lifeway and Other Sellers, Buyers, and Marketers of Heaven Tourism, by the Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven.

"I did not die.
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Jan 16, 2015
These Shallow Graves
it was amazing
A nineteenth century would-be Nellie Bly is hot on uncovering a mystery, with the help of her new, disreputable friends. There is danger, skulduggery, ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Jul 19, 2015
A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief, #4)
it was amazing
June 28, 2012

You know what Lewis left out of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? Ruling. He draws four human children in to rule his magical world
Jun 09, 2015
Aug 03, 2010
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