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Small World
3.90
Read about half, and liked it well enough -- an appropriate mockery of academia -- but I kind of think I got the point, so I don't know if I'll pick i ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 30, 2008
 
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:  Essays and Arguments
4.28
3.5. I never finished this, and I've got mixed feelings. I absolutely loved the title essay, which was brilliant, thoughtful, and hilarious. But then ...more
Jun 2007
May 31, 2007
 
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
4.08
I only got about three stories into this, actually -- not even far enough to rate it fairly. I don't know why this didn't hold my attention, b/c I thi ...more
Feb 2008
Oct 21, 2007
 
The Shark Almanac: A Complete Look at a Magnificent and Misunderstood Creature
4.21
Only got through about half of this. I liked learning about different sharks, but I wish it had more color photos. And I didn't really like the tone o ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 17, 2008
 
Galveston
3.82
ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic.

This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn
...more
not set
Jan 03, 2009
 
Opening Atlantis (Atlantis, #1)
3.29
I got through the first section, which was about 15th century Englishmen discovering and colonizing Atlantis. It was pretty good, but when section two ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 30, 2008
 
The Tempest
3.79
Was reading this for a class I was supposed to teach but that got canceled, and seeing as a)I've read it twice before, b)it's not my favorite Shakespe ...more
not set
Apr 20, 2009
 
The Life of Reilly: The Best of Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly
4.07
I'm not sure why I'm reading this. But I am.

ETA: Eh, I quit this one. It was okay. Reilly has some funny moments, but he's also kind of annoyingly cri
...more
May 2007
May 31, 2007
 
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
4.27
I never finished this, and it was due back at the library. It was starting to lose me, anyway. It started out really great, but then dwindled. I reall ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 12, 2007
 
The Faerie Queene
3.52
I really don't like this ridiculously symbolic Christian allegory (and it's so long!) but I have to read it for the M.A. exam. I do admire Spenser's r ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 26, 2007
 
Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky
4.36
I couldn't read this whole thing, b/c it is LONG and HEAVY. But Chomsky is a brilliant, brilliant man, and this book opened my eyes to so many things ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 13, 2007
 
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
4.21
Was due back at the library so I gave up on it. To be honest, I wasn't really feeling it, and I don't know why. Subject is right up my alley, it has h ...more
not set
Jun 08, 2007
 
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
4.05
Only got about a third of the way through, because it had to go back to the library and I've been swamped with work-related reading lately, but I real ...more
not set
Dec 31, 2008
 
Shadow & Claw (The Book of the New Sun #1-2)
4.07
Abandoned. I wanted to like this, b/c the premises were interesting, the world was interesting, but it was just SO SLOW that I felt no need to keep pi ...more
not set
Oct 29, 2010
 
A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons
4.34
I liked -- but didn't love -- what I read of it (about 1/3 to 1/2 the book), but it had to go back to the library. I'm busy and thus reading really sl ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2009
 
The Trumpeter of Krakow
3.73
Abandoned this one. Rather boring and suffered a lot from the narrator inserting facts about modern Krakow (the book takes place in the Middle Ages). ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2008
 
killing rage: Ending Racism
4.27
Was due back at the library so I never finished it, but I'm sure I'll return to it, b/c hooks is brilliant.
Sep 13, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
 
Snow Crash
3.98
I got about 30 pages in and wanted to shoot myself. This book is the definition of Trying Too Hard.
not set
Jun 19, 2009
 
Professing Literature: An Institutional History
3.35
Brought up some good issues, but was really dry. I only read about half.
not set
Sep 27, 2008
 
The Gates (Samuel Johnson, #1)
3.76
Just wanted to note I abandoned this. Wasn't holding my interest.
Feb 2010
Dec 19, 2009
 
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
3.66
None
Sep 27, 2008
Apr 21, 2008
 
Prince of Persia
3.05
None
not set
Jul 29, 2009
 
The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia, #1)
4.17
None
Sep 27, 2008
Aug 13, 2008
 
The Swan Thieves
3.51
None
not set
Jul 03, 2010
 
The Glass Bead Game
4.10
None
Dec 2008
Dec 30, 2008
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