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The Sea Came in at Midnight
Masterpiece. A spell of regret and loss permeate the lives of six or more characters who seem to have no relationship to each other. The axis of the s...more
Oct 2010
Oct 30, 2010
The Diversity of Life
EO Wilson is just excellent. Writer. Ant Entomologist. Ecologist. This 400 page paperback is an introduction to biogeography, paleontology (including...more
Sep 29, 2012
Jul 16, 2008
The Recognitions
I think this book is about the WWII generation - the 'Greatest Generation' - and all their obsessions and self-absorbed angst about not relating to ea...more
Oct 19, 2008
Aug 17, 2008
Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms, #1)
At first I was puzzled by the scene switching, but later, as the characters began to converge I was delighted to see how the author wove the story tog...more
Apr 25, 2009
May 02, 2009
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Unemployed artist-tech guy is walking around San Francisco's North Beach looking for any job now. He sees a help wanted sign in a tiny funky bookstore...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
Do we ever really know what anyone thinks, even our selves? The first 'book' is a search for information on a mysterious author, Benno Von Archimbaldi...more
Nov 27, 2013
Oct 27, 2013
The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q, #1)
Very much like the Wallander series, but the hero of this book is far more jaded. He's been promoted sideways, out of the team of detectives he worked...more
Sep 2013
Sep 11, 2013
Life During Wartime
Takes place in an alternative future in Central America where a years long war is being waged. The story follows Mingolla, a disaffected US soldier, w...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Klein brings the Chicago School of Economics together with an early 20th century branch of psychiatry that used lobotomies and then electric shock to...more
not set
Jun 22, 2008
Norwegian Wood
The narrator is in love with a crazy girl. He has other girlfriends but he can't get her out of his mind, and is obsessed with being with her forever....more
not set
Oct 25, 2008
The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
'The Age of Liberty was also the Age of Slavery.' 12.5 million African slaves were transported to the Americas. 'Freedom' has no meaning until set aga...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
First of the Kingkiller Chronicles - traces Kote's history from childhood to his first year at the magicians university as he develops memory and surv...more
Jun 10, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
Against a Dark Background
The solar system where this takes place is so distant from the Culture it has not been contacted yet. The hero is female, and a fighter. The society i...more
Jan 2011
Feb 01, 2011
Homage to Catalonia
Good history of Spain before WWII. I didn't realize there were so many Anarchist and Communist factions. And so little weaponry. Part of his narrative...more
Jun 2010
Jun 19, 2010
Evolution of the Insects
This is a tome. Not for reading on public transportation. It lays out the foundation of biological taxonomy, brings in plate tectonics, geology, ident...more
not set
Jun 07, 2009
The Player of Games (Culture, #2)
Some kind soul left this book on the book club table thus creating an addiction in me that would not be quenched. Banks describes a distant future whe...more
Nov 2010
Feb 01, 2011
Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds
Heinrich was told by his major professor at UC Davis never to study some animal smarter that you are. Well, he did. Only by writing this book which is...more
Aug 05, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
All Tomorrow's Parties (Bridge, #3)
Dystopic future where the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is closed and has become an town of shacks and shops for squatters. Most people are connect...more
May 06, 2014
May 10, 2014
Human Croquet
Maybe 3.5 stars. A girl growing up in a small English suburb in the late 1940's and 1945's who loses her mother at age 7 or so and is raised for 7 mor...more
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
The Conservationist
Mostly follows the interior monologue of Mr. Mehring, a wealthy white colonial industrialist in South Africa, who has bought a farm 25 miles from his...more
Nov 19, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
The Missing of the Somme
Meandering critique of the art and poetry created to memorialize WWI. Missed the most important piece of information about the battle at the Somme: Th...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It
In one story Dyer is in Bali, having spent some time previously in Lombok. He's smoking, taking acid, drinking, and hanging out with slackers, ravers,...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
The Bad Girl
Lily was the older sister of a pair of Chilean girls who came to teenage parties in the upper class Peruvian town where Ricardo, the main character, g...more
May 02, 2014
May 01, 2014
Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 1: The Assassin's Road (Lone Wolf and Cub, #1)
Volume 1 of Assasin's Road. - Whew. Powerful. The artist is as powerful as the writer. Takes place in 17th century Japan - a time of ronin and yazuki...more
Jun 12, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
900+ pages. Like a cross between the gentleman bank robber of Budapest and the Baroque Cycle. The novel is told in the first person so I'm not sure ho...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 17, 2010
There are 4 outposts on a toxic planet filled with life, maybe intelligent life. The girl chosen by the Earth elites to join one of the outposts has b...more
May 09, 2009
May 16, 2009
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
Starts out with a climbing disaster and then goes into Mortenson's role in bringing schools to places in Pakistan that barely have a functional road....more
Sep 2010
Oct 17, 2010
Count Zero (Sprawl, #2)
Fast paced, complicated thriller that splices a future where people surf the web by direct brain patches. Several sets of characters are followed as t...more
Mar 26, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
Use of Weapons (Culture, #3)
I didn't notice there was a method to the madness of how the hero's memory flashes back and forth to various battles (one of which has him losing his...more
Dec 2010
Feb 01, 2011
Steps of the Sun
It's 2063 and nuclear powered spaceships can warp to land on planets of distant suns of our galaxy. But space travel has been forbidden - there is an...more
Mar 29, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
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