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I read this book in paperback in the 90's I think, and it's stuck with me as one of the best alternate reality novels I've encountered. I remembered i ...more
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Oct 19, 2011
What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire
Any book with a chapter entitled "The Sexual Fable of Evolutionary Science" wins a read as far as I'm concerned. The author interviews researchers and ...more
Jul 05, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
The Numerati
The Numerati is like the People Magazine of Big Data, circa 2008. It introduces you to specific data analysts, where they work and what problems they ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
Sexual Intelligence: What We Really Want from Sex--and How to Get It
The doctor has years of experience behind his advice for great sex. He concentrates first on observing the most common biases that people tend to have ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 24, 2013
Calculating God
Looks at the intelligent design argument from a scientific point of view, after positing a few additional facts that would bolster the pro-design side ...more
Nov 08, 2009
Nov 08, 2009
Harvey Pekar's Cleveland
For fans such as myself, you must of course read this. It's quintessential Pekar, and fills in a few gaps in his history that he'd not covered in his ...more
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart
This is an instructional survey of modern big data predictive analytics, as it applies to business, medicine and government. He discusses how, like an ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
The Unwritten, Vol. 2: Inside Man
The second volume has convinced me that this series is not just a pretentious mess, but instead is managing the challenging task of the relationship b ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
I know Josh Neufeld's work from Harvey Pekar's American Splendor, and he does not disappoint in this moving depiction of real-life stories from the Hu ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key, #1)
I hear Lovecraft and I'm there. However, this comic is entirely lacking in Cthulu. The art is quite fine in this book, though I have to admit I'm not ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
Kunstler's lined up some strong arguments for why we should get ready to for the end of globalism. He also speculates on what Peak Oil might portend f ...more
Nov 29, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. so this was a slam-dunk for me. The Eternals aren't exactly the Endless, however. I can only imagine ...more
Apr 12, 2009
May 12, 2009
Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center
This book is at its core about a sex scandal, but it's not some exploitative sensationalistic exercise. In an appropriately non-linear way, and with e ...more
Sep 07, 2008
Aug 22, 2008
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
I had to be talked into reading this, I don't want to spend time on doorstop fantasy novels these days. But a long vacation week spent reading this bo ...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
A fine vision of a Big Science sci-fi future, nicely drawn and tersely written. A one-shot that would translate into a movie easily. Not much characte ...more
May 09, 2009
May 10, 2009
Animal Man, Vol. 2: Origin of the Species
Grant Morrison rescues a DC character from obscurity and uses him as a foil for his own agendas. Setting up some self-referential sequences in here... ...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 27, 2011
Sleeper, Vol. 1: Out in the Cold
A double-agent in so deep he can't even tell what or who he's working for, set in a superhero universe, but that's tangential to the story. The tone r ...more
Jun 12, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, #13)
You just knew death wasn't going to be the end for Harry Dresden. Though the resolution of the central question of "Who Killed Harry Dresden?" is answ ...more
Sep 29, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
I love books where the characters in the story start to suspect they are characters in a story. And I love Star Trek. Being the target audience for th ...more
May 31, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
American Splendor Unsung Hero: The Story of Robert McNeill
If you like Pekar, you'll like this. An interview with a Vietnam Vet who works at the VA, illustrated in a Crumb-like style. All the humor and pathos ...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
Animal Man, Vol. 3: Deus ex Machina
Animal Man meets his maker in the last issues by Grant Morrison. Wraps it all up nicely...would that we all could know our place in the universe so th ...more
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 27, 2011
The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed
This is simply a guide to dating, not great literature. The information is jargon-heavy, but maybe it works? If I become a great pick-up artist, I'll ...more
Sep 26, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
Breakfast at the Victory
Carse uses stories from his life to illustrate some profound reflections on the nature of mind and reality. Philosophical but accessible by most reade ...more
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
Saga, Volume 2 (Saga #7-12)
If you read the first volume, you've been impatiently waiting for this, and oh, it does not disappoint. This is just so fine a comic. Can't wait for m ...more
Nov 07, 2013
Nov 07, 2013
Saga, Volume 1 (Saga #1-6)
This is the best story yet from Vaughn, and awesome, wonderful art from Fiona Staples. Stop everything and read this series immediately. I'm not kiddi ...more
Jan 09, 2013
Nov 07, 2013
Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games (Locke & Key, #2)
The Head Games premise is quite amusing, but there's nothing compelling me to want to read further in this series...just don't care about these charac ...more
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Nice journalistic work on how and why all factory food is scientifically designed to be irresistible. Well worth the read.
Oct 12, 2013
Mar 18, 2014
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Charming and touching story, terrific mood-setting illustrations. Evocative, emotional writing. Recommend for everyone at every age.
May 17, 2012
May 17, 2012
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race
Wow, is this book unrelentingly pessimistic. Pick this up with the care you would a lump of plutonium. Just as explosive.
Dec 31, 2013
Mar 18, 2014
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
The author thinks that the very activity of digital information scanning by humans will result in humans that are different, physically and culturally ...more
Nov 10, 2011
Jan 03, 2012
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