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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
Purchased anew, and laid it beside her bed,
Conflicting thoughts flying through her head.
Afraid almost to crack the covers, read the pages,
What if it w
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 26, 2008
Brave New World
This book is frightening. I'll take it to my classroom and subject the innocents to it.
Jan 1975
Jun 29, 2008
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, I was an anthropology major at UCSC. Although I wanted to specialize in physical anthropology, I did quite a bi ...more
Sep 04, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot, #13)
I try to get my math students to read mysteries, because the logical skills of finding a pattern and using inductive and deductive reasoning are often ...more
Jan 1985
Dec 21, 2008
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
My evil plan of reading this book in small doses aloud to my students during math class has worked. Several of them have bought their own copies, and ...more
not set
Oct 11, 2014
Second Glance
I had trouble getting into this, at first. I found the changing pov choppy. But about halfway through the book I found myself caught up in the story. ...more
Mar 29, 2009
Mar 29, 2009
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
This does for the periodic table what I am always trying to do for the science to the historical events, the people, and the economics th ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)
Harry does it for me. Smart, nerdy, wiseass, with a self destructive desire to do the right thing.
Jul 03, 2010
Jun 29, 2010
Jack and Jill
Rereading books you loved as a child can make you see both; all of the wonderful things in them, and all of the flaws. I think the parts about Tempera ...more
Jan 1982
Jul 02, 2008
Introduction to Linear Algebra
I'm having a hard time identifying with the main characters.
not set
Aug 10, 2011
Time Enough for Love
I wanted a paperback to read on the plane recently, and this one was right on top of a stack of books, so I reread it. I've reread a few Heinlein book ...more
Aug 21, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
Smile When You're Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer
Insights into the life of a travel writer. The real reason they travel, someone is paying them. One of my favorite bits was about the fallacy of taxi ...more
Jul 29, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
The Cranes Dance
What fresh hell is this? Although I laughed out loud in several places, and loved every second of this book. I'm just going to say, that the thought o ...more
May 26, 2012
May 22, 2012
That took a while. I was afraid to read it at night for fear I would suffer a head injury when it fell on me. I haven't enjoyed orbital mechanics so m ...more
Oct 03, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa
In the early nineties I spent some time in Zimbabwe, and I have always wanted to go back. Although there were hints of instability, mostly having to d ...more
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
This book covers Iraq and mercenaries in great detail. However, I was unprepared for the section on Blackwater and Hurricane Katrina. The author makes ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Dear forty-five year old self,

No one is staring at you at as you sit eating lunch because you are alone, and therefore you must be a pathetic chump. N
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
The ABC of Relativity
This should go on the shelf, books stolen from my father. This was a pivotal book when I read it at the age of 13 or 14. I should read it again, I mig ...more
Jan 1984
Sep 16, 2008
Principles of Language Learning and Teaching
When I give it 3 stars, that does not mean that it was great reading, in this case, it is because I found it useful for teaching.
Jan 2005
Jan 19, 2009
Dragonmaster (DragonMaster, #1)
I have abandoned this book to the sea of poor grammar and word choices from whence it came.
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
The Song of Achilles
Achilles and Patroclus Are Dead

Sing to me, O Goddess of the love of two boys, grown into men.
How self deprecating Patroclus, won the heart of Achilles
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
The Women Who Lived for Danger: Behind Enemy Lines During WWII
I was fascinated by the subject. However, I have the following quibbles.

a) for a book about women the ratio of stories about their male counterparts:
Jul 10, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I put off reading this, because I was afraid I'd like it, and I already knew the author was dead, which will sort of limit his future production, sinc ...more
Sep 23, 2009
Dec 27, 2008
The Unfinished Game: Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter that Made the World Modern
Letter writing is most certainly a lost art. "I beg you to inform me how you would proceed in your research on this problem. I shall receive your repl ...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jun 03, 2010
Austenland (Austenland, #1)
I bought this at a used books shop 2 nights ago. At first I thought it was a goofy romance of a book, and while it did have that element to it, there ...more
Jan 30, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
This book was frightening. I think every high school student should have to read part of it. The life coaches were particularly frightening. It seems ...more
Dec 12, 2008
Dec 12, 2008
I thought this book had one of the most brilliant opening lines of any YA book. I read it aloud to #1 son, and he snatched the book from my hands and ...more
Jan 2005
Feb 26, 2009
The Bible Salesman
The characters were interesting, but this novel missed the poignancy of Edgerton's other works. There were some very funny moments, but ultimatly they ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Apr 10, 2009
101 UN-Useless Japanese Inventions
I bought this on a trip to Seattle with Debbie and Steve. We had quite the laugh. Another one I keep in the school library to trick students into open ...more
Jan 1995
Jan 19, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Even though I am an adult, I still loved this book, and the whole series. I teach high school and it gives me something to discuss with the girls in m ...more
Jan 2007
May 18, 2008
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