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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
4.31
I've just read this, quite illegally, on http://www.gorgorat.com/, somewhat to my bemusement.

I wasn't really intending to read the whole thing -- I r...more
May 05, 2009
May 05, 2009
 
Hikaru no Go, Vol. 01: Descent of the Go Master
4.03
I'm not going to add all 23 volumes, but yeah, I've read them all, multiple times, and also watched the anime, which is exactly faithful to the book,...more
not set
Jan 11, 2011
 
The Emperor of All Maladies
4.26
This book is tremendous. Subtitled "A Biography of Cancer", Mukherjee started writing it when he was an intern and his patients were dying under his c...more
not set
Feb 24, 2014
 
The Prestige
3.85
My view of this book is deeply colored by the movie, which I watched two or three times and greatly enjoyed. The book has a different emphasis; there'...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 28, 2009
 
Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)
3.70
I find it quite difficult to take an organization that calls itself "SMERSH" seriously. SMERSH SMERSH SMERSH SMERSH SMERSH. Do you see what I mean? Ot...more
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Jul 19, 2014
 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
3.46
I was listening to the Wicked original Broadway recording and thinking that it was way way way way Disney-er than I remembered the book being, so I pi...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
 
The Glass Menagerie
3.62
Somebody hates his mother. I picked this up because it is referenced in 'January First', an awful tabloidally gripping account of schizophrenia in a c...more
not set
Apr 25, 2014
 
Misery
4.02
I love Stephen King, he's always such a good time. I wonder at the reasoning behind publishing under pseudonyms. I've read that there are business con...more
not set
Jul 08, 2014
 
The Road
3.94

"The child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God God never spoke."

I thought of the homeless, the man and the boy with rags around the...more
Apr 25, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.23
This was a damn good read.

The plotting is kind of peculiar, the moralizing sometimes hammerlike, but wow I wish I had read this book earlier. This is...more
Jun 13, 2009
Jun 13, 2009
 
Norwegian Wood
4.02
This book gives me so many feelings! But not as many as Midori, she still has more. It's a gutsy move to have a character so completely take over the...more
not set
Nov 08, 2011
 
The Man Who Was Thursday
3.87
The plot is pretty obviously thin to begin with (the main "twist" is about as surprising as the Scarlet Letter's), but in the last two chapters Cheste...more
Oct 27, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
 
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
4.13
Proust is some hardcore navel-gazing, not beginner's navel-gazing at all, think an invitation-only navel-gazing master class. Memories are not simple...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jul 02, 2013
 
Mao's Last Dancer
4.09
I read this about a month ago; really, really enjoyed it. It's being made into a movie, which looks distressingly like it's going to hamfistedly push...more
not set
Jul 22, 2010
 
Kafka on the Shore
4.11
This book was written 15 years after 'Norwegian Wood', but is exactly the same, except wilder, more impatient and more explicit. I feel like I should...more
not set
Nov 27, 2011
 
The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)
4.01
Another heavily researched romance novel? Another heavily researched romance novel! No eco-angle here, though. And no sex scenes persay, though there...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.87
It's meant to be part of the rancid-sweat-smelling tattered pathos I suppose, the inexorable flying apart of this family from its desperate maternal c...more
not set
Aug 06, 2013
 
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
3.88
My snobbery gets in the way of reading memoirs by non-writers, but I liked bits. Andrews talks about being a nervous teenager, terribly aware that the...more
not set
Sep 09, 2010
 
The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children, #6)
3.08
I thought this was a fine end to the epic, though admittedly I have low expectations. It's got some structure to it, being the story of Ayla's apprent...more
not set
Jul 18, 2011
 
Cloud Atlas
4.02
This book is so goddamn technically exuberant. It's a "sextet for overlapping soloists". In mischievous self-description, the author's mouthpiece says...more
not set
Jan 03, 2012
 
Honeybee Democracy
4.02
I read this book about a year ago, but a passing comment about the 'hive mind' reminded me of Seeley's efforts in understanding bee decision making, a...more
not set
Aug 14, 2013
 
Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)
3.99
I reread this over Thanksgiving, having just read that Anne McCaffrey died. Resurgam. This is mostly going to be about its prequel, because I am usele...more
not set
Dec 29, 2011
 
Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)
4.13
Well, I certainly swallowed this whole. The book is remarkably un-scary in its excitement. You see everything coming, telegraphed reassuringly far ahe...more
not set
Oct 07, 2013
 
The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children, #4)
3.73
My memory of this book was a vague annoyance with the depiction of the sexual sadism, but on the reread, it feels very different. There's a genuine di...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
 
Birth of Britain (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
4.13
Normally I am all pissy about nonfiction, because the prose is watery and/or in bad taste, and the content density is low and/or obscured by the stupi...more
not set
Dec 28, 2010
 
Tender Is the Night
3.83
Lugubrious as fuck, and wildly mood-swinging from exigent idealisms to lesions of vitality. Ok so there was a five year gap between the peachy beachy...more
May 04, 2012
May 05, 2012
 
True Grit
4.11
It's just like the movie, so I loved it.

Now about those little differences. The movie plays up the humor of other people (that poor Colonel Stonehill...more
not set
Nov 07, 2011
 
The Luzhin Defense
3.95
A good-times meditation on insanity. There's a lot of dark/light chessboards-everywhere imagery, which is the main thrust of the good-times, but what...more
not set
Oct 19, 2011
 
Vanity Fair
3.73
Holy frightening ending, Batman. I don't even like Becky (but all my love, Reese Witherspoon, your bowdlerized movie was the bestest), but I cannot de...more
not set
Feb 20, 2012
 
The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4)
3.78
Ms. Gregory has been pumping out a book a year for the last decade. I may be going through all of them.

This was the immediate sequel to 'The Other Bo...more
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Aug 06, 2011
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