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Emily Climbs (Emily, #2)
Emily has always been fairly sober in temperament -- at least compared to a firecracker like Anne Shirley -- but she gains a new element of restraint...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
The Andalite Chronicles (Animorphs Chronicles, #1)
Interesting, thrilling, and at times, moving.

Yet this book is quite the mixed bag. The prose is, perhaps, below-average for the series. Repetition, bl...more
Jul 06, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
Night of the Giant Everything (Goosebumps: Hall Of Horrors, #2)
I read this book on the Kindle, which is all kinds of awesome -- Goosebumps at the touch of a finger!

If there's one thing R.L. Stine is good at, it's...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
Johnny Got His Gun
I conceive there may be no finer novel illustrating the moral argument behind the anti-war stance. While it's reason's duty to convince and persuade,...more
Mar 15, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
Treasure Island
Good. Unfortunately much of the language and some of the phrasing was lost on me -- the sections with the ship terms and such were particularly dull,...more
Jun 13, 2009
Jun 13, 2009
Into the Wild
If you want to believe there is more to life than doing the same thing over and over, walking the same path until it's beaten into plaster, maybe you'...more
Oct 10, 2013
Mar 12, 2014
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
There are almost too many things to say about A Game of Thrones. Its length means it's hard to generalize about the storylines, and while the main plo...more
Nov 10, 2013
Mar 12, 2014
Elmer Gantry

There's something thin about Lewis's writing, at times -- his inclination towards the blunt means he tells the reader more about a character than he s...more
Jun 10, 2013
Mar 12, 2014
Some Fruits of Solitude
To do this book justice, examine every aphorism, would be a long and laborious task, one I won't even attempt. Needless to say, there were some saying...more
Apr 20, 2013
Mar 12, 2014
The Journal of John Woolman
Interesting to contrast Woolman's approach to life with that of Ben Franklin's -- as Woolman was a firm believer in God's plan for mankind, and His to...more
Apr 15, 2013
Mar 12, 2014
US Army Survival Manual
Among the more notable things I learned are the facts that you can eat the inner white portion of treebark -- though beware, as it's a strong purgativ...more
Apr 10, 2013
Mar 12, 2014
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
**spoiler alert**
Less a complete story than one suffering from middle-book syndrome, A Clash of Kings still brings the heat Game of Thrones sparked....more
Dec 10, 2013
Mar 12, 2014
Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
Alinsky's core philosophy disagrees with mine, with his insistence that certain means justify certain ends, but the bulk of his book -- a focus on pol...more
Jul 10, 2013
Mar 12, 2014
The Haunted Mask II (Goosebumps, #36)
It's interesting to compare this book with the Goosebumps Horrorland sequel to The Haunted Mask, The Scream of the Haunted Mask. That story also takes...more
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
The Haunting of Hill House
I'm becoming increasingly skeptical of the ability of literature to invoke the emotions of fear or horror in a reader. If we are talking about terror,...more
May 02, 2012
May 02, 2012
**spoiler alert** I was hoping the source of Charlie Decker's "rage" would've been more all-encompassing. Instead it's mainly familial in nature. Soci...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
The Mist
This is the first Stephen King novel I've read that I've given more than three stars. His huge popularity is what first compelled me to start reading...more
Jan 24, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
Foundation (Foundation, #1)

You know, I was hesitant to read Foundation -- I hadn't read any Asimov before, and Foundation's premise didn't strike me as incredibly interest...more
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye is misunderstood.

Firstly, the reader is not meant to identify with Holden Caulfield. Intimacy clouds judgement, and it's clear...more
Jan 31, 2011
Feb 01, 2011
Freedom and Beyond
A few points made:

- "Schooling" is not equivalent to "education" or "learning" -- schooling is about packaging a product and selling it; instilling st...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly is a terrible book. Not the story, mind you, but what it portrays: humanity's capacity for willful degeneration, mindless hedonism th...more
Feb 05, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
The book was somewhat interesting until the point where I realized the endless pages of description -- a small portion brilliant, most artless (no, bi...more
Feb 05, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
TENOPIA ISLAND #1 (Escape from Tenopia, No 1)
Not half bad. I think the one big problem with "gamier" gamebooks like this one is that there's a lot less attention paid to the characters and story....more
Mar 31, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
Franny and Zooey
I marvel at Salinger's ability to capture every nuance of human appearance and physical behaviour. There is something supremely alive about his dialog...more
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
Communion: A True Story
This book appears to be dismissed outright by many skeptics on the sole basis of the account being outlandish. It certainly is a remarkable story -- a...more
May 26, 2011
Jun 02, 2011
On the Road
Frankly, it's a wonder Dean Moriarity -- Neal Cassady in real life -- didn't die earlier than he did. He lived fast and got nowhere; though I suppose...more
Mar 05, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
The Stranger (Animorphs, #7)
What a great book.

This is what Animorphs is all about. It's the psychological journey combined with the physical struggle; the coming-of-age story via...more
Jun 23, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
The Android (Animorphs, #10)
**spoiler alert** Animorphs tropes:

When trying a morph for the first time, the morpher will always temporarily lose control to the animal mind, only r...more
Oct 07, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Gone (Gone, #1)
Now here's the thing.

You can have a rip-roaring good plot, but without characters the reader is emotionally invested in, the end sum isn't very impres...more
Feb 2010
Feb 02, 2010
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
I wonder if Ben Franklin's life isn't the quintessential showcase of the power of will in human affairs. Born with next-to-nothing in terms of materia...more
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
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