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Pious is a book about forgiveness. Throughout the story, we see so many different things that mask themselves as peace and forgiveness, but this isn't ...more
Oct 09, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought

This was hands down one of the very best technical books I've ever had the pleasure to read. Drew Neil has found a way to organize the book into a tip

Nov 19, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #3)
This was the weakest of the Belgariad books so far. Most of the book seemed like a rambling Dungeons and Dragons game filled with random encounters an ...more
Jul 06, 2009
Jul 05, 2009
The Written (Emaneska #1)

I don't feel like spending a long time tearing this book apart, so I'll just say it briefly. The writing is just very poor.

"All of a sudden" and its l

Apr 18, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
Graceling was in danger of a low review for most of the book until a pretty solid ending changed my mind. Fire had so much going against it from the s ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
Jumping Off the Planet (Dingilliad, #1)
I picked this book up at an airport minutes before a flight. It was a total panic buy. I grabbed the nearest fiction I could find so I'd have some com ...more
Apr 2001
Jun 18, 2009
The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out
Objectivism is an interesting subject, and Dr. Peikoff's method of addressing Integration as a means of promoting it seemed equally interesting. For t ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 28, 2013
Double Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #4)
Wow. The enjoyment I've been getting from this series derives almost entirely from the low-conflict, light-hearted nature of the books. Double Share t ...more
Sep 14, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
This book had a lot of neat stuff going for it, but the ending let me down. There's not a lot of rules I hold sacred in writing. "Your character shoul ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
Jenny Pox (The Paranormals, #1)
This hasn't been a great year in the reading department so far. Jenny Pox, by J. L. Bryan, was really the first book of 2012 that I enjoyed. I wouldn' ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
Contemplatives in Action: The Jesuit Way
In this short volume, William Barry attempts to show the many creative tensions that work in the heart of Jesuits today and through history. With root ...more
Aug 20, 2009
Aug 16, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
The emptiness of this book was astounding. I didn't really care for the films, but I thought there might be more depth in the book. I was wrong. There ...more
Jul 2011
Aug 31, 2011
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)

This was my first Agatha Christie novel and what a wonderful read it was. Ms Christie's firm command of her characters was clear even in this early wo

Feb 16, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
The Tao of Chess: 200 Principles to Transform Your Game and Your Life

I love eastern philosophy. I really love chess. One would figure that this book would hit some magical combo-zone and have me praising and sharing it

Feb 22, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, #1)

Xanth was the first series of books that caught my attention as a child, and I have Piers Anthony to thank for my love of reading today. I read nearly

Nov 23, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
Half Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #2)
This was another feel-good story from Nathan Lowell. Not much happens, but that was kind of nice for a change. There's some aspects of the story devel ...more
Sep 10, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1)
Some books don't hide the fact that they're going to be epic series. This is certainly one of those. The story barely gets started by the end of the f ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
The Kalevala
I think this is one of those books that needs a few reads with a few years between them. It reminds me of the Odyssey quite a bit, and there are some ...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 06, 2011
Iceland, Defrosted
Iceland, Defrosted is the story of one man's love affair with a beguiling little island in the middle of the Atlantic. It is not a travel story, or a ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)
Stories based around prophecies are tough. Readers are pretty smart, so anything too simple and the mystery is ruined, but anything too obtuse and the ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
This book was very close to getting a 4-star rating from me. Its failings had less to do with the author than with the editor, I feel. I'm not talking ...more
Aug 27, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1)
I know what you're thinking, and yes, this book really exists. From the front cover to the back cover, the whole thing is "in character." Just a stunn ...more
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Feb 19, 2010
Tigran Petrosian His Life and Games

Tigran Petrosian, the Iron Tigran, is undoubtably one of the greatest defensive chess grand masters of all time. His tenure as World Champion for six

Mar 11, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
Candles of Rejuvenescence
I had to try to get through this one four times. It was a Goodreads Giveaway, which I take very seriously. By winning that lottery I feel obligated to ...more
May 16, 2015
May 09, 2015
The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
What a relief this book was. I read Brandon Sanderson's first book, Elantris, back in Alaska and I thought it was pretty amateurish. When I heard he w ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
The Kitab-I-Iqan: The Book of Certitude
Some really powerful and moving stuff here. Great food for thought and the soul.
Aug 30, 2011
Oct 28, 2010
Poirot Investigates
This is the first Poirot book to be written as a collection of short cases, much like Sherlock Holmes. While I preferred a few of the actual cases in ...more
Jun 02, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
What a wonderful listen. The voices for Hagrid, Dumbledore and McGonagall were superb.
Apr 02, 2014
Jun 01, 2008
Alone (The Girl in the Box, #1)
Not as bad as a lot of the reviews made it out to be. Sure, this is a total X-Men ripoff in theory, but since the mysterious M-Squad is never around, ...more
Jun 28, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
The Curse of Chalion (Chalion, #1)
I loved it. How's that for a review?

Ok, a few other notes. To those who will try to read it, don't go in expecting some classic high fantasy. This boo
May 30, 2011
May 26, 2011
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