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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
3.97
One of the most important scholarly works I have ever read. As soon as scholarship becomes immune to big, new, paradigm-shifting ideas, it is no longe ...more
Jan 1995
Jul 29, 2008
 
Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2)
4.76
Best book to date by my now favorite author ... mind-blowingly complex world (and culture) building with amazingly intimate character development and ...more
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Jan 04, 2015
 
Atlas Shrugged
3.66
I loved and hated this book. Rand's use of a novel to make the case for libertarianism / capitalism is powerful. Here heroes regularly refuse to do an ...more
Oct 05, 2009
Jan 16, 2009
 
Lovelock (Mayflower Trilogy, #1)
3.43
One of Card's more provocative stand-alone books, explores issues of sentience, slavery, and free will in animals. Be warned though--there are some fa ...more
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Jan 04, 2015
 
Stardust
4.04
Clever writing, but oddly, out of place semi-graphic sex scenes are jarring. This is one case in which the movie is WAY than the book (IMHO).
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Jan 04, 2015
 
The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)
4.24
Sanderson creates yet another super cool system of magic. Fun read (I actually listened).
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Jun 10, 2013
 
Mars
3.79
Finally read a Ben Bova book. Interesting story, good character development.
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Jan 04, 2015
 
Visitors (Pathfinder, #3)
3.66
The Pathfinder series is easily the most sophisticated--and therefore mind-warping-treatment of time travel I have ever read. For example, if you move ...more
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Jan 04, 2015
 
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
3.97
Before reading the Earthsea cycle, I had no idea (a) how much influence Le Guin has had on the genre and (b) how amazing powerful it would be to read ...more
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Jan 05, 2013
 
Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, #2)
3.83
Started off by giving away the ending. But it was worth fighting through the first couple of chapters to experience the epic internal struggle of a bo ...more
Sep 2008
Jul 23, 2008
 
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, #1)
3.91
This is perhaps my favorite scifi/fantasy series. The FOTR trilogy wins out for storyline and action, but this series has a philosophical depth that's ...more
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Jul 23, 2008
 
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
3.72
This was one of the formative "political culture" books I read in grad school. I recommend it for it's interesting use of data to make an argument at ...more
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Jun 09, 2008
 
The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations
3.86
Excellent take on organizations in the Internet age. Particularly interesting observations about hybrid organizations that are part spider (centralize ...more
Nov 16, 2008
Sep 01, 2008
 
Government by the People
3.32
I was David's research assistant for the 14th Edition, the first time he came on to this book as a co-author. Excellent introduction to American gover ...more
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Jul 23, 2008
 
The Children of Húrin
3.89
Dark, depressing tale of how men fell into ruin. Necessary backstory to the Fellowship, but no light, happy ending here . . . that doesn't come until ...more
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Aug 04, 2008
 
Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns
3.87
Great start, but lacks oomph in the concluding chapters. What EXACTLY are we supposed to do now? Also, a bit too much emphasis on learning styles / pr ...more
Jul 23, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
 
Ender's Shadow (Ender's Shadow, #1)
4.28
Very, very cool book. I loved reading Ender's story again but from Bean's perspective. If you liked Ender's Game you'll love this book.
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Jun 17, 2008
 
Bonds That Make Us Free: Healing Our Relationships, Coming to Ourselves
4.37
Okay, I very rarely say this about a book so get ready . . . this book is life-changing. The best "relationship" book I've ever read.
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Jun 09, 2008
 
The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #5)
4.15
Loved this book. Amazing treatment of complex political and economic theoretical issues through a deeply personal lens.
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Nov 27, 2013
 
Tehanu (Earthsea Cycle, #4)
3.83
Amazing presentation of female protagonists who solve problems and overcome evil without violence. Good stuff.
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Mar 24, 2013
 
The Digital Photography Book (Volume 1)
4.10
Very practical, low-tech guide to professional quality photography. A must have if you own a DSLR.
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Jul 23, 2008
 
Novus Ordo Seclorum (P)
4.04
If you want to read a serious, scholarly treatment of the Founding, this is the book for you. Excellent.
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Jul 23, 2008
 
The Federalist Papers
4.01
An absolute must-read if you want to consider yourself an educated citizen of the United States.
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Jun 17, 2008
 
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
3.89
Amazing anecdotes RE bring the founding fathers to life . . . warts, bumps, brilliance, avarice and all.
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Jun 09, 2008
 
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
4.48
Tolkien's crowning achievement of his masterpiece trilogy. The payoffs are well worth the ride.
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Jun 09, 2008
 
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
4.39
Like most second-in-a-trilogy works, it's not my favorite of the three, but still amazing.
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Jun 09, 2008
 
1776
4.06
One of my favorite books. A must read for anyone who considers him/herself a patriot.
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Jul 23, 2008
 
Mere Christianity
4.29
Amazingly crafted account of C.S. Lewis' intellectual journey from atheism to Christianity.
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Jul 23, 2008
 
Elantris (Elantris, #1)
4.14
Amazing book. Great story, very imaginative mythology, good payoff at the end.
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Jun 17, 2008
 
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
3.84
If nothing else, worth reading for Gladwell's discussion of connectors and mavens.
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Jun 09, 2008
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