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Programming Pearls
4.22
it was amazing
_Programming Pearls_ is a gem. The "pearls" are short essays on a particular topic of programming, grouped together by theme: algorithms, data structu ...more
Sep 17, 2008
Jul 26, 2008
 
Le Grand Meaulnes
3.77
really liked it
I suppose that many Americans are reminded of The Great Gatsby when they first sit down with Alain-Fournier's only novel. And it isn't just the title. ...more
Nov 19, 2013
Oct 30, 2013
 
Wired Love: A Romance of Dots and Dashes
3.87
You can get a free version of this as an ebook, in ePub format, from Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=BjAO...

This book has become recent
...more
Sep 04, 2013
Aug 17, 2013
 
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
3.70
liked it
A collection of journalistic pieces in which the author traces the origins of his "stuff" - the food he eats, the clothes he wears. Beyond his carbon ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Dec 28, 2008
 
The Selfish Gene
4.11
really liked it
I learned in high-school biology that evolution favors survival of the fittest, which is to say, of the fittest individual organism. But animals somet ...more
Jul 16, 2008
Jun 20, 2008
 
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Series, #1)
4.04
it was ok
I did not read this as a child, and it is, of course, written for children. Perhaps if I were a child I would be captivated by the fantasy, but as an ...more
Apr 27, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
 
Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science
3.85
did not like it
If you want to understand how ridiculous the "postmodern" critique of science is, read about Alan Sokal's prank article in Social Text, and the ensuin ...more
Dec 13, 2014
Dec 03, 2014
 
Me Talk Pretty One Day
3.97
liked it
David Sedaris is a wry, ironic, self-deprecating wit, but you already know that. I loved these essays, but like with Woody Allen movies, which are all ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Nov 30, 2008
 
The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
3.76
liked it
You don't need a background in math to enjoy this book. Phi is a mathematical constant. Given a line of finite length, if you divide the line into two ...more
Aug 20, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
4.44
it was ok
I like the formula but found the narrative dull, and thought, on the whole, compared to say Tolkien, it lacked magicality. But my son, to whom I read ...more
not set
Feb 09, 2011
 
The Great Gatsby
3.88
liked it
Very mixed feelings about Fitzgerald's second novel, which like all Americans I first read in High School. I admire the crystalline prose and the narr ...more
May 15, 2013
May 05, 2013
 
The Pillars of Hercules
3.91
really liked it
This is the first book by Theroux that I have read. It's a literary guide to the Mediterranean, another in a long line of books about the grand tour. ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Nov 30, 2008
 
When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome
4.08
really liked it
Charts, in great detail, the transformation of the losely-knit Christian sects into an orthodoxy unified around a single creed and backed by the power ...more
Oct 25, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
 
The World Without Us
3.79
really liked it
One way to take the measure of humankind's impact on the world is to imagine what would happen if we were all suddenly spirited away. This is the prem ...more
Oct 25, 2008
Jul 11, 2008
 
Shutter Island
4.07
liked it
Fans of the mystery genre have weighed in for and against "Shutter Island." I found the plot simplistic, but was engrossed by the characters, especial ...more
Apr 12, 2010
Mar 27, 2010
 
Algorithims in C
3.78
really liked it
This book has been superseded by second and third editions, much expanded, and is also available with code samples in other languages, especially Java ...more
Jul 14, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
 
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
3.93
liked it
Home economicus, reductio ad absurdiam,

A fun collection of essays that demonstrate how you can apply regression analysis to discover counter-intuitive
...more
May 05, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
 
Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
3.86
liked it
The card-counting and team play that allowed the MIT students to win so handsomely at Black Jack are best explained in the epilogue, by Kevin Lewis, o ...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.95
it was amazing
I usually think of time travel as a set piece of science fiction and pulp adventure. And it is usually a machine, a marvel of technology, that allows ...more
Jun 2006
Jun 21, 2008
 
Stuart Little
3.88
really liked it
Such a fantastic premise - a mouse born to human parents - but seems to end so suddenly, with nothing answered. Does Stuart find Margalo? Made for fun ...more
Sep 18, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
 
Stop Puking in Thirty Days
3.00
did not like it
This book was worse than a ride in the Buick, worse than a talk on the big white telephone. It was a great, big, chunky technicolor yawn. It left me d ...more
Apr 2009
Nov 02, 2009
 
Uncommon Carriers
3.93
really liked it
Readers have strong reactions to McPhee. I'm in the "love" camp. The theme that holds together this collection of essays is large-scale shipping. Ther ...more
Aug 26, 2008
Aug 07, 2008
 
Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times- Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show
3.70
really liked it
Over the years, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg has written numerous pieces on the culture of words for Fresh Air and the New York Times. This book is a mor ...more
Jun 25, 2008
Jun 18, 2008
 
California: A History
3.70
liked it
Mr. Starr was California state librarian, so it's not surprising that this light history sometimes reads like a bibliography.
Aug 2011
Aug 01, 2011
 
Holidays on Ice
3.95
liked it
You'll never look the same at that guy in the Santa suit down at the mall.
Dec 2004
Dec 28, 2008
 
Rich People Things
3.35
did not like it
Much ranting, little analysis. Like listening to your drunk uncle at Thanksgiving dinner.
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
 
Homage to Catalonia
4.14
it was amazing
My favorite quotes:

"For some reason, all the best matadors were Fascists."

"It is a peculiarity of English travelers that they do not really believe i
...more
Apr 14, 2013
Mar 30, 2013
 
Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything
3.52
really liked it
An exploration of how technology has accelerated our perception of time, mostly, it seems, for the worse. What's frightening is how much we have sped ...more
Feb 07, 2009
Sep 07, 2008
 
Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software (Pragmatic Programmers)
4.18
liked it
A practical guide to developing software applications for the Internet, illustrated with numerous, often entertaining, cautionary tales. My favorite i ...more
Oct 12, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
 
The Dream of Scipio
3.71
liked it
I read this shortly after finishing An Instance of the Fingerpost. In that book, the mystery of the murder of a conservative prelate is unraveled thro ...more
Mar 2008
Jun 25, 2008
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