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Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge
I had mixed feelings about this book. On the plus side, it's a fascinating read, giving a perspective on history that we don't often get. It's also la ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Aug 17, 2008
Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists
When I was a freshman at Yale, Susan Neiman was one of my professors in a huge, team-taught, writing-intensive course in literature, philosophy, histo ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Sep 02, 2008
A Theory of Justice
So, first off: this is a work of academic philosophy. I think it's very readable and entertaining for a work of academic philosophy, but this is proba ...more
Feb 2010
Nov 25, 2009
Raven Black (Shetland, #1)
I very much enjoyed the Shetland setting of this book, which is well-drawn without drowning you in local color. (Really, I treat mysteries as a kind o ...more
Mar 2010
Feb 07, 2010
Five Plays
How to describe Middleton? Like Shakespeare, only raunchier, more violent, and with more puns and double-entendres than you can shake a stick at. (No, ...more
Sep 2007
Jul 02, 2007
Managing Your Documentation Projects
A very thorough look at what it takes to plan, track, and manage a technical publications process. The principal thing that prevents me from giving it ...more
Dec 2007
Jun 26, 2007
Doctor Who: Legend of the Cybermen (Big Finish Audio Drama, #135)
**spoiler alert** I gather that this story has divided fans and it's easy to see why. Fans who were hoping to see Jamie McCrimmon reunited with the Do ...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
The Wilding (In Conquest Born, #2)
C.S. Friedman's In Conquest Born was a formative science fiction novel for me. I read it in my early teens, and fell in love with it for its sweeping ...more
May 2009
Mar 23, 2008
Mindfulness for Beginners
This is a good introduction to mindfulness and meditation practice, especially for absolute beginners or people who are curious about exploring medita ...more
Jun 18, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior
I really want to give all my coworkers copies of this book. Because the coolest thing about it is that it gives you a language to talk about software ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 02, 2008
Doctor Who: The Witch from the Well (Big Finish Audio Drama, #154)
I had decidedly mixed feelings about this one. Some of the pluses: Mary Shelley continues to be just about the perfect Doctor Who companion, demonstra ...more
Oct 19, 2013
Sep 22, 2013
A Dedicated Man  (Inspector Banks, #2)
Good gracious - "murder in Yorkshire" appears to be an entire mystery subgenre. I never knew what I was missing.

The back cover of one of the Reginald
Nov 24, 2009
Nov 07, 2009
Pictures of Perfection (Dalziel & Pascoe, #14)
This is a rather delightfully odd installment in the Dalziel and Pascoe series. I wouldn't recommend it as anyone's first exposure to the series, for ...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
Doctor Who: Brotherhood of the Daleks (Big Finish Audio Drama, #114)
A twisty story that will keep you on your toes. This is one to listen to with your full attention!

This story does some of the strangest things ever do
Oct 16, 2008
Oct 18, 2008
It's nice to see urban fantasy increasingly branching out from the sexy-vampires-and-werewolves template. (Not that I don't like sexy vampires and wer ...more
Apr 08, 2015
Apr 06, 2015
Doctor Who: Nevermore
**spoiler alert** In this story, the Doctor and Tamsin arrive in a prison that's been modeled after the works of Edgar Allan Poe, inhabited by a singl ...more
Sep 16, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
Tiny Deaths
This is one of the best single-author story collections I've read in a long time. It's certainly one of the most consistently good - a lot of single-a ...more
Oct 22, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
Doctor Who: Situation Vacant
Having spoofed Top Gear in a previous season, the 8th Doctor Adventures now tackle The Apprentice, with four candidates vying for the position of the ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
Doctor Who: The Whispering Forest (Big Finish Audio Drama, #137)
In the CD extras, writer Stephen Cole says that the 5th Doctor/Tegan/Turlough/Nyssa lineup was really "his" TARDIS team when he was younger, and that ...more
Oct 16, 2010
Oct 09, 2010
Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story
This is an engaging overview of Shakespeare's relationships with his contemporaries. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on how Shakespeare might have ...more
Jan 2008
Oct 03, 2007
Soldier of Sidon
I actually debated a bit whether to give this book three stars or four, because while it's very good in a lot of ways, it's also very frustrating in s ...more
May 18, 2008
Dec 24, 2007
The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British
Note that while this book claims to be a "field guide to the British", it's mostly about the English, and, I suspect, largely about middle and upper c ...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
Doctor Who: Mission to Magnus (The Lost Stories 1.2)
Well, I can't say I wasn't warned. I went into this story with low expectations and it mostly met them.

The first and most obvious defect is the tired
Feb 08, 2010
Dec 09, 2009
Doctor Who: Peacemaker
Another point in favor of the hypothesis that the Doctor Who new series adventures are getting stronger as the series progresses. In fact, I might hav ...more
Feb 14, 2008
Feb 11, 2008
Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey
This book consists of accounts of the author's research among various Romany communities in Eastern Europe, interspersed with historical and cultural ...more
Apr 27, 2015
Apr 06, 2015
An April Shroud (Dalziel & Pascoe, #4)
After Pascoe and Ellie getting center stage in Ruling Passion, it's only fair that Dalziel gets a book to himself, although I was a bit dubious about ...more
Jan 14, 2010
Dec 20, 2009
Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom
I think that this is probably not the ideal place to begin my reading of bell hooks. I guess that this is what happens when you realize one day that y ...more
Aug 29, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
Doctor Who: Made of Steel
This book is really pretty good for what it is. It's a quick, easy read, and evokes some nostalgic memories of reading Dicks's novelizations when I wa ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
Is Anyone Out There?
This is a fun scientific memoir, although not as gripping as some of the really great scientific memoirs, like James Watson's The Double Helix. Possib ...more
Feb 21, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
Doctor Who: The Judgement of Isskar (The Key 2 Time, #1) (Big Finish Audio Drama, #117)
**spoiler alert** Big Finish's new Key 2 Time arc starts off with a bang - in the space of four episodes, we get a new quest for the Key to Time, a ne ...more
Jan 27, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
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