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Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge
3.70
liked it
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
3.71
really liked it
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
 
Westmark (Westmark #1)
3.91
really liked it
A smart, fast-paced YA fantasy. Two things really impress me about this book. First, the sheer economy of language with which Alexander makes a large ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
 
Doctor Who: Ghosts of India
3.89
liked it
Well, let's start with the good stuff: This book is a definite page turner. Author Mark Morris writes a good, energetic portrayal of the Tenth Doctor, ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 07, 2008
 
A Theory of Justice
3.91
really liked it
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 Island, #1)
3.85
liked it
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
 
Pictures of Perfection (Dalziel & Pascoe, #14)
4.03
really liked it
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
 
Ruling Passion (Dalziel & Pascoe, #3)
3.93
liked it
I think this is where the Dalziel and Pascoe series really starts to hit its stride. Although I enjoyed the first two books, I didn't really think the ...more
Jan 04, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
 
Five Plays
4.02
really liked it
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
 
A Dedicated Man  (Inspector Banks, #2)
3.77
liked it
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
...more
Nov 24, 2009
Nov 07, 2009
 
Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story
3.92
really liked it
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
 
Managing Your Documentation Projects
3.83
really liked it
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: Paradise 5 (The Lost Stories 1.5)
3.60
liked it
Not a masterpiece, but exactly the sort of thing I'd hoped for from the Lost Stories series. This story retains the 80s vibe, but has been adapted for ...more
Apr 29, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
 
Doctor Who: The Witch from the Well
3.41
liked it
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
 
The Wilding (In Conquest Born, #2)
3.63
really liked it
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
 
Richard III
3.92
really liked it
Many years ago, I attempted to read Richard III, and never got very far. I largely blame my unfamiliarity at the time with English history, but I also ...more
Mar 10, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
 
Doctor Who: Legend of the Cybermen
3.79
liked it
**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
 
Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior
3.95
really liked it
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 Unbound: Sympathy for the Devil (Big Finish Audio Drama)
3.99
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This audio had quite a tough job to do - it had to create an alternate 3rd Doctor and then posit a new set of adventures for him bas ...more
Dec 26, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
 
The Fragility of Goodness: Why Bulgaria's Jews Survived the Holocaust
3.80
really liked it
A short but fascinating book trying to explain why Bulgaria was one of only two German-aligned countries during World War II that didn't deport their ...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
 
Mindfulness for Beginners
3.86
liked it
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
 
An April Shroud (Dalziel & Pascoe, #4)
3.93
liked it
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
 
The Conclave of Shadow (Missy Masters, #2)
3.92
really liked it
So, full disclosure: I'm a friend of the author and am thanked in the acknowledgements for tromping around the California Academy of Sciences with her ...more
Jul 31, 2016
Jul 08, 2016
 
Doctor Who: Brotherhood of the Daleks
3.75
it was amazing
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
...more
Oct 16, 2008
Oct 18, 2008
 
Flex ('Mancer, #1)
3.83
really liked it
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
 
Procrastination: Why You Do It, What To Do About It
3.88
really liked it
Probably one of the most comprehensive overviews of the causes of procrastination that I've read. I think this book does a really good job of demonstr ...more
Jul 22, 2016
Jul 04, 2016
 
A Killing Kindness (Dalziel & Pascoe, #6)
4.13
really liked it
This is quite possibly the best of the Dalziel and Pascoe novels that I've read so far. It's a very well paced police procedural with enough twists an ...more
Dec 11, 2010
Dec 06, 2010
 
Doctor Who: Nevermore
3.29
liked it
**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
 
'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Other Plays
3.87
really liked it
This collection of four plays by John Ford is a bit of a mixed bag.

The Lover's Melancholy is a wonderful play for people who think that the best thin
...more
Sep 05, 2009
Jan 17, 2008
 
Anatomy of a Typeface
3.90
liked it
I was hoping that this book would literally be an anatomy of a typeface - a look at how the different parts of a typeface fit together to contribute t ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
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