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Steve Jobs
This is an important book, because it contains unique information about Steve Jobs, and quotes from him. It's also rather bland and uninspired. It's n ...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
Kings in Disguise: A Novel
This is more of a 3.5 for me but I feel bad beating up on a book that's made professionally and sides with the angels. It's a rambling, disjointed acc ...more
Sep 04, 2013
Jul 03, 2012
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
A good overview of a subject that's both frustratingly vague and undeniably crucial to our age. The closing, which refers to that age of ours, rang a ...more
Jan 31, 2013
Sep 03, 2012
The Design of Everyday Things
DoeT isn't the world's best written book—Norman's style is too often kvetchy-casual, sounding more like a modern-day ranty blog post than a classic of ...more
Jul 2014
Apr 29, 2014
How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them--A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide
Sharp, concise, and hard to argue with. Kudos to the authors for opening with an explanation of purpose that outlines how they intend to suggest and a ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
This is an entertaining and competently written book, but it never quite fascinated or delighted me the way Bryson's best work does. Two possible reas ...more
Jan 17, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom
Alan Moore is a an imaginative and clever writer, but as he ages and his work suffers both from excesses and shortcomings, the last thing I want to re ...more
not set
Jun 09, 2013
Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin, #1)
If you've heard anything about this book at all, it's that the language within is closer to Naval than English. Entire pages are filled with one stran ...more
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
Snowpiercer, Vol. 2: The Explorers (Snowpiercer, #2)
The second installment of Snowpiercer is still sociologically interesting and admirable for the seriousness with which it approaches its, frankly, goo ...more
Mar 21, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Catmull's book is a refreshing look at Pixar, providing a managerial perspective that's often missing from great American stories. He is good at relat ...more
Apr 23, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
Building Stories
Chris Ware's latest "book" is a unique object: a box of 14 mini-books of all different formats, from hardbound "comics" to enormous, sprawling poster- ...more
Oct 17, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women
A well-written book on a fascinating subject. While it's not Ricky Jay's fault that the sources on stories included herein are scarce and untrustworth ...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
If you’re a fan of The Wire - the greatest show on TV - and you’re jonesing for more of that multilayered urban poetry, you owe it to yourself to pick ...more
Apr 11, 2010
Mar 23, 2010
The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking
An epic, multilayered nonfiction period piece. A sort of 'Goodfellas' for hijacking.
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames
Bogost makes a lot of novel, useful points here: about videogames in general, and about them as a medium for conveying opinionated, directed, persuasi ...more
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
Net of Magic: Wonders and Deceptions in India
50 pages in, I'm finding the style this is written in—uneven, verbose, self-congratulatory, trying too hard to be poetic—severely annoying. On top of ...more
not set
May 31, 2013
I Seem To Be A Verb
A perfectly charming, cute, naive, cranky collage of jokes, clever insights, utopian plans, and futuristic predictions about technology and society. I ...more
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned (Y: The Last Man, #1)
Seems like the start of a very good series. The ideas are smart, the writing mostly good, with some shaky spots. Excellent art - clear, expressive, an ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
The Voice and Other Stories
Mystery stories in general tend to suffer from expositionitis and an abundance of overly convenient plotting, and this one is no different. It's all v ...more
Jul 18, 2008
Jul 08, 2008
The Bone Clocks
**spoiler alert** Mitchell must have thought he was so clever and funny when half way through his multilayered novel he had a writer-character complai ...more
Nov 18, 2014
Nov 17, 2014
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier
A dazzling stew of innumerable bits and pieces from British fiction, all jumbled and sorted into a semi-coherent narrative about the League throughout ...more
Sep 07, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
Black Kiss
A lost "classic" that's quite unique in its dedication to depravity. It takes overtly sexual fiction to a whole new dimension, disturbing for the dept ...more
Jul 18, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
Deservedly a classic of popular mathematics, Flatland makes the problem of multiple dimensions into a comprehensible adventure of sorts. It's a great ...more
Oct 23, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
I've stayed a fan of Nunn's through his shakier works, but this new novel is a real challenge. It's as if he has literally forgotten how to write. Nev ...more
Jun 06, 2014
May 29, 2014
Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success
This is a quirky and charmingly plain collection of anecdotes about Segall's interactions with Steve Jobs, and, more importantly, his takeaway lessons ...more
May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012
The Bojeffries Saga
A fun little bit of British lower-middle-class comedy mixed with Lovecraft and The Addams Family. Too brief and joke-based to have much lasting power, ...more
Mar 30, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
Connie Willis is such a good writer of endlessly chewable bubblegum sci-fi, so confident with her soap-opera tropes, that it might take you a while to ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 17, 2013
The Manticore
I struggled with this one, and I still do. Davies is a masterful writer, but the premise and the story that unfolds from it are both quite strange stu ...more
Jan 11, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
Big Numbers, 1
An unfinished magnum opus, limited to 2 out of the planned 12 issues. It's hard to comment on the story given that limitation, but what we have to enj ...more
not set
Sep 06, 2013
Nemo: Heart of Ice
This is the Alan Moore equivalent of a big, dumb, CGI action movie. I don't mean that it is literally one of those, since it's not exactly dumb (liter ...more
not set
Mar 05, 2013
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