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A Day At Elbulli
4.21
really liked it
This gigantic tome serves as a useless cookbook for anyone who is looking to practically apply any of Ferran Adria's molecular gastronomy techniques i ...more
Feb 06, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
 
Slow Man
3.41
liked it
There is something mysterious about love -- it stems from physical desire, intimacy and projections, and perhaps something else that will never be def ...more
Sep 2006
Jun 14, 2007
 
Sun After Dark: Flights Into the Foreign
3.71
liked it
Something has become more muted in the essays of "Sun After Dark" -- the heavy romanticism demonstrated in "Abandon" is not there, and the tone of the ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 14, 2007
 
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
3.95
liked it
I admit that I was drawn to read this book mostly because my friend Wendy kept playing CNN on the telly when I was in Chicago last winter and the adve ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 17, 2009
 
Swing Time
3.61
liked it
The only other Zadie Smith novel that I have read is "White Teeth," and this was read almost ten years ago on a train ride in England. Then, I was ent ...more
Dec 29, 2016
Dec 29, 2016
 
Seven Days in the Art World
3.54
liked it
A survey of the contemporary art world through an enthnographic study of various art scenes such as the auction, the student crit session, the art fai ...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.96
liked it
Oh, Mieville. I started following you from the middle of your oeuvre: "Iron Council", "Kraken", "The City and The City", "King Rat" and now, "Perdido ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 10, 2010
 
Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East
3.94
liked it
Lebanese history is grisly, convoluted and political as hell. Hirst's broader argument is that the politics and conflicts of the small sectarian natio ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 15, 2012
 
Logicomix: An epic search for truth
4.00
really liked it
This graphic novel tells of Bertrand Russell's search for the perfect philosophical foundation of mathematics. Presented as a personal journey in whic ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 28, 2010
 
Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices
3.94
liked it
Having just started a small foundation, I found this book at the bookstore shelves and knowing how my friend loved Drucker, I picked it up to have a r ...more
Sep 06, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
 
Barabbas
3.83
it was amazing
The complexities of faith and salvation are condensed into this elegantly simple parable, the story telling of Barabbas, the criminal acquitted with J ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 10, 2010
 
The Athenian Murders
3.85
it was ok
So I picked up this book by Jose Carlos Somoza the other day at the library on a spontaneous whim to smuggle some popular reading. It looked like an A ...more
Aug 2006
Jun 14, 2007
 
In Pursuit of Military Excellence: The Evolution of Operational Theory
4.04
really liked it
I wish I had more time to write a proper review on this book (I might come back to this), however the blurb given on goodreads presents a very mislead ...more
not set
Jan 31, 2009
 
Crooked Little Vein
3.83
liked it
Warren Ellis has a very distinctive, indomitable style that revolves around the creation of a dystopian setting reflecting a major fuckage of social n ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 06, 2007
 
The Emigrants
4.18
really liked it
Sebald's "The Emigrants" consists of four narratives which feature the stories of individuals who have survived and been affected by the events of WWI ...more
Oct 26, 2008
Oct 22, 2008
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
liked it
The narrative style and structure reminds me of what I can remember of my number9dream experience, narratives nestled in each other that create effect ...more
Nov 2005
Jun 14, 2007
 
The Double
3.84
liked it
Jose Saramago takes the concept of the Double and plays it out in a modern setting with the premise of a History teacher discovering an actor who look ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 23, 2007
 
Decline and Fall
3.87
really liked it
Evelyn Waugh drives the plot of the novel with the concept of the Wheel of Fortune, critically applied in the context of various modern English social ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 28, 2007
 
The City & the City
3.91
liked it
The premise of this book is seductive: two Eastern European cities, Beszel and Ul Qoma, are superimposed upon each other, co-existing in the same spac ...more
not set
Sep 10, 2010
 
After Art
3.81
it was ok
Joselit takes the paradigm of currency/circulation drawing from notions of the postindustrial knowledge economy, and applies it to contemporary art. m ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 18, 2013
 
Kraken
3.60
liked it
Frenetic pacing was reminiscent of Warren Ellis' "Crooked Little Vein" (a fantasy novel on speed -- filled with the fantasy-equivalent of action-movie ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 28, 2010
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.85
liked it
A YA story following similar themes to David Auburn's math-based drama "Proof", featuring a young autistic protagonist trying to come to terms with hi ...more
Dec 11, 2009
Dec 12, 2009
 
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
4.08
liked it
I enjoy reading Fisher's blog 'K-Punk' a lot, and was looking forward to reading this volume. This book reads like a collection of his blog posts whic ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 26, 2012
 
The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit
3.70
liked it
Smooth, clean prose which cuts evocative images of marrakesh that unfold into allegory-like stories in their descriptive simplicity. Unfortunately, th ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 13, 2013
 
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
3.93
liked it
"Freakonomics" tries to bring across the spirit of economic thinking - the inquiry into patterns of human behaviour in relation to social phenomena us ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 17, 2007
 
The Billion Shop
4.17
it was amazing
Five stars for Steph -- but seriously, these stories take me back to the textures of Singaporean JC (junior college) life in the '90s.
Aug 2012
Aug 15, 2012
 
Tough Cookies: Tales of Obsession, Toil and Tenacity from Britain's Kitchen Heavyweights
4.00
liked it
"Tough Cookies" gives us portraits of four outstanding chefs known for their culinary excellence and more importantly, their tenacity of spirit to suc ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 13, 2008
 
Love In A Blue Time
3.47
liked it
There is something dated about Hanif Kureishi's volume of short stories involving drug-taking protagonists who are over the hill and trying to recover ...more
Mar 2005
Jun 14, 2007
 
King Rat
3.54
liked it
If I had a kid, I would read him/her this book as a funky, updated-fairytale kind of bed-time story.
not set
Sep 24, 2010
 
The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008
3.81
really liked it
I read this over plane rides and periods tiding over flight transits, and this went down quite well for someone who hasn't really been in touch with E ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 06, 2009
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